Printing is one of the most value adding and creative sectors in textile where more sophisticated technology and control are needed.
With the digital revolution, the sector has become a game changer in textile manufacturing process and fashion. Technologies have helped a lot the designers to go for diversified and customized options. Digital printing, in particular, helps to change the fashion very fast. Smithers Pira forecasts say global digital printing market will be €2.42 billion in 2021 with 17.5% annual growth.
DB Tex Ltd. a sister concern of DBL Group is the pioneer of Bangladesh printing industry. After visiting and analyzing the company it could be said that DB Tex Ltd. is in the right track of growth and they set an example to the world in technology implementation, achieving quality and delivering capacity to top global brands.
DB Tex Ltd. is using the state-of-the-art technologies and their current capacity is 40 tons of fabric printing per day which is incredible. The factory is one of the most modern and largest All Over Printing (AOP) factories in the region.
Figure 1: Shah Imtiaz, Assistant General Manager & Head of Production, DB Tex Ltd.
DB Tex Ltd. has screen, pigment, reactive, discharge, disperse, puff, rubber, gel, acid, glow in the dark, foil, sublimation, flock, digital and glitter printing facilities for knit fabric all over printing (AOP). Walmart and H&M are taking largest capacities of DB Tex Ltd.
Recently Textile Today Industry Research team has visited DB Tex Ltd. and meet Shah Imtiaz, Assistant General Manager & Head of Production to bring out the technological success story which gives the industry new footprint.
Textile Today: What are the technological and other best practices in DB Tex Ltd. you want to summarize, which have already given it international recognition?
Shah Imtiaz: To make the subsequent processes easier and fruitful, pre-production preparation is very important and should be perfect in the printing sector. That’s why we have been using the latest CO2 laser engraving system for last 10 years and we are the pioneer in this technology.
We are the only industry who uses Swiss origin Syntronic machinery for AOP pre-production preparation. 20 colors machine for knit fabric AOP is unique technology and we are also pioneering in this technology not only in Bangladesh but also all over the world.
Our competitors are Turkey, China, and other countries and DB Tex Ltd. create this AOP market demand in Bangladesh by positive mindset and vision. So, RFT (Right First Time) is must in printing and it is one of the best practices of us, which definitely distinguishes us from others.
We also have many CSR best practices and we are very careful to our workers. We have a common message from our top management that every worker will get any kind of assistance from DB Tex Ltd. and that’s why every employee owns DB Tex Ltd. proudly.
Quality and accuracy are the first priority in printing industry. Once your quality fall down you will be out of business for sure. Furthermore, fast service, understanding whole value chain, RFT, positive mindset about new technology and process adoption etc. are also very important factor that could keep you one step ahead from others.
Textile Today: ‘New technology means new opportunity’how do you illustrate this quote?
Shah Imtiaz: The Whole textile industry is very compact and challenging now, the profit margin is also very limited. It is very difficult to survive in business by producing only plain products, so our management is very positive about latest technology and processes to grab every single possibility.
Daily we are facing new problems and with our skilled workforce and modern technology, we are resolving the problems swiftly. DB Tex Ltd. and EFI Reggiani jointly brought 20 head AOP printing machine when others can’t even imagine this. We have two 20 head machines, two 16 head and one 12 head AOP machines with different top-level brands.
We tried to keep same type machine because it enhances operators’ efficiency. We are expanding our printing section with latest technologies where auto dispensing will be available soon.
Figure 2: A snap of 20 head AOP printing machine at DB Tex Ltd. that has brought a great revolution in the printing world.
Textile Today: How has DB Tex Ltd. got the 20 colors technology idea and become the global leader? Please share with us the success story…
Shah Imtiaz: Adopting 20 colors technology, you can say it as business risk or visionary mindset. Because it was not that easy when DB Tex Ltd. is the only company in the world who first thought and brought this technology.
We shared our thoughts with many machine manufacturers and lastly, EFI Reggiani agreed with our idea and finally, we bought 20 colors machine for knit fabric AOP first time in the world.
EFI Reggiani often uses DB Tex Ltd. as a reference to others which is also a great achievement for us. I think it is a great revolution in the printing world.
Textile Today: For printing factory success, how important is skilled manpower?
Shah Imtiaz: Actually skilled manpower ensures the optimum use of best technology and we also believe that. We highly maintain the congenial environment in our industry. So the workers could work in a full swing.
I have already mentioned that we have a common message about all staffs from top management which is the gamut of our success. All the staffs and workers thrive for continuous improvement as a team. Skill sets and motivation help us delivering best quality print products for globally leading brands.
Figure 3: CO2 laser engraving system in DB Tex ensures finest quality printing by assuring finest quality screens.
Textile Today: What are the key factors you want to highlight for business growth in printing?
Shah Imtiaz: Quality and accuracy are the first priority in the printing industry. Once your quality falls down you will be out of business for sure. Furthermore, fast service, understanding whole value chain, RFT, positive mindset about new technology and process adoption etc. are also very important factors that could keep you one step ahead of others.
Another important thing is that we should engage our young engineers more in this industry because they are positive, more capable and hard working. In fine, printing should be recognized as an independent industry for more growth and business opportunities.