Malaysian textile sector, which industry experts believe is in its declining stage, may actually end up getting big orders owing to the trade dispute between USA and China.
This was shared by many German exhibitors who participated in the recently concluded TechTextil/Texprocess 2019.
All these years, China had the advantage of offering textile and textile-related products at lower prices but lately increase in its production and labour costs as well the growing tension with USA has forced several apparel makers move out of China to countries like Vietnam, Bangladesh and others.
More on the same, Helmut Gottzmann, indenting agent from Germany, said “Under present circumstances, Malaysia can gain from this development and get back its lost glory owing to its ability to produce better quality apparels despite slightly higher prices.”
The biggest challenge for Malaysian textile industry, however, remains to be lack of skilled workers. In many high-cost nations, though skilled workforce plays an important role, ‘smart manufacturing’ involving robots too has started becoming a part of the process.
Sascha Dehl, Director of Product and Innovations, Veit GmbH, was exhibiting ‘smart machines’ for garment and textiles at the four-day exhibition. He added that among Veit’s major markets are Vietnam, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Expressing confidence over Malaysia’s textile revival owing to US-China trade war, he said “Given the uncertainties prevailing in the current global trade, Malaysia has all the potential to bounce back mainly due to its superior quality of products.”
Dietrich Eickhoff, Chairman, DA Group of Kaiserslautern, said that their latest product Delta is equipped with Industry 4.0 features and surely would be a perfect fit for Malaysia’s textile and Automotive industries.