Taiwan curtain producer plans to move to Cambodia from China

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) - Nien Made Enterprise Co Ltd, a leading Taiwan-based curtain manufacturer and seller has revealed plans to expand in Cambodia to avoid the fallout from the Sino-US trade war.

Leading Taiwan-based curtain manufacturer and seller Nien Made
Enterprise Co Ltd has revealed plans to expand in Cambodia to avoid the
fallout from the Sino-US trade war, the Taipei Times reported on
Saturday.

A Nien Made Enterprise public relations officer told the Times that
the firm will expand its production line in Southeast Asia and will
shift orders for finished products from China to Cambodia to avoid the
risk of US tariffs.

“The US-China trade dispute has forced us to expand production
in Southeast Asia,” he told the Times, adding that Cambodia will offset
a labour shortage in China.

Currently, about one-third of the company’s ready-made products, such
as blinds, are made in China, but it plans to gradually shift the bulk
of its operations to Cambodia over the next few years.

Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) deputy
secretary-general Kaing Monika welcomed the company’s plans. He said the
Kingdom needs sustainable private sector development to achieve its
economic goals by 2030 and 2050.

“It is good news for Cambodia that there is an increase in investment
in the industry and a presence of new products and new investors that
can contribute to better economic growth in Cambodia,” he said.

However, he said Cambodia needed to strive even more in a fast-changing, competitive global environment.

“We still have opportunities to improve in terms of business costs,
such as the cost in doing business, transportation costs, documents and
higher minimum wages,” he said.

Nien Made Enterprise currently operates a window blinds factory in Cambodia.

Taiwan-based Eclat Textile Co, a sportswear supplier to Nike Inc and
Lululemon Athletica Inc, is also slated to invest in more facilities in
Southeast Asian countries – including Cambodia – as it plans to “move
beyond Vietnam” amid heightened risks of US tariffs.

In the first half of this year, the Council for the Development of
Cambodia approved 153 investment projects worth around $5.2 billion, an
increase of 48 from the same period last year.

According to GMAC, 34 new factories opened in the first half of this year, of which 32 produce travel goods and two footwear.

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