China Sail Factory is the future of worldwide sailmaking.
Sails are now being mass produced on the Chinese mainland
sophisticated industrial engineering.
Low cost Sails - China Sail Factory in Huang Jiang
Company divisions & Manufacturing process
blend of sail-making standarts and technological innovation
China Sail Factory
Sails are now being mass produced on the Chinese mainland by combining sophisticated industrial engineering.
These advanced China SF sails can he found on many successful high-profile fast raceboats, from dinghies to Volvo round-the-world racers.
The China factory encompasses 200,000 sq ft , which includes 3 large sailmaking areas, and several smaller ones.
China Sail Factory quite deliberately does not have a direct relationship with the end userthe sail-buying public. Instead,CSF operates via established sailmakers. Its aim is to create whatever sail the sailmaking client designs, rather than to impose any of its own standards or design concepts on the final product.
The result must look and function just the same as a sail made by the client sailmaker in a loft in Florida, or Maryland, or UK-Cowes. It must be complete with whatever hallmarks, patch shapes, or corner finishing, or batten-pocket style,that differentiate one sailmaker's quality products from another.
Getting the Design Right
China Sail Factory takes the sail design and turns it into a finished quality sail. The completed sail ships from CSF with the sailmaker's logo on it. There are also numerous lesser-known clients. In certain respects, the combination of widely available design software and CSF's manufacturing expertise levels the playing field between large and small sail-makers.
Between the client and production
CSF's Engineering is the critical intermediary between the sailmaking client and the production department. Engineering checks the options and pricing of the online order options and pricing. It then reviews the online production information sheet, or PIS, for completeness and consistency against the computerized design file that the sailmaker sent in, and against a "jpg" and "pdf" file showing panel layouts and custom details. Materials is derived listing all the necessary components for the sail.
"Traditional sailmakers can make decisions on the shop floor. We can't do that. Our sails are moving too fast. Everything has to be pre-planned to work as a production process. "- director says
Cut-and-Sew CSF department
The cut and sew department makes traditional Dacron sails, that have no customized fibers.
China Company CSF one-design division
China Sail Factory's one-design division was created in January 2006. Although one-design sails are technologically no different from those made in the company's cutand-sew and membrane divisions , CSF felt that the exacting requirements of one-design sailmaking required a specialized focus. An immediate success story has been the 420, a very popular one-design sails dinghy class. Four of the top 10 boats at the world championship. employed sails built by CSF. Simon Cook from New Zealand, who placed second and narrowly missed first People don't realize it, but the new' China should be recognized for its technology and quality." This reminded me of a comment made by CSF managing director John Rroclie during one of our discussions about cheap labor: "It not only enables us to compete on price," said managing director, "it also allows us to put the kind of built quality into a sail that simply can't be afforded in America and Europe any more." Brodie's remarks are reflected in CSF's rapidly expanding one-design division, with orders coming in for everything from J/24s through Swan 45s to Farr 65s.
String Boat Sails
This sails is a fascinating blend of technological innovation and sail-making standarts. The string sails machine operates from a computerized file created by the CFS's engineering department, simultaneously laying down eight parallel srrings of the pattern and fiber specified by the client to match the load paths in the sail.
The dditional layers of material are coated with glue and laminated to the string layer under high pressure. Depending on the sail's anticipated end use, those additional layers range from a minimum closing layer of Mylar for a low-weight racing sail with a short life expectancy, to sandwiching layers of scrim, a checkerboard pattern of polyester or a rani id reinforcement or "Dacron taffeta" for long-lived cruising sails.
CSF is launching its own Custom Axis Laminate, or CAL, a low-cost string sail for the cruising community.
Each sail will be custom designed, as with contemporary string sails, with the strings laid down more or less on the load paths within the sail. However, instead of the strings being curved to exactly follow those load parhs, they will be straight, only approximating the load paths. That will greatly speed production and lower costs. In spite of having six stringing machines, with 24-hour shifts on some of them, stringing is currently the production bottleneck at CSF.
The New Axis Laminat Sails
China Company is launching its own Custom Axis Laminate, or CAL, a low-cost string sail for the cruising community. Each sail will be custom designed, as with contemporary string sails, with the strings sail.
However, instead of the strings being curved to exactly follow those load paths, they will be straight, only approximating the load paths. That will greatly speed production and lower costs.
Low-Cost Labor & Manufacturing process management
String sails, even the CAL sails, are labor intensive and have exotic price tags when made in the developed world.
The primary reason for locating CSF in
is low-cost labor. For a similar reason, Quantum
Sails Company a loft in South Africa, North
Sails has long had a loft in Sri Lanka, and Hyde
Sails of the UK has recently opened a loft in die Philippines,
while Australian Sail Company Roily
Tasker has opened a large loft in Thailand. Typical of factories
in China, CSF has a dormitory block alongside its industrial sail
loft to house.
CSF is a Global sailmaker building yacht sails include a wide range of accessories and boat covers, in all types of sailcloth such as Nylon, Dacron, Aramid, Mylar, Technora and Carbon Laminates as well as Strung membrane load path-sails.
1305, Free Trade Centre
49 Tsun Yip Street
Kwun Tong, Kowloon, China