Along with being the major cotton-producing region of China, Xinjiang province is now turning into a textile and garment manufacturing hub.
Xinjiang accounts for 90 percent of China’s cotton production, but now there are 3,720 textile and apparel manufacturers as against just 710 in 2014.
Of these 3,720 companies, 1,340 are investments from other provinces or regions of China, which are mainly attracted by the advantage of the availability of cotton.
Since 2014, the textile and clothing industry in the province has attracted investments amounting to Yuan 284.5 billion, which has grown at an annual rate of 19 percent.
Over the last few years, the quality of cotton produced in the province has steadily improved, along with the cultivation area which has now reached 35.58 million acres.
“Since the province accounts for 90 percent of all Chinese cotton, there are many cotton ginning mills in the province due to which, cost of transportation of cotton bales is also reduced,” media reports stated.
Along with being a major cotton-producing hub, the province now also has a polyester staple fiber (PSF) producing plant. Another PSF plant is expected to go on stream by the end of 2023.