Up to 6,000 jobs will be created when a massive new $70 million garment and textile complex that can produce up to 13 million pieces of clothing a year opens in northern Vietnam next year.

The huge knitwear and sportswear factory in the Bac Thang Long-Van Tri new urban zone in Dong Anh District will also boast a material and accessories factory, packing plant and a spinning factory that can produce up to 5,000 tons of fibre a year.

The complex will be run by the Hanoi General Production and Import-Export Corporation (Haprosimex) which is aiming for revenue of $66.7m in 2002 and 15 per cent growth.