Nine Mills Share Chemical Management Success Stories at Seminar Hosted by GIZ and Huntsman Textile Effects
500+ Professionals Trained to Help Improve Competitiveness in Bangladesh's Textile Industry
Singapore – With the aim to raise standards across the Bangladesh textile industry, nine local mills took to the stage at a recent seminar in Dhaka to share how they have enhanced their competitiveness by improving chemical management at their mills.
The Resource-Efficient Chemical Management seminar was the culmination of a two-year pilot program by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, a German federal agency that promotes sustainable development around the world, and Huntsman Textile Effects, the leading global provider of high-quality dyes and textiles chemicals. The program included managerial and technical training, audit and consultancy services, and implementation support.
To date, GIZ and Huntsman Textile Effects have trained more than 500 mill professionals and workers as part of the project, which has also seen 20 local experts qualify to provide chemical management services in the sector. Participating factories have improved health and safety and enhanced their competitiveness by meeting the strict requirements of top international brands. Majority reported improved profitability by saving on dyes and chemicals.
Mr. Rodney Reed, Team Leader – Environment Component, GIZ Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards (PSES), said, “This public-private partnership between GIZ and Huntsman has shown that improving chemical management is an effective way for textile mills to improve their profitability and success. We hope that other textile mills will follow the example of these nine trailblazers and take advantage of the opportunities open to them as this project expands.”
The nine pilot factories in the GIZ-Huntsman Textile Effects project were: Concept Knitting, Hamza Textiles, Esquire Knit Composite, HAMS Garments, Knit Concern, Purbani Fabr
ics, Robintex (Bangladesh), Tarasima Apparels and Viyellatex.
Speaking at the seminar, Mr. Salim Akhtar Khan, Chief Fabric Operating Officer, Viyellatex, said, “Chemical management is essential in textile wet processing today. We applaud Huntsman and GIZ for bringing this initiative to Bangladesh and we would like to encourage more factories to join the program and see the results for themselves.”
The GIZ-Huntsman Textile Effects chemical management program included training for workers at the nine selected factories, which took place from June to August 2014. It also provided an in-depth, factory-specific report detailing recommendations and action steps. These recommendations were the result of comprehensive on-site factory audits, following the internationally recognized GIZ toolkit, Resource Efficient Management of Chemicals (REMC), and Huntsman’s Productivity Optimisation Plan (POP), which has been successfully implemented by textile mills worldwide.
Factories took the initiative to implement the recommendations, with support from local Environmental Management System experts trained by GIZ and Huntsman Textile Effects. The two partners then conducted follow-up factory audits in early 2016 to identify the results of each facility’s chemical management programs.
Mr. Jay Naidu, Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Planning, Huntsman Textile Effects, said, “As a company that is committed to leading the transition to a more sustainable global textiles sector, Huntsman Textile Effects is very proud of what Bangladesh’s textile mills are achieving through their hard work. With our partner GIZ, we believe that access to training and best practice in chemicals management will help mills be more successful and competitive, and support the development of Bangladesh’s textile sector.”
Huntsman Textile Effects and PSES, a GIZ-implemented joint project of the governments of Banglade
sh and Germany, signed a cooperation agreement in July 2014. The partners agreed to work together in Bangladesh to help the textile industry eliminate hazardous substances from the production process in order to achieve a cleaner and safer textiles sector.
Bangladesh’s textile industry is the nation’s largest export sector, contributing 80% of all exports. The sector is growing strongly, but manufacturers are wary that sluggish demand from Europe and increasing competition from Vietnam and other garment-producing nations may slow growth. The industry is therefore seeking to improve productivity to maintain its competitive advantage.*
Note to Editors:
1. Chemical Management Pilot Program: Case Study Summaries
Click here to access the case studies for the participating factories.
2. Huntsman Textile Effects in Bangladesh
Huntsman Textile Effects has supported the growth of the Bangladesh textiles industry through its partner Swiss Color since 2012. As a global leader in the transition to a more sustainable textiles industry, Huntsman Textile Effects collaborates with industry partners throughout Bangladesh’s textiles sector. Its partners include local mills, machine manufacturers and chemical companies as well as national and international brands and retailers. Huntsman Textile Effects is also an active supporter of the Bangladesh Water PaCT (Partnership for Cleaner Textile).
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4. Reference: Bangladesh Textile Industry
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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a federal enterprise of the government of Germany. It draws on a wealth of regional and technical expertise and tried-and-tested management know-how to promote international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ operates in more than 130 countries and has more than 16,000 staff across the globe. Bangladesh is a priority partner country for German development cooperation. GIZ has a history in the country that dates to 1972. Today, it employs some 175 national staff, 26 international experts, three human resources placement specialists and a development advisor. GIZ has actively supported the development of the textile sector in Bangladesh for many decades. It is currently working with the Bangladesh Ministry of Commerce on a five-year program to promote social and environmental standards in the industry.
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