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Introduction message from Mr. Mostafiz Uddin, Founder & CEO of Bangladesh Denim Expo and Managing Director, Denim Expert Ltd. The Expo in Numbers TRANSPARENCY – The Theme and Message of the Event Seminars and Panel Discussion Groups At a Glance Trend Zone Area Transparent Product Display The Transparency Wall VR Transparency Tour VR Booths The Making of the VR Video Denim Innovation Night Visitor’s Feedback Exhibitor’s Feedback Press Coverage of The Expo Promoting Bangladesh – The Expo in Numbers


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5123 Visitors 1015 Companies Represented

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PLANS ARE WELL UNDER WAY FOR OUR NEXT EVENT, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU ALL AGAIN AT THE 8TH EDITION OF THE BANGLADESH DENIM EXPO AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CITY BASHUNDHARA, DHAKA, ON THE 9 TH AND 10 TH MAY 2018. WITH SINCERE THANKS,

MR. MOSTAFIZ UDDIN FOUNDER & CEO OF BANGLADESH DENIM EXPO M A N AG I N G D I R E CTO R , D E N I M E X P E RT LT D .

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THE FOLLOWING PAGES FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 7TH BANGLADESH DENIM EXPO WHICH CAPTURE THE SPIRIT OF THE EVENT AND FOCUS ON KEY STORIES AND INFORMATION EMERGING FROM THE SHOW, PLUS SPECIAL COVERAGE OF THE DENIM INNOVATION NIGHT HOSTED BY PACIFIC JEANS, WHICH SHOWCASED THE DEPTH AND VARIETY OF DENIM PRODUCT AVAILABLE FROM BANGLADESH.

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MY TEAM AND I ARE CONTINUING TO STRIVE TO ENSURE THAT BANGLADESH CAN HOST A DENIM SHOW OF INTERNATIONAL RELEVANCE, AND WE SINCERELY HOPE THAT ALL OF YOU ENJOYED YOUR RECENT VISIT AND FOUND THE EXPO INFORMATIVE, AN OPPORTUNITY TO FURTHER DEVELOP YOUR BUSINESS AND AN INSIGHT INTO THE POTENTIAL THAT BANGLADESH CAN OFFER.

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MY HEARTFELT THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE RECENT 7 TH EDITION OF BANGLADESH DENIM EXPO WHICH HAS PROVEN TO BE THE MOST DYNAMIC AND SUCCESSFUL SO FAR, WITH AN AUDIENCE EXCEEDING 5000 VISITORS AND 65 EXHIBITORS PRESENT! I AM INDEBTED TO ALL OUR EXHIBITORS AND TO THE INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE AND LOCAL VISITORS WHOSE PRESENCE HELPED TO MAKE THIS AN UNFORGETTABLE EVENT; WITHOUT YOUR CONTINUING SUPPORT ORGANIZING THIS EVENT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE!


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VISITORS TOTAL NUMBER OF VISITORS:

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COMPANIES ATTENDING THE EXPO:

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FOREIGN VISITOR NUMBERS:

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LOCAL VISITOR NUMBERS:

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COUNTRIES REPRESENTED:

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MERCHANDISING MANAGER DIRECTOR GM / DGM / AGM SOURCING MANAGER PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR HEAD OF DESIGNER BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MANAGING DIRECTOR BUYER COUNTRY MANAGER VICE PRESIDENT CHAIRMAN CEO COUNTRY DIRECTOR FOUNDER 0

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WHY TRANSPARENCY ? TRANSPARENCY

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The theme for the 7th Edition of Bangladesh Denim Expo was TRANSPARENCY, and through product displays, presentation of information and a series of seminars and group discussion sessions the Expo highlighted the benefits to be gained by adopting transparent business practices and the duty that befalls us in the denim industry (whether it be suppliers, manufacturers or buyers) to promote these initiatives for the welfare of the workforces and the environment.

FAIR TRADE LIVING WAGES GENDER EQUALITY WORKERS WELL BEING SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD

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ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

WORKING TOWARDS A FAIRER, SAFER, CLEANER DENIM INDUSTRY

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THE PROGRESS MADE BY THE BANGLADESH APPAREL INDUSTRY TOWARDS GREATER TRANSPARENCY

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• Improvements in worker / management relations, with a focus on empowerment of workers and their ability to voice any grievances. • The implementation of advanced safety initiatives, including an increase in government inspectors and a rigorous program of safety protocols, operated by internationally accredited third party bodies. • The building of internationally recognized factories achieving Platinum or Gold status on the LEED register, the highest accolades that can be awarded to factories from an environmental and social perspective.

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In line with the TRANSPARENCY theme for the 7th Edition of Bangladesh Denim Expo, it was our privilege to highlight the advances that have been made within the Bangladeshi RMG industry over the last 4 years to achieve more transparent business practices. Highlighted in our seminar sessions and displays were a number of key improvements made within the RMG industry, including:


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IMPROVING WORKER / MANAGEMENT RELATIONS: • • • • •

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LABOUR LAW WAS AMENDED IN 2013 AND LABOUR RULES PROMULGATED IN 2015 MAKING THESE MORE FAVORABLE FOR WORKERS. • ELECTED WORKERS PARTICIPATION COMMITTEE AND SAFETY COMMITTEE ARE MANDATORY. • THE AMENDED LABOUR LAW SPECIFIES HOW SUCH COMMITTEES SHOULD BE FORMED AND FUNCTIONS. • THE LABOUR LAW ALSO STIPULATES COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGENT AND ITS ROLE. MINIMUM WAGES INCREASED BY 223% SINCE 2010. WORKERS WELFARE FUND CREATED BY THE GOVERNMENT (US $10 MILLION FROM RMG). BANGLADESH GOVERNMENT UPGRADING FACTORY INSPECTION AND MONITORY CAPACITY. GOVERNMENT OF BANGLADESH HAS RECENTLY FORMED THE TRIPARTITE CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL (TCC) FOR THE RMG SECTOR TO ADDRESS LABOUR AND WORKPLACE RELATED ISSUES IN RMG SECTOR. A SUBSTANTIAL STEP TOWARDS FORMING A COLLABORATIVE AND ALL INCLUSIVE ENTITY TO DEAL WITH ALL UNRESOLVED OR DISPUTED ISSUES. BGMEA DEVELOPING CENTRAL DATABASE FOR WORKERS OF ITS MEMBER FACTORIES WHICH WILL BE REQUIRED TO ASCERTAIN WORKERS ELIGIBLE FOR THE WELFARE. 2 FESTIVAL BONUSES EVERY YEAR MADE MANDATORY.

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CAPACITY OF CONCERNED GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ENHANCED. FACTORY INSPECTION MECHANISM STRENGTHENED. CHIEF INSPECTORATE OF FACTORIES & ESTABLISHMENTS UPGRADED TO DIRECTORATE OF INSPECTION FOR FACTORIES & ESTABLISHMENTS (DIFE). ADDITIONAL 200 LABOUR INSPECTORS RECRUITED TO OVERSEE WORKPLACE SAFETY & WORKERS RIGHT. FEMALE INSPECTORS INCREASED BY 20% TO BETTER INTERACT WITH FEMALE RMG WORKERS. ALL INSPECTORS FULLY TRAINED IN LABOUR LAW, FIRE & BUILDING SAFETY AND INSPECTION TECHNIQUES.


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GOVT. HAS UPGRADED THE DIRECTORATE OF INSPECTION FOR FACTORIES AND ESTABLISHMENTS TO THE DEPARTMENT ON 15 TH JANUARY, 2014. THE GOVERNMENT HAS UPGRADED THE POST OF CHIEF INSPECTOR (DEPUTY SECRETARY) TO INSPECTOR GENERAL (ADDITIONAL SECRETARY). GOVERNMENT HAS INCREASED MANPOWER FROM 314 TO 993 OUT OF WHICH 575 ARE INSPECTORS. CURRENTLY 312 INSPECTORS ARE WORKING IN DIFE. MORE INSPECTORS ARE EXPECTED TO JOIN SOON.

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DIFE WEBSITE LAUNCHED (WWW.DIFE.GOV.BD) ON 30TH MARCH 2014 WHICH INCLUDES A PUBLICITY AVAILABLE DATABASE OF RMG FACTORIES WITH BASIC INFORMATION. 4808 NOS OF RMG FACTORIES INFORMATION HAVE BEEN UPLOADED IN DIFE WEBSITE. DIFE PUBLISHED PROGRESS REPORT / ANNUAL REPORT IN NOVEMBER 2016 AND OCTOBER 2015 (WWW.DIFE.GOV.BD) DRAFTING OF ANNUAL INSPECTION REPORT 2016 UNDERWAY.

REMEDIATION COORDINATION CELL (RCC) LAUNCHED: • • • • •

THE RCC HAS BEEN LAUNCHED ON 14 MAY 2017 TO OVERSEE THE REMEMBER WORK OF FACTORIES INSPECTED UNDER NATIONAL ACTION PLAN. RCC WILL ALSO LOOK AFTER SAFETY INSPECTION AND REMEDIATION PROGRESS OF NEW FACTORIES OR FORMER ACCORD/ ALLIANCE FACTORIES. RCC WILL PROVE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO THE FACTORY REMEDIATION. THE CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE OF THE RCC LIES IN THE FACT THAT IT WILL OPERATE WITH STAFF DRAFTED FROM REGULATORY BODIES SUCH AS THE DIFE, FIRE SERVICE & CIVIL DEFENCE AND RAJUK ALONG WITH PRIVATE SECTOR ENGINEERS HAVING TECHNICAL EXPERTISE HIRED FOR REMEDIATION FOLLOW UP. THE CELL WILL HELP INSTITUTIONALIZE SAFETY REFORMS AND ADD CAPACITY BUILDING OF THE REGULATORY BODIES.

U P DAT E ON SA F E T Y IN SP E CT IO N S: REFERRED TO REVIEW PANEL

CLOSED FACTORIES UNDER REVIEW PANEL

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BY APRIL 2017 THE CAPS OF ALL FACTORIES UNDER NATIONAL INITIATIVE HAD BEEN DEVELOPED. GOVERNMENT APPOINTED 45 LOCAL ENGINEERING FIRMS TO SUPPORT THE FACTORIES ON CAP DESIGNING AND IMPLEMENTATION. 6 DIFE ENGINEERS ARE DEDICATEDLY MONITORING REMEDIATION ACTIVITIES. ALL INSPECTION REPORTS ARE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE AT THE WEBSITE OF DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTION FOR FACTORIES AND ESTABLISHMENT (DIFE), ACCORD AND ALLIANCE. GOVERNMENT OF BANGLADESH UPGRADED THE DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTION FOR FACTORIES AND ESTABLISHMENT (DIFE) AND RECRUITED 247 NEW INSPECTORS. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF INSPECTORS AT DIFE IS 307 AT PRESENT WHICH WILL BE INCREASED TO 575. NEW FACTORIES ARE ALLOWED MEMBERSHIP AFTER VERIFICATION BY BGMEA’S ENGINEERING TEAM.

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RAIN WATER HARVESTING REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE OF WATER COGENERATION CONDENSATE RECOVERY BOILER WATER EFFICIENT DYES AND CHEMICALS WATER AND ENERGY EFFICIENT MACHINERIES USE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY (SOLAR PANEL) PRISMATIC SKYLIGHT T5 AND LED LIGHT SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING ETC.

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67 LEED CERTIFIED (13 PLATINUM & 18 GOLD) FACTORIES

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280 MORE FACTORIES IN LEED CERTIFICATION PIPELINE

WORLD’S HIGHEST RATED KNITWEAR, WOVEN, WASHING & DENIM MILLS


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TRANSPARENCY – THE FIRST STEPS TOWARDS CHANGING THE FASHION INDUSTRY: Speaker: MS. CARRY SOMERS, Founder and Global Operations Director of Fashion Revolution.

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TRANSPARENCY IN ACTION IN BANGLADESH: Guests: MR. SHARIF ZAHIR, Managing Director of Ananta Group MR. MIRAN ALI, Managing Director of Bitopi Group MR. MOSTAFIZ UDDIN, Founder & CEO of Bangladesh Denim Expo and Managing Director, Denim Expert Ltd. 14


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OPTIMIZING THE DENIM WASHING PROCESS THROUGH SUSTAINABLE TECHNIQUES: Speaker: MR. MATTEO URBINI, Managing Director of SOKO Chimica SRL.

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THE BENEFITS TO BE GAINED BY ADOPTING TRANSPARENT BUSINESS PRACTICES: Guests:

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MS. NAUREEN CHOWDHURY, Program Manager, Bangladesh, C&A Foundation. MS. CARRY SOMERS, Fashion Revolution. MR. MD. MOHIUDDIN RUBEL, Director of Denim Expert Ltd. & Managing Director of Bangladesh Apparel Exchange. MR. PIETER DE VRIES, First Secretary Economic Affairs & RMG, The Netherland Embassy. MS. SHWAPNA BHOWMICK, Country Manager, Marks & Spencer. 16


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TOWARDS A TRANSPARENT DENIM INDUSTRY: Speaker: MS. ALICE TONELLO, Marketing & Sales Director of Tonello Finishing & Laundry Services SRL. 17


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IMPLEMENTING ETHICAL DENIM WASHING PROCESS TO ENSURE ENVIRONMENTAL & SOCIAL TRANSPARENCY: Speaker: MS. BEATRICE BRONGO, General Manager, Brongo SRL. 18


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COLLABORATIVE DESIGN IN THE DENIM INDUSTRY: Speaker: MR. JORDI JUANI, D i r e c t o r, J e a n o l o g i a S R L .

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INTRODUCING THE NEW SIRIOX SYSTEM FOR ECO BLEACH EFFECTS: Speaker: D R . M A I A N I G I O VA N N I , R&D Manager, Montega SRL. 20


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Bangladesh Denim Expo was proud to display a trend zone area, offering a snapshot of product being shown by exhibitors at the event. A range of product covering the latest in developments for fabrics, finishes and styling were displayed, with a focus on transparent and sustainable techniques, echoing the theme of the 7th Edition. Visitors were able to gain a valuable insight into the vast variety of product being displayed at the Expo and appreciate both upcoming trends and the potential capabilities available within Bangladesh, plus the advances that had been made in fiber developments, dyestuffs and finishing processes to achieve greater sustainability in the denim industry.

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A display of product manufactured transparently and highlighting advances in fiber and dye-stuff technology and finishing techniques, with a focus on environmental and social benefits that can be gained.

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A static presentation of the advances made within the Bangladesh RMG industry to realize greater transparency over the last 4 years was warmly received by visitors and exhibitors alike.

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Guests were able to see transparency in action in Bangladesh by the use of VR headsets showing especially commissioned VR footage highlighting advances made within the Bangladesh denim industry.

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Visitors & exhibitors were able to escape into a VR world of their choosing in a pair of booths.

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(from fiber to a finished pair of jeans) without having to leave the Expo ground. It was a daunting task to make the video as it was a totally new concept for Bangladesh, and most of the equipment required to produce the perfect VR experience was difficult to find. But, as the saying goes, where there is a will there is a way, and with great effort and expertise we were able to take visitors on a virtual tour of denim mills, factories and laundries – the experience of which was very well received!

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We came to think how best to present the advances made within the Bangladesh apparel industry towards achieving greater transparency, and how to promote the achievements, and educate an d i n sp i re t h e vis ito rs to th e Ex po by highlighting all aspects of transparency within the denim industry. We chose to produce a 360° Virtual Reality (VR) Tour, focusing on transparent initiatives – a first for such a venture in Bangladesh! The objective behind making the VR was to show to the visitors the transparent practices of our denim mills, factories and laundry facilities

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For each edition of Bangladesh Denim Expo there is a theme focusing on various aspects of sustainability. For the 7th Edition, we decided to highlight the issue of supply chain transparency, because, without transparency, the cause of sustainability cannot be promoted and understood. Thus, the theme for the 7th Edition of the Expo was TRANSPARENCY, with a focus on promoting sustainable and socially conscious work practices and improving the opacity of the whole supply chain.


The process took nearly six months for a team of 15 people to complete the necessary tasks, from initial concept development, through to procuring the necessary equipment and undergoing the rigorous post-production processes. The story behind the making of the VR footage would be incomplete if we did not mention two names – Ananta Group and Square Denim. The VR video was shot at these two factories. The team of Bangladesh Denim Expo visited the two factories numerous times and were always warmly welcomed by the factory authorities who offered their unconditional support during the shooting of the VR footage, and extended that support during the post production activities providing information for the writing of the script, and working many late hours – This dedication and support was truly inspirational, and reflected the genuine feelings felt for the country by those involved. We thank you all! At the end of the process the opening day of the Expo was upon us, and we set up a hand-built VR booth at the Expo ground. The overwhelming interest and positive feedback of the visitors regarding the VR made all our efforts worthwhile, and we look forward to the next challenge!

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For the evening of 8 th November PACIFIC JEANS, the largest premium level jeans wear manufacturer in Bangladesh, hosted a Denim Innovation Night, organized by Bangladesh Denim Expo. The evening featured a pulsating fashion extravaganza, showcasing a spectacular display of denim product, finished using the latest in sustainable laundry techniques and showing the depth of creativity available within Bangladesh for the global market.


MR. MOSTAFIZ UDDIN Founder & CEO of Bangladesh Denim Expo and Managing Director, Denim Expert Ltd. MR. MD. NASIR UDDIN Chairman & Managing Director, Pacific Jeans Ltd. MR. MD. SIDDIQUR RAHMAN President, BGMEA H.E. RENSJE TEERINK Ambassador and the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh MR. SYED TANVIR Director, Pacific Jeans Limited

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VISITOR’S FEEDBACK Mr. Aycan Gumus Washing Head, Epic Group

Ms. Rani Tajgaokar Team Leader, KappAhl Hello, I am Rani Tajgaokar, working as a Team Leader at Kappal. I personally feel that Bangladesh Denim Expo is a good platform for sourcing of denims because most of the suppliers and merchandisers are based in Dhaka. They have very limited scope to travel and gain knowledge of fashion trends that are going on in the market. So I think this is a good platform to gather the knowledge about the future fashion trends. 39

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I am Stefano Dalla Libera, Denim Product Development Manager at the Must Group in Hong Kong.I always visit this denim expo as it is one of the best exhibitions in this country. The expo has contribution to the development of Bangladesh apparel industry by promoting the country internationally. Many exhibitors from China, Pakistan, Italy and from all over the world come to this expo. It is a good way to understand how this country is growing.

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This is Aycan Gumus, Head of Washing at Epic Group. We are working in many countries. Bangladesh is our flagship country for denim and non-denim production and we have six plants here. We are proud of being in Bangladesh and also attending this expo. This kind of expo is very useful for the development of Bangladesh and its garment industry. I believe in next 15 – 20 years Bangladesh will be the most popular hub for garment production as well. There are many talented entrepreneurs in Bangladesh who have been working for European and American markets. So I believe Bangladesh garment industry will reach a new height in next 20 years.


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VISITOR’S FEEDBACK Mr. Arif Mohammed Labu Product Manager, BestSeller

Mr. Henrik Director, Al-Muslim Group Hi, I’m Henrik from Denmark. I just move to Bangladesh and started working as Director of Muslim Group. I’m really surprised to find this expo as a great event of international standard. It’s a great experience for me.

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This is Arif Mohammed Labu, working for Bestseller as a Product Manager for denim and looking after Bangladesh market and some part of Pakistan, Dubai and Cambodia. This fair is one of the most important expo in Bangladesh because it’s actually making us more transparent which is also the theme of this show this time. And it’s a place to have all innovations in one place. It’s like one-stop mall where we can have fabrics, accessories, everything. As we can see this is a very big show, everybody is here and everybody is ready to do business. So I think this show is very important for us as it creates a huge value for everyone. How’s it helping us all? The country’s young generation, I mean new comers who are working in the apparel industry do not always get opportunity to travel all around the word to see all the innovations in the fashion industry. When we have a show like Bangladesh Denim Expo then our youngsters get a great opportunity to have huge experience from this exhibition. We can say that it’s a reunion of the denim industry for Bangladesh, an exposure to the world that how much efficient we are in denim industry.

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EXHIBITOR’S FEEDBACK Mr. Oguz Aksoy Area Sales Manager, Denimco Tekstil Pazarlama A.S.

Mr. Matteo Urbini Managing Director, Soko Chimica I am Matteo A. Urbini, Managing Director of Soko. Frankly, we can see this exhibition as one of the best in Asia. This is the reason why we participating in the Bangladesh Denim Expo. From the way this exhibition is organized to the participation of huge number of people from different parts of the world - everything is great. A lot of people are coming with a lot of passions. We are producing not only chemicals but also giving solution. We want to present our solutions to Bangladesh market through the Denim Expo. Thanks to the Bangladesh Denim Expo because we got a chance to present ourselves to the market. 41

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I am Emre, working for Orta which is a Turkish denim brand. This is our third time we are joining Bangladesh Denim Expo and we are really happy to be here again and be welcomed by such a good organizer. We would like to continue to join this expo every year. Most of the brands that we work with have their own office in Bangladesh and their staffs are visiting the expo every here. This is a big opportunity for everybody who is in denim industry to meet their vendors or customers or suppliers. I can see the expo is growing and expanding each year. I hope next year more people will discover the denim expo and more people will come from different places of the world.

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I’m Oguz from Turkey. We are participating in the 7 th edition of the Bangladesh Denim Expo. Bangladesh is a great country for sourcing denim garment and this kind of exhibition really means a lot in the denim market. What Mr. Mostafiz and his team have been doing is really inspiring. We have been in the expo since its 1st edition and so have seen its gradual improvement. It’s improving a lot. By now it has become an international exhibition. I am very happy to be here and to be part of this. A good part of this exhibition is that so many young people are visiting this exhibition and getting to know them and collect their ideas. And of course this young generation will soon replace the senior and they will be in charge also. I wish the expo all the success.


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EXHIBITOR’S FEEDBACK Mr. Sayed Ahmed Chowdhury General Manager (Operation), Square Denims Ltd. I am Sayed Ahmed Chowdhury, General Manager of Square Denim. This is our 4 th participation in this expo which is a great platform for every participant. Lots of buyers are coming here from all over the world. It is a common platform that we can meet with a lot of buyers within a short time and make good relations with them. And I think it’s a great opportunity to be here.

I am Alice Tonello, R & D Manager of Tonello Company. This exhibition for sure is an amazing place. It’s becoming a gathering place to find our friends from Bangladesh, our customers, brands and designers. I think it’s helping a lot. This exhibition plays a great role in promoting what Bangladesh is doing and the way this country is growing. I saw a huge difference in this country over the years. We started to sell 25 years ago in Bangladesh. Now the country is completely different. I really believe this exhibition for sure can help the country to improve its image and develop the textile industry.

Mr. Graziano Vitali Managing Director, Mactec SRL My name is Graziano Vitali and I am the Managing Director of Mactec which is an Italian company involve in the dry process. Dry process means all the wash after washing like - scraping, spray. This exhibition is promoted abroad quite well. We cannot miss this occasion next time because Bangladesh is one of the most important markets for us. I’m confident that we will see more participants and more visitors here in the coming editions too.

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Mr. Jordi Juani Division Director, Jeanologia S.L Hi I am Jordi Juani, Division Director for Asia for the company Jeanologia from Spain. We are participating in Bangladesh Denim Expo, the best exhibition in this region. We came here with two clear objectives. Number one is to support the industry to grow and to make this more visible for the entire apparel business. We have presented “Made in Bangladesh” concept in this exhibition and we have been very successful. We are very happy about how the expo is growing. We hope to join the expo next year too. 43

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Bangladesh Denim Expo is a big platform as an international fabric fair. What we see today e v e r y b o d y i s co m i n g t o B a n g l a d e s h t o p a r t i c i p a t e in and visit Bangladesh Denim Expo. All the customers are happy. They are making their schedule to visit our country on the occasion of the expo. Bangladesh Denim Expo is helping us to show the newness in our production and products. We are trying to show that to our customers. So the expo is a big platform for us today.

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I’m Maria Caridad working in the Ananta Group as Marketing Manager. We are participating in Bangladesh Denim Expo because we found it really positive, not only for Bangladesh but also for denim industry. Denim is for sure our strongest capability. The Expo is becoming like a big hub where everybody meets. It’s like a big R& D meeting where everybody brings their technology, fabrics and expertise. Bangladesh has moved from basics to fashion, and one of the key players for making that change is the Bangladesh Denim Expo.


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PROMOTING BANGLADESH – THE EXPO IN NUMBERS 7 TH E D I T I O N

The November 2017 Edition of Bangladesh Denim Expo marked our 7th event since our first Expo in November 2014. Each subsequent Edition has grown in stature and has gained wide international recognition as the leading denim trade fair in the region.

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Visitor numbers and exhibitor numbers have steadily increased since our inaugural event, and the November 2017 Expo played host to in excess of 5000 visitors and 65 exhibitors, 18 of those being leading Bangladesh denim mills and manufacturers; truly cementing the event as an important date in the international denim calendar, and promoting the Bangladesh denim industry to a broad international and local audience.


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2 ND EDITION BANGLADESH DENIM EXPO 11 TH & 12 TH MAY, 2015 THEME: “YOUR JEANS MADE HERE” 7 TH E D I T I O N

For this Edition focus was given to the vast potential of the denim industry within Bangladesh, highlighting the creativity and skills that have secured the country’s position as the 2nd largest supplier of denim product to the EU and the 3rd largest to the USA.

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3 RD EDITION BANGLADESH DENIM EXPO 11 TH & 12 TH NOV, 2015 THEME: “SUSTAINABLE DENIM” 7 TH E D I T I O N

Promoting the latest in sustainable and environmentally conscious practices, from the design process through to manufacture and the finishing of denim product.

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4 TH EDITION BANGLADESH DENIM EXPO 25 TH & 26 TH APRIL 2016 THEME: “DENIM EVOLUTIONS” 7 TH E D I T I O N

Showcasing the latest evolutions in the denim industry from local and international denim mills, manufacturers and laundries. Trend presentations were complemented by demonstrations of advances in laundry technology yielding environmental and ecological benefits.

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5 TH EDITION BANGLADESH DENIM EXPO 8 TH & 9 TH NOVEMBER 2016 THEME: “NATURAL” 7 TH E D I T I O N

Highlighting all aspects of ‘natural’ denim with particular regard to all elements of sustainability and environmental and ecological issues effecting the denim industry, and ways in which to improve and develop best working practices.

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6 TH EDITION BANGLADESH DENIM EXPO 17 TH & 18 TH MAY 2017 THEME: “DENIM NETWORKS” 7 TH E D I T I O N

Focusing on the importance of developing relationships throughout the whole denim supply chain in order to develop the best possible product in terms of design, fabric, manufacture and finishing.

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THE BANGLADESH DENIM EXPO TEAM We look forward to greeting you at the next Expo on

9th – 10th May, 2018 7 th – 8 th Nov, 2018

C O N TAC T U S OR ANY ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT :

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