DBL, Urmi Group among ‘top ex­porters' in Bangladesh

Apparel Online - - Beyond India -

One of the largest knit man­u­fac­tur­ers of Bangladesh, the DBL Group, along with an­other decade-old ap­parel maker Urmi Group, has been hon­oured with the HSBC Ex­port Ex­cel­lence Awards as the top ready­made gar­ment ex­porters of the coun­try. Com­merce Min­is­ter To­fail Ahmed handed over the recog­ni­tion crests at the 8th edi­tion of HSBC Awards at a gala cer­e­mony held re­cently. Four other ex­porters were also awarded. A lead­ing knitwear gar­ment and fab­ric man­u­fac­turer and ex­porter in Bangladesh since 1991, DBL Group, caters to buy­ers mainly in the Euro­pean Union and the US. It is cur­rently com­posed of 25 con­cerns with a work­force of 30,000 and an an­nual ex­port turnover of more than US $ 100 mil­lion. It claims to be the Plat­inum Sup­plier of H&M for Knit Gar­ments. H&M, Wal­martGe­orge, Puma, Esprit and G-Star are amongst its ma­jor buy­ers.

The group boasts of a ca­pac­ity of 13 mil­lion pieces of ap­parel items a month with spe­cial­i­sa­tion in women and kidswear. On the other hand, the Urmi Group started its jour­ney in the 1950s and is ac­cred­ited by lead­ing in­ter­na­tional cloth­ing brands. It ex­ports to 49 coun­tries across six con­ti­nents for 13 re­tail­ers. It now has more than 90 pro­duc­tion lines and over 8,000 peo­ple work­ing re­lent­lessly.

The group boasts of hav­ing the ca­pac­ity to pro­duce 1,50,000 pieces of ap­parel items per day. Claim­ing to have a good mar­ket share in Ger­many, the group caters to buy­ers like Muji, Puma, M&S, S. Oliver, H&M, Lidl, Tchibo, Ern­st­ing’s fam­ily, El­los, La Red­oute, Vert­baudet, Auchan, De­cathlon, Full­beauty, To­ray In­ter­na­tional, Kmart, Kau­fland, Pri­mark, Next and oth­ers. The other win­ners are: Etafil Ac­ces­sories, Western Ma­rine Ship­yard, Mazen (Bangladesh) In­dus­tries Ltd, and Wal­ton Hi-Tech In­dus­tries Ltd. Etafil Ac­ces­sories be­came the ex­porter of the year in the sup­ply chain and back­ward link­age cat­e­gory for an an­nual ex­port turnover of US $ 10 mil­lion and more. Es­tab­lished in 1998, Etafil Ac­ces­sories is a con­cern of Tamishna Group, a man­u­fac­turer and ex­porter of sewing thread, gar­ment ac­ces­sories and yarn dye­ing.

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