The country’s biggest expo on leather technology has kicked off in the capital on Thursday aiming at bringing global technology to the doorsteps of the local industry to help it grow and modernize.
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed inaugurated the expo titled “LEATHERTECH Bangladesh 2018”, the sixth of its kind, at the International Convention City, Bashundhara (ICCB) in Dhaka.
The three-day trade show organised by ASK Trade & Exhibitions Pvt Ltd displays 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.
The show will remain open for all until tomorrow (Saturday)from 11am to 7pm with no ticket fee.
More than 300 organizations from 20 countries including Bangladesh, India, China, Korea, Turkey, Egypt, Vietnam, UK, Sri Lanka, Italy, Germany, Taiwan and Hong Kong are participating in the show organised at four halls of the ICCB.
The show also facilitated ‘Buyer-Seller Meet’ on Thursday and Friday to create a linkage between participants and sourcing teams of different factories. Moreover, the last day of the show will feature a seminar titled ‘Future of Footwear Design and Development, Production Control and Cost”.
Tipu Sultan Bhuiyan, managing director of ASK said, the show this year has expanded in terms of both size and scope.
This implies that the investment to catalyze the upgrade and development of the country’s leather industry has increased, he said.
The gamut of machineries, components and accessories has been displayed in the show with a view to conveying the message of the latest leather technology and their origin, he added.
Nanda Gopal, director of ASK said the leather industry is striding towards the goal to export $5 billion by the year 2021, owing to seamless development and the cooperation from the government.
In addition to the scope of leather industry being on rise, the use of the latest technology to face different challenges is also increasing, he added. Gopal said all the information and technology required for expanding and modernizing the leather industry have been presented at this trade show.