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Bangladesh to increase focus on synthetic fibers


Bangladesh will invest in synthetic fibers. The country sees this as the future of the export-oriented garment sector. Reputed brands and consumers are leaning towards manmade and recycled fibers to achieve sustainability. Buyers are choosing the fabric as a substitute to cotton fiber for sustainability and environmental issues. In keeping with sustainability many well-known brands may stop buying apparels produced from non-recyclable material. According to the Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA), local spinners imported 99,345 tons of polyester staple fibre (PSF) in 2020 even amid the pandemic, up 3.4 per cent from 96,077 tons the previous year.

Currently, 40 spinning mills import PSF fiber to make yarns for producing high-end garments such as sportswear. Imports of viscose staple fiber last year went up 36 per cent. Entrepreneurs in the country’s textile sector are also investing in the production of synthetic fiber and clothes. About 80 textile mills in Bangladesh are currently producing various types of synthetic yarns and fabrics including polyester, VSF, tensile, and modal. Production of synthetic fiber-based textile and apparel is seen as realizing greater per unit values.

The use of manmade fiber in end-use categories like sportswear, leisurewear, women’s dresses, home textile, automotive, carpets and other industrial sectors also makes it an ideal fiber of the future.