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Innovation methodology revealed to overcome challenges of the apparel industry

TTIH revealed innovation to overcome critical juncture of challenges like the decline in demand for garments and a downward trend in the global market.

Update : 02 Feb 2024, 12:46 AM

Textile Today Innovation Hub (TTIH) has revealed innovations for Bangladesh's textile and apparel industry to overcome challenges including labour costs, heightened competition from low-cost nations, higher production costs, gas and power crises, global inflation, and worldwide geo-political conflicts.

In a project titled ‘Manual for Implementation of Innovation Projects’ (MIIP)’, TTIH also revealed innovation to overcome critical juncture of challenges like the decline in demand for garments and a downward trend in the global market.

Textile Today Innovation Hub (TTIH) revealed the project at the Innovation Conference 2024 organized jointly with Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA), Yorkers Trade and Marketing Service Co. at the 18th Dhaka International Textile and Garment Machinery Exhibition (DTG) in the capital on Thursday.

In the conference, BTMA President Mohammad Ali Khokon said that without uninterrupted gas, the textile sector cannot progress.

“The sector is facing different problems, and to sustain, we need policy support from the government as well as we must have to adopt industry 4.0 machinery and innovation,” he added.

ITET Executive President Engr Md Shafiqur Rahman said that most of the buyers are reluctant to increase product prices, which is a big issue for the industry. To sustain in this situation, innovation is a must.

“Textile Today Innovation Hub (TTIH) is working adamantly to spread innovation culture throughout the industry – which is highly effective for the industry in terms of cost reduction, resource utilization,” he added.

BUFT Pro-VC Prof Dr Engr Ayub Nabi Khan said that for the sustainable development of the industry, there's no alternative to innovation.

“We must bring innovation culture and research culture. This will ensure capable people and we will be able to develop value-added products,” he added.

Founder and CEO of Textile Today Tareq Amin said in his keynote speech that the journey of a single innovation starts with the principle – ‘Work on Small; Make on Spot’.

“Sticking to the principle, a small area gets selected passing with certain parameters first, then the issue practically gets addressed. TTIH strategizes the whole innovation process from locating an innovating spot to replicating the solution to a similar circumstance. TTIH has developed a unique modelling system to dig into a matter and guide solutions for any practical problem,” he added.

“Within this system, TTIH has taken 120 (around) projects so far. 100 projects have already been completed and 70% were communicated with the industry where several projects are ongoing. More than 150 Experts (mostly from the industry and several from university), 50 plus factories, 15 coordinators, and 100 plus inputs suppliers are directly connected with TTIH,” he added.

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