|Mr. Seiichi Anzai tunes a piano (Tuoi Tre Photo)|
An Apollo piano made in Viet Nam will be sold at 3,400 USD as compared to 3,900 USD for a similar one imported from Japan, said Seiichi Anzai, Deputy Director of the company.
The Toyo-APT company, which is one of the leading piano manufacturers in Japan, built its factory at the Tan Binh Industrial Zone of Ho Chi Minh City in 2005, with a primary focus on repairing old pianos.
This year, the company has focused on training technicians and making new pianos. With three Japanese engineers and nearly 30 Vietnamese technicians, it expects to make 100 pianos by the end of the year.
Seiichi Anzai said Viet Nam has a lot of skillful technicians for piano maintenance but that the supply is not sufficient. He stressed the need for a factory and facilities to produce standard pianos with the hallmarks of craftsmanship, rather than mass-produced ones.
He appreciated the demand for pianos and potentials of maintenance services in Viet Nam and in Ho Chi Minh City as the locals' living conditions have improved.
The building of such a factory and the training of skillful technicians will pave the way for a new industry - the piano industry - in Viet Nam, he said.