Dhaka, Friday, 18 January 2019

Seminar on 'How to work with contaminated cotton' held

2018-07-16
Seminar on 'How to work with contaminated cotton' held

Special Correspondent: The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) has arranged an international seminar on "How to work with contaminated cotton" at Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden, in Dhaka, Bangladesh on July 5, 2018.
The ITMF is an international forum for the world's textile industries, dedicated to keeping the world-wide membership constantly informed through publications participating in the evolution of the industry's value chain and through the organization of annual conferences.
Christian Barthel, Director Business Development, Cotton made in Africa (CmiA); Andrew Macdonald, Board Member, ITMF & Chairman, ITMF Spinners Committee; Thomas Neidel, Head of Sales/Sourcing, bonprix-Otto Group; Dr. Christian Schindler, Director General, ITMF; C.V. Suresh, Regional Marketing Manager, Uster Technologies (India) Marketing Pvt. Ltd; Mirza Salman Ispahani, Managing Director, Pahartali Textile & Hosiery Mills; Hissam Khandker, Director, Delcot Enterprises Ltd spoke among others in the seminar.

In his presentation, Mr. Christian Barthel, Director Business Development, CmiA told that contamination is not something bad. When the term 'contamination' comes as an issue, it might arise the question of quality. But in the cotton industry contamination is not bad.
Mr. Christian Barthel also added that more than 30 international retailers and brands use African cotton particularly Cotton made in Africa (CmiA). Retailers, NGOs, Brands & influencers joined under motto: wear a smile with CmiA. With its campaign 2017, CmiA reached +850,000 followers through influencers. CmiA is processed in 17 countries with 86 partner mills including 23 in Bangladesh.
The presentation also informed that Bangladesh's total yearly cotton import is 1500,000 (1.5mn) tons and the country imports 350,000 tons from Africa, which is 23% of the total import of cotton. And in 2019 it might be reached to 450,000-500,000 tons.
In the sideline of the Seminar, Christian Barthel also gave an interview to THE APPAREL NEWS, Bangladesh's first bi-lingual newspaper on textile and RMG. The Apparel News Editor Amit K. Biswas and Executive Editor Ibrahim Khalil Jewel took the interview as well as took part in the discussion. Mr. Mahbub Khan, a management consultant and CEO of SusCon International also took part.


Mr. Christian Barthel told: Contamination is not something bad. Cottons are being contaminated by different types of external materials like- dust, stones, paper pieces, wood pieces, plastics, pieces of textiles etc. Contaminated cotton doesn't mean bad cotton. Cotton made in Africa is also not fully free of contamination because kids of the cultivators run in the field. So it's a different type of contamination. But contamination could be reduced in many ways. In today's seminar we tried to project that CmiA is easier to treat in mills.
In replying to a question, Mr. Barthel told: The speciality of CmiA is that it l See page 9

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