Esquel Group Is Championing Sustainability from Seed to Shirt
Founded in 1978, Esquel Group has grown to become one of the largest cotton-shirt makers and exporters in the world. Esquel’s vertically-integrated operations ensure the highest quality in every step of the apparel manufacturing process. Production begins in Xinjiang in northwestern China, where the Group conducts research on cotton and cotton seed, gins Extra Long Staple (ELS) cotton, and continues through spinning, weaving, knitting, dyeing and finishing, then to garment manufacturing, accessories, packaging and retailing. Esquel is also developing and nurturing two of its own retail brands of high quality shirts – PYE and DETERMINANT.
Headquartered in Hong Kong, Esquel Group has state-of-the-art production facilities in China, Sri Lanka and Vietnam and a network of strategically-located merchandising offices servicing key markets in the U.S., Europe, China, Japan and South Korea. With a workforce of over 35,000, Esquel manufactures garments for global leading brands including Anta, Li-Ning and Muji.
Esquel embraces technology and encourages innovation within the Group. As of December 2020, the company has submitted 2,209 applications for patents, of which 1,620 have been granted and 552 of them are related to innovations. Esquel strives to develop and efficiently integrate new discoveries and technologies with different processes along the entire supply chain, such as genome sequencing of ELS cotton, new materials, green technologies, smart manufacturing and robotics.
With a strong commitment to the principle of sustainability, Esquel has invested enormous amount of resources to reduce waste, and conserve and recycle natural resources such as water and energy. By incorporating five principles known as the Esquel eCulture – Ethics, Environment, Exploration, Excellence and Education – Esquel works towards the vision of Making a Difference with all its stakeholders while growing a sustainable business.
Long an advocate in innovation, environmental protection and sustainability, Esquel aspires to make a difference in the textile and apparel industry and contribute to the well-being of the wider community.
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Kent has over 32 years of experience in the garment and textile industry, spreading over 6 countries. Flourishing in a collaborative environment, his career at Esquel has covered a wide range of functional roles and responsibilities, including QA, fabric manufacturing, SCM, IT, PPC and garment manufacturing.