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Esquel Group signs FastReact deal


Global apparel manufacturer, Esquel Group, adopts UK system to support growth plan

(DERBY, UK., 15 SEPTEMBER, 2011) Esquel Group, one of the world’s largest  producers of apparel for brands including Hugo Boss, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren and Lacoste has signed a deal to use FastReact’s planning software as part of ambitious plans for the growth and increased productivity of its business.

 The company produces nearly 100 million cotton shirts every year and turned to FastReact in order to centralise its capacity management and production planning capabilities across its manufacturing facilities in China, Malaysia, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

Work has already begun on rolling out the software across the group’s Hong Kong head office and worldwide facilities that cover its production lines, multi-stage manufacturing processes as well as pre-production activities. The Group Director of Information Technology of Esquel Group, Bridget Chan, said the organisation needed to make significant improvements to its management planning capabilities in order to achieve its projected growth plans.

“Esquel’s vertically integrated supply chain and worldwide operations require seamless and effective planning and controlled execution to meet customers’ rapidly changing demands and remain competitive in this fast moving  industry.” said Bridget.

“FastReact will enable us to develop a disciplined and systematic approach in production planning and control.”

“We are very excited as we recognise FastReact’s potential as much more than just planning; it is a powerful management tool that helps Esquel to operate more effectively at all levels.”

“FastReact can streamline our business communication and coordination, allowing us to easily centralise information from our worldwide operations; this in turn will greatly increase visibility in our supply chain, improve production efficiency, maximise on time delivery and maximise the ability to respond quickly to customers’ demand.”

Esquel Group’s agreement to adopt FastReact is a huge accolade for the Derby-based company according to its Managing Director, Andrew Brown.

“In a competitive marketplace we are delighted that an operation on the scale of Esquel Group recognised the capabilities of FastReact and how it can improve the efficiency of its entire operation from the factory floor to the boardroom.” said Andrew.

“The pressure on all manufacturers, including Esquel Group has never been greater and it’s vital that they have systems which can enable them to plan quickly and effectively to support the ever-changing needs of their customers.”

“FastReact has been developed specifically for the apparel industry in order to give easy centralised visibility to all stages of manufacture. It also has the flexibility to be easily integrated into a supply chain and is an intuitive system for use at all levels.”

Esquel Group is expecting FastReact to be fully rolled out within 12 months thereby helping it to maintain its competitive edge as one of the world’s leading textile and apparel manufacturers to brands like Brooks Brothers, Hugo Boss, Nike and Tommy Hilfiger.

About Esquel Group

Esquel Group is one of the leading textile and apparel manufacturers in the world, with production facilities in China, Malaysia, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, and a network of branches servicing key markets in China, Europe, Japan and the US. Its vertically integrated operation includes cotton farming, spinning, weaving, knitting, dyeing, finishing, garment manufacturing, trims and accessories.

With a workforce of 54,000, Esquel manufactures 96 million cotton shirts annually for leading brands like Brooks Brothers, Lacoste, Hugo Boss, Next, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, providing them one-stop cotton shirt solutions.

Esquel’s apparel and textile production is complemented by strong product development capabilities. The Group’s design and merchandising teams work closely with its research and development centre to develop finishes such as wrinkle free that give Esquel the cutting edge in the apparel industry. 

About FastReact

Solutions for the fashion industry supply chain. Its specialist software is specifically designed for and used extensively by companies involved in Garment/Apparel, Textiles, Footwear and associated industries.

The Fast React Systems (FRS) range of products offer highly visual, easy to use solutions, which focus on delivering ‘competitive advantage’ in difficult and volatile industry sectors, through improved visibility, coordination and control.

Its customers include many well-known names involved in the various stages of production, sourcing and retailing of fashion products.

With an intimate knowledge of the fashion industry at every level, FRS offers industry specific expertise and consultancy advice to companies facing the numerous demands of the modern fashion supply chain.

In 2008 FRS were presented with the prestigious Queen’s Award in recognition of their outstanding achievements in International Trade.

Today Fast React Systems is a global company that develops markets, installs and supports software in more than 40 countries worldwide.


Ben Hanson Ben Hanson is one of WhichPLM’s top contributors. Ben has worked for magazines, newspapers, local government agencies, multi-million pound conservation projects, museums and creative publications before his eventual migration to the Retail, Footwear and Apparel industry.Having previously served as WhichPLM’s Editor, Ben knows the WhichPLM style, and has been responsible for many of our on-the-ground reports and interviews over the last few years. With a background in literature, marketing and communications, Ben has more than a decade’s worth of experience, and is now viewed as one of the industry’s best-known writers.