Impact of COVID-19 on Textile in the Chemical business (Part-2)

Staff Correspondent

Due to the pandemic situation, European Union and the world put the effort into textiles, clothes, footwear, and accessories supply chains, in the midst of an ongoing social and climate crisis. On another hand, the COVID has seriously impacted major manufacturing hubs (China, India, and Italy), leading to major supply disorders. The textile and apparel industry uses about 8000 types of chemicals in various forms.

On the other hand, the supply crash caused brands and retailers to break agreements, cancel orders, delay delivery, and request supplier discounts. In this regard, Bangladeshi chemical manufacturers & agents are facing some challenges due to strict lockdown. Team Textile Focus has recently talked with some textile chemical provider professionals and took their feedback. We will cover the feedback phase by phase. Here we are mentioning feedback from A K M M Hamid (Alif) Country Manager (Bangladesh), Dongguan Cowint New Material technology Co., Ltd.; Anwar Hossain Didar , Proprietor ,Sota Ghoa Colour House; Anik Ahmed Chowdhury,Head of Sales & Marketing, Chemiland Dyechem( Agent of Eksoy).

Textile Focus: Due to pandemic, what is the impact of Chemical business & how will it overcome? 

A K M M Hamid (Alif) Country Manager (Bangladesh), Dongguan Cowint New Material technology Co.,Ltd.

1Chemical is a part & parcel of Textiles & garments dyeing & printing  section. Without Chemicals, textiles & Garments properly dyeing is impossible.  Now pandemic situations are going around the whole world.. & every sector of people has been suffering a lot, specially the Textiles & Garments manufacturing companies. 

Now Textiles & garments business is not up to the mark/ well due to pandemic situation.Those are involved with chemical business, they also are suffering the same situation as like the textiles & garments sector. On the other hand as a printing chemical provider we are doing good business in Bangladesh market & support to printing segment interns of value addition. 

But due to strict lockdown many companies hold their new project / expansion & reduce order. Need a withdrawal lockdown for visit factory & support to  industry. Proper chemical supply is very important for manufacturing units. If garments manufacturing units open so that chemical companies need support for their survival.

Anwar Hossain Didar , Proprietor ,Sota Ghoa Colour House 

2My perspective- Dyes -Chemical is a part & parcel of the Textiles & garments dyeing section. Due to covid-19 badly impacted on chemical business. As a supplier we can’t move to a factory due to strict lockdown. 

Many customer bills pending & order hold. The textile manufacturing unit is open so we need a movement pass & withdraw lockdown so that we can easily move factories & support their production unit.

Anik Ahmed Chowdhury,Head of Sales & Marketing, Chemiland Dyechem( Agent of Eksoy) 

3The Coronavirus pandemic has had a substantial effect on all aspects of the global economy. The chemical industry has been noticing the adverse effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. The industry plays an important role in the garments & apparel industry.

Since there is no chemical plant in our country, we are highly dependent on the chemical manufacturer from Europe, USA, China etc. During this pandemic situation, we are not getting the order of chemicals and dyes properly from the factory due to the uncertainty of the order. That is why a disruption of the supply chain has occurred.

Due to the shortage of raw material, the price of the chemical & dyes is constantly increasing. In addition, global freight costs are rising and there is a shortage of vessels and containers also. 

On top of that, chemical personnel are not able to move properly due to countrywide lockdown. So, a movement pass for chemical personnel is needed like the garment industry. We should focus on specialty and sustainable chemicals to save our chemical industry. It is only a matter of time for International manufacturers to establish a chemical plant in Bangladesh.