As the pandemic reignites conversations about nearshoring for denim brands in the U.S., Twin Dragon is positioning itself as a local alternative for environmentally produced fabrics. The global company, which already has a footprint in Mexico, China, Vietnam and Nicaragua, opened a brand-new factory in Mexico on June 1.
Located in Tamaulipas, Mexico, the new facility stretches over 1.5 million square feet and employs a staff of roughly 1,000. The mill will produce 100 percent denim and denim-related products and is projected to execute between 22 million and 25 million yards annually, said Bo Dean, Twin Dragon vice president of sales.
Equipped with resource-saving machinery, the Tamaulipas facility will be Twin Dragon’s most sustainable facility yet. “We aim to provide all options in protecting our environment with our manufacturers in this region to maintain standards upholding to official requirements as well as offering a competitive edge to the market,” Dean said.
The mill, he added, is the first in North and Central America to offer eco finishing, which Bean described as a waterless finish applied to fabrics that reduces energy and chemical usage during wash and laser processing. “We are also one of the first mills in Mexico to use liquid indigo, which also reduces water usage and allows for zero discharge of hazardous chemicals (ZDHC),” Dean said.
With the mindset to “design global, deliver local,” the new addition to the Twin Dragon portfolio is just one part of the mill’s extensive strategy to give clients sustainable alternatives closer to home. Clients have access to fabrics made with recycled and biodegradable polyester, Tencel, Gracell and recycled cotton.
“We have been investing in environmental and sustainable practices since 2015 and will continue to move forward in this direction,” Dean said. “This is the only way we can continue to maintain business while preserving the environment for now and for future generations to come.”