Interview with Shohidul Islam

Shohidul Islam
Shohidul Islam
Head - Marketing
DBL Group
DBL Group

Which are your major export markets?

We export to all the continents, mainly Europe, Asia and North America. The following is list of our garment export destinations: 
  • Europe: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK;
  • North and Central America: Canada, Mexico, Panama, the US;
  • South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela;
  • Asia and Oceania: Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the UAE.

What is the annual production capacity at your units?

DBL is vertically integrated for producing and exporting finished garment with the following capacity: our spinning mill produces 35 tonnes of yarn per day, fabric manufacturing capacity is 80 tonnes per day, printing capacity is 35 tonnes per day, while garment manufacturing capacity is 9 million pieces per month.

Which latest knitting technologies have you invested in?

DBL is among the best knitting industries of Bangladesh and we manufacture the best quality garments for our clients. Over the years, our quality products and reputation have created a strong business relation with the world's famous clothing brands. In knitting, we use the latest technology, energy-efficient machinery and environment-friendly production process to deliver the best quality to clients.

How sustainable are your manufacturing facilities? Any upgradation plans?

At DBL, sustainability has a special place embedded in the core values of the organisation. It is an ongoing process that requires dedication, cooperation from the senior management and teamwork. The organisation is attaining sustainable growth through its various CSR and compliance activities, and is effectively coping up with the constantly changing concepts.  Upgradation is a continuous process. We are investing in new technology production facilities for higher productivity and to go greener.

What is the annual budget allocated to R&D?

We have a totally separate department for R&D. About 0.5 per cent of the annual turnover is spent on R&D.

What are your thoughts on Industry 4.0?

Industry 4.0 or the era of the fourth industrial revolution can be identified as the mechanism of automation and data exchange in manufacturing. By introducing this concept, the apparel sector would gain a number of advantages. Technological advancement in this sector will enhance vertical integration of all the layers in apparel manufacturing sector and also enhance horizontal integration of all partners in the value chain. It can maximise productivity by identifying best manufacturing practices and sustainability concepts.

What was the growth in the last two fiscals and what are your expectations from the next two?

We have been achieving approximately 8-10 per cent growth in the last few years. We hope to keep the growth rate steady in the coming years. Of late, we have been going for more investments and expansion; so it should result in a bigger growth. 

After Rana Plaza, the spotlight turned on Bangladesh and a whole lot of brands and retailers came up with steps to help industry deal with various issues. What is the situation now, and what HR steps have you implemented that makes you stand out?

The collapse of Rana Plaza building near Dhaka in 2013 left several hundred people dead. This accident drew worldwide attention to the inadequate safety and working conditions in Bangladeshi factories. Thereafter, it took inspiration from Western companies to improve buildings' safety as well as social and environmental standards. In order to meet these public demands and accompanying requirements set by the government as well as international agreements after the collapse, working and safety conditions are improving.

DBL always runs the textiles, garment and all other business units in its own premises. From the group's inception, we built huge buildings with adequate safety measures, with sufficient fire-fighting equipment and sustainable features like enough space to move and to feel safe, huge passages and a lot of stairs and lifts for quick and safe evacuation in case of accidents. Implementing these policies will make the difference in the business:
  • Good and safe working conditions for better employee safety;
  • Improved working and living conditions for higher loyalty by setting up fair price shop, providing free medical services, day care centre, etc;
  • Better training for higher productivity. (RR)
Published on: 18/05/2018

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