Vietnam's textile industry
First of all, we all were happy to sleep a little bit longer than the night before. So, we met at 08:10 am to start our company visit at Nhabe Garment Corporation. After a 30 min coach ride we arrived at the company where we have been received very warmly by Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Lan, the General Director of NBC.
At the begin, we got an overall insight of the company. Afterwards we made a very impressive tour in the manufactory area. It was interesting to see, how all the different clothes like suits, jackets, trousers and so on are made by a big workforce. Amongst others, they assimilated fabrics for many different customers like Zara, H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, Tom Tailor and also a couple of domestic brands. Moreover, we had the opportunity to talk to an English Designer who explained us how they get the orders from the customers and how they stay competitive. Since they serve customers with many different demands in terms of quality, their work is based on individual agreements and conducts with each of these customers.
Amongst others, we learnt that Nhabe Garment Corporation is one of the leading firms in the Vietnamese garment and textile industry. Established in 1973 with only two factories, NBC has grown to consist of 37 business units. With a workforce over 25'000 and utilizing 16'500 pieces of modern specialized machinery and equipment NBC is unrivaled among its competitors.
This company visit gave me an impressive insight which will stay in my mind for my future shopping activities. Anyway, after a morning full of interesting insights, we headed back to our hotel. In the afternoon, some of us explored the historical Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in Ho Chi Minh City. The Cu Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War.