Nǐhǎo, H-OI.

Wuhan is the capital of China’s Hubei province. Covering an area of 186,000 km2, Hubei province is more than half the size of Germany. Wuhan is the most populous city in Central China (total population: 10,220,000). It lies in the eastern Jianghan Plain at the intersection of the middle reaches of the Yangtze and Han rivers. It is a major transportation hub, with dozens of railways, roads and urban motorways passing through the city. Because of its key role in domestic transportation, Wuhan is sometimes referred to as the ‘Chicago of China’.

‘The Wuhan office is essential for us because it allows us to be closer to source. H-OI is developing an inland China supplier portfolio to gain price advantages for our customers over more expensive coastal China suppliers’ says Simon Aliband, Regional Director North Asia. ‘We see strong potential for both wovens and circular knits. The office opened on 5 January and we plan to hire a further six staff in the next few months. In the start-up phase, Wuhan staff will look after bonprix, Otto and Witt and report to the Shanghai office. It is an important addition to our existing offices in China: Shanghai, Dongguan, Qingdao, Xiamen and Hong Kong.’