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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.


China's changing role as the go-to for clothes sourcing 18 Jul 2019

China's role as the clothes sourcing go-to for most of the apparel industry is set to change, driven by a perfect storm of factors including labour costs, exchange rates and the cost of raw materials, and a rampant domestic market, according to John McClure, M&S head of sourcing for the Far East?.

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Better Work Vietnam marks 10-year anniversary 3 Jan 2020

Since its inception in 2009, the Better Work Vietnam programme has increased its footprint in the country’s garment industry to reach 392 active factories employing almost 600,000 workers.


Vietnam textile sector calls for industrial parks to improve competitiveness 2 Jan 2020

Vietnam’s government needs to help improve the country’s textile and apparel export power and competitiveness by building industrial parks specialising in textiles, the Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) has said.


Vietnam garment exports rise as orders seen slowing 20 Dec 2019

Vietnam's textile and apparel exports increased 7.7% in the first 11 months of the year, according to new figures, but concerns are rife that the sector is quickly losing business to other cheaper, developing countries.


Revised Vietnam labour code allows independent unions 26 Nov 2019

The fifth and latest version of Vietnam's labour code for the first time lets workers form or join a representative organisation of their own choosing – and has been praised by the International Labour Organization (ILO) for being better in line with universal fundamental labour rights.


Vietnam garment and textile exports up 9% in 10 months 5 Nov 2019

Vietnam's textile and apparel exports rose by nearly 9% in the first ten months of the year, new figures show, with the numbers supporting claims the country will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the US-China trade war as fashion firms move to alternative sourcing destinations.


Coats installs Vietnam rooftop solar power unit 22 Oct 2019

Industrial thread maker Coats has installed a rooftop solar power generation unit at its manufacturing facility in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.


Vietnam must invest in technology to stay competitive 15 Oct 2019

Relying on cheap labour is not enough to ensure Vietnam's garment and textile industry remains competitive, a recent seminar in Hanoi has heard, with investment in new technology key to increasing competitiveness and reducing environmental impact.


Public disclosure key to compliance on labour issues 14 Oct 2019

Publicly disclosing the compliance performance of individual firms in global supply chains is key to increased compliance over time in some "critical issues" such as occupational health and safety, work time and child labour, a new study has found.


A&E opens new thread making facility in Vietnam 4 Oct 2019

Sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) has opened a new manufacturing facility in Vietnam to provide expanded services and regional support for apparel, footwear, handbags, and other sewn products in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.


Vietnam labour code change shrouded in uncertainty 25 Sep 2019

Vietnam’s garment-makers have been worrying that a draft revised Labour Code will reduce their competitiveness – but four months after the draft was published there remains a strong chance it will never be enshrined into law.