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‘Hi-tech innovation can bring groundbreaking changes in fashion, textile industry’

Published : 26 Jul 2020 09:09 PM | Updated : 06 Sep 2020 10:05 AM

The high-tech innovation in the garment sector of Bangladesh can bring a revolutionary change in the industry, said Hosne Ara Begum, managing director (secretary) of Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority.

She made the remarks at a live webinar titled “The Next Big Thing: Hi-Tech Innovation in Fashion and Textiles” hosted by Good to Great Academy on Thursday night.

The webinar was broadcasted live on the verified official Facebook page of the Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority and the Facebook page of the Good to Great Academy.

The webinar highlighted various aspects of automation in the garment industry, Bangladesh’s main export sector. The negotiators believe that the use of high technology in this sector will take Bangladesh one step further to survive in a competitive market. The negotiators in the webinar commented that this innovative technology product can be manufactured and marketed in the 28 high-tech parks being set up by the Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority across the country.

Speaking as the chief guest, Hosne Ara Begum NDC, Managing Director (Secretary) of Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority said, “The country has the best investment environment ever. And the safest place to invest is in the IT sector. The government is currently providing 14 incentive packages for investors. Considering the Covid-19 situation, some more facilities are being provided in the parks.

At present various local and foreign companies are working in our parks and the products produced in the parks are also being exported abroad. High-tech products needed to modernize the country’s garments and textile industries can be made in high-tech parks and we are ready to cooperate in this regard”.

The keynote speaker at the webinar was Mr. Joe Crackma, a lab engineer at Barclays Eagle Lab of Plexal in London. He specializes in three-dimensional printing or additive production and has worked as a consultant on the application of 3D printing technology of many fashion brands for the production of garments or accessories. He discussed the next big innovation in the global technology industry and how it will adapt to the fashion and textile industries in the webinar. 

Speaking as the special guest, Tamjid Bin Ahmed, Consultant of Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority said that there is no alternative to innovation if Bangladesh is to survive as one of the largest readymade garment exporters in the world. Perhaps for the first time, we are talking about ideas related to high-tech garments and how it can play a role in building a digital Bangladesh. 

It will take the country forward only if it can take necessary steps considering the capabilities of Bangladesh by identifying the trend of using technology in the global cross-cutting sector.

The head of research at the Intelexcise in London Mr. Farabi said, Bangladesh garments sector is already following green technology compliance. To keep pace with the competition in a changing world, Bangladesh must focus on the technological revolution, which will ensure the cost of production and efficient use of time in the garment sector. Now is the time to take advantage of this detailed impact of technology. 

Among others Mashrur Rahman, founder of Good to Great, and Martina Brantlova, fashion designer spoke during the webinar.