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Bangladeshi entrepreneurs join ‘Dutch Design Week’ in Netherlands

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 31 October, 2022 12:00 AM
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Top brands like Walton, ACI, Apex Leather and other entrepreneurs from Bangladesh participated in ‘Dutch Design Week’ on Thursday, organised by the Embassy of Bangladesh in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

The entrepreneurs exchanged views with many of the 1500 innovative designers involved in this design week, said a press release.

Every year, hundreds of designers meet at one of Europe's largest design events where emerging designs, innovations, new materials, sustainable ideas are showcased to entrepreneurs in Europe and beyond.

Syed Nasim Manzur of Apex said Dutch Design Week is an important source of inspiration to get an idea of consumer demand and the future of sustainable products.

“Bangladesh has started to transition from selling products and services to creating and designing its own brand, and participation in Dutch Design Week can be an important source of innovative energy for Bangladeshis. This kind of engagement will surely inspire the next generation of designers. Both the Netherlands and Bangladesh can work together to increase production efficiency by engaging in innovative projects”, said Syed Nasim Manzur.

Walton signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE) at the event.

ACI Director (Plastics) Pradip Kumar Poddar expressed optimism about the potential of the recycling industry of plastic products in Bangladesh after seeing the use of recycled fishing nets in making premium lamps at the design week stall.

Hans Robertus, a design expert and former director of the Dutch Design Week, highlighted to Bangladeshi manufacturers the development of the design of various products of Philips since its inception.

He also provided advice on how Bangladeshi entrepreneurs can compete in the global market through product design innovation.

Ambassador Riaz Hamidullah said, Bangladesh has taken the initiative of this exceptional design meet for the first time in the 22nd edition of Dutch Design Week. He expressed hope to the Dutch establishments that many more creative Bangladeshi companies will join this design week in the future.  

Eindhoven International Project Office (EIPO), Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (MCCI), Frontier Fund, Bangladesh Apparel Exchange joined Bangladesh Embassy in the Netherlands in the event.