“The world is getting more and more dependent on chemicals. For instance, in apparel, it is vital for this apparel to give comfort, wrinkle and crease-mark-free features. And textile chemical is creating this opportunity.”
“Thus, we see that global textile chemicals market size will reach $31.4 billion by 2027 – which was $23.5 billion in 2021 – registering a revenue CAGR of 4.9%, according to IMARC report. Meaning, as the future leaders of textile chemical industry you, as well as, the country have great prospects in this sector.”
Syed Mohammad Ismail, Country Head, Archroma Bangladesh was remarking these at a seminar, titled ‘Digital Chemical Management’ – organized by Department of Dyes and Chemical Engineering (DCE), Bangladesh University of Textiles (BUTEX) on 26 October. The seminar highlighted opportunities in chemical manufacturing, formulation and local challenges for sustainable practices on chemical management and digitization.
Syed Ismail said, “Archroma is the leader in specialty chemicals. As a leading company – we are committed to innovation, quality, service, cost-efficiency and sustainability throughout our history. In the process we have made a lot of acquisition over the years and this is the legacy of Archroma.”
“Why we are leaders in the industry? Because Archroma has knowledge and 130 years of experience in the industry. From fiber to finish, Archroma’s Brand and Performance Textile Specialties Business plays a vital role throughout the entire textile supply chain, with special chemicals for pretreatment, dyeing, printing and finishing of textiles.”
Mentioning participant students at the seminar Syed Ismail said, “Remember that you are the ambassador of Bangladesh’s textile chemical sector just like the same way I am branding my company – you are also equipped with endless possibilities and brand this university in the future. I was also a son of BUTEX. Through my long journey, I have reached this position to lead a globally renowned chemical company. BUTEX always produces top leaders in Bangladesh textile industry.”
“As a chemical engineer, you must explore your best to offer new innovation. You must think that what I can offer to the industry. This will make you stand out and drive you forward.”
“In Archroma Bangladesh, we have 32 textile engineers from BUTEX. Why chemical engineers join Archroma? Because, Archroma has 52 locations (Including 24 production sites) across 31 countries worldwide, at the same time, we offer a top-notch sustainable product range, complying all the parameters, we have close relationships with fashion brands and in-depth market insight.”
Md. Amanur Rahman, Managing Director, Dysin Group highlighted the opportunity Bangladesh has to establish textile chemical manufacturing unit as the country’s apparel industry is one of the leading manufacturers globally.
“As my previous speaker highlighted that the global textile chemical market is increasing significantly – this phenomenon is also being reflected in the local textile industry. Some leading textile chemical manufacturers are setting up manufacturing bases in the country. While local chemical-providing companies like Dysin has set up manufacturing bases in the country. For instance, recently, Dysin Group has set up a new plant for Specialty Polymer Manufacturing under the name of Dysin-Chem Industries (Pvt.) Ltd. at BCSIC Industrial Area, Gazipur,” he said.
“Globally, all developed countries have initiated their industrialization with textile and apparel industry. And we are no different. Especially in the present unstable global scenario – it is more demanding that we establish chemical manufacturing bases to smoothen the supply chain and reduce lead time.”
“To do that the top most urgent thing we need is capable textile chemical engineers, experts and more textile chemical departments – who will lead the future textile industry.”
“At the same time, the sector has a lot of challenges. Ensuring safety is the topmost priority in chemical manufacturing. Bangladesh’s textile and apparel industry takes pride in having the most number of Green factories. On top of it, we need all kinds of govt. support for the industry to grow,” he concluded.
Dr. Mohammad Abbas Uddin, CText FTI, Asst. Professor and Head Department of Dyes and Chemical Engineering (DCE), BUTEX moderated the seminar.
Abbas Uddin in his opening speech highlighted that the size of the textile chemical market in Bangladesh is hovering between $1.75 billion and $3.50 billion annually.
Gundolf Klaehn, Head of Environmental Component, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH said, “Chemical management is a very much challenging job due to its complex nature. GIZ is working with all the stakeholders and helping the Bangladeshi government to overcome these challenges through different projects commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the European Union and other international partners.”
Prof. Dr. Mohd. Forhad Hossain, Dean, Faculty of Textile Chemical Engineering, BUTEX was the Facilitator of the seminar while Dewan Muhammad Nurul Islam Chemical Environment Manager, Bestseller and Md. Zakir Hosen, AGM Sustainability, Zaber & Zubeir Fabrics were present as panelists. Besides Dept. of Dyes and Chemical Engineering and BUTEX faculties, students and leaders from the textile industry were present in the Digital Chemical Management seminar.