HANGZHOU - Chinese maternal and infant goods brand Babycare has entered into strategic partnerships with speciality fibre manufacturer Eastman and pressure-sensitive adhesive tapes producer Avery Dennison, with the aim of creating products for the maternity and parenting sector.
Babycare has continued expanding its strategic alliance network over the past few years by selecting quality materials from partners worldwide based on product innovation and quality control. The signing of the new agreements with Eastman and Avery Dennison increases Babycare's number of its strategic partners worldwide to eight, following tie-ups with Symrise, Sateri, Lycra, Henkel, Signify and Dow Chemical Company. The array of partnerships covers a wide range of sectors, including fibres, adhesives and lighting products.
Babycare plans to establish a long-term, extensive strategic alliance with Eastman whereby both firms, by engaging in-depth collaborations involving the R&D and supply of raw materials as well as supply chain support services, will jointly develop innovative materials and product solutions that are safe and sustainable for parents and newborns while exploring possible collaborations in the realms of functional materials and eco-friendly fibers.
To meet the expectations among Chinese households for high-quality sippy cups, Babycare teamed up with Eastman and started applying the specialty materials maker's new-generation copolyester Tritan to sippy cups in 2017, the same year that the material had begun witnessing wide application across the Chinese maternal and infant sector.
Babycare formed a partnership with international professional adhesive tape supplier Avery Dennison in 2021. Their collaborative efforts have produced a disposable tape solution suitable for the soft bottom layer of Babycare Camellia Gentle series pull-up pants. Through joint research, the two companies have addressed pain points facing the industry by enhancing product quality and user experience through an improvement to the bonding method between the disposable tape and the outer layer material.
Currently, Avery Dennison's disposable and front waist tapes have been applied to various product lines of Babycare pull-up pants. With the new strategic partnership, Babycare and Avery Dennison expect to engage in comprehensive, in-depth collaborations involving R&D, supply chain, marketing and product quality control.
"Both Eastman and Avery Dennison are world-leading international material science companies and share their philosophy and values with Babycare in terms of safety, innovation and sustainability," said Babycare founder and CEO Kuo Li. "We plan to continuously provide users with reliable, valuable innovative products and services through the tie-ups with the two firms, with the ultimate goal of raising quality standards throughout the maternal and infant sector."
"Eastman is committed to effectively enhancing the quality of day-to-day life by making every day safer, easier and better," added Zhang Chunyan, commercial director of Eastman's Specialty Plastics Division for the Asia Pacific region. "By building a new strategic partnership with Babycare, one of the top Chinese mother and baby brands, Eastman serves as a model for industry peers when it comes to expanding business in China and promoting the concept of delivering products that are healthy and safe there."