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Bangladesh yet to catch up on technical textiles

Oct 14, 2021
Bangladesh yet to catch up on technical textiles


Experts and insiders made these remarks at a discussion “Feasibility Study on Scaling up the Production of Technical Textiles (TT) including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Bangladesh”, jointly commissioned by GIZ, GFA with the support of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).

They also said that apparel entrepreneurs needed to make the move immediately, otherwise, Bangladesh would lose out on the technical market, estimated to be around $180 billion. Although Bangladesh is the second largest exporter of the apparel products, it is yet to tap this huge market. 

Technical textile (TT) is a product manufactured for non-aesthetic purposes, where functionality is the primary criterion. Currently, technical textile materials are most widely used in filter clothing, furniture, hygiene medicals, and construction materials. Masks and PPE are also technical textile products.

According to the study, there are mainly five reasons behind this, which includes lack of awareness of market requirements, inadequate technical expertise, difficulty in sourcing high-performance raw materials, compliance and certification requirements and need for capital investment. To overcome these challenges, the study suggested 5 strategies, 21 sub-strategies, 94 key actions, and 142 outcomes.

The study also suggested key sub-strategies like creating effective coordination and support policies, building collaborative infrastructure for the supply chain and building a compliant and trusted "Made in Bangladesh" brand.

Werner Lange, textile cluster coordinator of GIZ Bangladesh, said that they were proud to share the results, particularly critical gaps, key actions and an overall strategy to support Bangladesh in entering into this new market. Faruque Hassan, president of the BGMEA, said that at this juncture they needed investment and technical knowhow from the developed nations.

According to the study, TT/PPE production and product diversification in Bangladesh is in its earliest stages. According to the BGMEA, 155 of its members export masks and PPEs, masks to 19 countries and PPEs to six countries.

Source: Dhaka Tribune

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