Advance Denim: Transformation of a traditional industry

Advance Denim was established in 1987 and they count now 900 employees. Because of their innovation has been recognized, they were the first Chinese company that was invited to participate at the Denim Premiere Vision. Learn more in the following description of their work!

VISION: “We strive to become the best denim mill in the world. We are passionate in helping business through innovative products and Technologies.”

MISSION: “We provide innovative and high-quality products and make the best denim for customers, associates and partners. We keep investing new machines and technologies because we care the needs of our customers.”

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Aims and Visions

Traditional denim industry can transform itself through technology, innovation and a commitment to sustainability.

They have designed their internal environmental management system that outperform national standards. Each facilities are closely measured and managed to understand what works well and what can be improved. They participate in industry initiates and run the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) Higg Index 2.0 in 2016 (score 58) and continue to use it as a performance measurement.

The applications of energy-efficient machine replacements and equipment upgrades have significantly reduced their energy consumption and improved their carbon footprint. They continuously focus on additional production process improvement, renewable energies and innovation technologies. This improvement would lead them to reduce their energy consumption year-on-year.

Their energy consumption reduced 31% per yard of production since 2013 and 7.8% reduction in average from 2013 to 2017, while their denim production has grown by almost 100% in the same period.

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Water consumption

They achieved 34% water consumption reduction per yard of production from 2013 to 2017. They have installed their own wastewater treatment plants by using both Anaerobic and Aerobic systems, capable of processing up to 9,000 tons per day. Treatments are monitored and tracked in real time to enhance transparency and the quality of water returned to source ranks well above the national standards. Wastewater recycling is an important step in their group. They are planning to install the reverse-osmosis recycling system that certain amount of wastewater can be reused in production line.

 

Emissions

At their own thermal power plant, they use denitrification, desulfurization and electrostatic precipitation to reduce air pollutants. They track and measure emissions from their operations and keep them well above the national standards.

 

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Chemical management

They cooperate with international suppliers, universities and standards organizations to develop and set guidelines for chemical use. They operate their own Restricted Substance lists (RSL) that is monitored and enforced through a rigorous system of testing and verification. All suppliers must comply with the list’s requirements. They provide quality assurance team with hazardous training which is conducted by professionals. They are also trained on OekoTex compliant chemicals.

 

Industrial waste

They are planning to install the new technology of machine to recycle the dyed waste yarn and regenerate those yarn into the pigment dye powder. This recycle dye stuff can help to reduce the waste we generate and diverting as much waste as possible away from the landfills.

Advance Denim is putting all the efforts to demonstrate how a traditional industry can transform, be sustainable and remain profitable.