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May 8, 2019

Hong Kong garment firm launches organic silk venture

By Hannah Abdulla

Hong Kong based textile and apparel manufacturer Profits Fund Global Holding (PFGHL) has launched a subsidiary to supply high-end organic silk fabric to the US market starting in August this year.

The new company, called Bombyx, was founded in 2017 and has invested in a production facility in Sichuan Province’s Yilong County in China. Here silkworms are raised and harvested at an eco-friendly organic sericulture base where each step of the manufacturing process incorporates sustainability practices such as water conservation efforts, and efficient use of non-renewable and renewable energy.

Establishing the sericulture bases in Yilong County initially created more than 600 jobs for local farmers. Over the course of the next three years, Bombyx aims to move to manufacture silk from an organic growing and production process with certified eco-friendly practices.

Plans include building three new facilities to allow direct control of the entire manufacturing process from mulberry tree to finished fabric, with a reeling silk facility, a weaving and knitting facility, and a degumming and dyeing facility.

“Bombyx believes that business sustainability is synonymous with environmental and social responsibility,” says company president Hilmond Hui. “We are committed to producing a high-end product while resetting the bar for the industry by radically shifting the perception and approach to silk production, free trade and consumption.”

Bombyx silk will be sold in US markets from August, and products will include both 100% silk and silk blends where silk is blended with cotton, linen or Tencel. Finished fabric will be available in both woven and knit varieties. Bombyx silk fabric will be available direct to designers and garment manufacturers.

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