Bangladesh Denim Expo was held from November 5 to 6, 2019. The expo attracted 99 exhibitors from 11 countries and once again proved itself the most significant show of its kind in Bangladesh with a total of 5,692 visitors. The exhibitors showed fabrics, garments, threads, machinery, finishing equipment and accessories, positioning the show as a true representation of Bangladesh’s denim industry. Participating countries included China, Japan, Italy, India, Singapore, Brazil, Spain, Pakistan, Turkey and Germany. Responsibility was the theme of the expo. H&M showcased responsible sourcing practices. Highlights of the show included a series of product displays, presentations, seminar sessions and panel discussions. The aim was to encourage healthy debate and interaction among exhibitors and visitors to champion a more responsible denim industry.
The Bangladesh denim industry is the second largest denim exporter to the EU and the third largest to the United States. Bangladesh is now the world’s largest producer of denim and leads the way in terms of addressing some of the sustainability challenges related to denim production, including excessive use of water and chemicals. The Sustainable Apparel Forum saw more than 50 speakers from Bangladesh and overseas, sharing expert opinions across five panel discussions covering current issues about the country’s apparel industry.