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A group of companies is undertaking integrated manufacturing from material to end product.
They are nurturing high technology aiming to make a contribution to the local community and fair trade.
 
Interfab Shirt Mfg. Ltd: Managing Director, Mr. Ahasan Kabir Khan
COO, Mr. Fateh-Ul Islam
Mr. Ahasan Kabir khan, Managing Director COO Mr. Fateh-Ul Islam
Mr. Ahasan Kabir khan, Managing Director COO Mr. Fateh-Ul Islam
A plant in Khortoil, 40 minutes from Dhaka.
A plant in Khortoil, 40 minutes from Dhaka.
The plant is cool due to the water coolers installed at the windows and is well illuminated. A very comfortable working environment.
The plant is cool due to the water coolers installed at the windows and is well illuminated. A very comfortable working environment.
Machines with automatic thread trimmer are the main machines for the lockstitch. Dry machines, which do not cause grease stains, have also been introduced into a part of the production line.
1-needle lockstitch machine with an automatic thread trimmer, the DDL-8700-7.
1-needle lockstitch machine with an automatic thread trimmer, the DDL-8700-7.
Computer-controlled, High-speed, Lockstitch button holing machine, the LBH-1790.
Computer-controlled, High-speed, Lockstitch button holing machine, the LBH-1790.
Hangers are used in the finishing line. Check points in the sewing finishing process for each product are shown on the ceiling above the operators’ heads.
Hangers are used in the finishing line. Check points in the sewing finishing process for each product are shown on the ceiling above the operators’ heads.
The Viyellatex Group is undertaking integrated manufacturing from material to end product in only the 10 years since its establishment.

Interfab Shirt Mfg. Ltd. is a plant manufacturing shirts as a member of the Viyellatex Group, a well known textile and apparel company in Bangladesh. Interfab was established in 2003 to manufacture shirts for export as a joint venture business with the Fielding Group of the UK. In only the five years since the founding of the business, the production volume has already reached 500,000 pieces per month. It has grown to be one of the leading plants in the country.
Originally, the Viyellatex Group was founded as Viyellatex (Garments) Ltd. in 1996, and the first business for the company was to manufacture knit products for export. Since then, the following group of companies were established.
  • Viyellatex Spinning Ltd.
  • Viyellatex Knitting & Dyeing Division
  • Interfab Shirt Manufacturing Ltd.
  • Textile Testing Corp. (Lab)
  • Gothic Design (Printing)
  • Fashion Plastic & Packaging
As a result, the group has grown to be the first group of companies in the country covering the entire processes from spinning and design to manufacturing and export.
Interfab manufactures uniforms, casual wear and dress shirts. Uniforms compose, 50%, men’s shirts, 40% and women’ s blouses, 10% of the total production. They are 100% exported.
“As we have targeted exportation from the beginning, we have striven to meet global standards such as high quality and short turn-around-time instead of merely relying on cheap labor cost and material. We believe these efforts have been recognized by our customers.” Said Mr. Ahasan Kabir khan, Managing Director of the company.
Customer orders have continued to grow, and the company is now manufacturing for world class brands, including Benetton, Tesco, Gstar, Raw, Marks & Spencer, s.Oliver, Esprit, Puma, PVH, Arrow, Van Housen and Geoffrey Been.


Knit material is produced in-house.
The company proposes their own designs for 70% of the production.


While there are several unique points about the company, one of them is the fact that the company is producing their knit material in-house. Their material products include cloth products and knit material. As for the knit material, they have a spinning plant, knitting plant and dyeing plant in the group, and they are spinning, weaving and dyeing in-house using cotton purchased from Uzbekistan, the USA, Indonesia, China and Thailand to make circular knitting and flat knitting products.
In other words, they are in a position to propose their own ideas from the material stage, which is proving to be a great advantage for the company.
This approach applies not only to knit shirts, but also to cloth products. For this purpose, the company is training designers, and today they have two designers for shirts and four designers for knit products. The company intends to further strengthen the design department, and is hiring and training graduates who studied design from the national Fashion Institute, private universities and technical colleges.
As a result of such effort, 70% of the products of the company today are based on their own designs, and simple sewing work based on customer designs has decreased down to 30%. The company’s design department is using the same CAD system as the customer’s design department, and in the cutting field, they have introduced automatic spreading machines and Gerber laser cutting machines.
Furthermore, their study of sewing technology is progressing, with US-made washing machines being introduced in their own test laboratory for wash testing.
Because of these efforts, the company’s technical capability is highly regarded, and requests for wrinkle free shirts, which do not require ironing and which require a high technical level, are increasing. As shown in the photo, hangers are used in the finishing process. This is evidence that high quality is realized in the manufacturing processes.


CSR: Contributions to the regional society including support to primary schools.
The company is aggressive in employing and training the handicapped.


Another unique facet of the company is that they are aggressive in regional contribution activities in addition to their business activities.
Because the company originally grew as an export industry, it can be said that satisfying CSR and other conditions has been part of their plan from the beginning in order to export their products to the US and European countries. Or, perhaps it is the other way around. They may be making their utmost effort in their business operation in order to be able to contribute to the local community.
Of course, as a company, they are not only creating jobs for more than 10,000 people, but also introducing various social contribution programs. Some examples are:
  • Supporting the construction and running of primary schools.
  • Scholarship system for students.
  • Creating funds for establishing non-profit hospitals or purchasing blood transfusion equipment.
  • The Marks & Start Program for handicapped (A joint venture with Marks & Spencer to teach machine sewing to handicapped people and in turn have them be hired them by the company.)
These efforts have been recognized, and the company was the first certified in Bangladesh as a fair trade plant by FLO-CERT, which is a fair trade certifying organization in Germany. This achievement was both a source of pride for the company and a great source of motivation for the employees. It is supporting the high quality and high tech level of the company.

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