WKS and Denim Village establish joint venture in Bulgaria
Wilsum, 27 September 2016. WKS Bulgaria EOOD, based in the southern Bulgarian town of Kardzhali, has embarked on a joint venture with Denim Village, a full-service premium supplier of denim garments from Saray in Turkey. WKS Bulgaria belongs to Wilsumer WKS Textilveredlungs-GmbH, an international provider of quality assurance services for fashion and lifestyle products, which is part-owned by the Osnabrück-based fashion logistics company Meyer & Meyer. The new joint venture offers customers top-quality finishing processes, with expertise in premium blue denim. Denim Village has previously worked with labels such as Replay, Levis, Diesel and Scotch & Soda.
A 6,000 m2 washing and dyeing facility for finished garments has been established in Kardzhali. “It has enormous capacity for finishing operations, and means we will be able to offer our customers even more services in the future,” says Hadi Karasu, General Manager of Denim Village. The plant features numerous high-tech machinery – from special lasers to spraying robots. All the equipment will be operational within the next few weeks. “High-quality blue denim finishing really is a fine art, involving a complex process and lots of technology. For instance, finishing a pair of jeans can require up to 13 steps. Denim Village has an excellent reputation and many years’ experience in the premium denim sector, so we’re delighted to have them on board as a partner,” says WKS Managing Director Dr Wilfried Holtgrave. To ensure the joint venture consistently offers its customers the best possible services, additional staff will attend a specially developed training programme that is already up and running. “We expect our partnership in Bulgaria to create up to 150 new jobs,” predicts Holtgrave. Following its successful rollout, there may be further expansion at other international sites.
The WKS Group is an owner-managed group of companies headquartered in Wilsum, Germany. As an international provider of quality assurance services for fashion and lifestyle products, the company offers a comprehensive range of solutions for its customers in the textile, clothing and retail industries. Its services include goods inspection, fixing or removing colour or shade differences in finished goods and products sold by the metre, all washing and dyeing processes, as well as special effects. WKS Textilveredlungs-GmbH also handles garment finishing for its customers, including quality checks and physical and chemical technical testing in nationally accredited testing laboratories. The WKS Group is represented with its own sites in Germany, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey and the Dominican Republic, and its services are available throughout Europe. Visit www.wks-textil.de for more information.
About Denim Village
Denim Village is a full-service premium supplier of denim clothing headquartered in Saray, Turkey. Founded in 2001, the company produces high-quality jeans in production halls in Bulgaria and provides other services such as washing, finishing and product development. Thanks to its own laboratories, modular production and development facilities, and extensive expertise, Denim Village is well positioned to provide top-quality services. The company has 550 employees, is certified to various international standards and sells its products to customers in the premium and super-premium segments in Canada, Europe and the USA.