Factory auditor Intertek on Wednesday announced it had expanded its garment inspection capabilities into Myanmar, citing a critical need for assessment to support the country’s rapidly growing apparel industry as it continues on its upward trajectory.
As the largest industrial sector in Myanmar, employing 200,000 workers across 275 factories, apparel exports hit $1.5 billion in 2014 and that number is expected to climb as more North American and European brands and retailers commit to sourcing from the Southeast Asian nation.
Panyos Tohtong, Intertek’s country managing director for Thailand, called Myanmar “a new frontier for industrial growth in Asia and the world,” while the company’s senior vice president for global softlines, Calvin Yam, noted that a new factory opened there every week last year, making it a key area for expansion.
With roughly 1,200 inspectors around the world, Intertek works with fabric and apparel retailers, brands and manufacturers to help ensure their products comply with safety, regulatory, quality and performance standards throughout the production process. The firm’s expansion into Myanmar supplements its garment inspection services throughout Southeast Asia, where it currently has a presence in Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.