1970s
1978
Esquel Group was founded by Yang Yuan Loong (Y.L.).
First office opened in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.
Esquel acquired Eastern Garments in Penang, Malaysia.
Esquel acquired Textile Industries Limited in Mauritius.
1979
Esquel established its first US representative office in New York.
1980s
1980
Esquel established its first U.K. representative office.
1982
Esquel established Eastern Garment in Kelantan, Malaysia.
1983
Esquel became a shareholder of Polytex Garments Limited in Sri Lanka in 1983. Polytex Garments Limited was wholly owned by Esquel starting from end of March 2018.
1984
Esquel created the PYE concept and established the first PYE boutique in Hong Kong.
1988
Esquel formed a joint venture, Golden Field United Textiles Limited, in Gaoming, Foshan. It became fully owned by Esquel in 1996 and was renamed Guangdong Esquel Textiles Limited in 2000.
1990s
1992
Polytex set up a garment factory in Kegalle, Sri Lanka.
1993
Ningbo Esquel Apparel Company Limited commenced operation.
1994
Changzhou Esquel Garment Company Limited and Changzhou Esquel Knitting Apparel Company Limited commenced operation.
1995
Marjorie Yang was appointed Chairman of the Esquel Group.
Phase 1 of a spinning mill in Turpan, Xinjiang was set up, with 30,000 spindles.
1997
Phase 2 of the spinning mill in Turpan, Xinjiang was completed, expanding its capacity to 50,000 spindles.
1998
Esquel set up two additional manufacturing facilities in Yangmei, Gaoming.
Esquel formed a joint venture cotton farm, Xinjiang White Field Company, near Kashgar, Xinjiang, covering 6,500 acres of farm land.
Esquel took over a cotton spinning factory in Urumqi, Xinjiang, which was equipped with 40,000 spindles.
2000s
2000
Group headquarters moved to Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
Esquel established the Group Research and Development Center in Gaoming, completing its Vertically Integrated Supply Chain.
2001
Esquel Garment Manufacturing (Vietnam) Company Limited commenced operation.
Esquel’s inaugural Sustainable Development Conference was held.
2003
The Esquel-Y.L. Yang Education Foundation was established.
Akesu Esquel Agricultural Development Company Limited in Xinjiang was set up.
2004
The ginning mill, Akesu Esquel Cotton Industrial Company Limited, commenced operations.
2007
Esquel launched a pilot project, together with Standard Chartered Bank, to provide micro-financing to farmers in Xinjiang.
2008
John Cheh was appointed CEO of the Group.
2009
Changji Esquel Textile Company Limited commenced operation.
Extra Long Staple (ELS) cotton "Esquel 1" received the prestigious Xinhai 33 accreditation.
The highest possible woven yarn count, 330s/3, was introduced.

2010s

2010s
2011
Eastern Garment factory in Malaysia reopened.
Esquel acquired Guilin Yinhai Textiles Group.
2012
Fenghua Esquel Garment Company Limited commenced operation.
Taizhou Esquel Garment Company Limited commenced operation.
Guilin Esquel Textiles Company Limited commenced operation.
Esquel announced Integral project in Guilin, an eco-tourism industrial park.
Celebrated the opening of a new unit at the Koggala factory in Sri Lanka.
Esquel expanded its Hong Kong office at Eastern Central Plaza.
PYE New Concept Store opened at Pacific Place, Hong Kong.
Esquel produced the finest cotton yarn in the world, with yarn counts up to 700.
2013
The Esquel Sustainability Council was established.
Esquel became the first supplier in the textile and apparel sector to be accredited by the Fair Labor Association.
The 2013 Esquel Sustainability Symposium was held, laying the groundwork for the Integral Conversation conferences.
2014
Esquel Garment Manufacturing Vietnam - Hoa Binh Company Limited commenced operation.
PYE opened a new store in Central, Hong Kong.
The first Integral Conversation was held in Guilin.
Esquel announced a new vision statement: Making a Difference.
Esquel set up the Xinjiang Research and Development Centre.
2015
Esquel celebrated the 50th anniversary of Eastern Garment Manufacturing.
Esquel completed the world’s first genome sequencing project for Sea Island cotton in collaboration with the Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese National Human Genome Center in Shanghai, and Nanjing Agricultural University.
Esquel published its first Group Sustainability Report.
2016
Yuan Loong #5, entitled Xinhai #50, was examined and approved as a new Extra Long Staple (ELS) cotton species by the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Xinjiang celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Launch of DETERMINANT, Esquel’s second retail brand.
2017
A highly automated production facility at the Changji Esquel Textile Company Limited commenced operation, with 30,000 spindles.
Yuan Loong #10, the first co-bred Extra Long Staple (ELS) cotton variety with Xinjiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, was named as Xinhai #55 by Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
2018
Yang Tang’s Specialty Spinning Mill in Guilin broke ground on June 6.
A new Extra Long Staple (ELS) cotton variety, named as Xinhai #63, was examined and approved by Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Specialty Spinning Mill at Integral commenced operation in September.
“Polytex Garments Limited” has been renamed to “Esquel Sri Lanka Ltd”. The change of company name demonstrated our commitment to the operations in Sri Lanka and affirmed the strategic position of Sri Lanka site to the Group.
2019
After four years of pre-trial, district trial and production test, Yuan Loong 17, Esquel’s new self-bred Sea Island cotton (commercially known as Extra-Long-Staple (ELS)), was authorized and publicized by the 10th Main Crop Variety Assessment Committee of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.