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How Better Work is helping factories respond to Covid-19 3 Apr 2020

The Better Work initiative is ramping up its response to the global Covid-19 pandemic by offering advice and assistance to governments, garment factories and workers in the countries where it operates – including Vietnam, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nicaragua and Jordan.


Vietnam misses key targets of textile-garment plan 11 Nov 2019

Eleven years after Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade approved its textile and garment industry development strategy for 2010-2020, the availability of domestically-made textile inputs remains a major problem that continues to hinder clothing manufacturers in the country.


Steps to successful sourcing in Vietnam 14 Oct 2019

Trade and political tensions between China and the US have moved many companies to consider sourcing in other areas in Southeast Asia, and especially Vietnam. While challenges abound, it is possible to build good relationships with factories, as Alexander Twibill, director of marketing for HQTS Group, explains.


Buyer beware – Vietnam sourcing is not the same as China 27 Sep 2019

US clothing brands and retailers mulling a sourcing switch to Vietnam to avoid the ongoing tariff war with China need to sharpen up – because doing business with Vietnamese trading partners is very different from working with Chinese suppliers.


Vietnam garment labour standards continue to improve 9 Aug 2019

Compliance rates on core labour standards in Vietnam's garment sector have significantly improved on last year – but violations continue to be found in areas such as worker protection, overtime and occupational safety and health.

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Vietnam anticipates fall in export turnover during 2020 14 May 2020

The Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) said the industry booked a 2.02% drop in export turnover to US$8.4bn during the first quarter of 2020 and warns the situation is likely to get worse as the impact of the coronavirus outbreak continues to take effect.


Vietnam's PPJ to develop new performance materials 29 Apr 2020

Vietnam based high-performance textile and garment manufacturer Phong Phu International (PPJ) is to develop new innovative fabrics with functional finishes as part of a strategic partnership with dyes and chemicals specialist Huntsman Textile Effects.


Saitex plans 2020 opening of LA "factory of the future" 23 Apr 2020

Denim manufacturing giant Saitex says it plans to open its new automated facility in Los Angeles and a mill in Vietnam by the end of the year, despite the disruption the coronavirus (Covid-19) has caused the industry.


Pou Chen Vietnam unit told to halt footwear production 14 Apr 2020

A unit of Taiwan's Pou Chen Corp, one of the world's largest manufacturers of branded athletic and casual footwear with customers including Nike and Adidas, has been ordered to halt operations at its Vietnamese production unit over concerns at how it is handling social distancing measures, local media say.


EU Council gives green light to Vietnam trade deal 6 Apr 2020

The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) could enter into force by early summer 2020 after the European Council adopted a decision on the conclusion of the deal.


Vietnam textile sector anticipates $467m hit from coronavirus 31 Mar 2020

The Vietnamese textile and garment sector could see a VND11trn (US$467m) hit from the fallout of coronavirus, one of the country's main textile groups has said. 


Vietnam makers fear production hit from raw material shortage 17 Mar 2020

Concerns are rising among Vietnamese garment producers about whether they have enough raw materials to be able to continue production into the second quarter. 


Vietnam turns to India for raw materials supply? 3 Mar 2020

Vietnam is considering India as a supplier for raw materials to its garment and textile sector amid a shortage linked to the coronavirus outbreak that began in China at the tail end of last year.


Vietnam confident of garment export boost through EVFTA 26 Feb 2020

Vietnam is confident the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) will be an opportunity to increase the export of textiles and footwear, while also playing an important role with those export commodities facing difficulties due to the impact of coronavirus.


Vietnam's footwear sector set to hit 2020 export targets 13 Feb 2020

Vietnam’s footwear industry is confident of hitting its export target of US$24bn this year, the sector’s trade association has said, as the country takes advantage of a shift in sourcing as a result of the US-China trade war.