Technology push for productivity

While industry, particularly the textile, travel bag and footwear sectors, is diversifying to high value added products, upgrading of high technology and modern machinery is needed for all factories, a senior official at the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) said.

GMAC operations manager Ly Tek Heng said at the seventh Cambodia International Machinery Industry Fair and Cambodia International Textile and Garment Industry Expo that standardised advanced technology would attract new buyers while the products would be of high quality, so orders would be increased.

“We need high value added products and because of that we need high technology and investment in machinery. The technology will help save electricity and increase quality,” Mr Tek Heng said.

The four-day fair and expo will end today at Diamond Island Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Judy Wang, president of event organiser Yorkers Trade and Marketing Service, said there were 175 exhibitors from 17 countries and regions, including Bulgaria, Cambodia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Poland, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

“There are about 200 booths to showcase a wide range of innovative products and versatile solutions for industry,” Ms Wang said.

“The expo today is of opportune timing and a crucial platform to promote and encourage industrial development in Cambodia,” she said. 

Sat Samy, secretary of state of the Ministry of Industry, said the event was to promote industrial developments and foreign investments, especially to elevate imports and exports and create chances for industrialists to upgrade old equipment, seek cooperation, and discover new business opportunities.

He added this year the event was being organised over four days, covering all the elements of key industrial sectors such as plastics, packaging, printing, food processing, agriculture, auto parts and accessories, machine tools, energy and electricity engineering, lighting, and textiles and garments.

“Cambodia needs to diversify its economic growth, and develop higher value added products,” he said.

Mr Tek Heng echoed Mr Samy on the importance of the expo. He said new technology was needed for GMAC to upgrade their facility such as machinery to increase productivity and save electricity.

Mr Heng said that about 600 factory owners came to check on how they updated their production with new technology.

“The 600 factories focus on garment, textile, shoes, travel bags and clothes,” he said.

“This expo will be bring the technology and what our members need. Every year, we see new machinery in the market so there is a need to update production to increase output,” Mr Heng said.

To upgrade technology and machinery, GMAC also has the Cambodia Garment Training Centre Institute (CGTI) which was officially launched last week, a day after a visit by Prime Minister Hun Sen to garment and textile factories.

Mr Tek Heng said the centre, which is open to the public, is aimed at workers in the garment and textile industries and is a place where they can gain more intensive skills for the development of productivity in the sector.

CGTI was built by the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia with a soft loan from the French Development Agency and its building was completed early this year.

Andrew Tey, the director of CGTI, said the garment and footwear industry is facing many challenges and competition, while wages will increase year-on-year, all of which requires better quality in the production of goods.