HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
Aerotact Co. Ltd.
Aerotact currently makes our Kosan Pack System. They are Japanese owned and are actually a paragliding equipment factory first and foremost, which is super cool to see in person. They also make a wide range of amazing bags, totes and backpacks for some of the worlds top brands. We have visited their factories in Ho Chi Minh, Cu Chi and Tay Ninh Province. We’ve also had the privilege of enjoying a number of delicious meals, both home cooked and local, with their owner, Mr. Sadao Hangai, who is a mountaineering and paragliding legend in Japan! Charles, their GM, also visited us in Vancouver where we had a BIG night of Karaoke.
Established in 1992, this factory recently relocated to the Province of Tay Ninh, Vietnam. They focus on paragliding equipment and bags. We recently visited the beautiful new factory they just built. Each time we visit, we’re treated to a delicious lunch with all the workers in their canteen. After lunch, the workers played cards or took a siesta! Often on our visits here (we’ve been 4x now), we head back into town on one of the company buses with the workers. They don’t speak much English but we all jam out over music (can you say Westlife?).
When we decided to make our Travel Pack System we had never built a bag before and we knew we had to work with a factory that had unparalleled expertise, yet would “hold our hand” throughout the process. Many factories don’t like working with a company that is brand new to a product category, as it means more prototypes for their sample room and inefficiencies in production. Aerotact’s team was quite the opposite! Not only did they welcome us to Saigon, but they were ready to go above and beyond in helping us build the best damn travel bag. They insisted we stay in their homes, took us to all the local fabric markets and even invited us to the wedding of a team member where there was plenty of Karaoke. All in all, we stayed in Vietnam for over a month building this amazing bag with them!