While the cut and sew, and finishing factory has been partially functioning this year, Saitex has announced the site is now fully operational

While the cut and sew, and finishing factory has been partially functioning this year, Saitex has announced the site is now fully operational

Denim manufacturing giant Saitex has fully opened its new manufacturing facility in Los Angeles, California – its first outside of Vietnam – which CEO Sanjeev Bahl says represents a first step in re-evaluating and reinventing global supply chains.

Los Angeles has long been the denim hub of the US, but change has been slow to come to the established brands and factories in the region.

During the pandemic Saitex heavily invested in building the new facility with the latest innovative laser cutting, semi-automated sewing, robotic spraying, 3D laser detailing, and futuristic one-step wash machines connected to a state-of-the-art water recycling system.

The manufacturing technology allows for an automated supply chain ecosystem at speed using interconnected ordering and costing with shorter lead times, giving the Los Angeles facility a competitive advantage, Saitex says.

Through the use of its Cloud-based digital Platform as a Service (PaaS), Saitex's Speed to Market system offers online garment design, collaboration, and manufacturing custom garments at scale, sustainably, and fast. This, the company explains, "provides a conscious approach to inventory management and a trajectory towards "made to order" capabilities."

"Saitex USA is another step in our journey, providing an opportunity to bring sustainable manufacturing and jobs to the United States, a first step in reevaluating and reinventing global supply chains," says Bahl, CEO and founder of Saitex.

The Los Angeles facility was first announced during a webinar for the Kingpins24 virtual event last April. During the discussion, Bahl also shared plans to open a new fabric mill in Vietnam, work on which is currently still in progress. 

Last month, Saitex launched a new social entrepreneurship project and production line for people from disadvantaged backgrounds or who are differently-abled. The Rekut initiative is a new, holistic approach for the company, and will see associates receive training and support for sustainable jobs with equal, open opportunities and a stable income.