Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Clothing accessory sector booms in Bangladesh
Clothing accessory sector booms in Bangladesh
Apr '11
On the back of a boom in apparel exports from Bangladesh, the garment accessory industry too has followed in its footsteps and taken off and is flourishing like never before.

Clothing accessories like zippers, buttons, labels, elastic bands, collar stays, collar bones and cartons are as important an item, as the fabric itself, while manufacturing a garment.

From import dependency in the early 90s, today, the Bangladesh accessory industry has attained almost self-sufficiency in domestic production of various products needed to put together a garment.

However, the domestic accessories market is controlled by overseas companies operating in Bangladesh, as, garment makers prefer to buy accessories from them, rather than from the local accessory producers.

Shafiullah Chowdhury, an adviser to Bangladesh Corrugated Carton Accessories Manufacturers and Exporters Association acknowledged by saying, “Yes right. The accessories sector contributes more than $2 billion and we expect it to double within the next three years.

“Since the growth of the accessory sector is related to garment exports, the surge in RMG exports in turn, will benefit the accessories industry to grow in the same manner”, he concluded by saying.

Shamim Iqbal, Chairman - KDS Accessories, a leading accessory maker says, “The trims and packaging business began to consolidate globally not too long back. Bangladesh, although slightly behind the global phenomenon, is actively catching up to the trend.

“Today, Bangladesh is nearing self sufficiency in terms of product availability and quality. But the trims and packaging business segment that has respectable margins works in a different way and is highly dependent on global presence and capability and specific 'nominations' by the retailers; decided mostly at their head offices.

“So while many manufacturers are quite capable of delivering on expectations, the others are unable to so, because they don't have a global presence or the marketing network. This pushes them to only depend on the apparel manufacturers and face a very tough competition resulting in the margins being driven down very low.

“So while I agree that we are ready as a whole, the small local companies are unable to participate at the top of the value chain in the business. A major chunk of this segment has been captured by a handful of global suppliers of trims and packaging.

“The rest of the accessory makers supply to low-end and local garment suppliers; desperate for a share in the pie, by cutting prices, almost to a point of disappointment. This is off course welcomed by apparel producers, but in the long run, has its affect on quality, as low prices force manufacturers to cut corners.

“Not all the companies are able to go the distance to establish a global presence and acquire 'nominations' from retailers which qualifies them to be able to supply to the apparel manufacturers in Bangladesh”.

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 23rd Mar 2017

South Korean Samil Spinning acquires Buhler Quality Yarns

South Korean yarn producer Samil Spinning has acquired US based...

Apparel/Garments | On 23rd Mar 2017

E-retailers to pay up to 1% TCS under GST

E-retail marketplaces will need to deduct up to 1 per cent tax...

Textiles | On 23rd Mar 2017

Lanxess to expand chemical intermediates capacity

The Advanced Industrial Intermediates business unit of German...

Interviews View All

Sunil Kumar Sharma
Loknayak JPNSSSG Ltd

'The blend of cotton–linen yarn has high demand in the domestic and...

Dharmendra Shah
Ozone PB Spintex Limited

‘We have made huge investments to ensure quality yarn production.’

Milind Khandwe
Hindoostan Innovation Centre

‘Modern technical textile is an indispensable tool for science and...

Marcel Alberts

Coating at a fibre level is a practice not usually seen in the...

Lynda Kelly
Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation is a manufacturer of nonwovens as roll goods for...

Paolo Ocleppo
Sandvik Hyperion

Paolo Ocleppo, Rotary Cutting Segment manager, Sandvik Hyperion discusses...

Yash P. Kotak
Bombay Hemp Company

One of the directors of Bombay Hemp Company, Yash P. Kotak, speaks to...

Judy Frater
Somaiya Kala Vidya

Among the many honours showered on Frater, including Fulbright and Ford...

Tony Ward
Tony Ward

"You have to truly understand what your client wants, know her needs, what ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies


news category

Related Categories:
March 2017

March 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


Subscribe today and get the latest News update in your mail box.
Advanced Search