It is true that international fairs give the pulse of the country hosting the event in particular and the global industry in general. Team AO in its recent visit to the SaigonTex 2017 discovered that ‘nationality’ has an important role to play in acquiring business. The general perception is that machine suppliers get business on the basis of which ‘nationality’ they belong to… A Korean company prefers to work with a Korean agent, while a Chinese or a Vietnamese company will look to work through an agent of their country origin. The team also discovered that many new companies are coming up in the country, supported by Government loans, which indeed augurs well for the future. Meanwhile, SaigonTex 2017, a leading technology event held in Ho Chi Minh City, saw huge participation from over 1,100 exhibitors across 23 countries,with most exhibitors displaying a wide array of latest technologies in garment manufacturing, from cutting solutions to sewing machines. Team AO gives a live coverage of the event… Besides the above, the news under ‘Vietnam & Beyond’, the ‘Tech Management’, ‘Fashion Trends’ and ‘Export Statistics’ make the magazine an interesting read.