The 11th Bangladesh Denim Expo ended at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in Dhaka today at 8.00 PM on 6 November, after showcasing the latest denim fabrics, denim-made garment items and other accessories and machinery of nearly 100 local and international exhibitors.
The two-day exposition has seen an increased number of exhibitors and visitors this time, said Mostafiz Uddin, founder and CEO of the Bangladesh Denim Expo.
The show offered a forum for denim and apparel industry professionals to congregate and develop existing and new relationships, he said.
All stakeholders should do business protecting the environment for sustainable development, he said.
The exhibition, which was held in collaboration with H&M Group, a Swedish multinational clothing-retailer, offered unique panel of companies exhibiting their products and practices on the theme of this year’s expo, “responsibility.”
The expo showed the ongoing trend and advancements in sustainable denim production techniques around the globe.
This year, Bangladesh Denim Expo (BDE) organized four seminars in which leading industry experts highlighted the development aspects in textile machinery, chemicals and sustainable technology.
There were two separate masterclass sessions to be conducted by Piero Turk, a renowned denim designer, according to a statement.
The first edition of Bangladesh Denim Expo took place on Nov. 11-12, 2014, in Dhaka. The show offered international fashion buyers a one-stop sourcing platform for all aspects of jeans wear.
Exclusive to authorized trade visitors, the expo acts as a hub for players on the international denim scene to mingle with colleagues, make new contacts and broker deals.
Exhibitors and visitors feedback
Muhammed Asifur Rahman, Manager, Merchandising, Pacific Jeans, said, “The current trend is of sustainable wash – zero water consumption, hazardous chemical free – we are showing these products. We think that we are ahead from others because our technological advancements that is much better in terms of laser capabilities with yearly 36 million pieces.
Shantanu Kumar Mallick, Country Head Bangladesh, Rossari Biotech Ltd, said, “We are presenting our entire denim auxiliary ranges, we also have enzymes in room temperature. Meaning it is sustainable – saves energy and time.”
“We are also launching world-class silicon softeners and silicon ranges. Which is what the buyers are looking for. Including lots of new solutions for the denim sector,” he added.
“We have developed our products according to the customer needs. Currently customers want sustainable products, which will add value in the chain and will save cost, energy and time. We have all the necessary certificates including ZDHC. That is why we believe we are a leading manufacturing company,” he said this while highlighting their company’s specialty.
Jannatun Nayeem, Head of design, Silver Line Group, said that they were working with the latest trends ensuring sustainability.
“We work with high-end buyers like Polo. We are different from others as we work with special kinds fabrics.”
A visitor said to the reporter, “I have seen some really amazing sustainable products made from scrap materials. The Expo is really successful as a lot of innovations are being shown here.”
Another visitor, a Textile Engineer, said, “As it is a denim exhibition, so the factories are showing a lot of new collections. We are getting introduced with foreign mills, their new products and denim innovations.”
“I think the authorities should involve more buyers,” he added.
“Need to enhance branding and buyer engagement more to promote our strength,” Tahmir Syed Mohammed, Director, Pacific Jeans said.