Recently The Textile Effects division of Huntsman Corporation and Zhejiang Province-based Jihua Group, China, have entered into a strategic partnership to cooperate in a number of areas to jointly capitalize on the growing need for dye and chemical solutions for China’s textile sector.
The partnership will help the two companies speed up their supply chains to react more quickly to customers’ demand and increase cost efficiency for customers. The forming of the strategic partnership marks a further step forward for the existing cooperation between the two companies. In August, Huntsman Textile Effects, a major innovator with more than 700 patents, had granted a sole licence to Jihua for manufacturing, sales and marketing of Huntsman’s patented reactive Super Black dyes in China.
With the agreement in place, Huntsman and Jihua are now selling the Super Black products under their respective trade names. In addition, Huntsman also awarded Jihua Group the right to sub-license its patented Super Black dyes in China.
The strategic alliance is expected to help further strengthen the capabilities of the two companies of serving their customers in China and speed up their expansion in the country. Investment in China’s textile industry grew 1.6 times year-on-year in the first six months of this year to RMB 13.1 billion, pointing to a marked expansion by textile manufacturers, according to China National Textile Apparel Council (CNTAC). This is also expected to result in growing need for chemical solutions.
Huntsman Textile Effects is the leading global provider of high quality dyes and chemicals to the textile and related industries, with six primary manufacturing facilities around the world, including a plant in Panyu, Guangdong Province. The company also operates two formulation distribution centres in Panyu and Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, as well an R&D centre in Panyu.
Jihua Group is a market leader in China for the manufacture of dyes and intermediates with state-of-the-art facilities. Headquartered in Hangzhou, China, the company owns and operates an intermediate production facility in Jiangsu China.