s Spinning Director of the Thanh Cong Group, Boo Young Bo’s relationship with German
machine builder Trützschler goes back a long way.
In fact, as a technical engineer, Mr Boo trained on cards at Trützschler’s headquarters in
Mönchengladbach, Germany, almost 30 years ago and has subsequently handled Trützschler machines at
plants around the world.
Boo Young Bo, spinning director, Thanh Cong Group
Not surprisingly then, the 60,000 spindles at Thanh Cong Group’s fourth spinning mill
situated close to Ho Chi Minh City are all fed by Trützschler machines.
“There is no disputing that Trützschler has continued over the years to improve both the
productivity of its cards and the quality of the fiber that can be obtained from them,” says Mr
With annual sales of more than US$65 million in 2009 — up 10 percent compared to 2008 —
Thanh Cong Group is unusual for a privately-owned company in Vietnam, because it is a highly
vertically-integrated textile operation, as well as a retail trader.
This is explained by its origins as a state-owned enterprise, which was founded in 1970 and
was then initially floated on the stock exchange in 2007.
But the company floundered for a while after privatization, and during 2009, E-Land —
Korea’s number one fashion retail company — became its majority shareholder.
E-Land now plays an active part in Thang Cong’s management, providing further vertical
integration and opportunities for many new customers, in addition to financial stability and a
solid investment program.
Guidance from the Korean group certainly has been decisive — not only did Thanh Cong
increase its turnover in 2009, net income climbed from VMD 5 billion in 2008 to VMD 47 billion in
In addition to an annual yarn output of 20,000 tons, Thanh Cong produces seven million meters
of woven fabric and 7,000 tons of knitted cloth on 74 circular knitting machines. It also dyes and
finished approximately 18 million meters of material and its garment manufacturing operation —
with 4,100 sewing machines — produces around 15 million garments per year for brands far too
numerous to mention, but including many top retailers in Asia, the United States and Europe. Around
70 percent of the company’s production is exported.
Thanh Cong Group’s Trützschler TC07 cards
Thanh Cong’s fourth spinning mill, which is just over a year old, having started-up in March
2009, is equipped with 60,000 spindles, with separate blow room sections for cotton and viscose
These include Trützschler Blendomat bale openers, engineered to achieve both high production
rates and gentle operation prior to the cleaning process, and versatile SP-MF multifunctional
separators — taking care of heavy parts separation, metal detection and separation, fire control
with spark detection, separation and extinguishing, dedusting and the re-feeding of opened sliver
waste. All were ordered through local agent Tri-Union Management Co. Ltd.
As a result of demand-dependent control, the fan of the SP-MF units operates only at the
speed necessary at any particular time, saving both energy and filter capacity. It also reuses the
air for the suction from the Blendomat for transport to the cleaner, to effect considerable hourly
Ten of the latest Trützschler TC07 cards feed Thanh Cong’s cotton lines, and a further eight
the viscose, for a monthly output of 500 tons of cotton and 300 tons of viscose.
Today, the Trützschler TC03 is the most successful card worldwide, and the experience gained
since its introduction at ITMA 2003 led to the new TC7 family designed for applications with high
production output. Production rates of up to 200 kilograms per hour or more can be safely handled
on these machines.
A policy of solid investment in the best manufacturing equipment has been at the heart of the
company’s strategy, explained Spinning Factory Number 4 Manager Phan Van Dep Em. It has, for
example, both ring spinning and sophisticated Japanese air-jet technology in place at the latest
Phan added that the company’s cotton is imported from the United States, West Africa,
Australia and Pakistan; while polyester and viscose fiber is obtained from Thailand, Indonesia and
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October 20, 2010