The key players of the continuously evolving denim market gathered at the 5th edition of Bangladesh Denim Expo on November 8th and 9th, at the International Convention City, Bashundhara, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
There were more than 5,000 visitors, buyers from over 46 countries throughout the world, 55 exhibitors from 15 countries covering the entire denim value chain, a focus on Natural Denim, and discussions on the future of the sector:
This year the inaugural ceremony was attended, among other important personalities, by the German ambassador Dr. Thomas Prinz and the Swedish ambassador in Bangladesh, Johan Frisell, both of them speaking as guests of honor.
Frisell pointed out: “Bangladesh is the second largest RMG exporter in the world and is also an emerging player in the international market. It will soon be the middle-income country, and the market access will also be increased. So, the entrepreneurs should prepare new plans for market place and market regime of its RMG sector”.
Dr. Prinz underlined the importance of united efforts towards sustainability for the whole garment sector, efforts that Bangladesh Denim Expo is promoting, being also a non profit organization openly established to boost a more responsible denim culture in the country and in the world.
Another important moment of the Expo was the panel discussion “Investment in Denim Sector of Bangladesh”, held during the second day of the exhibition. Mrs. Leoni Cuelenaere, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands to Bangladesh, and Mr. Roger Hubert, Regional Head for Bangladesh & Pakistan of H&M/PulsTrading Far East Ltd. were both present at the discussion.
During the two-day exhibition multiple special events of live demonstration were happening: “Natural indigo dye” by Living Blue which frames & processes natural indigo known as “Bengal Indigo”, and hand loom machines for selvage denim & hand scraping.
The seminars included two knowledge sessions on “Improving the unit economics of RMG Manufacturing industry” and “Choose the right way of denim washing”.
Three major panel discussion – “$50 BILLION BY 2021: ‘Innovation’ The Strategic Business Driver”, “BRANDING Bangladesh Through Denim” and “Investment in the Denim Sector of Bangladesh”.
Another event was the technical workshop on “Total Quality Assurance: A Value Proposition”.
Mr. Mostafiz Uddin, Founder and CEO of Bangladesh Denim Expo declares: “Denim will never go away. It is part of fashion, regardless of its shape, design and style. The best way to stimulate denim business is to analyze and understand the future trends. There is a very big need to add more ecological and sustainable thinking to the way we produce, and we can definitely plan and achieve sustainable solutions that benefit our business as well”.