Bangladesh is the second largest apparel exporter in the world. There are huge scopes for the fabric or garments manufacturers if they focus more on research and development. To facilitate and develop learning culture all over the world especially in knitting, International Federation of Knitting Technologists (IFKT) has been working since 1956. Bangladesh and USA joined in 49th International Congress of IFKT in 2018 at Lodz, Poland.
Engineer Haroon Ur Rashid participated as the President of IFKT Bangladesh chapter at the 49th International Congress from 2-4th October 2018.
Experts from around the globe presented 20 keynote papers in the congress, focusing the global development in the textile field, in particular the knitting sector. Among the 12 countries, participated at the event, Bangladesh and USA joined as the new members of IFKT. The next IFKT Congress is expected to take place in 2020 at Belfast, Ireland.
IFKT could be a great platform for Bangladeshi experts to get recognition worldwide
“Bangladeshi experts, professionals, under graduate students and those who are working in knitting sectors can submit their papers to us, after some screening process their papers will be selected for the presentation,” Haroon Ur Rashid said.
In addition to his textile engineering background, Haroon Ur Rashid has been working in this field since 1993. He is solely working for advanced and sustainable knitting industry in Bangladesh to bridge with the wider spectrum of the world.
“IFKT could be a great platform for Bangladeshi experts to get recognition worldwide,” Haroon Ur Rashid added further.
In the July-February period of the fiscal year 2018-19 knitwear products earned $11.5 billion, which is 13.5 percent higher than the same period a year ago.
Main focus of 49th congress was to explain and discuss the global development in the textile field, especially related to the knitting area including new aspects of design, new process and technologies and new products were presented. The congress was like a get together of scientists, engineers and all technical persons from the textile and related industries all over the world.
Some of the research topics were presented at 49th congress: Investigation of thermal comfort properties of double face knitted fabrics; New weft insertion technology for warp knitting; The evaluation of microclimate comfort properties of wool fiber-content seamless garments; Tensile properties of rib knitwear influenced by yarn produced by different spinning technologies; Positive effects of knitting on the psychology of people; Efficiency evaluation of bioactive textiles protecting against Tick-Borne diseases; Micro plastics shedding from knitted polyester fabric; Thermal diffusivity property of some footwear material packages; The modified textiles with using permethrin properties and assessment of insecticide content etc.
The International Federation of Knitting Technologists was founded in 1956. It was conceived to establish friendly ties between works managers, technicians and knitting specialists from different countries and thus promote the general interests of the knitting industry and its further technical development.
The organization holds annual conferences, termed International Congress, since 1958, with the first one dating back to 1956. Countries that organized International Congresses so far are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, France, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the US. Bangladesh could also be a proud organizer of IFKT International Congress.
If anyone is interested to submit paper, please visit IFKT website- www.knittingfed.com