More than 300 delegates from the Vietnamese textile industry attended the conference and exhibition “German Technology for the Vietnamese Textile Industry” on April 6–7 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Decision makers as well as textile technicians learned about the latest technology trends for efficient textile production, in terms of reduced energy consumption and economical ways of using raw material.
The two-day conference, themed “Innovation for successful business,” and initiated by the German VDMA Textile Machinery Association, was officially supported by the Ministry of Economics & Technology as well as by AGTEK, the Association of Textile and Apparel in Ho Chi Minh City. In 20 technology lectures, noted textile companies and institutes presented the latest developments in the areas of spinning, weaving, knitting, finishing, technical textiles and textile testing. The conference underlined the long-lasting business relationships between German textile machinery manufacturers and Vietnamese textile producers, and allowed participants to build valuable new industry contacts.
In 2010, German exports of textile machinery and accessories to Vietnam increased by almost 114 percent to EUR 33.5 million (VND 995.8 billion) compared to 2009. The Vietnamese government is working for a development of its textile export volume by the year 2020 that can only be realized by investments in the modernization of its production process and the training of employees, according to Pham Xuan Hong, AGTEK chairman.
The VDMA represents the interests of 3,000 manufacturers in more than 30 different machinery and manufacturing sectors; it is Europe’s largest industrial association, representing 90 percent of all German machinery companies as well as members from other EU countries.