Garment producers turn to Vietnam amid rising labour costs in China

TAL Apparel‘s $50 million plant in Vietnam opened in October, can produce 16,000,000 shirts annually, in 100,000 variations, when output ramps up in the future, part of Vietnam‘s bid to join apparel global supply chain and employ millions. But the biggest news is across the road, where construction is under way on a $320 million textile mill, part of an integrated operation from yarn dyeing to fabric weaving to finishing

As labour costs rise in China, some of the world’s biggest manufacturers are getting a big bang for their buck in Vietnam.
As labour costs rise in China, some of the world’s biggest manufacturers are getting a big bang for their buck in Vietnam.

When completed in 2018, the mill will make Vietnam the company’s largest production base, bigger than a site in China’s Dongguan. It will employ 16,000–TAL’s current global workforce is 26,000.

TAL is one of the world’s leading clothing providers and 90 per cent of its products are exported to the US.

A truly global company, TAL Group offers quality garment manufacturing, innovative products and services across stages of the apparel supply chain. TAL Apparel Limited has manufacturing operations with 11 factories across Asia (it has manufacturing units in China, Indonesia, Thailand, Ethiopia and Malaysia) to produce shirts, trousers, suits, blouses, knitwear and outerwear for several leading global brands. In wholesaling, The Apparel Group Limited based in the U.S. works with some of the world’s top brands and retailers offering services such as design, merchandizing and logistics management.

TAL Group also has a number of ventures which focus on providing leading-edge technological solutions and consultancy services within the apparel space which include Weave Services Limited, TPC (HK) Limited, and Size Stream LLC.

Watch the recent opening of TAL Apparel’s manufacturing factory in Hanoi and an interview with Mr. Roger Lee, CEO of TAL Group, discusses the increase in foreign investments in Vietnam. He shares his views on TAL’s expansion in Vietnam.