Dhaka, Bangladesh - Foreign buyers are looking forward to Bangladesh as a lucrative destination for global apparel particularly denim outsourcing as the country has a capacity to provide quality items with a lower cost.

Many overseas entrepreneurs are now planning to expand their business in the South Asian country to meet the growing demand for denim products in the global market, the entrepreneurs said while narrating their observations as participants in the first denim show that concluded in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka on March 2.

The Denimsandjeans.com Bangladesh show, in association with the Denim Expert Limited, a Bangladesh-Netherlands joint venture at the Chittagong-based Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone (KEPZ), organised the two-day long show at Hotel Radisson in Dhaka.

The organisers expect that the show will help to create a new platform for ensuring a large ecosystem of the denim supply chain for global buyers.

Talking to SPORTSWEAR INTERNATIONAL, Mostafiz Uddin, managing director of the Denim Expert Limited, said they are planning to organise such type of exhibition each year to upgrade the country’s denim sector to an international standard. “We want to prove that Bangladesh can do.”

A total of 25 companies including American & Efird (Bangladesh) Limited, Arvind Limited of India, Sri Lankan Brandix Textiles Limited, Pakistani Naveena Exports Limited, Candiani denim of Italy, Brazilian  Vicunha, South China Bleaching & Dyeing Factory Limited and Japanese YKK took part in the exhibition mainly to showcase denim pants, fabrics and latest accessories.

“It’s an amazing exhibition. I am cent percent sure that the participating companies will get fresh order from global buyers in the near future through the exposition,” E. Bovenhuis, managing director of the Netherlands-based blue X only, said while expressing his enthusiasm about the show.

Such exhibitions take place in Paris, Sweden, Shanghai, Hong Kong and the USA annually. And for the first time, Bangladesh organised such types of exhibition to attract global buyers.

“We’re expanding our business in Bangladesh to meet the growing demand for apparel products in the global market,” Dileepa Gamalath, marketing manager of the Sri Lankan Brandix Testiles, told SPORTSWEAR INTERNATIONAL at his stall.

Echoing Sri Lankan’s Brandix manager, Pakistani Naveena’s chief operating officer Syed Hasan Mumtaz said his company is also planning to expand business in Bangladesh.

He also said the exhibition will help to create a new platform for bringing together the buyers and sellers that is essential for improving such businesses.

“It was necessary to arrange such exhibition to build up confidence among the global buyers,” Sabbir Ahmed Feroz, area sales manager of American & Efird (Bangladesh) Limited, insisted.

The exhibition will help to bring a positive impact on the country’s apparel industry particularly in denim sub-sector in the near future, the area sales manager noted.

Bangladesh, the second largest producer of denim apparel, ships around 185million pieces of denim jeans around the world annually, and has more than 5,600 factories concentrated around the capital Dhaka and the port city Chittagong.

A buyer at the Dhaka-based denim show.
A buyer at the Dhaka-based denim show.