August 25, 2011

Cambodia holds int'l industrial machinery, garment, textile expo


PHNOM PENH, Aug. 25 -- An international industrial machinery, and garment and textile expo 2011 kicked off here on Thursday as the country's garment and textile industry has seen a strong growth in the first half of this year.

The four-day expo has brought together some 150 exhibitors with 250 booths, mostly garment and textile machinery companies, from China, China's Taiwan and Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Vietnam, said Tiger Lin, general director of Yorkers Trade and Marketing Service of Hong Kong, which co-organized the event with the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia.

He added that international leading brands of industrial machinery products around the globe are also on display in the event.

"It's the largest and first-ever international industrial event in Cambodia," he said during the expo.

The exhibitors will be displaying a wide variety of state-of- art industrial machinery, related equipments, accessories and parts at the expo. "Most of the machinery is for garment and textile industry."

Cambodian industrial base mainly relied on garment, accounted for about 75 percent of the country's industrial sector, Mao Thora, secretary of state for the Ministry of Commerce, said during the expo opening ceremony.

"The expo will pave the way for Cambodia to develop its current and future machinery industries with up-to-date modern technologies," he said.

Garment and textile industry represented more than 90 percent of Cambodia's total exports. During the first six months of this year, the country's garment and textile exports had increased by 45 percent to 1.93 billion U.S. dollars from 1.33 billion U.S. dollars within the same period last year, according to the statistics from the Ministry of Commerce.

The sector has 286 garment factories employing about 324,476 workers and 36 foot-wears factories with 56,643 workers.

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