After the wave of technology companies pouring capital into Vietnam 10 years ago, there seems to be a wave of new technology companies wanting to choose Vietnam as their destination.
Last weekend, LG (Korea) went to Dong Nai to seek investment opportunities in items related to digital transformation and building smart cities in this province. According to representatives of LG, the Group is cooperating with a number of major corporations in the world to produce and supply 4.0 technology to deploy large smart city projects for some countries around the world.
Dong Nai is implementing smart city project, so LG Group wants to participate in some categories, such as smart industrial parks, smart transportation, smart health care, smart factories, smart logistics… Funding to implement a smart city is about 15,000 – 20,000 billion VND.
Even as LG, after making its mark with the production complex of electronics, home electronics in Hai Phong (including 3 factories LG Electronics, LG Display, LG Innotek), at the end of last year, also set the ambition to make Da Nang become the Group’s information technology research and development (R&D) center in Vietnam. And now, although the information is not very specific, there is also a new investment direction.
The fact that Vietnam is promoting digital transformation has also attracted special attention from Taiwanese businesses. According to PwC’s research has just been published, the importance of Vietnam for Taiwanese businesses has increased from 18% in 2018 to 24% by the end of 2020 and ranked 4th, after the US, Japan and China.
According to Taiwanese PwC, the fact that the Vietnamese Government is actively focusing on promoting digital transformation will almost be a free ‘preferential’ policy for all foreign businesses to invest in Vietnam. Because, the impact of digital transformation not only helps reduce production costs, but also promotes efficiency and business performance here.
About 2 weeks ago, the leaders of Bac Giang province had a meeting to discuss with departments and branches to push up the clearance progress of Quang Chau Industrial Park (Viet Yen, Bac Giang). This industrial park has a total area of 426 hectares, but currently only 336 hectares have been cleared ground, the remaining 90 hectares have not.
Under the direction of the Vice Chairman of Bac Giang Provincial People’s Committee, the People’s Committee of Viet Yen district must focus highly on the work of site clearance for the remaining area, ensure early handover to the investor, even consider this is the top priority task.
It is easy to understand why Bac Giang province is so impatient. Provincial leaders want to soon hand over the entire premises of this project so that they can “welcome strategic investors”. The details have not been disclosed, but it is most likely related to the Foxconn Group’s investment expansion project that is about to be deployed in this industrial park. And most likely, this is the project that has been mentioned for a long time – 270 million USD, producing smart TV for a famous brand.
Meanwhile, Luxshare Group, after investing in building a factory in Van Trung Industrial Park, is also implementing another project in this industrial park, with an investment of 190 million USD. According to Luxshare-ICT Van Trung General Director, this new factory specializes in manufacturing all kinds of wireless headsets (bluetooth), smartwatches and bluetooth speakers.
In addition to the factories in Bac Giang, Luxshare is also in the process of expanding its investment in a factory in Nghe An. Meanwhile, Wistron Group has invested 273 million USD project in Ha Nam, while Pegatron Group has invested 2 projects 500 million USD in Hai Phong.
Looking at this angle, it seems that there is a next wave of investment in the high-tech sector pouring into Vietnam. In a report titled “Rising Star: The Role of Vietnam in Transforming Supply Chains in Asia”, according to Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Vietnam is still an interesting option for manufacturing operations and those looking to diversify supply chains in Asia.
According to the EIU, high-tech manufacturers will continue to receive incentives for many years to come and that is an advantage, so that along with other advantages, for example joining many trade agreements, Vietnam will become “a very convenient alternative name for a part of Chinese production”.
Finding the right business partner in Vietnam is also important. We recommend doing research on the reputation of the company and individual shareholders, corporate or individual, gathering publicly available company information, and performing background checks on key personnel to find potential risks in cooperation. Working with a reliable partner can help achieve economic benefits, saving time and money in business.