Japanese trading firm Marubeni Corporation is seeking to collaborate with Vietnamese manufacturers to set up new garment production facilities to make garments for export to its home market.

Its plans were unveiled during a meeting between Marubeni officials and the Vietnam National Textile and Apparel Group (Vinatex) in Ho Chi Minh city.

So far, Marubeni has been sourcing garments including shirts, towels and protective clothes from some of Vietnam’s leading garment makers such as Viettien, Hoa Tho and Phong Phu Corp.

According to Mr Katsuhisa Yabe, executive officer of Marubeni’s Lifestyle Division, Chinese-made garments are currently flooding Japan – with around 60% of uniforms for government officials now made in China.

The Japanese firm is already shifting orders from China to Vietnam. And Vinatex has introduced it to some local garment manufacturers who also want to expand production.