VDMA textile machinery members meet Vietnam textile industry
Germany’s latest textile and apparel technologies were introduced to local enterprises in Hanoi on July 4, 2016
The event, held by the by the VDMA Textile Machinery Association, supported by the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS), provided an opportunity for companies to make contact, exchange information and establish a mutually beneficial co-operation, said Trương Văn Cẩm, VITAS deputy chairman.
More than 600 business representatives and experts from Vietnam’s textile and support industries were introduced in Hanoi to German machinery is of high quality although its cost is high, said Cẩm.
“However, if Vietnamese textile enterprises want to develop modern technology, they should co-operate with high-technology providers to catch up with global quality and labour productivity,” he added.
The deputy chairman also said that a considerable proportion of technologies in Vietnam’s textile and apparel industry needed to be replaced to improve quality, especially those supplying cloth for export garment-making. “Due to the recently signed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Vietnam is increasingly becoming a much preferred textile manufacturing location by companies worldwide,” explains Thomas Waldmann, managing director of the VDMA Textile Machinery Association.
TPP will reduce 18000 tariffs. Vietnam is almost a sole supplier of textiles among the TPP member countries and an important supplier of textiles and garment to big consumer markets like the US. Textile and garment exports from Vietnam to TPP markets are expected to grow by more than 10 % this year.
“Vietnam is a very important market in the area of textile, there is a need for Vietnamese textile industry to invest to modernise the technology and machinery. German companies and VMAD member companies are leading in this area, and that is the reason we are here,” said Boris Abadjieff, director of Exhibition and Export Marketing under the VDMA.
Phí Ngọc Trịnh, deputy director of the Hồ Gươm Garment JSC, said the forum was a good opportunity for Vietnamese businesses as the country was integrating further and deeper into global markets with many trade agreements, including TPP, as well as the Vietnam-EU FTA Free Trade Agreement.
The VDMA Textile Machinery Association groups 130 companies manufacturing textile machines and equipment with a value of EUR 3.1 billion (USD 3.46 billion) in 2015. A similar event will be held in Ho Chi Min City on July 7. In addition, a VDMA training seminar to 200 students took place on July 8, 2016 at the HCM City University of Technology.
The participants came from various countries, such as Vietnam, Germany, France, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Turkey. They received information about state-of-the-art technology from 24 participating VDMA member companies along the entire textile chain (spinning, knitting, weaving, nonwovens, dyeing & finishing). Higher productivity, sustainability (energy, water, material efficiency), new textile applications, quality improvements as well as “Industrie 4.0 – opportunities for the textile industry” were just some of the topics raised in the lectures, the panel discussion and the B2B Matchmaking.
In 2015, Germany exported textile machinery and accessories worth EUR 35 million (+ 13 per cent 2015/2014) to Vietnam. The events will contribute to further deepening of the relations between the industries.
Vietnamese textile manufacturers aiming for new products, improved quality of yarns and fabrics as well as enhanced competitiveness, used the chance to learn more about the latest solutions from the following well-known textile machinery and accessories builders:
Andritz Asselin-Thibeau, Brückner, Erhardt+Leimer, Fong’s Europe, Groz-Beckert, Has Group, Heusch, Mahlo, Mayer & Cie., Karl Mayer, Memminger-Iro, A. Monforts, Oerlikon Barmag, Reiners+Fürst, Reseda Binder, Georg Sahm, Saurer Accotex, Saurer Texparts, Setex, Textechno, Thies, Trützschler, Welker Spintech and Xetma Vollenweider.