Located in Ha Nam province, Vietnam, Duc Hanh Garment Joint Stock Company (hereafter “Duc Hanh”) is a key production partner for prestige brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren and Chaps.
With a capacity of 2.2 million pieces a year, and 18 production lines spread across a 32,000m2 facility, Duc Hanh specialises in delivering volume without compromising on the quality its customer’s demand.
reduction in fabric wastage
significant BOM savings
Challenges and their solutions
1. Limited visibility of cutting room operations
Prior to implementing FastReactFabric, the cutting floor at Duc Hanh was coordinated manually, using a homegrown spreadsheet solution that quickly proved unfit for purpose, since it was unable to provide full visibility into the consumption of fabric in cutting operations. As a result, the Duc Hanh teams found themselves unable to accurately forecast fabric requirements. In turn, this led to reduced material yields, comparatively high material wastage, and lost business opportunities.
Duc Hanh implemented the Cutting module of Coats Digital’s FastReactFabric (formerly IntelloCut), the leading solution for automated, intelligent, closed-loop fabric planning, in 2018, and results followed quickly. By providing complete tracking and full visibility of fabric on the cutting floor, FastReactFabric enabled Duc Hanh to almost instantly optimise its operations, reducing wastage to 1.95% soon after implementation. Three years on from that initial implementation, FastReactFabric continues to provide a visibility advantage, cutting fabric waste to just 1.7% across the lifetime of the partnership between Duc Hanh and Coats Digital.
These compounded fabric savings have had a direct impact on Duc Hanh’s bottom line: using FastReactFabric, the company was able to save 2.2% on its bill of materials and to make better-informed fabric bookings, both of which improved profitability with minimal effort of Duc Hanh’s part.
“From a starting point of a heavily manual workflow and very limited visibility, FastReactFabric (formerly Intellocut) the cut module quickly enabled us to eliminate the Excel spreadsheets we had been using, providing complete, real-time visibility into the cutting process.David Goh, General Manager,
As a direct result of implementing FastReactFabric and partnering with Coats Digital, we can now accurately estimate our fabric requirements, which has allowed us to achieve much higher efficiency and productivity at the same time as cutting fabric waste.”
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David Goh continued, “And thanks to the data centralisation and reporting capabilities of FastReactFabric, we can now easily measure our efficiency and material utilisation. We now have enough confidence to buy only the exact amount of fabric that the facility needs – no more, and no less.”
2. Disconnected data and time-consuming reporting
Before FastReactFabric, Duc Hanh’s teams would routinely gather data manually, and create bespoke reports using Excel – both processes that directly impacted the company’s ability to respond to customer’s demands and confirm orders on time.
As well as enabling Duc Hanh to correctly calculate its fabric consumption, FastReactFabric has had added benefit of consolidating and centralising the company’s cutting room data. With the combined power of visibility and a single source of data, Duc Hanh has been able to both automate its data capture – ensuring accuracy – and rapidly produce detailed reports and order confirmations.
Jaya Choudhary, Professional Services Manager at Coats Digital commented, “Duc Hanh is one of Vietnam’s leading garment manufacturers – a position it has achieved and maintained because of its strong investment in modern technology and a cohesive, connected approach to production.”
“After implementing FastReactFabric (formerly Intellocut) in 2018, and making extensive use of the solution’s planning automation, visibility, and execution control capabilities, Duc Hanh has successfully kept its fabric wastage to below 2%.Jaya Choudhary, Professional Services Manager
We are thrilled to have been a part of that journey, and we applaud the results that Duc Hanh has been able to achieve – positioning it as a forward-looking production partner on the world stage.”
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