Nan Yang Textile foresees more growth from overseas investment

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2014-08-13 16:00:00 – Thailand

Nan Yang Textile Group, Thailand’s leading vertically integrated textile business with activities ranging from yarn spinning to garment making. Under its new investment pipelines, the company is considering setting up a new garment-production plant in Cambodia or Myanmar next year.

The Kingdom is losing tax privileges under the Generalised System of Preference for its exports to many countries. The company will therefore focus its expansion plan on new potential markets in which it can benefit from tax privileges. This expansion plan will meet the demands of a changing global economic landscape.

Chief executive officer Ben Tuangsitthisombat said that their target was to promote the company to become an increasingly regional operator by continuing to expand in many countries. Nan Yang currently has businesses in Laos, Vietnam, China and the United States.

Nan Yang, which exports its yarns, textiles and garments worldwide, not only produces made-to-order items, but also has its own brands, including being a production-rights owner for the well-known global Lycra and Coolmax brands.

As the second generation to run the family's business, Ben foresees that textile and garment enterprises should no longer consider cheap labour as a major factor for expanding their businesses, as wages in many countries, including China and Asean economies, will continue to increase. While low labour costs will be a thing of the past, tariff privileges will become a major factor that could help reduce operators' production costs.

Moreover, innovation is an increasingly important factor for the industry, because consumers nowadays are not only concerned about product quality, but also about ethical production, good labour practice and environment-friendly products, said the CEO.

Nan Yang invests in research and development each garment season. An innovative product will not only lead to consumer satisfaction and help cope with tough competition in the industry, but also helps reduce production costs - and mainly energy costs - for the company.

Nan Yang has recently joined with US-based Invista, a leading global firm and innovator in the nylon, spandex, polyester and speciality-materials industries, to adopt Invista's bio-derived spandex made from maize for producing specialised textiles and garments.

The new products are recyclable, which makes them a key part of its programme to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions.

The adoption of innovative products enabled the company to reduce its production costs and expand its customer base by serving a wider variety of demand in the textile and garment market. In the broader context, Thai textile and garment enterprises still has a good chance to expand globally, if enterprises learned to adapt to changing factors.

Asean economic integration is one supportive factor driving Thailand's textile and garment business growth. Thailand and Indonesia are the only two countries in Asean that have a fully integrated supply chain from upstream to downstream in the industry. Enterprises can, therefore, use the Kingdom as a base for supplying raw materials and as an innovation centre, while expanding their businesses in other Asean countries by way of assembly plants for export to third markets.

Nan Yang foresees more growth from overseas investment under its plans for the future. While about 80 percent of the company's production is currently domestic, the proportion accounted for by overseas facilities will gradually rise as the group sets up additional overseas plants.

Nan Yang Textile Group can produce about 37 million garment pieces and 17,000 tonnes of textiles to serve the world market each year.

Sales of the company's textiles experience double-digit growth each year, compared with zero-to-5-per-cent expansion on average in the Thai textile industry. Garment sales also exceed the average growth of the industry.

Nan Yang foresees a brighter future in its bid to become an increasingly regional player by stressing not only on quality products, but also on compliance, innovation and continuing investment in and expansion of its business abroad.

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