The 3rd Bangladesh Int’l Garment & Textile Machinery Expo, Bangladesh Int’l Print, Pack & Signage Expo, Bangladesh Int’l Fabric & Yarn Expo & Bangladesh Int’l Dyes & Chemical Expo were held from 15 to 18 Nov 2018 at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB), Dhaka.
The conference was led by Fatematuj Johra, Director Marketing Redcarpet365 Ltd along with Ahmed Imtiaz, CEO–Redcarpet365 Ltd. Md. Moazzem Hossain, Sr. Joint Secretary (Administration)-BKMEA has briefed about BKMEA’s role in this exhibition and knitting industry of Bangladesh.
Hasan Murad Chowdhury, Head of Business-Paper Leaf described their role as powered by Partner, Suraya Akter, Customer Success Manager-FOURSOURCE Group GmbH briefed about their Online Sourcing Technology & Islam Riyadh, Editor & Publisher-Textile Focus has briefed about their Seminar on “Sustainability of textile industry.” The opening ceremony of the shows was held on 15th November 2018 at Capitals, International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB), Dhaka. Hon’ble Commerce Minister- Tofail Ahmed, MP, inaugurated these exhibitions in the presence of Faruque Hassan, Honorary Consul General of Greece to Bangladesh and Senior Vice President, BGMEA, Mansoor Ahmed, First Vice President, BKMEA, Muhammad Ayub, President, BIAA, Syed NurulIslam, Chairman & CEO, Well Group, Md. Mustafizur Rahman, FCA, Chairman (Export & Market Development Committee), Bangladesh Paper Mills Association and DMD, Bashundhara Group, Hasan Murad Chowdhury, Head of Business, Paper Leaf.
This expo had almost 180 stalls with products from 12+ countries including Bangladesh, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Portugal, Taiwan, Turkey and USA. Visitors count in total was around 8,630, and day wise it was: Day 1 – 1,485, Day 2 – 3,150, Day 3 – 2,480, Day 4 – 1,515. Highlights of the event were 180+ booths from 12 countries, 10+ Supporting Associations, 66,360+ sqr. feet of next exhibitions, 5+ Seminars & networking events.
Assessment by exhibitors
According to a report, 81 per cent exhibitors’ participation target reached to satisfying level, 91 per cent exhibitors were delighted with class & number of potential visitors, 85 per cent exhibitors is willing to participate in next editions, 82 per cent exhibitors were pleased with support services of the organiser & overall management.
Garment & Textile -Knowledge & Innovation Corner
Meanwhile, Garment & Textile-Knowledge & Innovation Corner was also placed at the expo. As the show is working for the development of the garment & textile industry of Bangladesh, Knowledge & Innovation Corner was very crucial as the future industry leaders, merchandisers; designers & technical personnel’s from these institutions & got in touch with the recent updated machinery, raw materials & updated technologies. Renowned universities, fashion & technology institutions participated & showcased their recent developments on garment & textile industry done by teachers and students. They also provided the quality education details to the local and international exhibitors and visitors. Besides, various panel discussions were also conducted on growing issues in the industry, in which leading players and experts participated.
We are displaying multi mixed embroidery machine for chenille, cording, and other features. We also have digital pearl setting machine and all our machines are computerised. The machines are made in China but are very high technology. We represent DFI and Sunloon brands.
As far as the show is concerned, we are not satisfied with the organisation, but response wise we had success as several companies’ MDs, Chairman and senior management people visited our stall.
2018 was a successful year for us in terms of business. As far industry’s development is concerned, the Bangladesh Govt. is very supportive for the industry and knows how to develop the country and its infrastructure.
We received excellent feedback from this fair. I hope this kind of fair continues in Bangladesh. We deal in textile reactive dyes, and chemicals. Business wise, 2018 was very good for our company and we look forward to 2019 very positively. We hope next year we develop our product in Bangladesh market extremely.
For the development of this industry, our main demand from Bangladesh Government is to increase facilities at Chittagong port and reduce custom duties on reactive dyes and auxiliaries. They should develop port facilities to enable smoother supply of goods.
We are getting very good response from our loyal customers because we are in this trading business since 1987. Every body knows us as we are selling good quality machineries for garment and textile sector. Our new technology is sublimation printing and direct cotton printing machines by MS Italy. The exhibition is not so huge, but we are showcasing Mimaki sublimation printing from Japan, and also cutting machine and solvent printing machines.
We are also promoting our MS LaRio printer via video at this show. In terms of business, 2018 was an excellent year, as we sold out many computerised embroidery machines from Tajima and 5-6 big machines from MS here. Overall, the year was good and we expect to do better in 2019.
We are largest Metal Button, Alloy Button and Y Type Zipper Manufacturer Company in the Bangladesh. Today, major proportion of buyers prefer China, but we would like to tell them that we are producing the same product, even better quality than Chinese manufacturers in Bangladesh itself. Business wise we did well in 2018, infact from 2015-18 we had good achievements and did new activities, which got encouraging feedback.
We have a mega plan from 2020-21 to increase our productivity. Like whatever quantity we are producing now, we will increase. We are also focusing on quality issue increasing it further in terms of standards and certifications which is not there in Bangladesh. We are also introducing some special colours in accessories.
We, Comet Chemicals are engaged in manufacturing and marketing of speciality chemicals with “Quality Serve” to customers. We are having innovative products for knits and sizing, so people are really giving us good response. This is our first exhibition in the country as we are expanding our overall business in Bangladesh, which is a growing market.
Overall, we had good response at this exhibition,which is a mixture of accessories, chemicals, and machines segments. Purely people are searching for garment sourcing but that is a minus point of this exhibition in our sense. Though potential technical people have visited but show is completely not of our purpose. However, we are confident of doing good business in 2019 in Bangladesh.
Ours is a German company working in Bangladesh since 2005. We recently opened our new lab here, which is having very modern equipment and is technologically very advanced. At this fair we are getting huge response from our customers. For Oeko-tex certification, people who don’t know what is the procedure to obtain, this is the platform through which we are helping them out.
We are expecting that we will get more genuine customers from this fair. Right now we are offering Oeko-tex certification, which comprises various types of certificates. Apart from certifications, we are also doing inspection, as well as we have the testing laboratory for apparel where we are capable for conducting all types of test. 2018 was really good for our company, and we expect to do better in 2019.
We are getting very good response from this expo. According to stall arrangement, I we got a better one. So many visitors came to visit my stall. Here we are displaying embroidery machine, sewing machine and embroidery spare parts.
When it comes to business, we did well in 2018; and it’s going to be better in future. I am very confident about it. We only expect political stability in 2019, so that industry doesn’t have to face any problem due to political clashes.
At this show, we met some new as well as some old customers. As we are participating in this show for the first time, we are demonstrating our technologically developed advanced machineries here. Customers are very happy to visit our stall as they are getting to see new innovations here.
We are dealing with computerised jacquard machineries and all the auxiliaries machines related to sweater industry. 2018, in terms of business was average but we are expecting something better in 2019.
At this show we are presenting wide range of products to make garments other than fabrics. Like accessories, narrow fabrics, elastic, poly, paper item and many more. Response may be good but not 100 % okay because we didn’t get to see the real buyers here.
Yes, we met the buyers with whom we normally do business; in that case it was good. But our target was to meet foreign clients and they will get to see our product and quality, which didn’t happen. Organizers should try to make sure that the real buyers, visit this expo.