Officials in Seoul on Monday unveiled a series of initiatives as part of an ambitious industry blueprint aimed at doubling the country’s textile and apparel exports to $30 billion by 2010.

The plan, drawn up by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy, includes boosting the market share of fashion apparel exports from five per cent to 10 per cent in the next eight years.

A state-of-the-art digital dye factory where operators can manage colour control, logistics and trade online will also be set up as will a huge new fashion venue so companies can showcase their products.

New research centres for the development of net silk and sports textiles will also be established along while cotton spinners will be encouraged to invest in new hi-tech equipment.

"In a drive to make textiles one of Korea's leading export products, we will boost support for the industry, particularly in the industrial textile, fashion design and dye-processing sectors," the ministry said in a statement.

"We hope to pull up our trade surplus in the industry to $20bn from the current $11bn by 2010."