Fetching $5 billion from exports of leathergoods and footwear products by 2021, as targeted by the government, would narrowly be possible as the industry is yet to gain full momentum for a number of issues.
Following relocation of tanneries at Savar, the leather factories are yet to run in full capacity as none of the Central Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) is made operational. Since the industry owners are allowed to set up their own ETPs, the sector is making progress steadily.
Md. Saiful Islam, president, Leather goods and Footwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB) said this at a Meet the Press at La Vinci Hotel in Dhaka on Monday.
ASK Trade & Exhibitions Pvt Ltd, the organiser of a three-day LEATHERTECH Bangladesh 2018 from November 22, 2018, arranged the Press the Meet.
The sixth edition of the exhibition is aimed at bringing ultra modern global technology to the doorsteps of local leather and footwear industry to accelerate growth and modernize production through automation. The event will be held at the International Convention City, Bashundara (ICCB).
It will coincide with the 2nd edition of Bangladesh Leather footwear & Leather goods International Sourcing Show-BLLISS 2018 organised by Leather goods and Footwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB) at the same venue.
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed will inaugurate the event in presence of industrial leaders and government high officials.
Kazi Rawshan Ara, executive director of LFMEAB, Nanda Gopal K, director and Tipu Sultan Bhuiyan, managing director of ASK Trade & Exhibitions Pvt Ltd spoke at the Meet The Press.
Over 300 exhibitors from nearly 20 countries with CLE & IFCOMA pavilion from India, Wenzhou & Jinjiang Association pavilion from China and an exclusive finished leather pavilion from Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA) spread over four halls will showcase finished leather, machinery for tanning leather, manufacturing footwear and leather goods along with components, dyes & chemicals, accessories and allied products to transform the leather sector in Bangladesh.
Apart from the main event, there will be a handful of mini-events like “Buyer-Seller Meet” helping the exhibitors to interact with the sourcing team from factories on November 22 and 23.
A seminar on key concerns of the sector like “Future of footwear design and development, production control and costs” Soiling for Sports and Outdoor Performance Footwear” will be held on November24.
“Over the years, LEATHERTECH Bangladesh 2018 was established as a trusted technology & sourcing event for the leather sector. With continuous growth and owing to the support from the government, the sector is striding towards an ambitious target of USD 5 Billion in exports by the year 2021,” .
“Our tradeshow addresses the technology & machinery, Finished Leather sourcing needs for expansion and modernization of the Industry. Forthcoming edition will showcase latest innovations and provide multiple supplier options compared to earlier editions,” said Nanda Gopal K.
LFMEAB is the lead support for the event with Centre of Excellence for Leather Skills Bangladesh Limited (COEL) as strategic partner. Leathertech Bangladesh 2018 is also supported by Bangladesh Tanners Association (BTA), Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leathergoods and Footwear Exporters Association (BFLLFEA), Bangladesh Paduka Prostutkarak Samity (BPPS), Leather Engineers & Technologists Society (LETS).