Singapore TAL Apparel Ltd., a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based garment manufacturer TAL Group, one of the world’s leading producers of dress shirts, recently secured a license to build a $50 million textile plant in Vietnam’s Vinh Phuc province.
According to the Vietnam Investment Review, the plant will be situated on roughly 20 acres in the province’s Ba Thien 2 Industrial Park and is expected to manufacture 12 million products per year and create 3,000 jobs. The new facility will manufacture fabrics, garments and textiles and should be in operation by September 2015.
Vietnam has been top of mind for investment in the textile and garment industry as its potential membership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed regional free-trade agreement undergoing continuous negotiations, could mean substantial growth for the country’s sector. In the last year, more foreign fiber, yarn and textile producers have visited Vietnam looking for opportunities to invest in textiles, dyeing and material production, according to market research by Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (VINATEX).
This project will be TAL’s second in Vietnam after it established a $40 million textile and garment factory in the Phuc Khanh Industrial Park in the northern province of Thai Binh in 2004. The group is also reportedly looking to set up a $200 million facility in the province.