Sign up | Log in



Home  >>   Daily News  >>   Cambodia News  >>   Economy  >>   Factories open, business slow
NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs  22 October 2010

Factories open, business slow

Related Stories

September 13, 2010
Analysts positive on Cambodia

August 13, 2010
Cambodia' s banking

uly 24, 2010
Cambodian trade up

May 9, 2009
World Bank: Cambodia’s economy to recover in 2010

March 29, 2009
Cambodian garment exports hit hard by global downturn

Twenty garment factories opened in the first nine months of year, but orders have slumped following recent labour strikes, according to the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia.

Buyers had been returning to order from Cambodia, he said, but some were "scared" to contract Cambodian factories following the series of strikes that began in September.

The 20 new factories employed between 300 and 500 workers each, though employment was likely to increase as production there rose, he said. Strikes are just one barrier among many, such as labour costs, electricity, transportation costs.

A small number of factories had also shut during the January-to-September period.

No new factories had opened during October, as potential investors were waiting to see the longer term situation following the labour strike, he said.

The labour strikes have been organised to protest a July decision by government and industry representatives to set the minimum wage for garment workers at US$61 per month. Protest leaders were demanding $93 per month.

Ken Loo said the industry had generally been improving in line with the world economy so far this year.

Strikes within the rules were acceptable under Cambodian law, but ones that contravened the law could cause delayed production and late deliveries.

Cambodia's garment and textile industry is expected to be even better this year along with global economic improvement.

Nam-Shik Kang, managing director at Injae garment factory, said his plant had expanded production capacity by 50 percent this year and employed 650 new workers.

Demand from the US was the prime driver of the factory's increased production after launching last year, he said.

However, American garment buyers are keeping watch on the Cambodian labour situation, as the buyers are worried about potential non-deliveries caused by strikes, he added.

Garment and textile exports rose over 16 percent year on year to $2.27 billion in the first nine months of 2010, from $1.94 billion last year.

Reach Southeast Asia!
10- Nations, 560- Million Consumers
And $1 -Trillion Market
We are the Voice of Southeast Asia Media Kit
The only Media Dedicated to Southeast Asia Advertising Rates for Magazine
  Online Ad Rates

Comment on this Article. Send them to

Letters that do not contain full contact information cannot be published.
Letters become the property of AseanAffairs and may be republished in any format.
They typically run 150 words or less and may be edited
submit your comment in the box below




1.  Verifier

1. Verifier

For security purposes, we ask that you enter the security code that is shown in the graphic. Please enter the code exactly as it is shown in the graphic.
Your Code
Enter Code

Home | About Us | Contact Us | Special Feature | Features | News | Magazine | Events | TV | Press Release | Advertise With us

Our Products | Work with us | Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Refund Policy | Shipping/Delivery Policy | DISCLAIMER |

Version 5.0
Copyright © 2007-2015 TIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Bangkok, Thailand