Scientists in Thailand said on Monday they have developed cheap new textile technology that cuts embroidered logos from fabric and could save the huge industry a fortune in costly imports.

Experts at the King Mongkut's University of Technology have made four prototypes of the machines which use a high-powered laser beam or heated blade to cuts embroidered labels from cloth.

They say the technology, which took four years to develop, costs up to 80 per cent less than imported machines and they are now hoping to market the technology to some of the nation's leading apparel firms.