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New Asia-Pacific plant shortens supply chain

OVERVIEW

Our £26 million production facility in China helps a long-term customer grow in the region – and shorten its supply chain.

29,600 m2

Facility

100

new employees

60 Million

m2 of Production capacity

Opening up to a new region

When flooring manufacturer Shaw Industries opened a new plant in China, it faced a long supply chain and high transport and warehousing costs. It also needed to develop more flexible processes – and hold less inventory.

The natural choice

By investing in production in the Asia-Pacific market, at our Changzhou plant, we can secure short lead-times, and provide our customers with prompt, world-class service. And because we have full control of the entire process, we can ensure consistency across all our products. Given our long-term partnership, Shaw’s Technical Manager Craig Gentry said sourcing products from our Changzhou plant was a “natural choice”.

With a two-step manufacturing process, our Colback nonwoven fabrics aren’t easy to replicate. This means we can help our customers create custom products – and we can help them gain a greater market share.

Customer

Shaw Industries Group

Location

Changzhou, China

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PRODUCTS USED

Colback® spunbond nonwovens

Local touch, global reach

Our £26 million Changzhou facility has helped Shaw shorten its supply chain, be more flexible, and hold less inventory. It also benefits from our local sales and technical support, which we extend to all our customers in China – and international customers moving into the Asia-Pacific region. As well, we can offer streamlined production, logistics and administration processes. And by reducing the need to transport products from Europe or the US, we minimise our environmental impact.