Four international trade shows will begin in the city on Thursday with participation of around 510 companies from more than 24 countries, aimed at developing the country's readymade garment (RMG) sector.
The four-day shows will be held from January 17 under a common platform at the International Convention City Bashundhara, the organisers said at a press conference in the city on Monday.
The shows are the 18th edition of GARMENTECH Bangladesh 2019, 10th edition of International Yarn and Fabrics Sourcing Fair 2019, 10th edition of GAP Expo 2019 and second edition of Bangladesh Printing &Packaging Expo 2019.
Bangladesh Garment Accessories and Packaging Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGAPMEA), Zakaria Trade and Fair International and ASK Trade and Exhibitions Pvt Ltd are jointly organising the events.
BGAPMEA President Abdul Kader Khan and CEO of Zakaria Trade and Fair International Tipu Sultan Bhuyian were present at the press conference.
Mr. Khan said the visitors and entrepreneurs will be able to know about the latest technologies through the expositions. The shows will also play a vital role in achieving the country's export volume, he added.
Mr. Bhuyian said the RMG sector is on the fast track to reach the export target of $50 billion by 2021.
Productivity, safety, compliance, efficiency, value addition, product diversification, fabric sourcing & packaging solutions are the challenges for the RMG sector, he said.
There needs to be a concerted effort to improve investment in technology and infrastructure, he added.
The GARMENTECH Bangladesh will showcase the latest in sewing, knitting, embroidery, laundry, finishing, dyeing, CAD/CAM, printing, cutting, spreading machinery from leading companies from across the world.
The International Yarn & Fabrics Sourcing Fair will have the latest collection of natural and synthetic yarn and fabric and its blends both for woven and knit sectors being showcased by overseas companies.
The GAP Expo will have the largest collection of garment accessories and packaging used by the RMG industry to be showcased by leading companies from Bangladesh as well as from overseas.
The companies will showcase garment accessories, packaging and related machinery including labels, zippers, tags, tapes, thread, ribbon, buttons, rivets, laces, hooks, transfer film, paper, ink and so on.
The printing and packaging expo will showcase printing & packaging machinery and technology from leading international companies.
The demand for printing in RMG is rising and is identified as a fast-growing niche segment, offering scope for product diversification and value addition.
Packaging is an essential part of apparel display and despatch. A pavillion by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry from India is the highlight of the event.
Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun is expected to attend the inaugural ceremony of the exhibitions as the chief guest.
The international trade shows, which will remain open from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm every day, will end on January 20.
Meanwhile, three textile industry-related expositions are going to be held at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in the capital from January 23 to 26.
The 15th Dhaka International Yarn and Fabric Show (DIFS) winter edition, the 3rd Dhaka International Denim Show 2019 winter edition, and the 35th Dye and Chem Bangladesh Expo 2019 winter edition will be held at the same venue.
The expositions will be open for visitors from 10:30 am to 07:30 pm each day.
Exhibition service provider CEMS-Global will host the largest textile industry-related expos, said the organisers at a press conference at Economic Reporters' Forum (ERF) on Monday.
Meherun N Islam, Group President and Managing Director of CEMS Global, presided over the programme.
Over 370 exhibitors from 22 countries from around the world will present a diverse range of textile products, including the latest trends and technologies in fabrics, ready-to-wear and industrial fabrics, innovative and smart fabrics etc.
DIFS series has been contributing to the rapid growth of local textile industry by providing common platforms for stakeholders to showcase their products, find out new materials, style and technology, form occupational networks, and explore business opportunities, the organisers said.
The $32-billion apparel industry is the largest export contributor in Bangladesh, and the second largest apparel exporter in the world. The country is now aiming to increase its apparel export revenue to $50 billion per year by 2021, they added.
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