April 8, 2014 12:17 am JST

Apparel maker Teijin Frontier to lift Southeast Asian output

TOKYO -- Clothing and textile company Teijin Frontier will step up apparel production in Southeast Asia, with plans to open a new facility in Myanmar by March 2015.

     Amid rising production costs in China, the company is shifting focus to Southeast Asia, which offers cheaper labor.

     Teijin Frontier set up a Myanmar company in October and is now working to build a production facility there. It is also considering investing in a sewing factory operated by a local peer, as well as leasing equipment.

     At its Vietnamese plant, which now produces shirts for leading sporting goods companies, Teijin Frontier plans to raise the annual output capacity from the current several hundred thousand shirts by expanding the facilities.