The inaugural edition of Intex South Asia in Bangladesh was held on 17-18 November 2019, at the Grand Ballroom, Pan Pacific Sonargaon, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The show was inaugurated by Chief Guest Hon’ble Golam Dastagir Gazi, Minister for Textiles & Jute, HE Bishwadip Dey, Deputy High Commissioner, High Commission of India Dhaka as Guest of Honour along with Special Guests Mohammed Ali Khokon, President, Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA), Imran Kadir, Director, Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) and Jahangir Bin Alam, Secretary General & CEO, India- Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IBCCI). The opening ceremony was well-attended by heads and members of various trade associations, Chambers of Commerce, industry leaders, trade offices as well as electronic and print media of Bangladesh.

The textile and apparel industry of Bangladesh is valued at $30.8 bn (June 2018) is the biggest export earner which accounts to 83 percent of total export earnings of the country. The country is working towards increasing its global market share. According to World Trade Organization data, Bangladesh has increased its share of global clothes exports to 6.3 percent in 2016 from 4.0 percent in 2010. Further, the government aims to look at new markets opportunities, innovation and diversification in producing high-value and value-added garments, driving sustainability in production, automation and green building initiatives and many more.

Intex South Asia provided the Bangladesh business community an opportunity to connect with a wide range of textile manufacturers from South Asia, South East Asia and China. The show was uniquely placed to help business people explore new market opportunities in a country where demand for specialized fibres & yarns, functional & active, lingerie and specialised denim fabrics is always high. The show offered the industry relevant inputs in moving towards more valued-added dyeing, finishing, coating and mercerizing processes to create better ties with global brands.

Speaking at the media interaction at Intex South Asia, the Hon’ble Minister for Textiles & Jute, Golam Dastagir Gazi said, “We are importing almost 40 percent fabrics from others countries here. Now we would like to focus on both domestic consumption and increasing our export markets for which fabric demand for these is very high. I saw wonderful fabrics here which would be of great interest for our fashion conscious people. The more exhibitions are held here, the more our economy will develop. I extend my best wishes to the organisers of Intex South Asia for organising the show in Bangladesh. ”

One of the satisfied exhibitors from Indonesia, AR Srinivasan representing Pt. Surya Alam Jaya said that, “We are happy to exhibit our yarn products at Intex South Asia Bangladesh. We had excellent footfalls at our booth and met many buyers from Bangladesh, India and Middle-East. We are glad to meet many decision makers in the show which could result in possible business. We look forward to participate in the next edition of the show.” The two-day fair attracted over 1,098 buyers from Bangladesh and other markets that visited the show to connect and source from 55+ quality suppliers that exhibited their latest textile offerings in fibers, yarns, apparel & denim fabrics, clothing accessories, dyes & chemicals and allied services.

Some of the large exporters and international brands sourcing offices that visited the show were Babylon Group, Ananta Group, Viyellatex Ltd., Asmara International Ltd, Global Resources HK Ltd, LC Waikiki, Li & Fung, PVH Far East Ltd, S Oliver, Next UK, Tesco International and Wunsche Group to name a few. They attended the show in large numbers with their sourcing, merchandising and design teams from different parts of Bangladesh. We also attracted a few international buyers came from India, Saudi Arabia and Poland looking for new products, new suppliers and to gain market intelligence & explore new business and sourcing opportunities in Bangladesh.

Thus, Intex South Asia was launched successfully in Bangladesh. The show has made a positive impact on the industry stakeholders as confirmed by the exhibitors & buyers’ feedback who were positive about all aspects of this international trade platform. In the coming years, we hope to make Intex South Asia – the most successful international textiles sourcing platform of Bangladesh.

Exhibitors’ comments….

Grasim Industries Limited is a unit of Aditya Birla Group. Our entire company turnover is 45 billion dollars. We are already having presence in Bangladesh. We have got this opportunity to participate in Intex exhibition to reachout to our target customers. Apart from yarn, we are offering chiffon fabric and various viscoses. If you see different applications like bandage, carpets, towels, socks etc. as various applications.

We are getting good requirements for our yarns from this market. As of now, the market is a little bit slow. However, I believe it will grow by December, but little bit ups will be there in textile market. At Intex we had good customer interactions. If better branding is done before the exhibitions, it will help in creating better awareness and attracting more Bangladeshi customers to the show.

Mafatlal industries Limited is one of the oldest companies of India. We at Mafatlal offer the widest range of high quality fabrics. From shirtings, suitings, denims, corduroys, school, corporate & institutional uniforms, bed & bath linen and ready-mades, each product at Mafatlal is an amalgamation of passion and research. We have our own process from spinning to weaving. We started our journey in Bangladesh recently and it’s growing.

We have nominations from few of the brands but overall markets condition globally is not good. So of course it’s affecting our local business also. But now the season is picking up so we expect to grow further now. Bangladesh market is already competitive and if you talk about the prices, the garment manufacturing cost here is lowest in the world. Other than that, Infrastructure is also good now, factories are eco-friendly. They are going for “Go Green” concept. The garment production is happening and the economy is growing with the textile.

We are India’s largest producer of Nylon Filament Yarn (NFY) used mainly by apparel industry. We have all kind of yarns like Mono filament, Mother Yarn, Multifilament Yarns and TOW. Nylon filament yarn is known for its excellent dyeability, high tensile strength and elasticity with enhanced abrasion resistance, durability and toughness.

Its properties make it the preferred choice over natural yarn options, such as cotton, silk and wool. As far as new trends in market are concerned, people want fabrics which are more comfortable for wearer’s body. Today, Bangladesh garment industry is majorly into knitting.

At this show, customers are visiting us with their demand in knitting. We need to go step-by-step.

We are a vertically integrated textile company, specializing in the production of yarn, fabric and readymade garments. Today, Banswara is one of the largest single-mill set ups of fibre-dyed yarn in Asia. Over the years, we have forayed into markets in over 50 countries, and product innovation has been an integral part of our work culture. We have diversified offerings in textiles and technical fabrics.

We are participating in this exhibition for the first time. We have been supplying to nominations to brands of Bangladesh. So it’s actually our first time of exploring this market. Bangladesh has become one of the biggest RMG exporters to the world today. Obviously the big mills of India or across the world have to be there in Bangladesh. So we are also exploring the opportunities what we will have in near future. The RMG industry here has already become very competitive because it’s very labour centric, and cost of labour here is low. This is the reason, when the labour became expensive, many Indian companies shifted to Bangladesh as it is a very integral part in the costing of garment.

We are basically situated in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. We are on this journey of creating fabric for the Indian and international market. Over the past 3 decades, with changing trends and new innovation in technology, we have been reinventing our products with contemporary and unique design. Our products are created out of passion for creating better. With state of the art technology, latest research labs and updated design house, we bring you fabrics of superior quality.

We produce 20 mn mtr in a month. Our products include Denim, Bottom Weight Fabric, Shirting Fabric, Yarn Dyed Fabric and many others. Basically denim is in trend nowadays in garments and people are trying to get the fabric from India.

Now we are getting orders for winter season. At this show, there’s good crowd but not as expected.

We are into manufacturing of laces, fabrics, jacquard fabrics, knitted fabrics and also curtains. We have manufacturing facility in Amritsar which is in North of India. This is our first exhibition in Bangladesh. We have a lot of creative products which we have come out with new designs and new patterns every now and then. Since this industry is based on ladies fashion, customers always look out for new designs, patterns and fashions.

So it’s ever changing world of fashion and our buyers also demand the same. Every month they want a new collection of designs and products. Bangladesh has a lot of good potential for our products as these are suitable for the culture and community here, so we look forward to have a good market here.

The country is already doing well in garments. But I think the infrastructure needs to be improved here.

Sahiba Ltd is India’s leading vertically integrated unit doing yarn, weaving, embroideries, digital printed fabric, screen printing, processing and garments. Our aim is to be committed to produce brands of highest grade, and not just be a sales driven entity but be a brand that offers the most magnetizing consumer perceptions globally.

We entered into garments manufacturing segment just 6 months back. In fabric, latest trend nowadays is digital printing. The way you can produce any design. There’s no limitation as such in printing as you can print n number of colours and designs. Bangladesh is a very potential market. The kind of govt. policies you have here are really encouraging.

Moreover, the cost of labour here is low when compared to others countries, which is an amazing advantage to you. Globally, Bangladesh is No. 2 garment exporter in the world. So, you just have one more step to go.

Our company is into woven fabrics for last 40-50 years. We are doing dyeing of fabric, printing of fabrics and have put up a weaving unit where we are doing 15 lakh meters a month. We are located in Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bombay and Delhi basically four locations in India.

We have done a lot of development in spandex i.e. cotton spandex, bottom wear fabrics with a lot of different design and dobbies and we are doing a lot of development in final counts which generally we have been using in shirting’s like 40s, 50s and 60s.

All this while people have been using this in shirting fabric. Now, we have done a lot of developments along with spandex yarn and bottom width on final count. The trend is mostly sustainable yarns, sustainable fabrics and comfort fabrics.

Dollar Industries is one of the leading brands in the hosiery sector with an enviable 30 percent market share. Our products today have gone beyond the boundaries of the country and have emerged as the highest selling Indian innerwear brand in several countries. We are the only hosiery and knitwear company in India having fully integrated production unit.

Our vertical set-up starts from the yarn then we have knits fabric and process fabric, then we are garmenting. We produce around 10lakh pieces in a day. In that we cover the briefs, waist, shorts, leggings and the kids toe and we do produce socks as well. Right now market is not good so people are only demanding that you should have the better prices.

What we understand from the market is that Bangladesh is producing in huge quantities that are more into the basics. But the factories have to work out on the productivity, reduction of the wastages, to get efficiency and their sourcing should be strong.

Basically we are one of the largest family management business based from India having presence in chemical manufacturing over last 50 years in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and 7 more other countries. Our product range include yarn dyeing, woven, knits, terry towels, narrow width, wider width, home textile, garments, and specialty chemicals.

As we are moving forward towards more environment friendly zone right now, we are focusing on products which are using less water, less time and are more environment friendly. We have launched enzymes right now which are completely eco-friendly, working on room temperature, low dosage and less water consumption.

Nowadays, customers are asking for products that are sustainable in long run. There are signs of global recession but I believe that Bangladesh as a country will grow bigger than what India is or Pakistan is, in coming future.

Colours India Inc. is promoted by a group of technocrats and dyestuff manufacturers who have extensive experience in dyestuff manufacturing and marketing with an objective of bringing quality products and services. The company has put up well-intended infrastructure in place backed up by good manufacturing processes & dyestuff finishing methods and a full-fledged laboratory to carry on the stated objectives. We are known for our ethical work and honest dealings with customer. We have good systems in place, and supply high quality product.

We are a reliable partner to any textile unit. We also provide all type of certifications like GOTS, ZDHC etc. Now, we are into ZDHC gateway. Probably by 2020 we will move into level 3, which is our latest edition. Today, Bangladesh is one of the fastest growing garment industry.

Besides, textile has a very bright future here as the industry is becoming very competitive day-by-day at global level. Now they are 2nd largest garment exporter in the world, which is getting encouraging support from its govt.