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Eastern Group Outmanoeuvres Chittagong Challenge

Despite being a port city and the original apparel manufacturing hub of Bangladesh, Chittagong poses certain difficulties in providing proper industrial ecosphere for growth. Elaborating on the same, Nasir Uddin Chowdhary, Managing Director of Eastern Group discusses the pros and cons of being in Chittagong with Team Apparel Online… Chittagong, which around 20 years back held 35 per cent share of total exports, has now fallen down to 15 per cent. “The Government is in support, but […]

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Bangladesh becomes top denim exporter to EU

Bangladesh gets past China to become the largest denim supplier to the European Union during the January-June period of 2016. The country is considering it as a remarkable development that would give confidence to Bangladesh’ garment sector as it looks to touch US $ 50 billion in apparel exports by 2021. During the review period, Bangladesh exported € 567.97 million worth of denim products to the EU – the world’s largest economy– enough to secure […]

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91% of Bangladesh RMG workers face abuses: Report

Workers in Bangladesh RMG industry work under abusive situation, which has further worsened in 2016 compared to that of three years back, states the report titled ‘The Workers’ Voice Report 2016 – The Working Conditions in Bangladesh’s RMG Industry after Rana Plaza’ by Awaj Foundation, a local NGO, and Hong Kong-based Consulting Service International Ltd. Also Read – Garment workers reporting labour issues via mobiles The report revealed that about 91 per cent of the 1,007 […]

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Is setting up a factory in Bangladesh, the best solution to be competitive?

The discussion on where to take factories is an ongoing one that is heating up by the day… While most companies are still undecided on the options being offered within the country, from Orissa to Andhra Pradesh and now Jharkhand, we find few enterprising companies looking at other countries too… For Indian investors, the most attractive and obvious destination to set up a factory is Bangladesh, but is it easy or even viable to run […]

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Genesis Fashions gets ‘Registered Training Organization’ certification

Genesis Fashions Ltd., one of the sister concerns of M&J Group – leading apparel manufacturer providing high quality garments to fashion brands like Replay, H&M, New Yorker, C&A, Esprit, GAP, Old Navy and Macys in the Europe, USA, Asian and Canadian markets, has achieved the certification of Registered Training Organization from the Bangladeshi Government and International Labour Organization (ILO) under the framework of the Ready-made Garment Centre of Excellence (COE) Project. The COE Project, financed […]

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Design & PD, the way forward for VIYELLATEX

Apparel retailers have little time to spend on designs and are increasingly getting dependent on the factories to support them with new innovations… The retailers at most would throw some ideas; give inspirations and key directions to the factories to work on… The observations of Reji Paulose, Creative Head – Design and Product Development, VIYELLATEX Group, underline the significance of design and development for the Bangladesh apparel industry under the changing dynamics. Despite a new […]

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Employee Engagement as HR practices gain popularity in Bangladesh apparel sector

Human Resources (HR) today is not just the recruitment or payroll management. It has moved much beyond the realms of the yesteryears to innovative HR and employee engagement practices in order to retain employees and allow them to remain cultivated and effective, considered essentials for business success and growth. Energypac Fashions Ltd. (a part of Energypac, one of the largest power engineering and power distribution equipment manufacturer of Bangladesh) headed by MD & CEO Humayun Rashid, […]

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The struggles of a small buying house in Bangladesh

Employing around 40-50 people and helmed by Didarul Islam as the Managing Director, INZ Sourcing Limited, a medium-sized buying house based out of Mirpur, Dhaka, which started operations in 2004, is experiencing the growing struggle in conducting day-to-day businesses. “Small factories are slowly getting out of equation due to the compliance and quality issues while bigger factories are only getting bigger and are reluctant to entertain small volume orders,” articulates Didarul. INZ Sourcing Limited deals […]

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Strategic shift in product works for Bengal Jeans, now M.A.C.K Shirts

Making strategic shifts to remain relevant in business is the essence of a smart entrepreneur, and living by this maxim is Shawkat-Uz-Zaman, Managing Director, M.A.C.K Shirts who till a few months ago was the MD of Bengal Jeans, which was manufacturing denim products for buyers like Topshop, Debenhams and Next. As these brands slowly pulled business out of Bangladesh or consolidated with the bigger exporters on compliance issues, Zaman took the bold decision to pull […]

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The changing dynamics of market, manufacturing and trends…

As the global supply chain in garments gets more competitive, it is not only the vendors who are facing the heat. Buying agencies too are working out new strategies to service their clients and ensure that business remains with them. Synergies Sourcing Bangladesh Ltd. – the local sourcing arm of Synergies Worldwide with global headquarters in Bangkok, realizing that the country is not strong enough in product development, and which often can be a differentiator […]

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Bangladesh RMG exports going strong

A lot has been done in the past three years to improve the image of the Bangladesh garment manufacturing industry. What has kept this industry positive and motivated is the continued growth that has been seen, despite crackdown on factory owners on issues of workplace and building safety. In conversation with AO, Faruque Hassan, Senior VP, BGMEA, exclusively deep dives into strategies through which Bangladesh is maintaining its current retailer base and attracting more, while […]

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Envoy Textiles’ three-pronged business approach for growth

Product development, quality control and price competitiveness are the three aspects Envoy Textiles Limited is banking upon to establish itself in the realm of denim fabric production in Bangladesh. Starting fabric manufacturing in 2008, Envoy Textiles – a part of the Envoy Group – is a comparatively new entity but with a clear-cut roadmap to achieve growth and increase market share in a field which already has multiple players, some of whom are well established […]

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Mitali Fashions: Aiming at quality enhancement and new markets for business growth

A few fresh initiatives, including a new factory to augment production capacity significantly, are some of the plans Mitali Fashions Limited is working on currently. “The upcoming garment manufacturing factory of Mitali Fashions will be a green initiative. We are planning to add 25 sewing lines in our new facility to take up production capacity by 7,00,000 pieces a month,” underlines Managing Director of Mitali Fashions, Syed Abu Yousuf Abdullah, who is also mulling to […]

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DTG piloting growth in Bangladesh’s apparel industry through the textile engine

As per the data released by Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA), 0.48 million tonnes of woven fabrics and 92,577 tonnes of knitted fabrics were imported by Bangladesh in FY ’15, as against 0.45 million tonnes and 67,061 tonnes respectively in FY ’14. These statistics clearly indicate the growing demand for fabric as the industry grows, and which cannot be entirely satisfied by the local manufacturers, though spinning and weaving is a growing segment in the […]

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What about the balance 1500 factories?

By November 2015, about 3,660 factories in the country had been inspected by various agencies like ILO, Accord and Alliance, and only a meagre 72 factories were found to be non-compliant. Seems impressive…; however there is no talk about the ‘other’ factories that are critical for filling gaps in sourcing needs from the country, but have not come under the inspection net. According to industry estimates, the total number of apparel factories in the country […]

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