Interview with Mr SM Nurul Huda Chowdhury

Mr SM Nurul Huda Chowdhury
Mr SM Nurul Huda Chowdhury
Managing Director
Base Textiles Limited
Base Textiles Limited

Established in 1996, headquartered in Chittagong, Base Textiles Limited is one of the most successful textile-manufacturers in Bangladesh; a country with great potential in the field of garment-manufacturing. Powered by integrated European machineries and an industrious workforce of 3500 workers, BASE produces knitwear products for men, women and kids. It specializes in value-added products, such as: Peach-Finished, Pigment-Piece-Dyed, Heavy Enzyme-Washed, Bamboo-Charcoal and Eco-Friendly products. It is currently concentrating on Knit-Denim products and also manufactures technical fabric, such as: Viscose, Coolmax and Suplex, using cutting-edge technology. Having expanded its capacity, developed a skilled workforce and introduced integrated technologies, to remain globally up-to-date, BASE identifies itself as an organization with a glorious past and a bright future. Born on July 28, 1948, Mr SM Nurul Huda Chowdhury is MD of BASE. He started his business career in the line of import trading and general merchandising in the year 1972. In 1989, he established the company named J S Oil Refinery & Vegetable Products, and was at the helm of affairs as Managing Director. Thereafter, he ventured into the business in capital market and established M/S J H Capital Ltd in 1993, and held the position of MD since its inception. Mr Chowdhury began his professional journey with BASE as one of the sponsor shareholders of the company in the Textile/ Garments sector in the year 1995. Initially, he held the position of Chairman, and presently is at the position of Managing Director. Besides, he is also a Senate Member in Chittagong University; member in Lions Club, Chittagong Club; and life member in Fateyabad Degree College and Lion Eye Hospital. He had been Ex. Director for Chittagong Chamber of Commerce Industries, as well as Ex. Executive Member of Bangladesh Textiles Mills Association, and Bangladesh Vegetable Oil Refinery & Banaspati Manufacturers Association. In 2007, acknowledging his contribution to the society, Mr Chowdhury has also been awarded Atish Dipankar Gold Medal. Speaking with Face2Face team, Mr Chowdhury comments on upshots of recession on Bangladeshi textile and garment industry.

BASE instigated its journey in 1996 with a vision of becoming the most recognized knitwear manufacturer of the country. In your opinion, how far has it reached its dreamt niche?

We, the Base Textiles Limited is one of the most successful knitwear-manufacturers in Bangladesh. During our journey since 1996, we have achieved a versatile production chain to cater flexible orders in shorter lead-time. BASE has expanded its capacity, developed a skilled workforce and introduced integrated technologies, to remain globally up-to-date. We started as fabric-manufacturer and grown as composite-knitwear manufacturer, with a massive capacity of over a million pieces of garment and 400 tons finished fabric per month.

BASE passed over 12 years of accomplishment, towards leading the competitive knitwear-organizations of Bangladesh. It has arduously re-engineered each step of its value-chain to match the dynamism of the world of fashion.

Please apprise us with your stance on current scenario in global textile industry.

As you know, we are the composite knit garments manufacturing company and our final products are garments that no doubt make us strong in the market. Our efficient workforce, quality management, advanced production tools, competitive price and quality production always keeps us ahead in the battle of competition. We are observing the situation and are highly alert to be on track. These factors will shield us from any uncomfortable situation.

However, we need to see if there will be a recession in all other countries and if so - to what extend. We are studying its consequences on Bangladesh Garments Industry. You know, around the world- business governments and all the trade houses are taking action against it. It will take considerable time to show the result. Above all, still we find ourselves in very much positive situation.

For past some years, sparing situation of current recession, Bangladesh can be appraised for a good going in textile and allied industry. What could be credited for this; Government policies or geographical factors?

Both the Government policies and geographical factors have caused it happen but most of the credit goes to government policies as government doing their best support to establish this sector. Above all, our efficient labor force keeps it upward. We have the century long history of mechanized tailoring and several thousand years of experience in hand stitching. The aptitude and art of sewing/stitching has been brought in hereditary amongst females of the land. Even today one can hardly find a rural female adult who does not know hand stitching or embroidery work.

By exploiting the demand of global apparel market, the local manufacturers/exporters backed by the responsive state policies have successfully utilized the skilled manpower.

Published on: 23/02/2009

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