Gerber technology centre in Vietnam22 April 2008
Gerber Technology, a business unit of Gerber Scientific Inc of the USA, officially opened their Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on April 8, 2008, with a celebration that included over 150 guests, including representatives of media, government and customers, as well as local and overseas partners. Bui Xuan Khu, permanent vice minister of industry and trade, was chief guest at the opening ceremony together with Kenneth Fairfax, US Consul General, and Marc Giles, president and CEO of Gerber Scientific.
Currently in Vietnam there are about 200 domestic and foreign-invested companies using more than 500 Gerber systems. These companies include Vinatex, Viet Tien, Thanh Cong Garment, Protrade, 10 Garment, Thang Long, Duc Giang, Nam Dinh Garment, Nam Dinh Textile, Hai Phong 2, Triumph, Adidas, Mascot and Urban Sofa. These companies are not only an important factor in Vietnam's continuing growth and export strategy but also in increasing employment for the country. Gerber's ATC in Ho Chi Minh City is a 750m2 (8,000ft2) facility which was developed to provide product demonstration, training, and to showcase the company's systems. Gerber have invested $1 million on the building, offices and systems. Customers will be able to visit and see demonstrations of state-of-the-art automated spreading systems, multi-ply cutting systems, new-generation plotting, digitizing and computer-aided design applications. The centre offers product testing and training for customers, engineers, designers, and industry students nationwide. It is the first centre of its kind in South East Asia and will also serve the needs of apparel and related industries in the neighboring countries, including Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. ‘In recent years, Vietnam has emerged as an attractive market, providing opportunities for businesses, service providers, and manufacturers around the world. Local industry is enjoying significant growth in apparel manufacturing activities, and Gerber is highly involved with this growth. The company established a Wholly-Foreign-Owned Enterprise (WFOE), with headquarters in Hanoi, in May, 2007. In addition to the Hanoi office and the new Advanced Technology Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, a service location will open in Danang in the near future', said James Arthurs, president Asia-Pacific, Gerber Scientific Inc.