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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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UN eyes green textile chemistry in Vietnam 11 Apr 2018

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has partnered with the Vietnam Chemicals Agency Ministry to launch a three-year project aimed at reducing the use of hazardous chemicals and promoting green chemistry in six of the country's industrial sectors, including textile manufacturing.


Vietnam Q1 garment and textile exports climb 10 Apr 2018

Vietnam’s garment and textile industry registered export growth of 15.4% in the first quarter to reach US$7.82bn, new figures show, with Japan representing its largest market.


Itochu raises stake in Vinatex with eye on Europe 4 Apr 2018

Japanese conglomerate Itochu Corp has increased its ownership of Vietnam state-owned textile company Vinatex with a view to expanding the country’s capabilities and turning it into a textile export hub for Europe.


Vietnam should exploit CPTPP markets for growth 3 Apr 2018

Vietnam could boost garment and textile exports to the Comprehensive and Progressive Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) countries by over 10% in 2018 if it expands and exploits the markets signed up to the new trade deal.


Vietnam footwear sector eyes export growth 27 Mar 2018

Vietnam's leather and footwear sector is set to benefit from the implementation of the country's free trade agreement with the EU this year – but could boost exports and grow its market share even further if it focuses on driving lean efficiency and digital connectivity, one industry association has said.


Vietnam apparel sector set to reap CPTPP benefits 19 Mar 2018

Vietnam is expected to yield comprehensive gains from the Comprehensive and Progressive Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a new report predicts, with the country's apparel sector one of the main beneficiaries.


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.