Danish workwear maker Mascot is continuing its expansion in Southeast Asia with the opening of a newly built factory in Laos.
The new 9,000 square metre production unit becomes the fourth that it operates in the region, and will complement the company’s three existing factories in northern Vietnam.
“Since we obtained the investment license, it has taken less than a year to complete the project, and I am very much looking forward to seeing the first ‘made in Laos’ Mascot-products,” said owner and CEO Michael Grosbøl.
It is expected that the workforce at the Laos factory will reach about 800 people this year.
The company’s emphasis on social responsbility is also set to extend to its new facilities in Laos. “We will document the social responsibility we take, with SA8000 certification, as we have already done in our Vietnamese factories,” Grosbøl explained.
The senior management team consists of both expats and Lao nationals, all led by managing director Thomas Bo Pedersen, who has served as the managing director for Mascot Vietnam since 2006.
The new factory is 22 km from the Laos capital of Vientiane and relatively close to the Vietnamese facilities, the first of which was set up in 2006.
The manufacturing plants provide workwear to customers in Europe as well as Australia, South America and the United States – and if additional capacity is needed, the new site in Laos can be expanded up to five-fold.