Packman Bangladesh Ltd (PBL) is the unmatchable Flexible Packaging Company in Bangladesh and one of the leading companies in South East Asia. Since 1997, they are the leader in producing high-quality poly bags for the Clothing and Home Textiles industry. Packman has relentlessly kept its focus on the never-ending process of improvement and innovation. This commitment to continuous improvement is not limited to product quality and customer service only, but it also covers the ethical responsibilities towards all employees, suppliers, and the whole society. Packman Bangladesh Ltd (PBL) has changed the commercial landscape of various large manufacturing Units by introducing top-grade Polybags and Packaging solutions specifically for clothing and Home Textiles industry segment.
Recently Team Textile Focus recently talked with Mr. Farhan Ahmed, Director, Packman Bangladesh Ltd. Mr. Farhan shared his views about polybag industries, sustainability, and post-pandemic business scenario.
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Farhan Ahmed, Director, Packman Bangladesh Ltd.
Textile Focus: How was your business situation in 2020-21?
Farhan Ahmed: You know that we all suffered a lot because of the global corona pandemic. Luckily, we have received many orders from China after Covid. Unfortunately, the price of raw materials, logistics and shipment costs are much higher than previous. However, we have to overcome this survival period to continue the business. We had to work at break-even and low margin. We always coordinated with our suppliers, and buyers to reduce the cost as much as we can. I would also like to say that only because of Covid we look into our efficiency more thoroughly and seriously which helped us to acquire economic benefit.
What is your specialty compared to others?
Farhan Ahmed: We specialize in quality, commitment and customer service. The polybags we make can be compared with different countries that are manufacturing this type of poly bag. There are many big groups of companies in Bangladesh making poly bags. I would say, we are a strong player being an integral part of the garments industry as we have been serving this industry for more than 25 years with great quality.
What is the source of your raw material in terms of biodegradability, sustainability and recyclability?
Farhan Ahmed: We are working on recycled poly bags. There are two methods used to make recycled poly bags, one is Pre recycled and the other is Post recycled. In the case of pre-recycling, the factory’s own wastes are recycled and used. And in the case of post recycling, Raw materials are used from both local and international sources so that our quality can be further improved. We have been doing research on recycling and sustainability for a long time and we are now one of the leading factories in Bangladesh that make sustainable poly bags, Currently, we are supplying recyclable poly bags to Primark, Otto International, Bon prix and still, now no complaints have been received and they are delighted with our quality. Moreover, we are the first company in Bangladesh to launch the first zipper poly bag and still trying to initiate something new. The polybag market is very small, there are a lot of scopes to work on and we are looking forward to doing that.
What is your plan for 2022?
Farhan Ahmed: We have all been affected by the pandemic condition and are currently trying to recover. When we set a price with the buyers, there is an agreement of one year and in the meantime, it is seen that the market price changes a lot, maximum time the price goes up but does not go down. Our plan is to set the prices first of all. Secondly, we need to plan more thoroughly and think about many factors such as importing raw materials and market expansion. We will try to recover the losses of the last few years and make a strategy so that we do not fall back in the future because such calamities may come again. So, we have to be ready and Cautious.
The second generation is currently working in many factories, how do you evaluate that?
Farhan Ahmed: I think, taking the lead by the young generation in different factories, has many benefits and some drawbacks as well. When we do research on big companies, we find that 90% of the young generation take over companies leading to shut down or failure. It is often seen that research is being done on big companies but not on small companies. There are many small companies where the second generation takes over and, in that case, they are often successful. When young leaders take over the company, they use a variety of technologies to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and work on how to increase output. Sometimes there are conflicts when the young generation comes and they think that no one cares what they say. But that’s not the point, it’s a learning process. We need to learn more and do more. We have to be patient; Everything will fall into place in due time.