Vietnam's Textile Industry Learns About Texas Cotton

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I wanted to report on a conference and share some photos from an important seminar my firm, FCStone Fibers & Textiles, helped to organize on behalf of Bayer CropScience and Certified Fibermax Cotton in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, last month. The event was co-sponsored with the Vietnam Spinning Association and the cotton merchant, CropMark Direct.

The focus of the conference was the importance of cotton quality and how that quality can translate into better products with better value for their customers.

At the conference, about 120 textile mills were introduced Certified Fibermax cotton. Some of the mills had used Fibermax already, while others had not. Further, some mills had used U.S. cotton, while for others U.S. cotton was a new product as many firms in Vietnam use cotton grown in India, Uzbekistan and elsewhere. The concept of using Texas-grown cotton in their mills was a new concept for many of the Vietnamese mills in attendance.

This conference was organized as part of an agreement signed in 2009 between the Vietnam Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) and Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.

Presentations were made by various speakers including:

From Vietnam:
- Mr. Nguyen Nam Hai, Vice Minister of Industry and Commerce
- Mr. Le Quoc An, Chairman of Vietnam Textile and Garment Group
- Mr. Tran Dang Wall, Chairman of Association Fibers Vietnam

From the U.S.:
- Ms. Angela Dickey, Deputy U.S. Consulate General in HCMC
- Dr. Jonathan Holloway, Director of Global Development, Bayer CropScience
- Mr. Roger K. Haldenby, Vice President of Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.
- Mr. Robert Antoshak, President of FCStone Fibers & Textiles
- Ms. Kelli Merritt, General Manager CropMark Direct
- Mr. Andrew Olah - CEO, Olah, Inc.
- Mr. Andy Ryan, Vice President, FCStone Fibers & Textiles
- Mr. Craig Shook, Cotton Farmer
- Dr. Darren Hudson, Texas Tech University
- Mr. Michael Riedel, US Agricultural Attache, HCMC

Go to our Facebook page HERE to look at some of the photos from the event.

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