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Where next for minimum wages in Cambodia and Vietnam? 27 Sep 2017

Cambodia's tripartite talks that will set a new minimum wage limit for 2018 for the country's garment and textile sector opened this week, as Vietnam pay discussions are also moving ahead.


Vietnam grows share of US apparel imports in 2016 17 Feb 2017

Falling prices and an industry focus on specialisation and increasing value added have all helped Vietnam increase its share of US imports over the last year.


Business as usual for Vietnam sourcing without TPP 12 Dec 2016

Vietnam's clothing and textile industry has been assessing the impact of losing a huge anticipated garment export boost under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) now that US president-elect Donald Trump has promised to sign an executive order pulling out of the 12-nation trade deal.


Will new Vietnam wage hinder competitiveness? 19 Oct 2016

Vietnam's National Salary Council may have agreed to increase the country-wide minimum wage next year by the smallest proportion in a decade, but the country's clothing manufacturers are still warning this will be a hike too far.


TPP tariff phase-out can steer Vietnam sourcing plans 15 Jul 2016

A close look at the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s tariff phase-out schedule on US textile and apparel imports from Vietnam can guide sourcing decisions and investment strategies in the years ahead, according to Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware.

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Hyosung to make Vietnam global production base 16 Feb 2018

South Korean fibre giant Hyosung is to increase its investment in Vietnam for all of its core products, including textiles, as it looks to utilise the country as a global production base.


Vietnam grows share of US apparel imports in 2017 9 Feb 2018

Vietnam's garment sector has benefited as producers and buyers diversify their supply chains, and the latest data shows the country has continued to increase its share of US apparel imports over the last few years.


Vietnam textile stocks up amid TPP progress 30 Jan 2018

Vietnam's textile stocks appear to have reacted positively to news the renewed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal is moving forward – with the country widely expected to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the pact.


JD.com gains another foothold in Southeast Asia 17 Jan 2018

As part of its global expansion efforts, Chinese e-commerce company JD.com? has invested in Tiki, a leading B2C e-commerce platform in Vietnam.


Vietnam eyes $34bn garment export target for 2018 4 Jan 2018

Vietnam's textile and garment industry is targeting exports of US$34bn in 2018 as it looks to invest more in technology to increase productivity and shorten delivery times, and increase its focus on markets such as Australia and Russia.


Vietnam cutting business costs to boost economy 12 Dec 2017

Vietnam's Government is to reduce costs and rules for private businesses in order to boost the economy and help companies become more competitive.


Fast fashion creating challenges for Vietnam 6 Dec 2017

Vietnam's garment and textile industry needs to invest in modern technology if it is to beat the competitive pressures created by the growth of fast fashion in the country, one industry association has said.


Italian textile technology centre opens in Vietnam 1 Dec 2017

A new textile technology training and research centre has opened up in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, equipped with Italian machinery and with training provided by Italian experts.


Vietnam to limit hazardous chemicals in apparel 24 Nov 2017

Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) has implemented a new regulation on the use of formaldehyde and azo dyes in textile and apparel products sold in the country.


Vietnam garment sector urged to invest in technology 15 Nov 2017

Investing in new technology to reduce production costs will help Vietnam's textile and apparel industry increase its competitive edge, the country's industry association has said.