Chinese cashmere and clothing manufacturer Ningxia Zhongyin Cashmere, has signed Belgian linen firm NV Jis Vanneste to supply linen to its new production base, under construction in Lingwu city at Ningxia in north-west China.

"To meet the demand in the global high-end market, the production base will supply fabrics and clothing using three natural resources - cashmere, wool and linen," said company spokesperson Chen Xiaofei.

She added the first phase of the production base, which costs about CNY3.6bn (US$577.1m), should be completed in early 2014.

"Vanneste is a renowned, historical linen supplier who has advanced technology to blend flax fibre, flax yarn and linen fabric with other fibres. The partnership will no doubt help us to be more competitive in the market," Chen said.

Under the agreement, Vanneste will not only sell linens to Zhongying, but also provide flax processing technology and European technical standards, sending in expert advisers.