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Ariful Islam
The three-day leather expo, organised by ASK Trade and Exhibitions Pvt Ltd at the International Convention City, Bashundhara (ICCB) in the capital, has created huge opportunities for Bangladesh to expand its leather market globally, organisers said.
The country’s biggest fair on leather technology was concluded on Saturday with huge response of participators from around the world with an expectation of the local industry’s growing and modernising even further, they added.
Tipu Sultan Bhuiyan, managing director of ASK, told Bangladesh Post that the exhibition this year has opened up a wide vista of opportunities to extend country’s leather industry in terms of both size and scope in the global market.
The local and foreign stakeholders of leather industry saw and displayed the latest machineries, components and accessories in one place. Nandagopal K, director of ASK, told this correspondent that the government put emphasis on expanding the leather sector which is impossible without innovations and modern technology.
Hence, all types of information and technology required for expanding and modernising the industry have been presented at this trade show, which helped local industry sustain the competition with foreign ones, he mentioned.
A local participator of this fair Md Salimuzzaman, director of a consultant firm named Maximization, said the leather industry in the 1980s had to face huge struggle due to shortage in raw materials and also finding it hard to adapt to new technologies.
“Many countries did not know the potential of our leather industry”, he said, adding that now several countries, especially India and China, have shown interest and also involved themselves into businesses in Bangladesh’s leather sector after participating in the fair.
Salimuzzaman also mentioned that entrepreneurs, including freshers, can obtain vast knowledge by visiting this expo to establish their own business.
A Chinese participator Alex, manager of Tec Cooperation Company Limited, told this correspondent, “We are happy to participate in this fair to display our products.”
He said, “Bangladesh has huge potential in this sector. We have decided to open our outlet here to expand our business further.”
A visitor Nazrul Islam said, “It is a big opportunity to see all types of leather products in one place.”
“I am an exporter in this sector. Hence, such expos offer me an opportunity to learn about latest products, which ultimately helps me choose new products to expand my business to satisfy foreign buyers.”
Setting in on November 22 last, the three-day trade fair titled “LEATHERTECH Bangladesh 2018”, the sixth edition of its kind, came to an end on Saturday.
The fair displayed a wide array of items such as leather and leather products, international and local technology regarding machineries, components, chemicals, and accessories required for manufacturing footwear.
Simultaneously, Leather Goods and Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB) organised Bangladesh Leather Footwear and Leather Goods International Sourcing Show (BLLISS) – 2018 for the second time.
However, more than 300 organisations from 20 countries, including Bangladesh, India, China, Korea, Turkey, Egypt, Vietnam, UK, Sri Lanka, Italy, Germany, Taiwan and Hong Kong, took part in the show organised at four halls of the ICCB.