A tour of TBS Group’s factory in Binh Duong Province gave me a glimpse of my future. The visit provided me the opportunity to learn more about TBS Group, Hinrich Foundation’s partner in supporting me and four other members of the Hinrich Global Trade Leader Development Program pursue post-graduate degrees at universities in Vietnam.

I received the invitation to tour the factory in an email from TBS welcoming me to Vietnam where I arrived there in October. I considered it a great honor to be invited and I felt excited about the upcoming visit to one of the biggest footwear and handbag manufacturers in Vietnam.

I went to the factory Oct. 13, together with four other Hinrich Global Trade Leaders – Ei Cho, Ho Hin Hein, Jeimie Hla and Tai Nguyen. We were accompanied by Tara Phan, Education and Training Coordinator of the Hinrich Foundation.

Tran Hoang Thao, a technical director of TBS’ Footwear Division, welcomed us and began the tour by describing the footwear production process, from design development to final assembly. Pham Minh Tung , R&D director of the footwear division, gave us a profile of TBS and explained about TBS having two warehouses, one for raw materials and the other for finished products.

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Hinrich Global Trade Leader candidates pose for a photo with TBS representatives Pham Minh Tung (far right) and Tran Hoang Thao (far left) to commemorate their visit.

Our tour of the footwear production lines was followed by a visit to the handbag manufacturing division. This portion of the tour was led by the R&D director of the handbag division , who explained the manufacturing process and the steps taken to ensure the quality of the company’s products.

During the three hours of the tour, my fellow Global Trade Leaders and I asked many questions, which the three TBS representatives answered patiently. In addition to the footwear and handbag production process, we learned about the CNC machines and other equipment the company uses to be able to roll out about 20 million pairs of footwear and 10 million handbags annually.

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Hinrich Global Trade Leaders’ visit the footwear stitching lines during the tour of the factory.

The visit provided us information about how a factory runs and what will it need in the future. After the factory tour, I felt more confident about pursuing a career in the manufacturing sector.

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Hinirch Global Trade Leaders listen to a discussion of how handbags are made using different types of sewing machines.
About the author – Zarni Lynn
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Zarni Lynn graduated from West Yangon Technological University in Myanmar with a degree in mechanical engineering. After graduation, he became a technical sales engineer in DKSH (Myanmar) Ltd. Under the Hinrich Global Trade Leader Development Program, Zarni is currently working toward his master’s degree in Global Production Engineering and Management at the Vietnamese-German University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.