The use of man-made fibre (MMF) import and the investment are increasing expressively in Bangladesh. Thanks to the growing acceptance of clothes made of artificial fibres amongst the end consumers internationally, which now observing more and more readymade garment (RMG) manufacturers in the country is turning to MMF to rise profitability and market share.
According to data from the Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA), in 2020, spinners in Bangladesh imported 99,345 tons of polyester staple fibre (PSF), up 3.4% from 96,077 tons a year ago even as import of viscose staple fibre (VSF) also rose expressively as local spinners brought from abroad 72,504 tons of VSF last year, an increase of 36% year-on-year.
In addition, in terms of investment, around 30% out of US$8 billion investment in the primary textile sector in the country (Bangladesh) took place in the MMF segment, up from 20% 3 years ago, reports claimed.
As per industry people, as MMF-based apparels are durable, recyclable and re-useable, more and more people are buying the same even as MMF compared to cotton-based fibre also meets the criteria for sustainable clothing, which is said to be another reason for its rising popularity, to add to which is the changes in lifestyle, because of which consumers are looking for products that are easier to care for.
Md. Khorshed Alam, Chairman, Little Star Spinning said, people are choosing the fabric as a substitute to cotton fibre.