AUSTTAA: Textile Industry owners emphasise industry-academia collaboration to meet market demand, 4IR

Staff Correspondent: Technological advancement and textile industry automation will replace many low-skilled jobs, and to remain competitive in the market globally we need to identify the skill gaps and preparedness, says, Textile Industry owners and experts.

While addressing a seminar , titled ‘ 4th generation industrialization in Apparel Washing   Industry experts also said, the country’s graduates struggle in the job market as our conventional education system prevents skill development in line with the industry demands.As a result, foreigners dominate in the technical and managerial positions in the key industries, leading to substantial remittance outflow from Bangladesh.

Textile Alumni Association of Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology organized a seminar on 4th generation industrialization in Apparel Washing on 26 June at AUST Auditorium in the capital. More than 300 of 4th year students and alumni were present at the seminar.

A.K Azad, Managing Director, Ha-Meem Group was present as Chief guest virtually, Mr. Anawar Ul Alam Chowdhury, Chairman, Evince Group and former President BGMEA: Syed Farid Ahmed, Managing Director, Unique Washing and Dyeing, and Rafee Mahmood, DMD of Mahmud Group were present as special guests. Dr. Muhammad Fazle Elahi, VC, AUST, Dr. Mahbubur Rahman, Pro Vc,AUST; were present as a guest of honor.

Mr. Ashim Ghosh, Sr. Washtech, C&A; Arief Mohammad Labu, Country Head Denimco, Bangladesh was present as a guest speaker. This seminar was presided by Prof. Dr. Lal Mohan Baral, HOD (DTE, AUST).

In this Seminar, the speakers said, Bangladesh, the second-largest apparel exporter in the world, is already a top denim products supplier in the US and European markets.

In this seminar the industry experts said, the washing sub-sector as a backward linkage to the garment industry, especially the woven one, has grown fast and helped the country’s main export sector make more value-added fashion wear.

Industry owners urge University, Need a collaboration between universities and industry.

Textile industrial training should be 6 to one year. Garments washing is the sector where innovation is a must. A washed product could add 100 times more profit than an ordinary product. Textile graduates need to focus more on Innovation with R&D.

Day by day our local textile engineers gathered experience and now they are running numerous washing projects successfully. So, there is a huge opportunity in the washing sector. Just be patient and work.

This event was title sponsored by Pure Chemicals. In this seminar, Mr. Forhad Hossan, CEO, of Pure Chemicals gave a Technical Presentation on Newly Developed Sustainable & Innovative Technology.

This event was hosted by Mosannef Hossain Bhuiya, Convener, AUSTTAA. AUSTTAA aims to work as a bridge between the past and present in order to pave the way to a united, prosperous, and sustainable future.