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12 Dec 201817:08

Jeanologia joins forces with Uniqlo, aims for 100 million in 2018

The textile machinery manufacturer has been working with Fast Retailing in the innovation centre the latter owns in Los Angeles, and from now on, several of the Spanish company’s technologies will be integrated in the Japanese brand’s suppliers.

30 Nov 2018 — 10:00
Silvia Riera
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Spanish company Jeanologia joins forces with Uniqlo, aims for a hundred million in 2019

 

 

Jeanologia joins forces with Fast Retailing. The Spanish manufacturer of textile machinery, property of the Silla family, has reached an agreement with the Japanese fashion distribution group to install the former’s technology in the factories of its suppliers. Fast Retailing is the third biggest group from the fashion distribution segment in base to its volume of business.

 

The eco wave in which textile industry is currently immersed has highly promoted Jeanologia. In the last few years, the Spanish manufacturing company has managed to attain a double digit growth. For this year, the company contemplates to grow its volume of business in one hundred million euros.

 

Jeanologia and Fast Retailing have been working together in the innovation centre that the Japanese group has in Los Angeles under the purpose of adding several of the Spanish company’s technologies into the production chain of the distribution group. In that sense, Fast Retailing has acquired the washing processes that use nanobubbles and ozone in order to end the use of water for the washing process of jeans and laser.

 

 

 

 

Inside the lab, Uniqlo’s owner has managed to reduce a 99% of the quantity of water used in the washing process of two capsule collections for its J Brand firm, specialised in jeans. After that pilot test, the plans of the Japanese retailer contemplate producing with Jeanologia’s different technologies a total of ten million jeans for Uniqlo and J Brand during 2019.

 

And, for 2020, the group estimates to take them to its whole denim production, that is, a total of forty million jeans. According to Jeanologia, this could entail a reduction of 3.7 billion litres of water, which is the equivalent of filling up 1,500 Olympic pools.

 

The partnership with Fast Retailing is the second milestone that the Spanish technologic company has achieved during this year. It had already signed a partnership with United States Levi Strauss, which implied a deep rethinking and restructuration of the brand’s supply chain. This project in collaboration with the denim giant is still on an initial phase, but it is expected to be implanted by 2020.

 

 

 

 

MCH Private Equity fund took a stake from the company in 2016, acquiring a minoritarian participation. With headquarters in Valencia, the company also has its own offices spread around Turkey, China, India, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Brazil and Mexico. The company has also extended its personnel, which is currently constituted by 220 workers.

 

Jeanologia operates in fifty countries abroad, and in them, it produces 90% of its revenue. Its main markets are the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Portugal, India, China, Russia, Japan, Morocco, Bangladesh, Turkey, Tunisia and Vietnam.

Founded in 1993 by the cousins Enrique Silla and Pepe Vida, the group took its first steps as a specialised consultant in denim finishes. In time, the two businessmen started to develop their own technology and launched their own factory in Sant Quirze del Vallès (Barcelona, Spain), in which they now continue producing laser technologies. Some time later, they released another factory in the Trukish city of Izmar; this one dedicated to ozone machines.

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