CEMS Global- Conference & Exhibition Management Services Ltd. organised “19th Textech Bangladesh International Expo 2018,” “14th Dhaka International Yarn & Fabric Show 2018” and “33rd Dye+Chem Bangladesh Expo 2018” from September 12- 15, 2018 at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB), Kuril, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The show was inaugurated by chief guest Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Choudhury, MP, Hon’ble speaker, Bangladesh Parliament, Govt. of People’s Republic of Bangladesh in the presence of Harsh Vardhan Shringla, High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh. While speaking at the occasion, High Commissioner of India said that Bangladesh’s exports of readymade garments to India have seen substantial growth since receiving duty free quota free access to the Indian market in 2011.

“Bangladesh’s RMG exports in the year 2017-18 jumped by 115 per cent to $278.68 mn from $129.81 mn in 2016- 17. India is now emerging as one of the fastest growing markets for Bangladesh’s garments exporters. India is also one of the biggest sources of raw materials and machineries for the Bangladesh RMG industry. India is a committed development partner of Bangladesh and India’s development co-operation with Bangladesh has grown tremendously in size and coverage over the last few years. With the extension of a third Line of Credit of $5 bn during the visit of Prime Minister of Bangladesh to India in April 2017, the total amount extended by India under Lines of Credit to Bangladesh stands at $8 bn, which is the largest extended by India to any country. Bangladesh readymade garments industry has emerged as the leading contributor to the Bangladesh economy,” said Harsh Vardhan Shringla. With exports worth $30.61 bn, the garments industry accounts for nearly 84 per cent of Bangladesh’s total exports and contributes nearly 15 per cent to its GDP. Bangladesh is also the second largest exporter of garments in the world.

The Indian HC said that a large part of India’s exports consist of inputs for the Bangladesh industry. Around one fourth of Bangladesh’s demand for raw cotton and yarn is met by the Indian suppliers. Twenty five per cent of India’s exports to Bangladesh comprise cotton, yarn and fabric. Indian textile engineering industry is also an important source of textile machinery for Bangladesh. Bangladesh is the biggest market for the Indian suppliers with India’s textile machinery exports crossing $100 mn in 2017-18.

Textile machinery exports from India to the world are also witnessing a remarkable growth. Indian exports grew by 20.03 per cent to $739.49 mn in 2017-18 over the previous fiscal year,” he said.

Apart from Bangladesh, India is exporting textile machinery to several countries including Germany, Netherlands, Indonesia, Italy, UAE and Turkey. The Indian HC said Indian textile engineering industry has a large production capacity for textile machinery, parts and accessories with over fourteen hundred units spread all over India. The Indian Chamber of Commerce has organised an India pavilion with participation of over 50 Indian companies from textile engineering sector in Textech Bangladesh. As a neighbour, India is ideally positioned to provide textile machinery and other raw materials to Bangladesh at lower prices and delivery times.

Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP, State Minister for Textile and Jute, Government of Bangladesh Mirza Azam MP, President of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) Md. Shafiul Islam (Mohiuddin) also spoke on the occasion. President of Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Rudra Chatterjee, Vice President of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BKMEA) Fazlee Shameem Ehsan, Vice President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA) Mohammed Nasir and President & Group Managing Director, CEMS Global-USA & Asia Pacific Meherul N Islam were also present on the occasion.

CEMS USA in collaboration with CEMS Bangladesh jointly organised country’s biggest and oldest international exhibition on textile and garment industry in Bangladesh.About 1,250 companies with 1500 booths representing 25 countries participated in this exhibition. It was a one-stop single platform to showcase the latest developments and emerging technology for this industry. As usual in like the past 18 years, ‘Textech’ once again became a unique B2B networking opportunity for textile garment machinery manufacturers to interact face to face with the textile & apparel manufacturers in the biggest B2B platform Bangladesh can offer.

This exhibition was the biggest networking place in Bangladesh for buyers and manufacturers / suppliers of equipment & technology of international yarn & fabric industry and also provided an interactive platform for exhibitors to generate business through displays / direct interaction and enhanced the synergy effect and attracted top level professionals from the industry thus improving technology, focus and visitors of the expo.

It is noteworthy that CEMS Global has been proudly organising exhibitions and celebrating 26 years of inception in the year 2018. Since its inception in 1992, CEMS Global in this span of over 26 years has made a commendable presence as a Multinational Exhibition Organiser with operations in 8 countries & organising over 40 exhibitions per annum on all important sectors of the trade and economy. Based in New York, which hosts the group’s headquarters; the branches of CEMS Global’s expanded offices are operated in the following countries: India, China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Indonesia and Brazil.

Exhibitors’ feedback…

Walter Streilter, Director Sales Asia, Bluesign Technology

Bluesign is a system for a sustainable production of textile. We support entire textile value chains starting from chemical companies, manufacturers’ of textile accessories and we see a very bright future here in Bangladesh. The response we are getting from the visitors is very good. We are seeing demand for our system and we can support the Bangladesh textile industry to become more sustainable in the future. The response in general has been very well. We are service providers but we act as solution providers. We want to make sure that there is continuous improvement in sustainability and sustainable performance to reduce the impact of the entire textile value chain. 2018 has been very good for us, we are growing very fast and have opened a new office here in Bangladesh. I think that Bangladesh has the opportunity to grow further but it needs to be careful.


CK-Mukherjee,-Apna-Organics

It has been our endeavor to challenge the traditional methods and fabricate ingenious products to suit the needs of our customers. Our company believes in competing with ourselves hence we ensure that each product that we make is better than our last product. We drive for unequivocal excellence in all aspects of its company and make it its social responsibility to distribute high-quality, genuine products for drawing, stamping, forming, cleaning, rust prevention, machining and grinding, roll forming and mass finishing. Our offerings in textiles include a wide range of versatile preparation, bleaching, dyeing, printing and finishing auxiliaries suitable for fashionwear, home textiles and technical fabrics produced with all kinds of textile fibres, various textile machines and updated dyeing and finishing processes. Bangladesh is a huge market but as per my knowledge, a flexible system should be there for the exporters. It’s a very huge market and people are also good. I’m getting very good response from the industry here.


Mahboob Hussain Tutul, Director and CEO, Imperial Group

We have received a lot of positive feedback in this exhibition. Many new developments have been coming and the customers can see the new achievements. The exhibition this time has been very fruitful for both- the end users and the suppliers. This time we are displaying the pigment printing system, dyeing garments with special effects, supplied by and manufactured by Prochemica in Italy. Already, 5-4 end users have requested to visit the factory and take trial production with our products. Our business of dye stuff and chemicals has been struggling especially in China, where due to pollution many factories have been shut down. We hope that readymade garment sector and process sector will go ahead despite the difficulties, and we will enjoy good business in 2019. We expect the government to establish better infrastructure. The private sector is ready to have more investments and we need government support for the foreign investment also.


Exhibitor’s comments…

Bhaskar Ranjan, Managing Director, The Analyst Ltd.

We’ve received three kinds of visitors’ here- textile students who are keen to build their knowledge, executives who are here to explore the various technologies on display and few owners and entrepreneurs, who are coming here on invitation from the exhibitors. We are offering software technology for the purpose of management of apparel and textile industry, which isin-production, oriented i.e. fibre to garments. We are in the industry focused on ERP, EPM, business intelligence products with our technology partner Datatex. They offer ERP software and solution for textile and apparel industries. They are giving their technology Software as a service to manage the whole industry, for enhancement of management efficiency and productivity. Our outlook in Bangladesh has been very promising and we’re hopeful that in the next 5 years, our software will be needed by every industrialist as a service for their management integration. We have identified 3,000 companies here, so it’s a big market.


Frank Chen, Technical Service Manager, Hem Beijing Chem-Creator New Chemical Material Co., Ltd.

We were also here last year. We are a scientific and technological enterprise engaged in the research and development, production, and sales of structural chemicals. We offer textile additives, including pretreatment, dyeing, printing, finishing, functional finishing, washing and biological enzymes and other products. We provide service and help customers solve the problems and improve their quality as the products here are not up to the mark yet. We serve a lot of customers and can provide service support to the Bangladesh market. The market here is growing very fast and a lot of people are in need of more products. The production in China is going down due to the constraints on production and the labour cost has been increasing. So, a lot of textile factories are transferring to Bangladesh and other South Asian counties. I think we can get more support from the Bangladeshi government. We expect a more fair and open policy for Chinese companies.


Imtiaz Ali, Alka

The response from trading agencies was very good but from garment factories visitors were less. We are here for the promotion of our company and I think this exhibition is a good platform to introduce ourselves to the market and to meet new customers. We offer technical support in textile processing, while mainly manufacture chemical auxiliaries in textile processing.

The future is very bright; maximum factories are being installed and new customers are coming here. The government policies in terms of exports and imports have been very good. If the government will continue this, I am sure the export will increase further more.


Md. Delwar Hossain, Managing Director, D&D Chemicals

We got very good response this time from this expo. Both our existing as well as few new clients visited us here. We have introduced few new products that are eco-friendly and also promoted our existing products range. Business wise, 2018 especially last eight months have been really good for us. For 2019, we promoted some new product in market through expo. It’s a challenge for us to market them to the market. If market accepts our product then hopefully 2019 will be great for us. Bangladesh is a small country with large market, and compared to other markets it is more flexible. Here I am representing a Chinese company. If government could give us the chance to create better opportunities, accommodation, investments, we could have made these products in Bangladesh. We even have to collect most of the raw materials from other countries. But if Bangladesh Government could avail these materials here then it could help a lot of international companies to invest in Bangladesh.


Matthew, Country Manager, SAB Weixing

We provide a one stop full garment accessories service that includes fashion design, advanced manufacturing, expert sales and service commitment. Our R&D centre and advanced manufacturing equipment and techniques coupled with our extensive expertise built up since our inception in 1976 has led us to be the largest manufacturer of buttons and zippers in China. Our target this time has been brand promotion. At this show, we are displaying our latest range of zippers and buttons. A lot of our customers have come to see our new designs. In terms of business enquiries, we’ve reached our target. Our business has increased little bit in 2018 and I think that we’ll further grow in 2019 as we have set-up a factory here. The only issue that we face here in Bangladesh is the customs, it’s not efficient enough. We are suffering a lot due to this problem.


Vikram Nair, Vertical Head, Indofil

This is our first time taking part in this expo and for us it is very much the initial phase. From that point of view, we feel that the expo has been somewhat interesting. The footfalls that we anticipated have been far less than what has actually happened, it could’ve been better but we’re not disappointed. We are offering a complete package of pigment and reactive printing products. We are among the largest manufacturers of printing chemicals in India and we will soon put up a lab here in Dhaka. I feel that our entire range of products and services would be very useful here. It’s very early for me to say how the government could help us but in the future, as we would be looking to manufacture out of here, a single window clearance would be very useful. 2018, for us, from the perspective of the Indian market, was a comeback year, 2017 being a bad year. We’re anticipating a strong ending to the year. 2019, I feel, would be a great year for the textile industry globally and we anticipate a strong growth, provided that the quality is maintained and customer’s demands are fulfilled.


Md. Salim Reza, DGM, SBS Zipper

We are getting better response than the previous year. Basically, this time we got more clients from buying houses segment than factory based clients. So overall, it was great. This year we have reduced our products prices but without compromising on the quality. 2018 is going really good so far and hopefully 2019 will be better. Expanding further, we are going to set-up our new SBS Zipper factory by the end of the current year.

It will also be really helpful if Bangladesh Government can fasten the system of ports. From China to Chittagong sea ports it takes only 10-12 days to dispatch the products. But they take a lot of time to release the products here. On the other hand, buyers don’t give us enough time for that. So, it makes very difficult for us to control the situation. If they could solve the problem it will helpful for the industry as a whole.


Sharif Ahmed, Unicorn Tex Services

We represent Zhuhai Huada WholeWin Chemical in Bangladesh. It is a professional supplier and marketer of textile auxiliaries and speciality chemicals. Established in 2002, the company has more than 10 years of application experience and market knowledge of customer requirements throughout the entire textile value chain. WholeWin is aiming to provide innovative and integrated solutions for business partners a sustainable textile production. The show is really good. Here we are showcasing our various products range, and got good encouraging response from the customers. In terms of business, 2018 has been good for us as we experienced good growth during the same. The government can help us with the custom duties and the problems we face with imports/exports. To boost business in Bangladesh, these problems are really needed to be eliminated.