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The clothing industry is the most important manufacturing industry in Hong Kong. In an effort to cope with recent changes and developments, there are signs that the clothing establishments are becoming more quality conscious. A recent survey however reveals that these establishments are still not paying enough attention to this important aspect of their business and a proactive, innovative approach to quality improvement is less common than responsiveness to market forces on a needs basis. Based on a case study of implementing the ISO 9000 quality assurance standard in a clothing establishment, areas of interest and potential problems have been identified which are unique to the clothing industry, and solutions have been suggested to how these could be overcome.
clothing industry, quality improvement, quality assurance system, ISO 9000, BS 5750
Head, Institute of Textiles and Clothing, Hong Kong Polytechnic, Kowloon,
Principal Lecturer, Institute of Textiles and Clothing, Hong Kong Polytechnic, Kowloon,