“Bangladesh is an important growth market for us as textile machinery manufacturers,” says Hardy Bühler. The circular knitting machine manufacturer Mayer & Cie.’s regional sales manager for the South Asian country is convinced that the positive trend there will continue. “Bangladesh,” he adds, “is one of the world’s largest markets for standard machines, both Single and Double Jersey.”
This assessment was reaffirmed by the DTG, held from 8 to 11 February 2018 in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka. Mayer & Cie. exhibits at this trade fair every year. The DTG, short for Dhaka International Textile and Garment Machinery Exhibition, attracts the most important Bangladeshi textile industry companies every year. That is why regional sales manager Bühler greatly appreciates the DTG as an opportunity for networking. “It is much easier and less complicated to contact textile industry decision makers at the trade fair than it would be otherwise.” And that too is why Mayer & Cie.’s Bühler sounds a positive overall note in his review of the trade fair even though visitor numbers to the 2018 DTG were at best fair. Another point in its favour, he said, was that “we were able, in the trade fair context, to finalise a large order that included a mid-range double-digit number of open-width machines for elastomer-plated Single Jersey.” The growing popularity of machines such as the Relanit 3.2 HS shows how important Single-Jersey machines are, especially with a reliable elastomer-plating option. This high-performance relative technology machine is really going places in Bangladesh.
The machine MCT exhibited at the DTG was another “away from the simple t-shirt standard” model, the OVJA 1.6 ET. It can produce hole structures and is recommended for outerwear manufacture. “That was something new for many DTG visitors,” Bühler said “and something that is clearly always more difficult to demonstrate than something everyone is familiar with. So how the OVJA 1.6 ET can establish itself in the Bangladesh market remains to be seen.”