Dyes and chemicals producer Huntsman Textile Effects has formed a strategic partnership with Bangladesh textile manufacturer Viyellatex Group to help improve productivity and sustainability.

Under the agreement, Huntsman will help Viyellatex's mills to streamline operations and optimise processes, and train technical staff – with the overall aim of ensuring the company maintains a competitive edge in the textile industry. 

"The support from Huntsman will help us be more competitive in this fast growing market," says David Hasanat, chairman of Viyellatex Group. "It will help us to comply with the stringent product, operational and environmental demands from our global customers.

"Viyellatex Group places strong emphasis on sustainability by minimising energy usage, adopting waste and water recycling, and using only organic materials and environmentally compliant chemicals and dyes and Huntsman is the perfect partner in this regard as they share this vision."

Vertically integrated textile and apparel manufacturer Viyellatex operates spinning, knitting, dyeing, accessories and printing facilities in Bangladesh.

The agreement with Huntsman builds on the current relationship between the two companies, including the use of its Avitera SE dyes for exhaust application on cellulosic fibres, which reduce water and energy consumption and carbon emissions by up to 50%.  

Bangladesh's ready-made garment (RMG) sector is the nation's largest export sector, generating US$28.1bn in 2015-2016, with more than 4,300 garment factories employing around 4m people and accounting for 82% of total exports.

To remain internationally competitive, local textile mills and RMG factories are increasingly having to demonstrate they operate in a socially and environmentally sustainable way. 

An article on just-style last year explained how the industry's investment in more sustainable factory environments has an important part to play in its efforts to double apparel exports to US$50bn by the country's 50th anniversary in 2021.

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