Bangladesh has been at the forefront of adopting advanced cutting room technologies to enhance its RMG industry’s competitiveness in the global market. Over the years, the progressive factory owners in the country have invested in cutting room technologies such as automatic fabric spreading machines, computerised cutting machines and automatic fabric inspection machines that have enabled them to minimise fabric wastage, reduce labour costs and improve accuracy and speed in cutting fabric.
The future of cutting room technology in the Bangladesh RMG industry looks promising and technology companies are eyeing at further expanding their wings in the market. Italy-based IMA Spa has become a prominent name due to its cutting-edge technology solutions for garment and textile manufacturing industry worldwide. The company has made significant inroads in Bangladesh, a top market for IMA. Team Apparel Resources (AR) had a discussion with Mirella Sardini, President, IMA Spa recently who spoke in detail about the strategies and technology developments of the company for the lucrative Bangladesh market.
“The shift that we are experiencing in Bangladesh is transformative shift! The organisations here have made significant investments in digitalisation at every level and are poised to reap the greatest rewards. We are fortunate to have contributed our efforts in taking Bangladesh to the next level in its digitalisation journey,” commented Mirella.
Bangladesh has emerged as a top market for IMA Spa due to the country’s thriving RMG industry. The company’s local dealer, IMA Far East Limited, has been instrumental in bringing IMA Spa’s cutting-edge technology solutions to the country such as new spreaders, software and auto-cutters in the country. IMA Far East Limited provides on-site training and support to its clients, ensuring that they can make the most of the products.
“In Bangladesh, we have 35 people working with IMA Far East, out of which 18 are technicians. They provide training to factory workers on the proper use of equipment and best practices for maintaining quality standards. This helps to ensure that workers are equipped with the necessary skills to produce high-quality garments efficiently,” mentioned Mirella.
After the demise of IMA Spa’s founder, Luciano Sardini, her daughter Mirella Sardini took over the business and has been successfully taking the legacy forward with her excellent business acumen. Under her leadership, IMA Spa has expanded its presence in several countries, including in Bangladesh which happens to be its largest market as well in value terms.
To cater to the growing demand in Bangladesh, IMA has launched several new products in the country. IMA unveiled the new POLARIS 908 labelling machine that represents the latest innovation in IMA’s labelling machine line, as it is entirely controlled by the onboard PC. The PC’s HMI provides enhanced operational flexibility and it’s easy to connect remotely using the TeamViewer platform.
Another IMA technology that has been making rounds in the global fashion industry including in Bangladesh is IMA 920.70 TYPHOON that is specifically tailored for high-performance processes. Its structural design incorporates digital control of various functions, including blade flexion sensors and counter-rotating masses to minimise vibrations and a double turbine management system for suction.
The new ‘gantry’ system for handling has also been incorporated into the design. The machine’s software enables users to flexibly manage all processing parameters and takes into account all the mechanical and software innovations that have been introduced, thereby boosting execution speed and productivity.
“With these cutting-edge solutions, we up the game of competitiveness for Bangladesh’s RMG industry,” asserted Mirella who believes IMA Spa’s success in Bangladesh is a testament to the company’s dedication to innovation and customer service.
In the upcoming ITMA 2023 in Milan (Italy), IMA Spa is going to showcase its patented Dual Spreader Machine IMA Dual 890 that can work as a spreader as well as an unroller. The company has combined two machines in one so that it can work both for single-ply line and for multi-layer line. “When we launched in Texprocess last year, it was only viable for certain markets and only for certain productions such as Italy and Europe; however, now we can make it work in the Asian markets as well such as Bangladesh – thanks to our never-ending R&D activities,” concluded Mirella.