Mr. Thaveekij Jaturajarienkhun established T.K. Garment over 34 years ago with 12 employees and seven sewing machines. Today his family runs factories in Bangkok and Maesod in Thailand; he recently opened a new factory in Sisophon, Cambodia. For the three factories, they have 4,000 employees, 3,000 sewing machines and a production capacity of 600,000 pieces per month. T.K. Garment is a “One Stop Shop” for babies, kids, women, men, tops, bottoms and denim ready-to-wear apparel.
T.K. Garment has been successful because of its long-term customer relationships built on trust. The trust is so strong, they are able to manufacture for 90 competing retail brands under the same roof. Each brand is assigned a team and confidentially is top priority. And most importantly, Mr. Thaveekij has vowed not to start his own retail brand, instead remaining the top manufacturer behind all successful brands.
Everything that happens in T.K. Garment happens for a reason. Mr. Thaveekij, his wife, his son and two daughters have worked with every machine and understand every process. Mr. Thaveekij will even compete with employees to prove that productivity can be increased. Mr. Thaveekij also believes in investing in the latest machines that increase productivity, quality and stitch work, and gives customers new special techniques to enhance their products.
At T.K. Garment employees are family. And employees’ families are important. To improve quality of life, production targets are set per day and if targets are met, they can go home early. Their wages are not tied to the hours, but to profitability. Thus, to be profitable, team members have to take ownership of the order, manufacture to meet on time delivery with zero defects and less waste. Beyond wages, each team member earns extra income if they are profitable as a team. However, if a claim is made, the team also takes responsibility.
With its strong manufacturing capabilities and proven track record in Thailand in 2012, T.K. Garment decided to expand the capacity to reach 1 million pieces/month with its new factory in Cambodia. They expect to increase their export portfolio to 20% in the next two years focusing on exports to the European market, benefiting from Cambodia’s Generalized System of Preferences status.