CUSTOM CLOTHING MANUFACTURING – A SERVICE
- Roles of this service in the global fashion and clothing value chain
Custom clothing manufacturing is not only an internal activities of a company, but It’s also a service – an international service. It is an important factor in global value chain. Custom clothing manufacturing is an important transition of materials from separate items to finished garment products. Without custom clothing manufacturing companies, there are still clothing sold on the market but the consumers do not have many options like this nowadays. There are 2 kinds of clothing manufacturer now in the market. One produces his products and distributes them while the second one is custom clothing manufacturer who is producing according to their customer’s need and requirement. Obviously, the second type makes up the majority. That partly proves how important custom clothing manufacturing companies are. When globalization becomes a trend that dominates almost global economies, the international division of labor gets extensive. Each organization or country focus on their manufacturing advantage. In clothing and fashion industry, some countries have advantage in sales & marketing while some Asia countries have a long history of manufacturing those products. Cooperating together, those organization can maximize the potential of both to create more values and meet more demand. For example, An EU retailer can hire an American company to help them make pattern and sketch, then they hire an OEM service from a Vietnamese clothing manufacturer to produce their products. By doing that, they save a lot of time and expense from managing a technical company as well as do not need to invest in a huge factory with hundreds or thousands workers. In addition, they can make use of USA hi-tech to prevent technical failures and gain a lot from low labor cost, most favored nation, and FTAs from Vietnam. Besides, custom clothing manufacturers aim their service to serve different demands. Therefore, they have ability to be flexible and adaptive to different requirement. They are the prerequisite for clothing and fashion trends.
- What are included in this service?
There are plenty kinds of custom clothing manufacturing service which vary from CM, CMPT, to FOB, OEM, ODM and One-Stop-Shop service.
CM stands for “Cutting and Making”. It means that, the manufacturer providing service in this case is just an outsourcing sub-contractor for an other main manufacturer. A FOB service supplier help their customer in almost stages of manufacturing process. They take charge of sourcing for materials, carrying out inbound logistics, cutting and making the garment products, packaging and conducting outbound logistics. FOB is not limited within the FOB term of trade in Incorterms 2010 stipulating that the seller will fulfill his obligations when the cargo shipped on board. In this case, it refers to the occasion when the garment manufacturer finishes his manufacturing process for completed products then delivery the goods to the buyer. An OEM, ODM or One-Stop-Shop service supplier can do much better than that, he takes part in the stage of designing, developing samples and making pattern. The Buyer sometimes just send them some images or draw of their products or some raw ideas, they would help to bring it to life accordingly. All would be carried out in a unified process to save time, expense and effort. Compared to their buyer, they may know more about technical design. It means that they can help their customers to develop technical designs to make them more friendly with industrial manufacturing techniques. In addition, Working with so many different customers from plenty of markets all over the worlds with infinite divergent demands, service suppliers would have a profound knowledge and experience to keep themselves updated with trends and innovation in materials industry. Furthermore, they might be backed by a wide network of fabrics & accessories suppliers helping the developing new kinds of materials. Therefore, An One-Stop-Shop garment manufacturing service supplier can be a good source of materials consultant for designers, especially high functional fashion and clothing designers.
- The benefit of this service
– Benefits for customers
As mentioned above, the most visible benefit that a custom clothing manufacturing service creates is saving their customer’s time, money and effort. It’s obvious that when you can hire other people to help you handle a thing more efficiently, you can save time, money, and effort. By hiring a custom clothing manufacturing, you will not need to invest in a bulky manufacturing factory and operate many people by yourself. It’s not easy to operate and manage a system of hundreds or thousands people and machines to maximize the productivity. It would take you not substantial amount of money and effort. If you have a potential market, just concentrate on how to satisfy your customers better, let manufacturer help you to cover the manufacturing process. You will also not need to waste your effort to fulfill those factory capacity to maximize it’s proficiency and shorter the payback period.
Quality controlling is also a very important aspect of clothing manufacturing process. Professional manufacturers know how to carry it out much better than any other. Their ability of well controlling quality can be evaluated by international standards. Therefore, the would try to acquire those standardized certificates with good preparation and strictly comply with them. They would also have to keep their commitment of quality to avoid penalty. In other words, quality controlling would be included in clothing manufacturing service.
– Benefits for the manufacturers:
Manufacturers in turn would also gain a lot from the custom clothing manufacturing service. Manufacturing according to orders will minimize their risk of inventory which is one of the most popular risks that lead to the companies’ bankrupt. It’s also easier for them to forecast the customer’s demand each year to have a well preparation. They would not need to follow any risky trend too. In terms of finance, the buyer always need to pay for a certain amount of money in advance as deposit. In this case, It can be considered that the manufacturer is receiving a commercial finance from their customers. Compared to the model of self-manufacturing & self-distribution, the manufacturer have a much smaller risk.
– Benefits for the labors:
Clothing manufacturing is a labor-intensive industry. It creates a lot of jobs for unskilled poor people. In traditional agriculture in poor country like Vietnam, farmers has a lot of free time without certain job for a stable source of income. Garment manufacturing do no require them too much time, effort or investment in master needed skills. The majority of Vietnamese population is living in poor countryside with a very unstable income. Clothing manufacturing would bring them a good opportunity to change their life.
- What does a custom clothing manufacturer need to be a good one?
– Their capacity
Their capacity is the first requirement that they need to meet to survive and develop in this industry. It doesn’t mean that a manufacturer with huge capacity would always be succeed and dominate the industry. The big manufacturer has an inherent disadvantage is that they must to require their customers a big minimum ordered quantity which many customers can not meet. This is an opportunity for smaller manufacturer. Besides, the capacity of a manufacturer is sometimes not measured by how big they are but how professional their service is. A small manufacturer may not have facilities to cover for all stages of manufacturing process however, they can cooperate with other manufacturer to complement each other. Thanks to that, they can meet small demand very well. Therefore, the capacity of a custom clothing manufacturing service supplier can be measured by their ability to be flexible and adaptive with their customer’s need.
– Their strategy
Their strategy will nominate almost other activities. For example, It will decide weather a manufacturer will pursue the business model of economy of scale. That in turn, decides who are their targeted customers and the quality of their service. If a manufacturer pursues the model of economy of scale, he will prefer big order quantity. Quality of the product may not be their priority. Their strategy will decide what kind of service a manufacturer will provide. For example, If a manufacturer orient himself to provide an One-Stop-Shop service, human resource will be their main investment. Firstly, they must have in-house yarn & fabric experts to cover for material development. They have to own a strong sourcing team to find the best source of accessories and fabric. Designers and technicians are also needed to be available in their office to bring their customer’s idea to realistic industrial design. They also need to have a good production system and very strong logistics department to operate everything smoothly…
CUSTOM CLOTHING MANUFACTURING – AN INDUSTRY
For recent years, there is a strong flow of investment moving from China to Vietnam as so many of advantages that investors get from China no longer exist. The labor cost in China increased so fast make the manufacturing cost higher than expected. Manufacturers in China must choose between forcing their labor working under standardized point or loose their opportunity. Compared to China, Vietnam has a cheaper labor force at the same level of quality and experience. Seizing the opportunity created by globalization and FTAs, investors from big consuming market come to Vietnam and other manufacturing countries to invest in manufacturing companies. By doing that, they maximize their benefit from every stage in global value chain. For example, Vietnam – South Korea Strategic Partnership brings a lot of Korean investors come to Vietnam to invest in garment manufacturing industry. They have created a lot of jobs, made use of Vietnamese cheap labor and favorable tax incentives. Even China investors are moving from their country to Vietnam for getting better advantages. Vietnam has a long history of fabric & garment manufacturing and now is a strategic industry of Vietnam. And it continues getting lots of support from the Gorvernment. Besides, Vietnam locate very near main material sources (China, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand…), so manufacturers in Vietnam are benefited by the cost of inbound logistics including transportation fee and time. That is one of the reason why their is no top garment manufacturing country in Africa. Generally, It will takes a garment manufacturer in Africa at east 3 weeks to receive their material from China. The transportation fee is not really cheap. For the same reason, It’s also hard for an Africa garment manufacturers to develop new kind of fabrics. Consequently, they loose another competing capability. By contrast, Vietnam locates in the center of international logistics system. It takes a Vietnamese companies only a few days to arrange for their inbound logistics. Express Shipping service, internet, E-commerce have also developed in Vietnam and other Asian Countries. All those things make Vietnam becoming a hot destination of the flow of investment and the reliable place for people who are looking for good source of custom clothing manufacturing service. As in any other industry, it’s hard for a manufacturer to cover for everything. They always need support from outside. In a country where clothing manufacturing is a traditional industry, there is usually a strong association of manufacturers. They help each manufacturer in different occasion. In other words, the sub-contractors system there developed. Each manufacturer there can do much better than it’s own capability.
VIETNAMESE CUSTOM CLOTHING MANUFACTURING SERVICE SUPPLIER
Thygesen Textile Vietnam – Leading Knitted garment and fabrics manufacturer, custom clothing manufacturing service supplier in the North of Vietnam
Thygesen Textile Vietnam is a knitting and sewing OEM, ODM manufacturer which is located in the North of Vietnam. With more than 85 years history, we have gained world-wide reputation in development and producing high quality knitted products, both fabrics and garments.
We have in-house experts to keep updated with the latest innovation in from yarn to knitting and dyeing process, from single needle seams to flat-lock or bonding, from basic quality like cotton/spandex or polyester to special ones such as High Compression Nylon, Cordura, Outlast, Cationic, Tactel, more eco-friendly like Organic Cotton, Supima, Bamboo viscose, Soybean, Coffee, Recycle Polyester, Lenzing Tencel, Modal….
We hold SA8000, ISO9001:2008, BSCI and Oeko-tex 100 certificates as our high commitment to comply with both local and international labour laws and quality standards. We protect environment and choose to work with only suppliers/manufacturers who share the same values with us.
We welcome all partners and customers from all over the world come to visit us and see how our service helps to bring our customers gorgeous products in a well arranged process.