Adidas says it remains committed to sourcing in China and will continue to work with more than 300 suppliers there despite shutting its only company-owned Chinese apparel factory earlier this year.
said in an e-mailed statement to chinadaily.com, "China has been, and
will remain, a key sourcing market for the adidas Group. It is true that
we are rationalizing our sourcing structure and this has resulted in
the termination of contracts with 10 suppliers. Nevertheless, adidas has
fulfilled all of its contractual obligations with the suppliers to the
satisfaction of all parties and will continue to partner with more than
300 supplier factories in China."
According to China Business
News, Adidas may face legal action after it terminated contracts with
several Chinese suppliers. They say they are not satisfied with the
compensation they received because machines and software systems were
tailored for Adidas.
In August, Adidas said it would close an
apparel factory in Suzhou, in Jiangsu province, as well as terminate
contracts with five suppliers in the country as it restructures its
China sourcing infrastructure to gain efficiencies.
also said earlier that it plans to open 500 to 600 stores in lower-tier
cities by the end of the year mainly in the western and northwestern
parts of China.