Majority of the exhibitors, who participated in the recent Screen Print Bangladesh expo in Dhaka, expressed their satisfaction over the visitors’ footfall and over all arrangements made by the organisers.
The Screen Print Bangladesh, the 2nd international exhibition featuring screen printing, textile printing, digital printing, sublimation printing & signage technologies, was held in Dhaka on 27-29 September, 2018 at International Convention City Bashusdhara. The exhibition was organised by Aditya Exposition, Mumbai.
Prof. Engr. Mashud Ahmed, Vice Chancellor of Bangladesh University of Textiles, was the Chief Guest to inaugurate the exhibition on 27th September 2018. In his speech, Prof. Engr. Mashud Ahmed said, “This exhibition is very important for our entrepreneurs, engineers, businessmen, professionals, technical persons who are related to the apparel & textile printing industry as they will be able to know the latest technology of the printing industry through the fair.” He thanked the organizers for arranging such a significant fair in Bangladesh and he said that such fairs will also benefit the textile technology students’ community at large.
Guest of Honour, Shushil Golchha, Vice President (East), Screen printing and Graphics Association of India (SGAI) thanked the organisers for their effort in organizing the second edition of the exhibition in Dhaka. As guest of honour, in his address, Emran Seahan, Leading Textile Printing Consultant, Dhaka, said that Screen Print Bangladesh was an exclusive, and well-focused B2B exhibition catering to the Bangladesh printing community and it will benefit the country’s printing industry in a big way.
Devang Sheth, Director of Aditya Exposition, welcomed the chief guest, guest of honours and all the participants. He said that besides, garment/textile industry, there are many industries in Bangladesh such as leather-goods, footwear, pharmaceuticals, shipbuilding, steel, electronics, energy, construction materials, chemicals, ceramics, food processing and leather goods. So, there are other printing opportunities for Bangladesh printing sector for which they need to explore new technologies and techniques.
The 2nd edition of the Screen Print Bangladesh was organised after their success in first edition (2017) held in Dhaka. Professionals from screen printing, textile printing, digital printing, sublimation printing & signage industry eagerly visited the exhibition and got exposed to latest innovation and developments in printing industry. Nearly 40 stalls from Bangladesh, India, China, USA, UK, France, Turkey, Japan, etc. showcased their products and services of latest printing technology, either directly or through their Bangladesh distributors. Indian companies who participated in the exhibition included: Balaji Chemicals, Champion Paper Industry, Chola Industries, Epson India, Impress Apparels Machines (P) Ltd, Lakshmi Bio-Chem, Nilesh Enterprises, Skyscreen (P) Ltd, Shreeji Screen & Filters, Smart Industries, etc. The stall owners expressed their happiness regarding the response from the visitors and probable customers. They told that this time the quality and price-worthy customers visited the exhibition.
The exhibition also had a free technical seminar by Emran Seahan, Color Craft, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The participants gained knowledge of common errors in every step of screen printing systems & why traditional CMYK separation is a vulnerable choice in screen printing production?
The 2nd edition of Screen Print Bangladesh expo was being organised by Aditya Expositions which is an international exhibition organising company with over 25 years track record. Besides Bangladesh, they have organised similar exhibitions in Sri Lanka and Vietnam, exclusively focusing on screen printing, signage and digital/sublimation printing and related areas. In its first edition held in September 2017, the show had received tremendous response.
The response has been very good but we couldn’t display our machines here, which is the main problem. We’re into manufacturing textile and garment printing and heat transfer machineries for last 20 years. Our company is from India and we have got very good rapport there with supply chain and are exporting to seven countries today. We have our local dealers in Dhaka and our business has been growing well this year. We’ve been updating and innovating our products regularly. The Bangladesh Government has been helping the garment industry and helping us grow. If the Indian Government will be helping us, we’ll definitely be growing there too. The only problem that we face in Bangladesh is the delivery of goods, which is taking around 30-40 days. The customers need immediate delivery, so, we are planning to keep stock here in the future.
The response here has been good. We’ve been getting the essential customers from the very industry which we’re looking for. We’re basically into textile printing ink supply and are distributing the printing chemicals. Textile industry is a major booming business and it is growing day-by-day, hence we see good potential here in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Government can help us a lot by working on logistics. Our goods can come up to Kolkata but after that, it becomes very difficult to get our goods transported to Bangladesh. The custom clearance is very tough. If you’re shipping it through Chittagong, the clearance takes so many days and our products need to reach the customers immediately. So, the government should look into the possibility of custom clearance as fast as they can do it. It’s a major hassle which that we are facing. Unless this is resolved, it’ll be very difficult for industry to achieve their export target by 2022.
This time we’ve been getting some good response from this expo. Customers have been coming and are getting an in-hand experience here, which is really good. We have come here with our screen printing solution for the film printing. Screen printing starts with film printing, you need the film first and then you have to expose it on the mainshan and then it comes out on the fabric. So, these machines can produce good quality films. Normally, the price of film printing machines is really high but the machine we’re showcasing here is really cheap in terms of pricing. This year has been very good for us in terms of Designjet (the machine). We are not only selling it in this industry but also to some governments who are using the CAD/GIS. One challenge that we face is on the ink front. Normally, we sell the original ink which is good for health and the environment. But people here in Bangladesh are mostly using 3rd party ink which isn’t good for the environment/health. Hopefully, the government will look into this matter, which will be environment friendly.
So far, we’ve been getting good response. Here in this expo we are offering textile printing machineries. Sublimation heat press machine and fusing machine, have been the major highlights at our stall. This year, frankly speaking, hasn’t been good as the exports in Bangladesh in last 2 years witnessed only 0.2% increase and the value addition i.e. printing, embroidery dropped by 70 per cent. So, business hasn’t been so good. Even 2018 business wise is not doing well but we hope that the manufacturers will overcome the problem next year. We have lots of expectations from the government and we hope that the duty structure changes, specifically for the chemicals since we also sell chemicals and the duty structure for them is very high.
We are getting a very good response here in Dhaka but there is a problem with the customs, which should not happen. Our machines should be on display here and making more revenue for people here in Dhaka. The people here have been very cooperative otherwise. We are into embossing machines for textiles, denim and leather. Our specialty is that we can make customized machines for all the industries. We’re planning to continuously visit and participate in various exhibitions in Dhaka. I hope the government resolves the issue with the customs because it takes a lot of time to get the things clear. They are losing business and I request them to take immediate action in this regard.
Bangladesh is world’s second biggest exporter of garments, and that’s why we take special care of this market. Such exhibition for screen printing industry is necessary. We’ve been a company for 40 years and manufacture special dryers. After screen printing, you need proper curing so we give the best options to our valued customers. In recent years, water based inks came in the picture and they require more precise technology in curing and screen printing became multi-colour and modern. All these requirements bring customers to a precise technology in curing. 2018 was a very good year for us and we’re expecting more in 2019. The government has been supporting the Bangladeshi companies well. When we entered the Bangladesh market in 2005, the exports here were around $10 bn and now it is about $35 bn so it seems like everything is good.
The exhibition has been good. We came here with the target of finding a distributor for one of the products that we import, called Presto Tape and we’ve successfully found exhibitors who have huge import capacity. Hopefully, we’ll be able to move forward with them. It has been a good exhibition for displaying our products and getting a response from the people. I hope it’ll grow bigger in the coming years. We have come here to promote one of our US products ‘Presto Tape’. It’s a palette paper for protection of automatic screen printing machine. We’re already selling this product in huge quantity in India. The manufacturer has requested us to promote this product in Bangladesh, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. 2018 for us has been great for us a manufacturer and importer in India and we’re hoping for the same to happen in Bangladesh. I’ve heard that the government here is putting a lot of taxes on imports. If they’re reduced, it’ll be very easy for big companies from countries like Germany, USA and Turkey to export their products over here.
We are visiting for the first time and the response has been good. People are looking for the upgraded versions of the products. We are offering a screen printing mesh for textile as well as graphic printing. In 2018, our sale has gone up by 50 per cent in India and I’m seeing that there is a growth of quality products in the world and the organized sector has definitely been growing which gives us better hopes for 2019. The Bangladeshi Government has been very cooperative and they are promoting their business. I was told that by 2020, they’ve got a big target to achieve and they’re helping companies to set-up new machineries. They’re providing everything. This is my first time here but I’ve heard that people face a lot of problems in customs. I think it should be simplified.