China modernizing cotton industry

“Many people believe that much of China’s cotton infrastructure is antiquated,” says Marks, Miss. cotton producer Bobby Carson. “Perhaps this is true, however, I can assure you that China is rapidly modernizing key segments of the industry.”

Carson, president of Cotton Council International, led a COTTON USA delegation to China that traveled to Beijing and to two cities – Qingdao and Wuxi – where it carried out seminars on U.S. cotton sourcing for 184 textile mill executives representing 90 companies in September.

One of the stops in Qingdao was a new warehouse complex owned by the China Reserve Cotton Management Corp.

“This recently completed and ultra-modern facility is one of 18 of its size to be constructed throughout China,” said Carson, who spoke at a press briefing conducted by CCI at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio.

“Each has a capacity of 230,000 bales and the ability to move more than 2,000 bales in or out of the facility per day. Small amounts of U.S., Australian, Brazilian and other cottons were seen in the warehouse, plus a sizeable volume of 1997 Xinjiang cotton in an older building in the complex.”

The COTTON USA delegates learned that the size of the Chinese textile industry is amazing and appears to be poised to become even larger in the years ahead. According to a recent study:

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