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Apparel industry focuses on efficiency, productivity

Says BGMEA president, citing that Bangladesh's RMG sector has huge potential to become more competitive globally

  • Special Correspondent
  • 18 October, 2022 12:00 AM
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Apparel industry focuses on efficiency, productivity
BGMEA President Faruque Hassan and Denmark Ambassador to Bangladesh Winnie Estrup Petersen pose for a photo at the closing ceremony of the NIPOSH at the Westin Hotel in Dhaka on Monday.

The ready made garment (RMG) industry of Bangladesh is increasingly focusing on enhancing efficiency and improving productivity to become more competitive in the global market in the coming days, said Faruque Hassan, President of BGMEA.

He said, “Bangladesh’s apparel industry has immense potential for growth. We are making an all-out effort to seize every opportunity that lies ahead where productivity enhancement is a key priority area as we are preparing for the next phase of development.”

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has established the Centre of Innovation, Efficiency and Occupation Safety and Health Improvement (OSH) at the BGMEA Complex.

The Centre works on productivity improvements, industrial engineering, product development, industry 4.0, sustainability, lean manufacturing and Occupational Health & Safety. The NIPOSH initiative is the 1st stepping stone toward our Centre of Innovation, Efficiency and OSH, Faruque Hassan added.

He came up with the observations while addressing the closing ceremony of the NIPOSH (Network to Integrate Productivity and Occupational Safety and Health) as chief guest held at the Westin Hotel in Dhaka on Monday.

Ambassador of Denmark to Bangladesh Winnie Estrup Petersen attended the ceremony as the guest of honour while Prof. Dr. Muhammad FazliIlahi, Vice-chancellor of Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST); Professor Peter Hasle, University of Southern Denmark, SørenAlbertsen, Sector Counsellor, Danish Embassy; Abdullah Hil Rakib, Director of BGMEA; Inamul Haq Khan (Bablu), Director of BGMEA; and S.M Khaled, Chair of BGMEA Standing Committee on Industrial Engineering, were present as special guests.

The NIPOSH was initiated to enhance productivity and efficiency of the RMG industry by integrating LEAN manufacturing and OSH.

The project intends to develop a network of professionals in the RMG industry and create a culture of collective consciousness and build a strong connectivity amongst the factories.

The project is funded by the Embassy of Denmark, Bangladesh.

With the collaboration of University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and BGMEA, the Centre of Efficiency, innovation and OSH (BGMEA) and Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST)  jointly implemented the project.

A total of 25 factories were onboarded in this project. Every networking meeting was designed to train and motivate the participants through feedback and experience sharing about the implementation in their respective factories.

The network model is developed in such a way as to ensure a conducive learning environment for the factories and a smooth and real-time knowledge and experience sharing.

A total 10.87 percent efficiency improvement in intervention time in factories while the OSH improves 19.83 percent in the intervention time in factories.

As the project has concluded, BGMEA will continue this work under a new name to support its member factories and continue the momentum.

BGMEA President Faruque Hassan invited the audience to the Made in Bangladesh Week which will be organised by BGMEA on 12-18 November in Dhaka to promote Bangladesh RMG industry.