Garment maker Van Laack Asia has opened a new US$3m production facility in the Ngoc Hoi Industrial Zone in Hanoi's Thanh Tri district.

German-backed Van Laack expects the 10,000-sq-m plant to turn out more than 600,000 garments for export annually and to open up 600 jobs.

Van Laack CEO Christian von Daniels was reported by VNA as saying: "In 1992, we selected Vietnam as a production site outside Germany for our expansion of operations despite the fact that, at that point in time, no other investors had any experience in Vietnam.

"Today, when Vietnam has become a member of WTO and the investment relations between the two countries flourish, we strongly believe we made the right decision."

German Ambassador to Vietnam Christian Ludwig Weber-Lortsch said the company's expansion symbolised successful German investment in Vietnam.