Fruit of the loom
In Bangladesh, textiles are the country’s biggest export. Atlas Copco’s compressors enable maximum productivity for an industry that relies heavily on women.
Bangladesh is a poor country, but its trade liberalization policy has boosted the country's economic growth and helped reduce poverty over the last two decades. And the fabric of Bangladeshi society relies on fabric: Bangladesh's textile industry is the nation's No. 1 export earner.
The production of textiles, clothing, and ready-made garments accounts for nearly half of all industrial employment in Bangladesh. The textile industry employs more than 4.5 million people, mostly women, in a country where the majority of those employed, 45 %, are in the agricultural sector.
Compressed air is one of the key drivers running the textile and knit industries, and to meet European and North American standards for quality fabrics, 40 % of the textile companies are using Atlas Copco compressors that produce 100 % oil-free air. This ensures that products do not get contaminated.
Opex-Sinha Group, for example, has 16 such compressors. Nasimul Ghani, General Manager of Opex-Sinha Group, says, “Atlas Copco’s compressors are very efficient, which saves our energy costs, maintenance costs and costs to the environment. They also provide us 100 % oil-free air, which is very important to ensure the quality of finished products to meet our customers’ expectations. We do have some compressors from other brands, but none of them give same performance as the Atlas Copco compressors.”
The textile and ready-made garments sector has created opportunities with higher wages for workers, the vast majority of whom are women. This sector significantly contributes to women’s economic independence and provides a basis for them to organize for equal rights. By increasing textile manufacturing productivity in Bangladesh, Atlas Copco supports an industry that provides employment and development opportunities to local women.
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