Malaysia’s textile industry can
bounce back, say German industrialists
Several German exhibitors at the Techtextil & Texprocess 2019
international trade fair believed that Malaysia’s textile
industry, seen by many as a sunset industry, can reassert its
position in the global markets.
Helmut Gottzmann, an indenting agent near Frankfurt, said
Malaysia can benefit from the US-China trade war, which has led
some manufacturers to leave China for such countries as Vietnam,
Indonesia, Bangladesh, and even Ethiopia.
“As long as China continues to offer cheaper and low-end
textiles, other countries with higher labor and production costs
will find it difficult to compete even though they produce
better quality material.
“However, China’s production and labour costs have risen
sharply over the years. The trade friction with the US has
provoked a migration by some manufacturers out of China to
countries including Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and even
Sascha Dehl, director of product and innovations at Veit
GmbH, a Bavaria-based company which supplies “smart machines”
for the textile and garment industries, said that among their
major markets in Asia are Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia,
Malaysia, and Vietnam.
He said his company’s products have been sought after by
textile manufacturers from several Asian, African and Latin
American countries because they cut production and labor costs.
Some of the features of the machines, he said, provide
maximum protection for workers, shielding them from heat
transfer. “Given the uncertainties that presently characterise
global trade, Malaysia can bounce back in textile manufacturing
because of the superior quality of its products,” he said,
adding that the shortage of workers can be replaced to a not
insignificant level by automation, “which is key to our future
Dietrich Eickhoff, chairman of DA Group of Kaiserslautern,
said the company serves the entire value chain of the textile
industry through its innovative machines, technology, and
digitalization. He said their latest product, Delta, is equipped
with Industry 4.0 features. “Delta is not just a sewing machine,
it is revolutionizing the sewing process. Delta has the
capability to communicate with the operator, making the latter
“Such a system would be most appropriate for countries with
labor shortage like Malaysia. It will be a perfect fit for the
country’s textile, automotive and aerospace industries.
“Malaysia and Indonesia are very important. Indeed, Asean is an
opportunity as well as a challenge for us,” he said.