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Expectations for the textile and apparel industry in 2022: an academic perspective

Since the advent of Covid 19 in 2020, the world apparel market is going through a series of uncertain situations. The pandemic put the textile and apparel industry of Bangladesh into immense distress, ruptured multiple systems, and left it out of breath. Lockdown halted sales, business operations, and disrupted the supply chain. Many workers lost their jobs in the industry. The situation started to ameliorate with positive growth in the year 2021 after an exerted effort by the industry stakeholders. And it is expected that the growth will continue in the year 2022.


Let’s have a look at what the textile engineering students of various universities are preparing the future helmsmen of the industry think about the performance of the textile industry in 2022.

Sakib Hasan, Student, Dept. of Fabric Engineering, Bangladesh University of Textiles (BUTEX)


“As a textile engineering student, I always try to carry a positive attitude toward the industry. But, one thing that makes me worried is that there is no regulation on the working hours of the industry personnel.”

“Though many industries practice 8 hours duty time for their employees, still this is not practiced in most of the factories. Most textile engineers cannot balance between their professional and personal life which is not good for both the industry and the personnel.”

“I hope that the textile cadre will be ensured in 2022 to facilitate the inclusion of textile engineers in Bangladesh Civil Service. For the betterment of this industry, it is very important to have textile engineers as policymakers.”

Md. Mehedi Hasan, Student, Dept. of Textile Engineering, Khulna University of Engineering and Technology


“The Global Textile Market was USD 1000.3 billion in the year 2020 and it is expected to expand at a compound annual rate of 4.4% from 2021 to 2028.”

“So, to cope up with the increasing demand for apparel coupled with the growth of e-commerce platforms we have to be ready.”

Nure Arfi, Student, Dept. of Textile Engineering, Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology (AUST)


“I really expect our RMG sector will again snatch the 2nd position or even better among the textile exporting countries.”

“I hope also hope that in 2022, our Textile & Apparel sector will achieve more purchase orders compared to the previous year. The small factories which were shut down during the COVID pandemic will reopen and highly expecting that all the workers & other employees who work in the textile industry will get the standard salary, with other attractive benefits.”

Tasin Ahmed Saisab, Student, Dept. of Textile Engineering, BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology (BUFT)


“The industry should move to man-made fibers. Man-made fiber is substantially cheaper than cotton. Our industry should seek to become a source of choice for high-value brands.”

“Our industry needs to pay more attention to recycled clothing. Our biggest customers like Adidas, H&M, etc. are now looking for only recycled cloths or, materials. However environmental crisis will not be fully restored at all so the products in the store need to be manufactured by our industry by using renewable energy.”

Faujia Mushtari, Student, Dept. of Textile Engineering, Jessore University of Science and Technology (JUST)

Faujia-Mushtari-Jessore University of Science and Technology

“The textile universities can’t develop effective human resources in the textile field without direct collaboration with textile industries.”

“The industries and universities should collaborate regarding all the problems and opportunities an industry may have. This will open a path to achieve experiences for us.”

“It isn’t easy to manage all the machines in the university labs. As a result, we are deprived of getting real experiences, and we won’t be able to contribute when we enter professional life.”

“The industries should incorporate with the universities to work in the research and development of new products. A student should be given a holistic idea of RMG business.”

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