Cambodia made 21 percent of Adidas’ sports clothing in 2021, followed by China with 20 percent and Vietnam with 15 percent, according to a report from the German based sports apparel maker. China has been the largest manufacturer for Adidas for over a decade and in 2013 accounted for 33 percent of their manufacturing, with only minimal operations in Cambodia at the time.
This has steadily increased over the last ten years as the company has sought to diversify from mainland China,something that has been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Adidas in Cambodia
Adidas has long been manufacturing both directly and indirectly in Cambodia for well over 20 years, although not without controversy. In 2001 the company were asked by various Trade Union and NGO groups to disclose both its direct and indirect suppliers in Cambodia. This list has now been published annually since 2007 according to a company statement.
Much like other apparel brands within the Kingdom they have not been without controversy, with staff going on strike and various other labour disputes. Overall though the brand largely have a positive reputation within the Kingdom, with the brand popular among the growing middle-class of Cambodia.
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Adidas who had revenue of $23.8 billion in 2022 and are the second biggest brand in the world, after Nike.
This article is adapted from BPVE SPORT Cambodia, reported and edited from the great team – Cambodia Sports Review.
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