Xinjiang has attracted major textile companies from East and South China to set up branches and factories, as the largest cotton grower in China. Aksu, Kashgar and Hotan in Southern Xinjiang are major producers of cotton. Aksu's long-staple cotton output accounts for 93 percent of the country's total.
According to Sun Weiting, these factories do not only produce textiles, but are also involved in a fashion designing, developing platform and intelligent and digital machines for developing environmentally-friendly textiles. The textile mill is owned by Huafu Fashion, the world's largest supplier of melange yarn, which is based in east China's Zhejiang Province.
The company also invested 2.5 billion yuan to build a dyeing industrial park in Aksu, which is designed with a capacity for dyeing and printing 100,000 tonne of cotton yarn a year. The world's largest textile mill for spinning colored yarn was launched in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Built with an investment of 5 billion yuan ($735 million), the mill in Aksu, southern Xinjiang, will see one million spindles installed by the end of the year.