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Paper Tech Expo begins at ICCB tomorrow

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 1 February, 2023 12:00 AM
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Paper Tech Expo begins at ICCB tomorrow
Bangladesh Exhibitions Private Limited Managing Director Md Shakhawat Hossain speaks at a press conference at Dhaka Reporter’s Unity in the capital on Tuesday.

The fifth edition of the Paper Tech Expo, an international exhibition of paper-related machineries, chemicals, raw materials and finished products, will be held from February 2 to 4.

Bangladesh Paper Mills Association (BPMA) President and Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan will inaugurate the three-day expo at the International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in Dhaka tomorrow.

BPMA Vice President and Bashundhara Group Vice Chairman Safwan Sobhan and BPMA General Secretary and BDG Magura Group Chairman Mustafa Kamal Mohiuddin will be present as special guests on the occasion.

Organiser of the expo Bangladesh Exhibitions Pvt Ltd Managing Director Md Shakhawat Hossain came up with the information at a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters Unity auditorium in the city on Tuesday.

“The exhibition, which will start after a three-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, will introduce new generation entrepreneurs with modern technologies, equipment, raw materials and all other necessary goods for setting up new factories and improving existing ones further,” he told the reporters.

Shakhawat Hossain said that the paper industry of Bangladesh has developed a strong basement and is now producing world class papers.

“Once we had to import newsprint and A4 size paper on a regular basis. But now the country is self-sufficient in producing such papers. Our paper mills are meeting about 60 percent of domestic demand. We have companies like Bashundhara Paper Mills, which use the most contemporary machines to provide the finest paper in the market,” he said.

According to him, some 100 paper mills of the country have the capacity of producing around 12 lakh tonnes of paper, while Bangladesh has a demand of about 20 lakh tonnes of paper per year.

“Still the paper industry needs more policy support from the government. It requires importing many machineries and raw materials related to the industry. If it gets proper support           

and environment, this industry has great potential to take the country forward by setting up new factories and creating more employment,” Bangladesh Exhibitions Pvt Ltd MD said.

He said that some 150 companies, including companies from 16 foreign countries like India, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Oman, KSA, UAE, Italy, Egypt, Germany, USA, Taiwan, Japan, Finland and Turkey, will participate in the exhibition.

The expo will remain open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm for all.

Bangladesh Exhibitions Pvt Ltd Head of Operations Md Rakib Hossain and Director of Future Events and Exhibitions Pvt Ltd Sheikh Pappu Raaz were also present at the press conference.