The 13th Vietnam International Textile and Garment Industry Exhibition (VTG 2013) kicked off in Ho Chi Minh City on October 24 with 200 enterprises taking part.

The enterprises come from China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Pakistan, Singapore, Italy, the US and Germany.

State-of-the-art machinery, accessories and chemicals from renowned brand names such as Dai Hoang Long, Tan Hung Thinh, Van Su Loi, Dong Guan Hong Sui Industry Investment, Taiwan Giu Chun and CSP are on display.

According to Pham Xuan Hong, Chairman of the HCM City Association of Garments, Textiles, Embroidery and Knitting, Vietnam’s garment and textile sector’s export value reached 17.5 billion USD last year. The figure hit nearly 15 billion USD in the January-September period this year.

He added that the sector is seen as the country’s spearhead industry that has significantly contributed to national economic growth.

VTG 2013, to run until October 27, offers an opportunity for businesses to purchase modern machinery and equipment, access stable and suitable supplies of materials to expand their production, and seek new partners.