Myanmar’s Garment Industry Holds Unique Opportunity

Just as I return from visiting garment factories in Myanmar, a stream of press attention focuses on challenges facing this area. Although there are challenges, my trip has only made me believe in the unique opportunity this country represents to change the future of how our clothing is made. Amidst the media headlines there lies […]

Myanmar manufacturing set for takeoff

With the end to economic sanctions triggering an investment boom and an abundance of low-cost labor, Myanmar’s nascent manufacturing industries look set for major growth. In the space of less than two years, Japanese clothing retailer Honeys has increased the number of production lines at its second factory in Myanmar from five to 34. The […]

Massive Jump in Myanmar Garment Exports This Year

​​ In this financial year, the Myanmar apparel industry operating under the cut make pack (CMP) system, has exported more than $1 billion dollars worth of clothing till November 11. As against this, the country shipped garments totalling $408.4 million in the same period in the previous year, a massive jump of $690 million or 145 per […]

MGMA backs garment industry to boom when US sanctions are lifted

Myanmar’s leading garment industry body has been buoyed by the lifting of sanctions it hopes will see a return to the glory days for the sector, when in the early 2000s a majority of country’s garments were shipped to the US. Speaking at a manufacturing trade fair in Yangon yesterday, U Myint Soe, chair of […]

Garment industry expected to earn US$10 billion from export in a decade

The export value from the garment industry under Cutting-Making and Packing (CMP) system is expected to fetch up to US$10billion in a decade, it is learnt from Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA). “We expect garment industry to be in operation with 1,500 factories in 2025, with a total labour force of one million. To meet […]

Chinese garment firms eye Myanmar as low-cost hub

Thanks to soaring production costs in China coupled with surge in labour wages, Myanmar’s garment sector is emerging as the last low-cost production frontier for factory relocation and diversification in Southeast Asia. This, together with the difficulty in hiring garment workers and the Chinese government’s policy of upgrading its manufacturing sector with a strategic shift […]

Garment factory to be auctioned after owner disappears

A Taiwanese-owned garment factory of dubious legal standing has gone dark after the owner ran away in the midst of financial trouble, according to Yangon labour officials. Patrick Yan, owner of the UniPolar factory in Hlaing Tharyar township, was reported to local authorities by his employees who said he had failed to pay overdue wages […]

Myanmar adds new factory per week as textile sector booms

The international textile sector has discovered Myanmar. Low wages, plentiful labour and an image problem in neighbouring Bangladesh after the 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse have all boosted the emerging country’s chances. Yangon- Green collars piled to one side, white polo shirts to the other – the young woman handles them with practised ease, creating […]

Garment industry disputes mean fewer orders and worried factory owners

Labour disputes in the garment industry, a main driver of Myanmar’s growing exports, have had a serious impact on orders from abroad and risk scaring away foreign investors, according to South Korean officials and sector representatives. Disputes over workers’ demand for higher wages affected output at two South Korean factories and three Chinese-owned enterprises in […]