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Former Cambodian war zone transformed into industrial hub

Factory campus on western border highlights region's shifting labor landscape

Sumitronics' production facility at Poipet's industrial park. (Photo by Yukako Ono)

POIPET, Cambodia -- Once ravaged by war, the city of Poipet on Cambodia's western border with Thailand is reinventing itself as a manufacturing center, leveraging its cheap labor costs and strategic location in the regional supply chain.

Techno Park Poipet, an industrial park built by Japanese trading house Toyota Tsusho, opened here on Dec. 8, with four Japanese companies and one Thai business leasing factories as tenants.

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