The 5th Bangladesh Int’l Garment & Textile Machinery Expo 2019 targeting the entire apparel industry was held concurrently with Bangladesh Int’l Print, Pack & Signage Expo, Bangladesh Int’l Fabric & Yarn Expo & Bangladesh Int’l Dyes & Chemical Expo. At the beginning a press conference was also organized, which 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.

On the other Hand HM Emran, President, Bangladesh Sign Materials and Machineries Importers Association and Zafar Ahmed, President, Bangladesh Digital Printers Owners Association briefed about new booming market of textile & digital printing. Islam Riyadh, Editor & Publisher – Textile Focus has briefed about their Seminar on “Bangladesh Textile Industry towards Industry 4.0.” The opening ceremony was held on 7th November 2019 at Capitals, International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB), Dhaka. Hon’ble Commerce Minister – Tipu Munshi, MP inaugurated these exhibitions. Other special guests at the opening ceremony were Md. Abdul Kader Khan, President of Bangladesh Garments Accessories & Packaging Manufacturers & Exporters Association, Engr. Md. Shafiqur Rahman, President of The Institution of Textile Engineers and Technologists (ITET), Faruque Hassan, Honorary Consul General of Greece to Bangladesh & Managing Director, Giant Group, Mohammad Hatem, 1st Vice President of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), Syed Nurul Islam, Chairman & CEO of Well Group of Industries, HM Emran, President of Bangladesh Sign Materials and Machineries Importers Association (BSMMIA), Zafar Ahmed, President of Bangladesh Digital Printer’s Owner’s Association (BDPOA).

The expo had almost 160 stalls with products from 14+ countries including Bangladesh, China, Indonesia Dubai, Portugal, Taiwan, Netherland, Switzer land, Korea, India, Japan, Malaysia, Turkey, France. The show was visited by 9,215+ visitors visited: Day1 – 1809, Day 2 – 3254, Day 3 – 2405, Day 4 1,747. It had 10+ Supporting Association, 5+ Seminars & Networking Events and was spread in 66,360 square feet area. While speaking about the event Tipu Munshi, MP Minister, Ministry of Commerce, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh said, “I congratulate Redcarpet365 Ltd. for organizing these shows. The back bone of Bangladesh’s economic growth is apparel sector and the networking platforms like exhibitions are very important to uphold country’s growth, as well as economy. Under the dynamic leadership of our Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh is likely to set the apparel export target at $37.42 bn for Fiscal Year 2019-20, with a 7.03 percent growth in export earnings. To achieve this target we need to focus more on value added, high-end apparel items rather than basic, traditional products to make the business sustainable throughout the fierce competition in the global garment trade. Keeping the above in concern, there is no alternative of exhibitions on these sectors & I, heartily welcome all participants & stakeholders approach to involve with BIGTEX as well as Bangladesh’s apparel industry for enhancing the manufacturing strength with new developed technology.”

According to AKM Salim Osman, MP, President, Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association, “At present, there is an approximate $210 bn valued knitwear market globally whereas in the fiscal year 2018-19. Bangladesh exported only $16.89 bn valued knitwear. In this sense, Bangladesh knitwear sector has immense possibilities and opportunities to grasp the big share of the global knitwear market. To make this happen in reality, Bangladesh knitwear sector needs to be restructured with cutting edge machinery, recently developed equipment, and cost effective raw materials such as fabric and yearn, dyes, pigment and environment friendly chemical so on.” Faruque Hassan, Honorary Consul General of Greece to Bangladesh, President of DBCCI, Ex Senior Vice President, BGMEA & MD of Giant Group said, “Rising garment shipments to new and emerging Asian markets such as India, China, Korea and Japan have also contributed to the higher earnings. But to keep this growth in continuation basis the industry needs proper updated and more sustainable technology, machinery, raw materials, yarn, fabric, dyes & chemicals in regular basis. In this fearless competition in global apparel consumption, organising this kind of exhibitions are very important for Bangladesh to reach the certain goal and explore new markets and diversify the production.” As per Engr. Md. Shafiqur Rahman, CIP, President – The Institution of Textile Engineers & Technologists (ITET), Bangladesh, Managing Director, HAMS Group of Industries, “This event will help Local & Foreign Manufacturers, Dealers & Suppliers to showcase their products, whereas Bangladeshi garment & textile factory owners & apparel exporters can be benefitted as well.

What local apparel sector needs right now is a support from the government policies and the focus should be on developing new product base, which will lead the fastest growing industry to achieve a $50 bn export target by 2021. Now we need to focus more on value-added items & new markets for export, along with increased employment of local skilled employees from Bangladesh. This kind of collaboration is very important for Bangladesh to reach to the optimum goal. I am sure such exhibitions will play an important role to demonstrate the latest type of machineries, technologies, dyes/ chemicals, yarns, fabrics & will provide an opportunity for our experts, engineers & technicians to have practical knowledge of the recent technological advancements available and that also, without going abroad.” Md. Abdul Kader Khan, President, Bangladesh Garments Accessories & Packaging Manufacturers & Exporters Associations, “Garments Accessories & Packaging Industry of Bangladesh, the backward linkage industry of RMG sector, earned $7.15 bn during FY 2018-19. If this sector gets policy support and cooperation from government, the earning should likely to be increased up to $12 bn by the end of 2021. Total investment of this sector is about $36 bn & value addition is near about 40 percent. I believe, this expo will help local & foreign manufacturer, dealers & suppliers to showcase their products, where Bangladeshi garment & textile factory owners & apparel exporters can get in touch with them.”

Garment & Textile – Knowledge & Innovation Corner
A Garment & Textile – Knowledge & Innovation Corner was placed at the expo. As the show is working for the development of the garment & textile industry of Bangladesh, Knowledge & Innovation Corner is very crucial as the future Industry leaders, merchandisers, designers & technical personnel’s will be from these institutions & can get in touch with the recent updated machinery, RAW materials & updated technologies. Renowned Universities, Fashion & Technology Institutions have participated & showcased their recent developments on garment & textile industry done by teachers and students. They also provide the quality education details to the local and international exhibitors and visitors. Among them BGMEA University of Fashion & Technology (BUFT), Daffodil International University, National Institute of Textile Engineering And Research (NITER), Northern University Bangladesh played vital role and cater more attraction.

4th Textalk (Talking about Textile) – A Panel Discussion on Bangladesh Textile Industry & Industry 4.0
Textile Focus & Redcarpet365 Ltd jointly organised “TexTalk” – Talking about Textiles, A panel discussion session on “Bangladesh Textile Industry & Industry 4.0”. The panel discussion was moderated by – Prof. Dr. Engr. Md. Humaun Kabir, Pro Vice Chancellor, Northern University Bangladesh while the key note was presented by Maeen Md. Khairul Akter, Managing Editor of Textile Focus and Lecturer, Department of Textile Engineering Management, Bangladesh University of Textiles (BUTEX) with a presentation on “Bangladesh Textile Industry & Industry 4.0.” Panel Discussant were Faruque Hassan, Honorary Consul General of Greece to Bangladesh & Managing Director, Giant group; Engr. Md. Shafiqur Rahman, CIP, President ITET, MD, HAMS Group; Syed Mohammad Ismail, Country Head, Archroma (Bangladesh) Ltd.; Md. Abdur Rashid, Managing Director, SGS Bangladesh Ltd.; Dr. Md. Mahbubul Haque, Prof&Head, Department. of Textile Engineering, Daffodil International University; Prof. Dr. Engr. Md. Humaun Kabir, Pro Vice Chancellor, Northern University Bangladesh; Maeen Md. Khairul Akter, Managing Editor, Textile Focus, Faculty, Department of Textile Engineering Management, BUTex.

Exhibitors’ comments….

Onur Ugur OZKAN, MKS Devo Chemicals
It’s a beneficial expo for us. Ours is a global chemical company that produces a broad range of chemicals that are found in many products of different industries. We are doing good business in Bangladesh especially in denim segment but are in talks for having good agencies for non-denims also. We met many people at this show so it’s going good for us.

We don’t have a local office but an agent in Bangladesh. The country has a very big market for denims, which is growing, so we are happy to be here. However, transportation of the goods is a problem in Bangladesh, but apart from that we are not facing any issue here. We have some very big customers and did well in 2019.

Janson Tsui, Zolytech Machinery Co., Ltd
We are getting good customers here. This exhibition is professionally very good and is better than our expectations. In future I expect to bring our machine here, which will have a better impact. This is my first show is Bangladesh. On the first day, when I came, I felt Bangladesh is just like China 20 years ago. It’s a much focused market and will be like China in future.

We have just started in Bangladesh and it is going better than expected. We are the first Chinese company from our segment to establish our own office here. Hope to build up our brand, and sell many machines in 2020 here.

Md. Mosharraf Hossain, Dcatek Limited
The response is good. We are exhibiting digital textile belt printer at this exhibition. We are representing China’s one of the biggest brand. Business wise, 2019 was very good for us. This year market was good from the beginning but by the end of year it went a little down. We expect it to improve in 2020. At present it has a lots of issues, people are not much aware about the digital technologies.

So, we want them to learn first, then to sell the machine. We’ve been doing business in Bangladesh since 1995, but this machine was launched three years back, I have ink factory here since 2010. We want to encourage more made in Bangladesh products to reduce Bangladesh’s dependence on imports from China, India and Pakistan.

Abu Naser, NAF Group
We are mainly dealing in machines like digital, sublimation, multihead automated computerised embroidery machine, DTG printing machine, T-shirt printing machine etc. So, we always try and bring something new for in the market. This exhibition is not so big and is only spread in two halls. However, most of the dyes, chemicals, garment and textile machineries, signage machineries companies are there.

We have also got good enquiries for branded machineries. People know what we are doing and what new technologies we have brought in the market. Sales wise 2019 began well, we did well till mid-year, but at the end garment and textile orders for Bangladesh reduced, so our business also got impacted.

Shahnaz Moshfiq, Well Group

The response was good on first two days but because of the weather it turned out bad later on. Due to the bad weather few customers are visiting the show. Other than that the show is quite OK. This year we have come here with a special product called recycled thread that we have manufactured keeping buyers demand in mind. Because the world is going towards sustainable future so customers want their garments to be made of sustainable and recycled material. 2019 was good but still there are challenges in the garment industry.

People are looking for cheaper materials without keeping quality in minds. 2020 will be a challenging year for all garment industrials in Bangladesh. We need govt. support in tax areas, dispersing commercial loans for the garments owners from banks, also tariff we need to get from big buyers in UK and the US.

Md. Kamal Uddin Sarkar, SBS Zipper
This is for the first time we have attended this expo. We are regularly participating in other fairs so we are here to analyse how effective is this for SBS. There are not many visitors here. SBS Zipper is no. one brand in China and second largest zipper company worldwide. SBS is maintaining world-class standard zippers and that is why most of the buyers like our products and suggest their suppliers to use our zippers only.

Quality is our main USP, which we never compromise. This is the reason our customers are always satisfied with our products. When compared to 2018, our business increased rapidly in 2019. We expect to experience doing business with more different types of buyers in 2020.

A.K.M Mahfuzul Haque, Techno Systems
At this exhibition we are getting more or less OK report. But due to rain we did not get expected number of visitors. We are exhibiting flat knitting machines for jacquard sweater. In 2018-19 market for Bangladesh was not so good but we hope next year to be better. As far as govt. support is concerned, banking is a problem in Bangladesh i.e. here interest rate is higher than other countries which is hurdle in industry’s growth.

Govt. is working on it and I hope after 5 years we’ll be in a better position in Bangladesh. The market is growing at a good pace and expected to go further next year.

Engr. Md. Nura Alam Sarkar, Hafsa Group
I am very happy with the response received at this exhibition. We need to mark our presence in the Bangladesh garment industry which is getting down day-by-day. The industry is going slow so I want players to upgrade their technologies as even govt. is promoting digitalisation in production.

I myself being an engineer is offering good quality machines like chenille machine, cording machine, twin-type machine, pearl setting machine etc. We are personally trying to develop the garment sector with technologies. Business wise 2019 was average but I hope to do better in 2020. Govt. is also supporting and taking initiatives for this industry’s growth.

Haidary Mehbub, Smart Printing Solution
There were more than 375 customers, response has been really good. Our graphics portfolio is getting richer and customer feedback is very good. Ours is an IT & Print solution services providing company in Bangladesh. We sell and service a wide variety of brand new copiers, production printers and solutions, offset UV CTP. We represent offset segment, wide format segment, pre-press and the press and many others.

In 2019 we installed more than 10 machines in Bangladesh. Customer feedback is really getting better and with the help of our technical service, our offset printing machines are becoming more popular. We want govt. to reduce duties so that we could offer better service to our customers.

M Mariful Islam, Ali Group
There were four days holidays, so were expecting more visitors. But we got some potential customers which is not that bad and is good enough. Here we are exhibiting some packaging machineries. We have some project plans now and working on improvement and development of this industry. We are fine to help our customers adapt new technologies. So, we brought some new developments here. For adopting a new technology the industry needs govt., support.

People are not able to invest that much individually but if done together it is easy for the industry. In the last Budget duties were increased on machineries, which has disppointed many investors. We request govt. to help them out in this regard.

MD. Raihan Ahmed, TRA Accessories
The response is very good and we have sold few machines already. We have many products but here we are exhibiting our Chinese automatic printing machine. We merged with an Italian brand in 2019. They have octopus oval screen printing machine attached with digital. We also do Taiwan based machineries and water based ink/chemical. Buyers are demanding more water based chemicals nowadays.

We are working in printing industry for last 7 years. This year market has been slow since February. Now at the end, business is picking up. Bangladesh Government should provide more facilities for importers of machine like us.

Sayadur Rahman Habib, Running Tiger (Bangladesh) Ltd.
Response wise the show is neither bad, nor good. The market is not that good now. Hopefully, by the end of this year or next year beginning, we may get some good results. We are here in Bangladesh for last 18 years, this time we are here with some new innovative technologies. We are exhibiting our recent updated flat knitting machinery which can make different kinds of sweater.

The machines can do faster production and is lighter and consumes less electricity than earlier models. So, customers are coming here and considering what they are going to buy for us in future. We are expecting to perform better in 2020 than 2019. Bangladesh Govt. is doing fantastic for garment sector and by 2020 we are going to export more than 50 bn dollars.