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Bangladesh: A Growing Market

BY ABDUL HAI SARKER
DHAKA, BANGLADESH
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Thanks to Bayer CropScience and Cotton Farming magazine for giving me this rare opportunity to communicate with U.S. cotton producers as we move into the new year. I know that 2009 was a challenging year for you because of weather conditions. But textile manufacturers in Bangladesh continue to be appreciative of your efforts in producing high quality cotton for export markets.

All of us are doing our best to emerge from the global economic recession, and I think Karim Spinning Mills is doing quite well because of the business principles that guide our parent company, the Purbani Group.

I am Abdul Hai Sarker, chairman and managing director of the Purbani Group, and I am very proud of our group’s progress since 1973. However, we are more than a group of companies. We are several entities drawn together through our management approach, competitiveness, efficiency and single-minded vision for the future.

This attitude has contributed to our ability to deal with any problem and look ahead to better times in 2010.

Purbani has been involved in the textile business for more than 30 years. In 1984, the group entered into textile manufacturing by acquiring a spinning production line. Today, the group has a 100-percent export-oriented, vertically integrated, knitted apparel production facility, which uses its own spinning units to produce yarn. That yarn is then processed to manufacture fabric and apparel for export.

As for the importance of making smart cotton purchasing decisions, our company looks at three factors: price, quality and shipment time. If any of these don’t fit into our business strategy, everything is affected.

Reliable Performer

At the moment, we have used 1,000 tons of FiberMax, and the experience has been good. As with any cotton, there is always room for improvement, but there is a consistency to this cotton that makes it a good fit for our spinning mills.

For Asian markets, many countries are moving their inventory to port locations such as Singapore and Dubai to shorten the lead time in deliveries. This is a trend that we must continue to study.

I look at the future with a lot of optimism, mainly because of how we continue to invest in technology to streamline our operations. By doing this, we can stay one step ahead of any financial instability in the global market. This philosophy guides nearly every decision made in the Purbani Group.

Finally, let me thank the U.S. cotton producer again for being a strong partner with all mills in Bangladesh. Together we can make this a historic year for cotton. I wish you the best of luck as you plant your crop this spring.

Karim Spinning Mills

  Company Objectives
  • Implement an effective business
    strategy.
  • Monitor customer trends closely.
  • Maintain high quality in all cotton
    purchases.
 

  Quick Look At Karim Spinning Mills:
  • 32,256 spindles.
  • Production: 19 tons of yarn per day.
  • Combed and carded cotton products.
  • Global customer base.

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