Buhler Quality Yarns' biggest market is high-end knit fashion apparel. We supply most of our yarn to Central America and the west coast of the US.
Which are the new markets you plan to explore?
I would describe it as moving back to our roots. We have made a concerted effort to find and create new opportunities in the cotton woven market. This was the beginning of Buhler Quality Yarns in the 1990s, and much of that business moved out of the US in the early 2000s. We are now seeing some of this business return, and we are working to take advantage of this.
To which countries and brands do you primarily export?
The primary countries we export to are Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Our yarns eventually end up at many of the major brands sometimes imported, and also produced locally.
What are the differentiating factors between yarn manufactured in the United States of America and in Switzerland?
The yarns made in Switzerland tend to be finer than what we produce. They also have a few yarns that we do not produce like Siro Spun and air-jet, while in the US we offer slub yarns that are not available in Switzerland.
What is the kind of budget allocated for R&D? Please mention some of the innovations from Buhler Yarns.
Buhler Quality Yarns constantly works on the development of new products, but we do it in conjunction with our fibre suppliers. We also focus on finishing and yarn treatments that can give our yarns unique properties. While they may not be 100 per cent Buhler innovations, we work to perfect their performance in the market. Our Rainbow cationic-dyed yarns for heather yarns and TransDry moisture management for cotton yarns are just two examples.
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