THAILAND: Flooding takes toll on textile and clothing industry
According to the latest figures from the Thai Garment Manufacturer Association (TGMA), more than 160 companies in Thailand's textile industry are now reeling from widespread flooding which has crippled the country over the last few weeks.
About 22 textile companies and 142 garment companies in Thailand have been hit by floods, the association's secretary general Mr Yuttana Silpsarnvitch told just-style. The floods have stopped around 25% of the country's garment production, with some firms unable to continue because of the broken supply chain, he said.
The association is still gathering information from its members. "The government is now trying hard to contain the water flow and make it dry as soon as possible," Mr Yuttana said, adding other state support for the industry would be announced soon.
"We are helping to share information on finding dry areas to use as temporary production spaces and sourcing material," he said.
The association is also working with a sewing machine company to help fix association member machinery damaged by the floods.
Thai media reports have claimed production is expected to be delayed for a month because of shortage of materials.
This is because flooding has been especially serious in the Phetchakasem, Bang Kae, Aom Yai and Aom Noi areas which are home to concentrations of upstream weaving, bleaching and dyeing companies. Many have had to close because their waste-water treatment systems have been submerged.
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