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On March 23, 2007, the Fourth Global Textile Economic Forum was held in Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. The theme of this Forum is “science & technology, brand & international cooperation”. The experts from Japan, Korea, America, France, Germany, Italy, Britain, India, Hong Kong and Taiwan participated the forum and gave speeches. The vice-chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, who is also the academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering—Mr. Xu Kuangdi addressed in the forum, Mr. Du Yuzhou, the president of China National Textile and Apparel Council gave a speech themed on “science & technology, brand & international cooperation”. Other guests presented at the forum also fully affirmed the rapid development of Chinese textile industry as well as its contributions to world textile industry, introduced the status quo of textile industry of their countries, as well as the latest progress of fiber technology & brand operation experience, they also expressed opinions on the future trends of global textile trade, international cooperation, intellectual property protection, social responsibility and other hot topics. SGS, as the only  third party organization invited by the organizer participated the forum, Mr. Spencer Yeung, the vice president of SGS Hong Kong made a speech on “The International Cooperation and Development of Textile Industry ---An International Third Party Perspective”.
With the trend of economic globalization, every business is seeking for the opportunity of existence and development in this integrated environment, and the textile industry is of no exception. As a typical labor intensive industry, processes including procurement, production, sales and distribution to the entire supply chain have grown mature and open. Now, the global textile and apparel industry has reached a new developmental stage. When the integration of trade becomes a new trend, international production structure and the geographical distribution has been changing. The new trend is not only an opportunity, but also a challenge for every individual in the global supply chain. We can find from the above situation that challenge and opportunity coexist currently in the textile globalization process. While the international cooperation and development is intensified, from a third party’s perspective such as SGS, the following three aspects are rather explicit: global quality standardization and cooperation; environmental and health protection , enhancing the corporate social responsibility.
The globalization of textile industry is conducive for the efficient resources allocation, reform of production technology and structural modification. With its impartiality, integrity and professionalism, SGS-an international third party organization, would provide timely and thorough information for local textile enterprises, promoting the communication between local and international market. Moreover, by means of inspection, testing and certification services, we would help enterprises to enhance product quality, optimize production process, minimize trade risk, create free trade environment with fair competition and ultimately promote a healthy and sustainable development of the global textile industry.