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Shaw Ind. opens manufacturing plant in China to serve Asia market

Retail Editor 3 -- Home Textiles Today, September 13, 2013

Dalton, Ga. - Shaw Industries Group Inc. just opened a 210,000-square-foot carpet tile plant in Nantong, China - a port city 65 miles north of Shanghai - to service the Asian market.

The new facility offers customers in Asia quicker access to a range of recyclable, cradle-to-cradle-certified products, which are PVC-free and bitumen-free.

"Nantong's woven textile heritage mirrors the communities in which we've manufactured flooring in the southeastern U.S. for more than half a century," said Jeff Galloway, Shaw Industries vp for Asia Pacific.

The factory opened with more than 100 employees and is expected to growth to 250 when at full capacity.

The 24-inch square and 18 by 36-inch square carpet tiles being produced at the site are being designed at Shaw's Cartersville, Ga. facility to appeal to global markets. Employing the Eco Solution Q fiber, EcoWorx backing systems, and Ecologix carpet cushioning systems, the products manufactured will be sold for installation in the growing Asia market and there are no plans to export them back to the U.S., the company said.

"Two thirds of the world's carpet tile is sold outside of North America - the majority in Asia," explained Vance Ball, Shaw Industries chairman and ceo. "Sales in China, in particular, have grown 20% annually, making it the world's third largest carpet-tile-purchasing country. Our new plant expands our opportunity to serve this growing market."

Shaw's related efforts to expand in Asia include the opening of showrooms and/or the staffing of sales teams in Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangalore and New Delhi.

The Nantong facility is pursuing ISO 9001 and 14000 certifications and was constructed to LEED Gold standards for New Construction (certification pending review).

The China facility follows Shaw's recent announcement to open a new carpet manufacturing facility in Adairsville, Ga., to support the growth in its carpet tile business in the U.S.

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