Scholars in Vietnam gain insight into the workings of an apparel manufacturer
Scholars in Vietnam under the Hinrich Global Trade Leader Development Program had the opportunity to visit a subsidiary of Luen Thai Holdings, an industry partner of the Hinrich Foundation. During the short visit, they learned a lot about apparel production – from raw materials to the final products – and how technology can be leveraged to enhance workers’ skills and productivity.
Accompanied by Trang Phan or Tara, program coordinator for the Foundation, eight scholars currently studying at the Vietnamese-German University in Ho Chi Minh City traveled to Tay Minh Province on Nov. 24 to visit Luen Thai’s subsidiary, Ocean Sky Apparel (VN) Limited. The visit was organized by the Foundation and Luen Thai-Ocean Sky.
On arrival, the Hinrich Foundation group received a warm welcome from the staff of Luen Thai-Ocean Sky. The visit started with the representatives of the company and the Foundation providing scholars more information about Luen Thai, the factory and the Foundation.
General Manager Herman Vinoya gave the group an overview of apparel and accessories manufacturer Luen Thai, which has production facilities in seven countries in Asia. Senior Industrial Engineer (IE) Manager Anuradha Gunawardana then provided information on Luen Thai-Ocean Sky, noting that it supplies brands such as Ralph Lauren, Dillard’s and Chaps. During his speech, he highlighted the factory’s use of new technologies for sustainable production.
Afterward, Trang Phan talked about the Hinrich Global Trade Leader Development Program, highlighting its work-integrated learning (WIL) approach.
After the opening remarks, Messrs. Anuradha and Alphonso Nguyen, who serves as production supervisor for Luen Thai-Ocean Sky, took the scholars on a tour of the shop floor. The scholars were able to observe the different parts of the factory, specifically the warehouse and sections for raw materials, fabric stock, assembly cutting, printing, labeling, stitching, quality control and packaging.
The Hinrich Foundation and Luen Thai-Ocean Sky groups had lunch together after the factory tour. Scholars were able to speak with the factory staff and gain insight into how it is to work for Luen Thai and the production technologies that can be developed.
About the author – Raksa Chan