|When utility costs are very less and you don’t have any restrictions, companies will not take care about that……
Mr. Halil Aksoy, Managing Director, Denge
Mr. Halil Aksoy, Managing Director of Denge, one of the leading auxiliary chemicals manufacturing company from Turkey has visited Bangladesh recently. Bangladesh Textile Today meets him to discuss the following issues.
BTT: How do you see Bangladeshi Textile Industry?
Mr. Halil : First time I came here in 2005 and it was not good and within next seven years I came 5 times and I can tell you very clearly that every year you are developing very significantly. By this time Bangladesh has turned in to a very important country for textiles. Bangladesh is very competitive. Especially in knitted fabric you are one of the leaders in the world.
BTT: If you see the structure of our dye houses, how it’s comparable with Turkey?
Mr. Halil : Problem in Bangladeshi dye houses is its efficiency. You don’t check these that much. Dye houses main focus is on the marketing issues. Efficiency wise the dye houses are not good. Energy and environment problems are very big in Bangladesh. In Turkey they are calculating energy and efficiency daily- machine wise, production wise and unit wise. In Turkey in 90’s we were also like this Bangladesh but now if we don’t check, it is impossible to survive for the textile industries as those are becoming smaller day by day.
You have an advantage that is you have vertical composite kind of factories. In Turkey you will not get that much composite factories but the absence of efficiency calculation can be a great problem for the industries.
BTT: How Bangladeshi factories can improve these efficiencies?
Mr. Halil : For sure when the utility costs are very less and you don’t have any restrictions, companies will not take care about that. You should have a strategy as a country to improve efficiency. If you have some restrictions, they take care energy, waste water etc. And also you should share the knowhow from other countries and you should learn from them. Let’s say Turkey can be a model for Bangladesh. The dye houses should do benchmarking. Industries are not doing benchmarking here which is very bad. As a Turkish chemical company I believe our good customers in Turkey can help Bangladeshi industries by showing their initiatives for energy efficiencies and benchmarking.
BTT: Can you compare a bit by water consumption benchmarking?
Mr. Halil : We can share color by color & product wise. For example, when water use here in Bangladesh for per kg knit fabric processing is 200 to 300 liter, I can tell you highest consumer in Turkey can be 105 liter per kg. Off course we have shown these in Turkey also. You can ask and work with any Turkish company for transferring ideas how they have improved themselves.
BTT: How Denge can contribute for improving energy efficiency of the Bangladeshi dye houses?
Mr. Halil : We are producing chemicals from 2001 and we invest for biggest R&D in Turkey. We got very good results as well. In 2006 we introduced a very good chemical for Viscose pretreatment. We have very good market share in Viscose processing because we have shorten the process. We are one of the first companies who introduced multifunctional chemicals. We have a lot of specialty chemicals for pretreatment dyeing and finishing. Our key focus is on shortening process. Our processes always consume less energy, less time, less cost. Our R&D is mainly focusing this process shortening issues. We are always trying to add new chemicals which are increasing the efficiencies of the factories.
BTT: Can you mention few major developments in textile auxiliaries and what will be the near future for textile auxiliaries in terms of technical developments?
Mr. Halil : With our combined beaching agents in Viscose processing, we really have reduced the process time. In knit cotton processing we are working on 70°C washing off and 60-70°C bleaching technology, in very near future those will be introduced in the market.