Vietnam Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) has signed a strategic co-operation agreement with Itochu, a Japanese firm where Itochu is expected to help Vinatex make a change in textiles and garment production and business method from cut—make-trim to ‘Free on Board’ to develop a sustainable retail distribution network to enjoy long-term benefit.
Under the agreement, Itochu will assume the role of a consulting partner for Vinatex and its member companies in developing the textiles and garment supply chain from fibre to thread, fabric and sewing, retail distribution, co-operation and introduce domestic and foreign partners. Shuichi Koseki, Senior Managing Executive Officer and representative director said since Vietnam’s textiles and garment were an important part of Itochu, therefore, it wanted to develop this area with Vietnam, so that Vinatex could become its number one partner.
The two sides would discuss in detail the co-operation plan and implement actions immediately to make a change in Vinatex’s textiles and garment production and business method from cut—make—trim to Free on Board, developing a sustainable retail distribution network to enjoy long-term benefits. Itochu, is Japan’s leading economic group operating in areas like textiles and garment, has aligned with some 100 textiles and garment companies of Vietnam.
The trading company has signed a framework agreement to support several projects in dyeing and materials production in Vietnam, training in the country's dyeing sector and utilizing the capacity of Vinatex's dyeing factories in the central region in 2015. At that time, Itochu owned five per cent stake in Vinatex through a subsidiary company. In the near future, Itochu would boost co-operation between the two sides to develop textiles and garment products and supply them globally.