Feature: Denim exhibition shows rejuvenation of sector after 2 years in pandemic doldrums

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DHAKA, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Denim products were seen from a distance even before one was entering the exhibition hall in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, the world's second-largest RMG (ready-made garments) exporter.

The love of RMG sector insiders was palpable at the 12th edition of Bangladesh Denim Expo which closed on Wednesday after attracting some 6,000 people to visit the stands of denim items.

Many visitors from abroad also came, looking to buy or sell denim products.

The expo, themed Beyond Business, kicked off on Tuesday and attracted a total of 79 participants from about 10 countries, offering international fashion buyers a one-stop sourcing platform for all aspects of jeans wear.

Md Fazlul Karim is an assistant manager (Marketing & Sales) of Bangladesh's Uni Asia Associates Ltd.

"We're very happy to be here and to know how much our country is developing in terms of textiles and garments," said the assistant manager.

He said the exhibition, which had been absent for the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, also paved the way for closer interaction with foreign businesses and products.

"I have basically understood the difference between the two fabrics, one made in China and the other made in our country."

"The difference I noticed is that the quality of the Chinese one is much better. We're also moving forward a lot."

David Chen is a country manager of China's SAB Weixing Co., Ltd. He was also very happy to attend the exhibition and showcase manufacturing ability of his company to the world.

"We, SAB, is one of the biggest government accessory manufacturing companies of the world. So we come here," he said.

Bangladesh is a big market, and there are many business chances in the country as it returns to normalcy gradually, the manager said.

Rudy Muntasser, sales manager of Italy's SoKo Chimica SRL, said Bangladesh is a booming country in textile and denim specially. "We are very very much happy to be here again."

The exhibition also served as an important platform for players in the international denim trade to mingle with other people of the fraternity, make new contacts and broker deals.

"We were expecting an increased number of exhibitors and visitors from home and abroad this time," said Mostafiz Uddin, founder and chief executive officer of the Bangladesh Denim Expo.

He said Denim supply chains have experienced major turbulence and disruption in the past two years, and have been forced to innovate and adapt in order to survive and remain relevant.

Against the backdrop, this year's Bangladesh Denim Expo addresses new opportunities for successful and sustainable business in a world that now demands the industry leaders go "Beyond Business."

Bangladesh has become one of the most significant hub for denim apparel production around the world. To meet the ever-growing demand from the RMG sector, local textile entrepreneurs have made substantial investment in the past so as to produce good quality denim items.

Bangladesh's export earnings increased by 35.14 percent year-on-year to 43.34 billion U.S. dollars in the first 10 months of the current 2021-22 fiscal year (July 2021-June 2022), with about 80 percent of the export earnings coming from the RMG sector, according to the data released by Bangladesh's Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) recently. Enditem

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