PPE exports open new avenue for Bangladesh

28 Jun 2020 12:19 AM
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Exports in July-Might stand in $11.58 million, 33 producers engaged in the brand new product line    

The export of personal protective equipment (PPE) has opened a fresh avenue for apparel manufacturers of Bangladesh who are reeling from order cancellations and downswings of exports in the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to figures simply by the Export Advertising Bureau (EPB), PPEs, including masks, gloves, and dresses, have fetched $11.58 million in earnings in the 11 months between July 2019 and could 2020. A good volume has been delivered in June this season, however the latest official info is however to be available.

Bangladesh Garment Producers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) info says there are 33 companies who are making and preparing PPE for export to meet up global demand.  

The major shipment was simply by the Beximco Group which exported 6.5 million medical gowns to US brand Hanes.

“As the pass on of Covid-19 has bloomed into a pandemic, it has become clear that there surely is a desperate need for PPE to keep doctors and everyone safe. Beximco has proudly joined the fight the global pandemic by shifting swiftly to add manufacturing features in PPE items such as dresses, masks, and coveralls,” explained Beximco CEO and Group Director Syed Naved Husain.

He added that Covid-19 has changed how the world gets results, and Beximco had to urgently respond. 

“In just two months, we have unleashed our world-class manufacturing, technical, and design talent to switch over and start making PPE to help increase the supply of goods that are urgently needed found in Bangladesh and worldwide,” he said.

He as well said Bangladesh is good positioned to become new hub for PPE making.

SM Khaled, managing director of Snowtex, told Dhaka Tribune: “There are large prospects for PPE products and queries from global buyers are increasing gradually.  We've supplied face masks well worth $2.6 million to a French buyer.”

They are also focusing on producing 100,000 components of PPE for Marks and Spencer (M&S), who are providing them to several organizations within their social service activities, said Khaled.

“Latest orders for medical textiles is an opportunity for makers who were facing trouble because of shortages of work orders,” he added.

Abdullah Hil Rakib, managing director of the Staff Group, said: “PPEs are special and technical products and demand has peaked as a result of outbreak of Covid-19. It needs certification from the united states Meals and Drug Administration (US FDA), and the US government is helping us to the end.  

“Although we've produced PPE, it really is not simply for commercial purposes. We will choose export from September for European clients and there are queries from different importers,” said Rakib, likewise a director of BGMEA.

The products will be produced as per the rules of the World Wellbeing Company (WHO), he added.