It takes an astute businessman to identify an emerging opportunity and seize business growth opportunities from across the globe, just waiting to be tapped. Exhibitors at the inaugural edition of Screen Print Bangladesh, held from November 26-28, 2017 at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB), Dhaka, with co-located events Sublimating Ideas Expo and Sign Expo were seen figuratively patting themselves on the back for having made the right decision as the new show made a dream debut and proved to be immensely successful.

The show was inaugurated by Raymond Lan, President, Hongsui Chem Group, China; Anil Brahmbhatt, President, Screenprinting & Graphics Association of India (SGAI); Sushil Golchha, Vice President (East), SGAI; Charlie Taublieb, leading international textile print consultant and Amish Shah, President, Artline Group. Textile printers from all over Bangladesh and major cities like Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, Rangpur, Comilla, Rajshahi, Tongi attended the exhibition with enthusiasm.

It was the first exclusive show in Bangladesh focussing on the textile and garment printing segment. 35 exhibitors from all over the globe participated and the show witnessed 2,500 plus industry focused visitors. The visitor turnout was attributed to the brand image as well as promotion done including advertisements in the local newspaper, invitation cards sent to the local database, flyers inserted in the newspapers in the printing area of Gazipur, Narayanganj and social media promotion through Facebook, Twitter and emails sent to the database along with advertisements in local trade publications.

Jashim KM, President, Screen Print Welfare Association also attended the exhibition with office bearers of the managing committee. A large number of their members also visited the exhibition. The local major players who participated and exhibited their offerings included Dysin Chem Ltd., Cat+Kin BD, ABG Trade International, Dcatek Ltd., Euro Bengal International, Ever-Chem Corporation, GreenVision Imperial, HP Designjet, Jupiter International, Pragma Onur Trading, Tradex International & Union Chemical Bangladesh.

The 150 sq mtr booth of Spark Vision Ltd. was one of the highlights as it showcased various models of digital sublimation printers from China, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea and Japan. They are specialised in Digital Inkjet Printer, Solvent Printer, UV Printer, Textile Printer, Cutting Plotter, etc. This three-day international show covered a wide range of segments such as screen printing, textile printing, digital printing, sign printing and sublimation printing, providing a rare opportunity to seize business growth opportunities from across the world, just waiting to be tapped.

The unique ‘Charlie’s Corner’ concept popular all over the globe was among the key attractions. Charlie Taublieb also conducted technical classes for interested visitors, adding to their knowledge take away from the event. He guided visitors on ways to solve their printing-related problems and gladly interacted with them. The inks, textile printer and related support were provided by Dysin Chem Ltd., leading textile material suppliers in Bangladesh. Monirul Alam, General Manager (Printing) was also available at Charlies Corner to share his knowledge with the printers.

Charlie Taublieb conducted seminars on Multi Colour Printing on Dark Garments, Four Colour Process, Creative T-Shirt Printing and Enhancing Techniques, which helped the printers to know about latest trends and technology available in the industry. Archer Gao Zhiyong, Hongsui Chem, China conducted a seminar on ‘Chemical Structures Product Characteristics of Hongsui Chem World.’

Zafarbhai Sidiqui, President of Bangladesh Garment Printers Association (BGPA), President of Deofin Group (one of the leading garment printers in Bangladesh) and Member of Parliament, was the Chief Guest at the closing function of the exhibition. Being a garment printer by profession, he actively and enthusiastically visited each stall and talked with exhibitors about their innovative products / services.

The Bangladesh foray had been envisaged after considerable research and interface with members of the printing industry in that country. It proved to be a win-win situation for all who are part of these three printing industry segments. The show provided exhibitors with a dedicated, focused platform to broaden their business horizons.

Screen Print India has always been among the world’s leading and Asia’s finest exhibitions with a sustained track record since 1994. After its North India debut in 2013, Goa debut in 2014 the overseas foray began with brand Screen Print Vietnam in 2015, returning to its home base, Mumbai in May 2016 and then again overseas with the debut edition of Screen Print Sri Lanka in December 2016. Bangladesh was the next step forward in the quest to provide greater opportunities for growth and profits.

Continuing the fine traditions of the parent brand, Screen Print Bangladesh 2017 with co-located events Sublimating Ideas Expo and Sign Expo attracted focused footfalls that were genuinely interested in exploring business opportunities and new technologies. Everybody knows that the screen printing industry has tremendous potential. The need of the hour is to tap that potential and grow in tandem with the industry. Networking on a formal and informal level, keeping oneself updated on the latest developments, joining hands with new business partners, attending knowledge seminars are crucial steps. Being at Screen Print Bangladesh 2017 provided opportunities for all this and more. Screen Print India’s sustained track record and the fact that the Bangladesh event was presented by a reputed event organiser – Aditya Exposition (P) Ltd., ensured much-needed confidence for exhibitors and visitors.

Mostly all exhibitors expressed satisfaction and were happy with the turnaround and overall arrangement of the show. All said that they were ready to participate in the next edition, so get ready for the second edition of Screen Print Bangladesh in the near future!

Visitor feedback

Chaiyaboon Brothers Co., Ltd., opted to rank each aspect of their participation at the Screen Print Bangladeshdebut edition. To support our participator – 5, To increase our market share – 3, To promote new products – 5, To create brand awareness – 5, To meet end users and know their requirement – 3, To meet customers from neighbouring countries – 3. Regarding the show itself, their rankings were Location – 5, Facilities – 5, Service – 4, Security – 4, Visitors – 3, Transportation – 3, Food – 3. “Overall the exhibition is well oriented and we are satisfied,” they shared.

Morgan Young, International, Domestic Sales, Lancer International, opined, “It is a first time show for the organisers and I am sure in the coming two-three years there would be more international participation. The support service and quality of the show is very good. Overall, I am happy if key growth factor for the show is to have big reputed machine manufacturers like SRoque, M&R, Grafica etc. It is a good start and everything has to start small and then build-up.”

Chintan Mehta of Knowell Corporation, shared, “This is my first time coming to Bangladesh. The market is big and potential is good. I had heard about the market but this is my first chance to be the market personally and understand the metrics of the industry from our products (heat transfer) for textiles. There is less awareness but at the same time that means we have bigger market potentiality to create awareness. Poli tape has recently launched in house productions equipment to produce plotter cut-able and lazer-cut-able Pearl Glitter films for heat transfers also Poli-Tape has inline reduction for making lazer cut-able plotter cut-able flock.”

Ismail Cakir of Pragma, said, “I am happy with the response. I was little bit worried as ShanghaiTex is going on and these are middle days of the week but still the crowd is good and focused. People have been coming from different parts of the Bangladesh. Aditya Exposition is nice organiser for the show and we are happy with overall arrangements.”

Ravindra Rajpurohit explained, “I have recently started my new business and this exhibition has given me a great push and lot of new contacts which will help to develop my business further. Being an Indian, this show has really helped me looking at traffic problem. It is a very different event to meet 3-4 customers in a day but in this exhibition, I have meet hundreds of printers at one time. I got an opportunity to meet so many manufacturers and suppliers under one roof.”

Sushil Golcha of Nilesh Enterprises said, “We are happy with response and we have good leads of new customers and being in Kolkata it helps us to cater to Bangladesh market in a much better way. My son (Nilesh) has now joined the business from last three years and his focus is in export foreign market and Bangladesh market is big and quality business.”

Amish Shah of Artline, Surat, pointed out that “The customers are good and market is expanding. We are already exporting to Bangladesh from last two years and this is a good opportunity to meet our customers and increase our database and we are working for new market possibilities and opportunities as we are increasing our productions base. Printers in Bangladesh are more enthusiastic to adopt new technologies are quality conscious.”