Robintex Group, a Germany-Bangladesh Joint venture, has internationally been renowned for its continual accomplishment in exporting quality knit apparels to the international markets from its establishment in 1996.
A recent conversation between Textile Today Team and Robintex second-generation leader Robin Razon Sakhawat has been revealed here for the Textile Today readers.
Textile Today: Please share us about yourself.
Robin Razon: My father Abu Khair Mohammed Sakhawat founded Robintex in 1996. Over the years it grew in big size while I was born and raised in Germany and completed my graduation in Financial Engineering from Frankfurt. I regularly visited Bangladesh and I made sure to visit the factory regularly. I’ve closely watched how my father run the business so smoothly.
Watching him, I got confident and joined in Robintex approximately nine years ago that I can add a lot of value in the company.
In the last 9 years, Robintex grew 3 times more. When I joined here, I worked in the sample section, in knitting, dyeing, finishing, and planning section for more than 3 years. Means before taking charge of the company I get to know the whole process.
Textile Today: Robintex is now quite big in size and lots of people works here. How do your employees see you when you took charge of the company, as a leader?
Robin Razon: Initial hurdles were there. As I grew up in a different mindset, and language barrier as also an initial issue. But quickly I have overcome these barriers and I am confident now that people have given me the leadership.
People are open to suggestions, new techniques, new systems which helped me getting really close to them.
Textile Today: What is your future vision, for the next 5-10 years?
Robin Razon: At present, the garment industry is changing at a rapid speed. Every day our profit margin is becoming tighter. So to sustain in the market we are implementing new technology, new techniques, and more effective systems.
Since last year more than 1200 factories got closed due to compliance and many other issues. To put it in nutshell, if you do not invest in your manpower, compliance, as well as modern production techniques I think your factory will not survive.
“Human capital transformation is must because years ahead will be very challenging. The 4.0 industrial revolution will push for more automation – threating the manpower, more competition will come from the western countries.”
Textile Today: So, you do agree that human capital transformation is must?
Robin Razon: Yes I do. And years ahead will be very challenging. The 4.0 industrial revolution will push for more automation – threating the manpower, more competition will come from the western countries.
Textile Today: What is the perception among the EU people about ‘Made in Bangladesh’ apparel?
Robin Razon: When I grew up in Germany, the perception of Bangladesh was not so good. Bangladesh was considered as a low-cost labor market. But it has improved a lot now, especially after Accord’s work.
Yes, we have achieved a lot in the last couple of years. But the full positive picture is not shown in the western world yet.
Textile Today: How can we overcome this scenario? Who should work to improve the image of Bangladesh apparel industry – government, factories, or the associations?
Robin Razon: I am certain that all must work hand in hand. Nothing will be achieved working alone. We have to take a joint effort. Especially the associations, all the members of the association must have to participate strongly in various activities, and together the associations work closely with the government needs to achieve this.