Bangladesh Apparel Industry: Centre of Innovation, Efficiency and OSH

A new Centre of Innovation, Efficiency and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) is being established to enhance competitiveness of the readymade garment industry of Bangladesh.

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) with the support of the government of Bangladesh is setting up the Centre at the newly built headquarters of BGMEA in Uttara which will work as a knowledge hub.

The Centre will strive to extract knowledge about best business practices, most-advanced technology and latest trends of the global fashion industry and inject those ideas into the apparel industry of Bangladesh through trainings, workshops and stakeholders’ gatherings.

It will also focus on wider issues concerning the industry such as industrial relations, industrial engineering, productivity, efficiency, human resource development, business ethics and practices, financial reporting, occupational safety and health, and good governance. Overall, the Center will analyze the current situation, challenges, skills and innovation landscape in the world of clothing industry and recommend ways to address those challenges.

The Centre of Innovation, Efficiency and OSH will work to enhance the knowledge of future production leaders of the country. It also aims to increase efficiency of a manufacturing plant in the field of industrial engineering and resource efficiency coupled with occupational health and safety (OSH). The Centre will arrange on vocational and on the job training for graduates of Industrial and Production Planning Engineering and Textile Engineering from different universities of the country.

The centre aims to build capacity of the industry to achieve the level of excellence in the area of product particularly through the use of disruptive technologies like 3D designing and virtual prototyping, which is the need of the hour. This will support the industry for further optimizing cost and lead time to a significant extent.