The Bangladesh Garments Accessories and Packaging Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGAPMEA) is looking to launch the testing facility to improve the country’s product quality with timely and reliable testing. The new lab would be set up under the Integrated Support to Poverty and Inequality Reduction through Enterprise Development (INSPIRED) project funded by the European Union and Bangladesh’s Ministry of Industries.
“As we have been working with the help of EU and Industry Ministry since 2013 to develop a testing lab for the accessories manufacturers, we are finally going to launch the lab in November,” BGAPMEA president Abdul Kader Khan told the Dhaka Tribune.
The testing facility will include a touch-screen bursting strength tester, a moisture meter, a box compression strength tester, drop tester, crush tester and cobb absorbency tester, among others. But perhaps most importantly, the facilities will provide testing in line with international standards.
“Testing of products is one of the buyers’ requirements and it would help the sector people to meet their demands with quality assurance,” Khan told the Tribune.
There as many as 1,400 accessories manufacturers in Bangladesh employing more than 300,000 workers, according to the Tribune, and Khan said if the government supports its efforts and the training institute it hopes to establish, exports could reach as $12 billion, nearly double the $6.12 billion brought in in the last fiscal year.
“The laboratory was needed to make our products competitive in the global market and to meet quality standards internationally. Now exporters of these sectors may avail of the facilities for testing of cartons,” BGAPMEA noted in the mission statement on its website.