The Hanoitimes - The Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS) in collaboration with the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH) organized the fourth garment technology conference in Ho Chi Minh City on June 27.
Ahn Seong Ho, trade counsellor at the Consulate General of South Korea in Ho Chi Minh City, said Vietnam and South Korea have enjoyed fruitful economic cooperation in recent the years, with two-way trade growing more than 20% per year, reaching US$64 billion in 2017.
Referring to the new development trend, Ahn Seong Ho said that the Fourth Industrial Revolution, also known as Revolution 4.0, with with artificial intelligence, internet of things, big data is becoming a hot topic for all businesses.
Rrevolution 4.0 has advantages of making the production system more flexible and productive, offering revolutionary products and services as required.
According to VITAS President Vu Duc Giang, South Korea is among countries investing the most in Vietnam particularly in the garment and textile sector. Most South Korean projects have advanced technology, meeting latest requirements of export markets. Vietnam, in return, is the largest exporter of goods to the Northeast Asian country, Giang noted.
The fourth garment technology conference helped create a foundation to accelerate the sustainable development of the Vietnamese garment industry while affirming close relations between VITAS and KITECH, he added.
According to VITAS, the conference focused attention on the current trends of functional fabrics, recommendations to build smart garment plants, smart supply and archive system for weaving plants, automated sewing machines for smart garment plants and 3D technology to improve productivity.
However, the adaptation and utilization of the opportunities offered by Revolution 4.0 in Vietnam's textile and garment industry is still very low.
This is also the main reason VITAS is collaborating with KITECH to organize this workshop to provide a comprehensive overview of the digital transformation method in fashion design, application of 3D design to increase productivity and communication efficiency.
In the framework of the conference, the organising board arranged an exhibition on multi-functional fabrics and a business matching event with South Korea’s garment businesses to share solutions being applied in their plants.