An Phat Garment Joint Stock Company (JSC), a subsidiary of Vietnam's leading garment maker Nha Be Garment JSC (NBC), has begun construction on a new $2.4m garment plant.

The facility, called Hoai An garment plant, is in the Doc Truong Soi industrial area of Binh Dinh province. The first phase of the plant will produce T- shirts for export, and will have an annual capacity of 2.4m products.

The factory is due to come into operation this year, and will employ 1,000 people. The second phase of its development will double capacity.

Ho Chi Minh city based NBC supplies international brands, including Columbia, JCPenney, Marks & Spencer, Levi's, Zara, Perry Ellis and Decathlon.