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Wang Fangqing

Articles by Wang Fangqing

Hong Kong is one of the global apparel industry's main sourcing hubsWill policy change affect US apparel trade with Hong Kong? 11 June 2020

Textile and apparel industry leaders are playing down concerns that US trade with Hong Kong could be affected by a policy change threatened by President Trump.


Esquel is building its Determinant shirt and mask brandEsquel pivots production to build private brand mask sales 15 May 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has proved a mixed blessing for Hong Kong-based garment supplier Esquel. While export earnings have plummeted, the company has pivoted by adding non-medical use face masks to its product line, which it will sell under the company's own label Determinant.


Esquel Group vice chairman and CEO, John Cheh, speaking at this year's Integral ConversationEsquel CEO finds a way through US tariffs 16 December 2019

The US-China trade war has hit the Chinese clothing and textile export sector severely, but companies that have invested in manufacturing sites outside China have been better protected, Esquel Group vice chairman and CEO John Cheh has told just-style.


Esquel's Integral campus site in Guilin is challenging the stereotypical image of a typical garment factoryEco-friendly investment can turn sustainability into profit 9 December 2019

Moving towards sustainability in the clothing and textile sector requires a huge amount of long-term investment – be it new sewage processing systems or recycling technology. But how to get the rewards from these investments? At this year’s Integral Conversation conference organised by Hong Kong-based shirt manufacturing giant Esquel Group, companies in the fashion industry were exploring solutions.


Esquel's Integral facility in Guilin aims to prove that textile and clothing manufacturing in China can be eco-friendly and sustainable
Esquel elevates green credentials with new Chinese facility 5 June 2018

Hong Kong-based Esquel Group, the world's largest woven shirt maker, has been bedding-in operations at a ground-breaking new $313.3m manufacturing complex launched in March. With a focus on sustainability, the Chinese facility is starting with the supply of premier blended cotton yarns, with a garment factory to follow – as CEO John Cheh tells just-style.


Hosted by Esquel Group, the 2017 Integral Conversation saw more than 300 international experts join the eventInnovation is the key to successful sustainability 29 November 2017

Innovations in boosting sustainability in the textile and clothing sector and beyond were highlighted at this year's annual Integral Conversation conference, hosted again by Hong Kong shirt specialist Esquel Group in Guilin in southern China.


John Cheh, vice chairman and CEO of Esquel Group, at the company's 2017 Integral ConversationEsquel CEO emphasises efficiency and sustainability 28 November 2017

A leading and long-term supplier to global names such as Marks & Spencer, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and Hugo Boss, Hong Kong-based shirt manufacturer Esquel Group is testing a new territory as it broadens its sustainable horizons, as vice chairman and CEO John Cheh explains.


Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario explained how the company is greening its supply chain from design to productionHow to ensure sustainability is more than a slogan 6 December 2016

The annual Integral Conversation conference organised by Hong Kong-based textile and apparel giant Esquel Group this year heard how brands such as Patagonia are making sustainability more than a slogan.


Guangdong Esquel, the largest production campus of Hong Kong-based cotton shirt maker Esquel GroupEsquel efficiency drive continues to bolster major brands 2 December 2016

The CEO at Hong Kong based shirt maker Esquel has told just-style that the company is continuing to innovate to improve efficiency and productivity, and has recently moved its new highly automated pilot production line from Malaysia to its major facility in Gaoming. 


Many big Chinese clothing and textile manufacturers have built bases overseas to lower costsSourcing shifts – Why China makers are moving out or moving online 4 May 2016

Once clothing sourcing was all about China. Not any more. Recent years have seen a decline in China's export industry, especially in labour-intensive sectors such as clothing and footwear manufacturing, because of rising labour costs and an appreciating Chinese yuan. But while many China garment makers are moving out or moving online, production shifts are not necessarily a linear process.


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