Hohenstein holds informational events in Dhaka & Bangkok
Demand is growing world-wide for products that have been independently tested for quality and safety and are also produced in conditions that meet international standards of environmental and social sustainability. At well-attended Hohenstein Institute informational events held on 11 November in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and on 13 November in Bangkok, Thailand, the director of the institute, Dr. Stefan Mecheels, provided an overview of the wide-ranging services offered by the Hohenstein Institute, including research, independent product testing and certification, and inspection.
He appeared before a total combined audience of 400 for both events. Nearly all the attendees were representatives of the regional textile and garment industries and European retail buying organisations. As guest speaker, Oeko-Tex General Secretary Raimar Freitag introduced the testing of textiles for harmful substances in accordance with Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and the certification of factories as environmentally-friendly production facilities in accordance with Oeko-Tex Standard 1000.
With a total share of exports in excess of 75%, the textile and garment industries of Bangladesh have particularly great significance for the entire economy. At the same time, the trend to shift even more production to Bangladesh from other Asian countries continues unchanged. Against this backdrop, some 300 company representatives attended the event in Dhaka to gain first-hand information about independent product certification as a way to prove the quality and safety of their goods to their European and American customers.
Furthermore, it became clear during the seminar that in future, in addition to sound product quality, objective documentation of environmentally-friendly production processes and socially acceptable work conditions will come to play and increasingly important role in manufacturers' success on the market. The increased demand for well-founded assessments of quality by neutral organisations is becoming apparent at the Hohenstein Institute in the form of double digit growth rates in the volume of orders that have been recorded at the branch office in Dhaka since it was established in 2004.
As the official Oeko-Tex branch in Bangladesh, Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certifications play an important role, but inspections of production facilities demanded by European customers are gaining significance as well. At the moment, Thailand's neighbouring countries are placing strong cost pressure on the Thai textile and garment industries. As a result, many firms are showing great interest in distinguishing themselves by obtaining certifications of product quality or gaining evidence of environmentally and socially acceptable production conditions.
As an independent competence centre with years of experience, the Hohenstein Institute offers a comprehensive range of globally recognised certifications of products and production facilities in accordance with the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and 1000, for example. Hohenstein is also the official branch of the Oeko-Tex Association in Thailand. To learn more about these services, some 100 participants accepted the invitation of the Hohenstein Institute branch office in Bangkok to hear informational presentations about testing and certification programmes and the inspection and firm audit procedures.