French Textile Machinery back to Bangladesh

DHAKA, 15-04-2009

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More than ever, in today’s economic crisis, Bangladesh needs to boost its technology to take advantage of its competitiveness in textile manufacturing. That would help the country gain more market share in the global apparel competition. Even the very low cost of the labour force cannot compensate for low tech productions as high tech machinery is needed to attain the international standards of quality.

This is why, the Economic and Trade Department of the Embassy of France in Bangladesh, Ubifrance (the French Agency for International Business Development) and the French Textile Machinery Manufacturers Association (UCMTF) have organized a seminar on Sunday April 26th, in Dhaka (Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel). There they met the textile producers from Bangladesh. Mr. Abdul Hai Sarker, President of the Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA), had kindly accepted to be the Chief Guest of the Seminar which was well attended.
 Professor Mashud Ahmed, Principal of the College of Textile Engineering & Technology, was also a special guest as his College was awarded French machinery 10 years ago.

Four French Companies attended

 - AESA Air Engineering: Energy saving in air conditioning systems
 - Dollfus&Muller: Key spare parts for textile finishing of woven and knitted fabrics
 - Laroche: New technologies for textile wastes recycling used for OE and friction spinning. Recycled textile wastes used for nonwovens
 - Stäubli: Shedding technology for modern weaving machines.

Evelyne Cholet, the Secretary General of the French textile machinery association (UCMTF) explained that although France is the fifth biggest exporter of textile machinery worldwide, exports to Bangladesh were not really significant.

After the installation of French machinery at the college, this seminar was a first step  to renew the ties which have been to loose for too long. The Bangladesh Textile Mills Association President Abdul Hai Sarker pointed out that Chinese, Japanese, German, Swiss and Dutch technologies dominated in Bangladesh but that French technology was much awaited.
The French delegation was also in the city to renew its relationship with the Textile College of Engineering and Technology in Dhaka started ten years ago to help the students of the college get educated about better technology operations, gain technical know-how and introduce a new range of French machinery and technology.



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