Zhejiang County Observation: How to weave a piece of cloth into an "international textile capital"?
Shaoxing, December 10th (Xiang Jing) - A piece of cloth "floats across the ocean" to activate the world economy, a piece of cloth is embedded in "black technology" to achieve sustainable development, and a piece of cloth is integrated into traditional culture to dye ten thousand colorful flowers... Cloth, which has wrapped thousands of years of human civilization, is also realizing "ten thousand possibilities" at present.
The reporter recently visited Keqiao, Shaoxing, Zhejiang, a city that relies on fabrics, to explore how fabrics are woven to create a modern "international textile capital".
Digitalization is the consensus for the textile industry to move towards high-quality development, and it is also the driving force of Keqiao. Taking a closer look at the locally developed "Weaving, Printing and Dyeing Industry Brain", it has integrated more than 100 applications, including more than 10 cross application scenarios and more than 20 industrial chain collaborative applications. The average monthly active users are nearly 50000, promoting online fabric transactions of nearly 60 million meters.
According to Chen Hao, Secretary of the Keqiao District Committee, Keqiao will rely on the Zhejiang Modern Textile Technology Innovation Center to attract a global team of high-end textile talents, promote cooperation between textile enterprises and innovation centers, and create an international first-class source of textile technology innovation. At the same time, make good use of digital platforms such as "Weaving, Printing and Dyeing Industry Brain" to reshape new development momentum in the textile industry.
Currently, the global textile industry is at an important juncture of transformation and development. At the same time, the traditional textile industry is a typical high energy consumption, high water consumption, and high pollution industry, and promoting green development in the industry is the common aspiration of textile workers.
Entering some textile factories in Keqiao, building a renewable system for waste polyester textiles, exploring photovoltaic power generation to optimize energy structure, promoting the recycling and processing of recycled cotton, and launching a green evaluation platform for the entire lifecycle of textiles... A large number of fabric merchants are exploring the green transformation of the textile industry to achieve sustainable development goals. In the eyes of multiple local fabric merchants, green transformation involves various aspects such as equipment, production, and sales, and cannot be separated from the support of new technologies and concepts.
Throughout the previous World Cloth Merchants Congresses held in Keqiao, green and digital have always been important topics that cannot be avoided. The 2023 International Textile Manufacturers Federation Shaoxing Keqiao Conference and the 6th World Cloth Merchants Conference held in Keqiao are also the same. With the theme of "green, recycling, digitalization - the new dynamic source of the textile industry", the conference attracted textile industry representatives from nearly 60 countries and regions, including India, Spain, South Korea, Germany, Taiwan, China, China, to explore industrial exchanges and cooperation.
According to the "2024 World Textile Industry Trends Outlook" released by the conference, green, intelligent, and high-value are the key words for the development of textile technology, mainly involving innovation in specific fields such as textile recycling and reuse, nanomaterials, advanced processing technology and equipment, environmentally friendly chemicals and processes.
From Keqiao's perspective, textile printing and dyeing is the leading industry in the local area, with printing and dyeing production capacity accounting for 60% of Zhejiang Province and 40% of the country. In order to promote green and low-carbon development, all 110 printing and dyeing enterprises have been gathered in the local economic and technological development zone, and the largest green printing and dyeing base in the country has been built. At the same time, efforts have been made to accelerate the growth and development of printing and dyeing enterprises and the integration of industry and trade.
With the increasingly solid foundation of the textile industry, Keqiao's footsteps of "covering the world" are also expanding.
At present, the local government is deeply implementing the "Silk Road Keqiao · Global Coverage" initiative, including planning to build more "overseas warehouses" and efficiently operating the China Europe freight train "Keqiao". During the opening ceremony of the above-mentioned conference, the overseas public platform "Silk Road Keqiao · Global Coverage" of China Light Textile City was officially launched, which will help China's textile industry "go global" and "bring in".
"There are many types of Keqiao fabrics, and I hope to sell them to more parts of the world through continuous innovation," said Ali, a Yemeni fabric merchant who has been doing business in Keqiao for more than 20 years, in an interview.
The modern textile industry has flourished with the development of human civilization, focusing not only on internationalization, greening, and digitization, but also on the fashion industry closely related to people, which has become the key to the transformation and upgrading of the textile industry and promoting international exchange and cooperation. For Keqiao, which is building an international textile capital, the power of fashion is no exception.
According to the recently released "Action Plan for Building a Modern" International Textile Capital "in Keqiao District, the district will implement" ten major actions "such as promoting clothing and fashion brands, gathering more fashion design and creative platforms, planning and constructing a high-end clothing industry park, introducing and cultivating first-class fashion brands at home and abroad, and building the fashion creative industry into a billion dollar industrial cluster by 2025.