An international exhibition on equipment and materials for the garment and textile industry (Textech Int’l Expo) began in the capital city Dhaka on September 3 to help apparel makers get an idea of the latest technologies and products.

"Bangladesh is gradually emerging as a very important destination of quality apparel and textile products for global buyers," Amir Hossain Amu, industries minister of Bangladesh, said while addressing the inaugural session of the four-day 15th Textech Bangladesh International Expo 2014.

The minister also emphasized fruitful discussions among the global exhibitors and local industry-owners with a view to attract more foreign direct investment or joint-ventures in the country’s highly potential textile and apparel industry.

Around 500 companies from more than 15 countries including Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, Korea and the United States have been showcasing spinning, weaving, knitting machine and yarn processing equipment, chemicals and dyes, embroidery and sewing materials among other products at the expo.

The Conference and Exhibition Management Services Limited (CEMS), a global event management company, through its Bangladeshi wing is organizing the international exhibition.

“Bangladesh should move from just cutting, making and dyeing to more value-added products,” said Korean Ambassador Lee Yun-young, adding that Korean companies are ready to support such upgrades.

Among others, Atiqul Islam, president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association and Mohammad Hatem, vice-president of the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association spoke on the occasion.