A group of UK graduates were given a valuable insight into the textile and apparel industry during a visit to the Chinese factories of one of the world's leading garment manufacturers, Esquel Group.

The tour was organised as part of Esquel's sponsorship of Texprint 2001, at Interstoff Asia fair in Hong Kong, with the five graduates given a tour of the plants in Guangdong Province after they won top awards at the event.

During their visit to one of the world's largest shirt makers they saw the production process for garments destined for customers like Marks & Spencer, Debenhams and Next, Tommy Hilfiger, Abercrombie & Fitch, Eddie Bauer, Nike, Hugo Boss, Brooks Brothers, Norstrom, and Lands' End.

Marjorie Yang, chairman of the Esquel Group said, "We are happy to support the Texprint, because we believe in education, especially by encouraging the development of a new generation of designers through this kind of activity.

"We invited the winners to visit our vertically integrated production plants in Gaoming to witness for themselves how things are done in the 'real world' and to let them see how, in such a context, a company can better serve their customers."

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