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Global Expansion For World's Largest Vertical Producer Of Shirtings

Luthai Textile Co. Ltd. To Open New York Office

Virginia S. Borland, New York Correspondent

China-based Luthai Textile Co. Ltd. will open an office in New York this spring to better service its U.S. customers. This company has an annual output of 178 million meters of yarn-dyed shirting fabrics, 80 million meters of piece-dyed fabrics and more than 20 million shirts. It also makes solid and patterned shirting fabrics.

Luthai grows its own cotton, spins yarns, weaves, dyes and finishes fabrics, and makes shirts for men and women. Ninety-five percent of its shirts are made with ultrafine cotton. Twelve percent of the fabrics it weaves go into shirts it creates for Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Men’s Wearhouse, Lands End and other brands. The remainder of its fabrics are sold to other manufacturers. It recently developed Arrow Superluxe — The Stitchless Shirt, the first shirt engineered with fused seams and no stitches.

Currently, Luthai operates offices in Shandong, Shanghai and Hong Kong, and it recently opened a design center in Milan. Shirts are manufactured in China, Vietnam and Bangladesh. By the end of this year, it will have a mill in Cambodia. It has strong sales in China and the U.S. as well as in Europe, Canada and Australia.

Luthai opened in 1990 with 300 employees. Today it has 30,000 workers. “Outstanding service and wide-ranging application know-how have made Luthai a preferred partner for our customers, especially in the U.S.,” said General Manager Liu Zibin, who will be director of the New York office when it opens this spring.

Richard Hung, China General Chamber of Commerce USA; Consul Li Xiaomei; and Liu Zibin, general manager, Luthai, cut a ribbon to announce Luthai will open a U.S. office.

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