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Expectations for the textile and apparel industry in 2022: Scholars’ thought

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 teachers are thinking about the performance of the textile industry in 2022:

Tanvir Mahady Dip, Lecturer, Dept. of Yarn Engineering, Bangladesh University of Textiles (BUTEX)


“Bangladesh needs to keep the momentum of 2021 growth going. More importantly, it is high time that the stakeholders and entrepreneurs look into the prospects of the technical textiles market.”

“Bangladesh is lagging in this wing whereas the world is stepping towards the 5th Industrial Revolution. Bangladesh needs to invest and develop industries encompassing smart and functional textiles.”

“The policymakers also need to address the global environmental concern and the textile industry’s contribution to it. More research facilities are timely needs to innovate in this sector.”

Md. Shohan Parvez, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Textile Engineering, Khulna University of Engineering and Technology

“Following the devastating Covid-19 outbreak and closure, our apparel and textile sectors were on falling. However, as a result of recent events, textile producers are having challenges. The primary challenges they face are the shock of the new COVID variants, high raw material prices, high freight expenses, factory closure due to the nationwide strikes against diesel price hikes, and so on.”


“Despite having these terrific circumstances, Bangladesh’s garment exports increased by almost 30% to $35.57 billion in the calendar year 2021, compared to $27.32 billion in 2020 according to Export Promotion Bureau. Sweater exports climbed by 27% in the last six years, according to the BGMEA, while China stopped producing sweaters. As a result, by the end of 2022, investors expect to boost their investment in sweater manufacturing.

“RMG and textile manufacturers have been getting a lot of export orders since the pandemic recovery. The biggest challenges right now are achieving buyer-targeted prices and importing raw materials on schedule. Right now, they are becoming seriously wary about the Omicron variant.”

Md. Faisal Mahmud, Lecturer, Dept. of Textile Engineering, Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology (AUST)


“In Bangladesh, the Textile and Apparel Industry constantly provides support to the fast-growing economy of Bangladesh. In the 2020-2021 financial year contribution of the RMG sector in the total export of Bangladesh was 81.16%. Though many sectors were closed in the pandemic, the textile industry continued to maintain the smooth economic growth of the country.”
“From my point of view, in 2022 some great changes are going to occur in the industry. Automation and modern tools integrations are going to be accelerated. It will create a positive image in terms of sustainable textile production.”

“I expect that with such improvements we will be able to achieve an export figure of 51 billion dollars in 2022. We should focus on green manufacturing technology in the future. Health and safety of the workers should be maintained properly.”

Redwanul Islam, Lecturer, Dept. of Fashion Design and Apparel Engineering, National Institute of Textile Engineering and Research (NITER)

Redwanul-Islam-Lecturer-NITER“We should make technical people capable of handling challenging situations in the textile industry.”

“To make it happen we should reform our academic curriculum to make it research-based and practical knowledge oriented. Also, we need to train and motivate our students to choose the right job they suit best at the beginning of their career.”

“We need to encourage and motivate our students to sustain in the textile industry considering its contribution to the national economic growth.”

Tarikul Islam, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Textile Engineering, Jessore University of Science and Technology (JUST)


“As a teacher, I intend to contribute effectively to the future of ‘Textile Education’ that plays a vital role in human resource development and also enhancing industrial productivity and improving the quality of life.”

“In order to make this education meaningful, I think right and effective strategies need to be adopted, thereby making it relevant and useful.”

“Universities and industries should provide more opportunities to the students for industrial visits that will give sufficient insights regarding the internal working of companies.”

“I think industrial visits should be considered as one of the tactical methods of teaching because theoretical knowledge is not enough. It will provide exposure to students about the practical working environment. Another thing is that today sustainability has become the highest priority when dealing with apparel and textiles. So sustainable solutions need to be explored.”

Taslima Ahmed Tamanna, Lecturer, Dept. of Textile Engineering, BGMEA University of Fashion & Technology (BUFT)

Taslima Ahmed Tamanna-BUFT

“As cotton is costlier and its price fluctuates, the industry should focus on manmade fiber-based products because of being cheaper and abundant. Moreover, the cohort of our product item has to be expanded. So, the higher value-added product should be enlisted to attract high-value brands and meet the demand of the contemporary market. Apart from this, we should keep in mind that wastage-based product is now the interest for many renowned brands like Adidas and H&M.”

“Therefore, they are encouraging to make product from recycled materials, our industry concern may put attention to produce a versatile product from recycled clothing materials. Last but not the least, sustainability is a prime concern for every sector that is why we should incorporate sustainable production for the textile sector. Because Textile industry is one of the major contributors to pollute the environments.”

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