Dyes and chemicals business Huntsman Textile Effects has joined forces with Bangladesh textile maker Queen Textile Mills to help it adopt new technologies and processes for long-term environmental and economic sustainability.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Huntsman will help Queen South Textile Mills streamline its operations and optimise its processes by implementing a Productivity Improvement Program (PIP) at its textile mill in Dhaka, while providing technical support and staff training.

Experts from Huntsman will carry out a full operational audit at the facility and recommend ways for the mill to improve productivity and profitability.

Huntsman claims its PIP is capable of reducing water consumption by as much as 50% and energy consumption by 30%, while increasing output by 30%. The programme has also improved right-first-time performance by 95%.

The company says the strategic cooperation will help Queen South Textile Mills maintain its leading edge through innovation, while continuing to comply with the stringent requirements of its global export customers.

Established in 2004, Queen South Textile Mills produces dyed yarn for brands such as H&M, Next, and C&A, with a capacity of more than 50 tonnes per day.

"Bangladesh is an important market for us and we are pleased to collaborate with leading and like-minded companies here, such as Queen South Textile Mills, as they equip themselves to better support brands & retailers in building a more environmentally sustainable textile supply chain," said Chuck Hirsch, vice president of sales and technical resources at Huntsman.

Queen South Textile Mills CEO Jamie Wong added: "Our cooperation with Huntsman Textile Effects recognises the value of the innovative technologies it can offer and is part of our strategy to achieve long-term sustainability for our business."

As Bangladesh’s largest export sector, the ready-made garment sector was worth US$24.5bn in 2013-2014, when more than 4,200 garment factories employed around 4m people and accounted for 81% of the country’s total export.