Top 10 Leading Garment Factories in Bangladesh
Bangladesh is one of the fastest growing countries in the world right now. Recently promoted to a middle income position (GDP of $285 billion) from its previous position as a least developing country, the country is now the third largest economy in South-East Asia.
Back in the 19th century, jute was the main source of earning foreign currency. But in the 20th century, readymade garments took over the mantle and is now the biggest contributor to the nation’s GDP. After the Rana Plaza building collapse Bangladesh has gone through a significant overhaul, aided by the Accord and Alliance. Currently, 7 out of the 10 top LEED certified clothing factories are in Bangladesh & the country boasts 67 eco-friendly green factory buildings, the highest number in the world. Moving forward, Bangladesh has set up an ambitious goal of achieving $50 billion in garment exports in 2021.
With the 2nd largest clothing manufacturing industry in the world, the country has a reputation of having the lowest costs of apparel productions. Now, leading global fashion retailers are moving their production to Bangladesh from China, Vietnam, Thailand and India.
Here are the top 10 Bangladesh garment factories, bringing the ideas and visions of these brands and more into fruition.
Ha-Meem group is the world’s biggest wholesale denim fabrics manufacturer and is the most comprehensively equipped Bangladesh clothing factory. Ha-Meem works with some of the world’s biggest retailers, including GAP and JC Penney. Having been operational for over 30 years Ha-Meem Group employs around 50,000 workers; and has 26 garment factories consisting of 300 production lines, 7 washing plants and the capability of producing 7 million pcs/ of apparel every. Month. They also have customs & forwarding offices in all ports in Bangladesh, giving them the advantage of delivering the goods at a faster pace.
Beximco Fashions Ltd.
Beximco Fashions Limited (BFSL), a concern of Beximco Group, started its commercial production during July 1997. Beximco Fashions Limited (BFSL) is a 100% export oriented garment factory, located in the Dhaka Export Processing Zone. They have a production capacity of over 6 million pcs per month and produce dresses and casual shirts for American, Canadian & European fast fashion retailers.
Square Fashions Ltd.
Operational since 1997, Square Fashions Limited is a composite knitwear manufacturing group. This means that they do everything from making the yarn for manufacturing apparels to CMT (Cut, Make, Trim) to washing and dyeing.
Square Fashions is also an innovator is sustainable and socially responsible business practices in the Bangladesh clothing manufacturing industry. Among other things they provide free worker’s dormitories, transportation, meals at work, recreational facilities, and around-the-clock medical services.
OPEX and SINHA Group
OPEX and SINHA Group is one of the top leading readymade garment manufacturers in Bangladesh, with annual sales over US $300 million. The apparels business segment of Sinha Group has two subsidiaries: Medlar Group and Opex Group. Sinha Group has established a strong backward linkage facilities of which include spinning, weaving, knitting, yarn dyeing, pc dyeing, denim, knit dyeing, printing, and finishing.
Fakir Group is a composite knit manufacturer, composed of garment fabric production all the way to packaging. Having a capacity of 3.6 million pieces of apparel per year, they have already attained the reputation of being one of the most reliable clothing factories in Bangladesh for high quality value added apparel.
DBL Group is a diverse business group with vertically integrated textile and apparel manufacturing industries. DBL Group has a employee base of more than 33,000 people and has annual sales of more than USD 372 Million. DBL Group supplies quality clothing to global retailers like H&M, Walmart-George, Puma, Esprit and G-Star just to name a few. The group is focused on upholding the reputation of the readymade garments and textiles industry of Bangladesh through value added apparel.
Starting in 1994, Epyllion Group started its journey as a knit manufacturer. Since then it has grown to be one of the biggest conglomerates in Bangladesh. They are a composite manufacturing unit and with a great backward linkage presence. The major export market for Epyllion includes Europe, USA, Asia, and Africa. More particularly Europe where they get more than 89% of their revenue.
One of the oldest clothing manufacturers in Bangladesh, they have been operational since 1984. The group is one of the largest woven manufacturing factories in Bangladesh, The company has its own in house garment washing, printing, embroidery, apparel design, garment testing, and various accessories production units.
Asian Apparels Ltd.
Asian Apparels Ltd, founded in 1992, is one of the most prominent Bangladesh clothing manufacturers. They now have 16 production units, 30000 employees working for them and in 2017, had sales of over $280 Million. Over the recent years, Asian Apparels has progressed forward as a very socially responsible garment factory in Bangladesh to build a more sustainable business, and set itself as a paradigm for Bangladesh clothing manufacturers.
Starting out as a small family business, the company is now a clothing manufacturing powerhouse. Since their founding in 1996, Viyellatex has become an end-to-end appeal solution provider from sourcing cotton and going all the way to providing logistical support to clients, with a workforce of more than 15000 people.
This is not a representation of the average Bangladesh clothing factory. These manufacturers have an MOQ (Minimum Order Quantity) of above 50,000 at the minimum and they tend to booked for production for months, if not years. If you’re a small wholesale clothing supplier or a small private label clothing brand, chances are these factories will not be willing to entertain you. Well that’s where NewThread comes in. We help our clients find custom clothing manufacturers no matter what the MOQ is. If you have your product ready for production, or even want to know how the intricate nature of high end or low end, expensive or cheap clothing manufacturers work; click on the picture below!
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