Unifi Inc., Greensboro, N.C., has granted a license for its Repreve® recycled fiber to Century Synthetic Fiber Corp., one of the largest polyester yarn manufacturers in Vietnam. The license allows Century Synthetic to manufacture, sell and distribute Repreve filament yarn within Vietnam. Unifi’s China-based subsidiary, Unifi Textiles (Suzhou) Co. Ltd., will manage sales and distribution of filament exported from Vietnam. Unifi reports this agreement will help open distribution channels for the fiber in a key apparel-producing region as well as shorten lead times and fulfill demand.
“Vietnam has been a region of focus for brands and retailers over the past few years,” said Tom Caudle, president, Unifi. “The growth in the region cannot be ignored, with exports of approximately $27 billion of apparel and textiles in 2015, and expectations to grow to $30 billion in 2016. Within the past 18 months, we’ve grown distribution of Repreve to include Turkey, Taiwan, Sri Lanka and now, Vietnam.”