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UPW Commercial Creativity

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UPW Commercial Creativity

The UPW yarn collection comprises of woollen-spun, semi-worsted and fancy twisted yarns, all dyed and spun at our own facilities in Dongguan, China. We are the worlds largest woollen yarn spinner.

UPW are now established as an internationally renowned spinner, providing the best quality trend-led commercial yarns to leading designers, brands and retailers worldwide.

Each season our design and R&D teams research trends and make technical evolutions, to create collections of beautiful knitwear yarns for you.

Our uniqueness stems from all of our extensive collections of yarns being genuinely stock supported.
This massive stock holding of colours and qualities allows us to give you a fast-response, and which enables you to sample with ease and confidence.

And with minimums as low as 1 kilo we give you maximum flexibility.

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Creativity on Demand

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Creativity on Demand

Take advantage of our own in-house fancy yarn workshop to create wonderful fancy twists and gorgeous textures using our core stock yarns. We give you the advantage to be creative with colour, tailoring your own unique combinations from our extensive palettes.

This unique approach to customer service enables you to sample rapidly and flexibly, with maximum creativity.

Because we lovingly make each yarn in our own spinning workshops, we can offer you this wonderful individual service, which we call Creativity on Demand.

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UPW StockChecker

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UPW StockChecker

UPW launch our new online real-time UPW StockChecker service to manage all your sampling requirements.

UPW StockChecker helps you to make instant decisions when working out your sampling requirements. It drastically reduces the time required to make colouring decisions, which allows more time for creative decision making.

UPW StockChecker is an app for your iphone, and can also be used directly from our website www.upwhk.com.

From reserving stock for sampling or bulk, to assisting you with your colour selections, UPW StockChecker brings information to life.

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Exceeding High Standards

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Exceeding High Standards

A full gamut of eco-certifications proves that we consistently exceed the strictest of quality standards, and that our products originate from the most responsible of sources.

All of UPW’s yarns are produced in-house under strict quality controls. We are therefore able to monitor and authenticate production to the finest detail.

We regard this to be an important issue, as customers deserve to be assured of consistent quality.

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Serious Environmental Commitment

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Serious Environmental Commitment

UPW are an extremely socially responsible company, with a true commitment to environmental protection and sustainability, throughout the production process.

UPW are a part of the BCI programme. The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) stewards the global standards to make cotton production better for the people who produce it and better for the environment, by bringing together cotton’s complex supply chain, from the farmers to the retailers. It nurtures knowledge of best practices, and thus supports the farmers.

It is initiatives like this that we are proud to be part of, where not only is the product improved but also the impact on peoples welfare.

We are very aware that sustainability is not just about the provenance of the raw fibre, but also about the impact on society.

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Peace of Mind

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Peace of Mind

Animal Welfare Policy

Importantly UPW source top-grade raw materials, and we have our own stringent Animal Welfare Policy which we rigorously uphold. This is both our guarantee and our ethos to do things right.

UPW are fully committed to using responsibly sourced raw materials, including the use of fibres derived from animals. This animal welfare policy is part of the UPW Ethos, a commitment to uphold our principles for all fibres and products that we source

UPW source all our products with integrity, to uphold the highest quality of our products, and to honor our ethical values, with a genuine respect for nature and the environment

Our fibre sourcing team ensure that all animal derived hair, such as angora, cashmere, mohair and wool, is obtained from sources who maintain the highest possible standards of animal welfare.

UPW do not source any fibres obtained by live plucking or skinning, and no animals are slaughtered specifically for the production of any of our products. Animal fibres are responsibly harvested by clipping, shearing and by natural shedding

Animals used in the production of our raw materials must be provided with water, food, and health care, and reared in an environment appropriate to their care and use. Animals should be properly handled in ways that minimize fear, pain, stress, and suffering

UPW maintains regular inspections of its raw material sources, and requires assurances from its suppliers that they adhere to our policies

 

UPW Directors, September 2012

 

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Pioneering Angora Welfare

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Pioneering Angora Welfare

UPW angora fibre comes from one carefully regulated farm, which has exemplary standards. It is a model farm which is an initiative between the farmer, the government and a university, and is a testbed of the best methods of animal husbandry.

Our angora is hand clipped from the rabbit, which at no point in the process is under stress.

The angora rabbits live in large cages which are well ventilated and constructed to keep the rabbits clean. They are well fed and watered, and their health is regularly monitored.

We are so proud of this facility that we invite our customers to visit to see for themselves. And we regularly visit too, to ensure that standards are being maintained.

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First Class Service

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First Class Service

At UPW we have made it our mission to provide only the finest yarns to our customers.

Our insistence on quality on-trend yarns, genuine stock support, state-of-the-art production facilities, and compliance with international eco-standards are what earns us businesses from all around the world. 98% of UPW’s yarns are sold to markets in Europe, the US, and Japan. We are proud to say that 95% of our annual business is generated from returning customers.

You will find UPW to be an excellent partner in helping you turn ideas into reality, season after season.

Accessing our offices and representatives is easy. With a dynamic customer base, UPW maintains strategically located offices covering the time zones of all major markets: head office in Hong Kong, branch offices in the UK and Amsterdam, and our mills and dye-house in Dongguan, China’s textile manufacturing powerhouse.

Our representatives always have the latest production and availability information to hand. UPW uses advanced TQM (Total Quality Management) and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems to monitor production quality and smartly manage production every step along the way. Progress information is relayed to all departments in real time, which enables us to consistently turn out the highest quality products quickly and maintain on-time delivery.

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Innovating For Efficiency

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Innovating For Efficiency

UPW have a multitude of environmental initiatives being developed to promote conservations throughout our entire operations.

All of our initiatives results in an admirable company ethos which provides yarns that can be trusted.

Production facilities are constantly upgraded to run as efficiently as possible. All UPW factories and offices are fitted with energy saving equipment. Conservation includes from operating a paperless office to reducing the amount of packaging by proactively collecting the boxes from customers for reuse.

UPW are fittingly proud of the water treatment facilities in our Dongguan dying operations, where emissions regulations are continually exceeded.

Our ERP and barcode scanning systems, which are used to monitor production and storage through to delivery, are prime examples of how the business is motivated for efficiency.

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Encouraging New Generations

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Encouraging New Generations

UPW are proud of our connections with colleges in Hong Kong and the UK. We know it is important to support the development of the next generation of international designers through sponsorship and projects.

UPW have close links with Hong Kong Polytechnic where we sponsor students and fashion shows.

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