The old dock for transporting cocoons near the Tanqiu Silk Reeling Factory.
Inflated elastic silk with geometric designs on a blue ground, developed by Huajia Silk Co. Ltd, won first prize at the 2013 National Awards for Scientific and Technological Progress from CNTAC.
The Huajia Group has made use of old factory buildings and facilities to develop silk culture tourism. This is a demonstration garden for a variety of mulberry species.
Iron-wooden loom of yesteryear.
Old cocoon drying equipment.
Prior to China’s reform and opening-up policy, the Huajia Investment Group, located in Shengze Town, was the township-run Tanqiu Silk Reeling Factory. In its new incarnation, the group developed rapidly over the course of 40 years from a factory with a single reeling business to today’s specialized pure silk enterprise, one that combines R&D, production and marketing and that covers the entire business chain—from breeding of silkworm eggs, mulberry tree cultivation, silkworm raising, silk reeling, yarn twisting, weaving, dyeing, to garment production. In the fierce market competition of recent years, Huajia has followed the road of independent innovation, striving to make its silk cocoon business better and stronger. The overall improvement in its core competitiveness has given the enter-prise powerful vitality and enabled it to contribute to advances in China’s pure silk industry as a whole.
When the Tanqiu Silk Reeling Factory was founded in 1970, there were only 24 employees and 12 reeling machines. In three rounds of technology renewal, the factory got rid of the obsolete reeling machines and achieved automated production in 1990. After 1991, by means of joint ventures, restructuring and takeovers, the enterprise expanded its operations across the silk industry as a whole, making its production chain more complete. It was renamed Jiangsu Huajia Investment Group in 2005. The next year it began investing in a sericulture base in Xiangzhou County, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Taking a vertical integration approach of “company + base + farmers,” the group expanded its production chain to mulberry tree cultivation and silkworm raising, and this project forms part of the Ministry of Commerce’s “Western Shift of the Eastern Mulberry Project,” to move sericulture from the east of China to the west.