Leo Wu – Director of Global Sales, Wu Luen Knitting Company

Legitimate moisture management is the price of entry in the performance apparel fabric market

Wu Luen Knitting Company, an integrated knitting and dyeing factory set up in 1985 in Taiwan, produces tricot, spandex fabrics and special finished goods for garments, swimwear, underwear, biking wears, sportswear, shoes, industrial fabrics, hats and bags. Leo Wu, Director-Global Sales, speaks to Fibre2Fashion about sustainability, the athleisure segment, and the sportswear market.

How big is the market for circular knits and spandex? At what rate is it growing?

Knit fabric exports with spandex from Taiwan reached $8.19 billion in the first four months of 2017, a 1 per cent growth compared to the same period the previous year. Wu Luen’s knitted fabric exports grew a little over 5 per cent during that duration. We attribute our share of growth to greater emphasis on functional fabrics.

Which are the big markets for sportswear? Where do you see the demand growing?

We do not necessarily track our fabric sales by sports, but rather by category because a given fabric can be incorporated into garments designed for several sports. The company’s heritage is in the footwear market, which still represents about 35 per cent of our…

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