Saffron Invests In Fong’s TEC Series Dyeing Machines

Fong’s National Engineering Co. Ltd., Hong Kong, reports that Saffron Philippines Inc. — a
Philippines-based dyer, printer, finisher and producer of apparel — has installed eight sets of
Fong’s TEC Series high-temperature piece-dyeing machines at its production facility within an
eight-month period.

Saffron has been in business for more than 18 years and employs 438 people at its facility,
which dyes and finishes 40 to 45 tons of fabric, prints 10,000 yards of fabric and produces 10,000
apparel pieces each day. Fong’s reports the company — whose clients include Abercrombie &
Fitch®, Ralph Lauren®, Jockey®, Hanes® and Wal-Mart — plans to increase its daily capacity.

According to Saffron Chairman Tomas de los Santos, the company already had been using Fong’s
Jumboflow dyeing machine in its operations for a few years prior to the launch of Fong’s TEC series
at ITMA in 2011. In November 2011, Saffron ordered its first TEC Series set including 300-kilogram
(kg) Jumbotec2-1T, 750-kg Miditec2-3T and 400-kg Minitec2-2T models.

Following installation of the first unit, Saffron conducted trials on various fabrics that
were dyed using the machinery. Santos reported the TEC Series offers benefits including a reduced
liquor ratio; shortened salt preparation and injection time; an efficient and consistent rinsing
process; reduced effluent and energy costs; increased flexibility in attaining improved loading
efficiency, resulting from a range of machine capacities; easy-to-use controller; and ground-level
machine operation.

Saffron subsequently placed three more orders for Fong’s TEC Series.

October 16, 2012