Manufacturers get export orders worth $5.5 million
The three-day Ceramic Expo Bangladesh 2019 concluded yesterday amid huge responses from visitors and buyers.
Ceramic manufacturers got export orders worth $5.5 million from five countries – Italy, Brazil , India, Greece and Sweden – at the exposition held at International Convention Center Bashundhara in the capital, according to Bangladesh Ceramic Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BCMEA), organizer of the event.
“We are highly satisfied as we got overwhelming responses from manufacturers, buyers and visitors,” said Irfan Uddin, general secretary of the association, adding that the participants in the expo were more than double this year compared to the previous one.
Some 500 international delegates and foreign buyers attended the event, he informed. In 2017, it was only 150 in number, he added.
“The main objective of the event was bringing all stakeholders of the ceramic industry under a roof and create an opportunity for global exposure of the country’s ceramic products,” the BCMEA general secretary said, while adding that they succeeded in doing that.
He said the manufacturers and exporters had an opportunity to enhance their communication with foreign buyers through the expo.
This was second edition of the exhibition that the BCMEA launched in 2017. The closing ceremony of the showcasing event took place at Hotel Radisson Blue Water Garden in the capital, while Prime Minister’s Advisor Private Industry and Investment Salman F Rahman was the chief guest.
Earlier on December 5, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi inaugurated the program.
Different local and international ceramic companies, including Akij, Sheltech, Dbl, Stella, Mir, Greatwall, Monno, Shinepukur, Monica, Ferro, Johnson, Saint-Gobain showcased their tiles, sanitary wares and tablewares in the exhibition.
About 120 ceramic companies from 20 countries participated in the event. The expo, as well, featured five seminars highlighting the country’s ceramic industry and pointing out the barriers.
In opening ceremony, BCMEA president Md Shirajul Islam Mollah said the country was fully dependent on imports of ceramic even 20 years ago. “But the situation has changed now,” he added.
“Now, we are catering for 85-90% demand for ceramic in the domestic market,” he informed, adding that manufacturers had now no alternative to exports.
Currently, 60 companies with approximate Tk8,500 crore investment, employing about 5 lakh people, were producing ceramic products including tiles, tableware, and sanitary goods, BCMEA president said, adding that the manufacturers catered for 85-90% domestic demand and earned $50 million yearly on an average by shipping the products to 50 countries.
He demanded 20% cash incentive for the ceramic product exports.