Image Label Systems expands China facilities
ATF Magazine Feature – April 2012
“We have had a business in Guangzhou for several years, however we simply outgrew our old premises there” says CEO, David Marshall.
Previously based in the historic PanYu district, Image Label Systems have recently re-located to Nansha.
“Our new premises give us access to considerably more space, and that’s important given the growth we are experiencing” Marshall says. And, he points out, in the context of China’s role in global apparel manufacturing.
“China is the world’s largest producer and exporter of apparel, and is by a considerable margin the number one sourcing option for Australasian brands. This makes a strong presence in China an essential element for any business looking to provide a total label solution.”
“We aim to be a single point provider for customers” explains Marshall, “and in our view that means having production and distribution as close as possible to our customers supply chain”.
“With China such a dominant player today, having our own business there has given us a real edge. It gives us control and flexibility, and ultimately they are the deciding factors in delivering a successful solution.”
And it doesn’t stop there.
New office in Shanghai…
Following hard on the heels of the expansion of their Guangzhou facility, Image Label Systems has opened an office in Shanghai, another step in the expansion of their supply footprint throughout Asia and the Pacific.
“Our new facility in Shanghai provides warehousing and distribution services nearer to the manufacturing regions in the north-east of China” says CEO David Marshall.
The five eastern coastal Provinces of Guangdong, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Shandong and Fujian together contribute 80% of China’s total apparel production, with the adjoining inland Provinces of Henan, Jiangxi and Hunan achieving rapid development.
“The future is about delivering ongoing efficiencies into our customers supply chains, particularly in the context of costs and time to market” says Marshall. “Our production, warehousing and distribution footprint in China will continue to grow as a major component of this strategy”.