Huntsman Textile Effects, a major global suppliers of textile dyes and additives, has entered into a partnership and collaboration agreement with Bangladesh‘s Viyellatex Group.

Under this agreement, Huntsman will support Viyellatex’s mills to streamline operations and optimize processes, train technical staff, and make recommendations to help improve yield and productivity. This strategic cooperation will enable Viyellatex Group to continue to achieve operational excellence and meet the requirements of international brands, and reinforces the recognition of Huntsman as a preferred supplier of the Viyellatex, which has spinning, knitting, dyeing, accessories and printing facilities in Bangladesh.

This cooperation allows Viyellatex to further leverage Huntsman’s research and development capabilities, innovation and focus on sustainability.

David Hasanat, chairman of Viyellatex, said, “The support from Huntsman will help us be more competitive in this fast-growing market. 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 minimizing 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.”

Noting that the textile industry is Bangladesh’s most important export sector and an important market, Chuck Hirsch, Singapore-based Huntsman Textile Effects’ vice president of sales and technical resources, said, “With our shared values in sustainability and innovation, this partnership is a reflection of the confidence and trust that our customers place in us.”

Bangladesh’s ready-made garment sector is worth $28.1 billion annually, with more than 4,300 garment factories employing about four million people and accounting for 82 percent of the country’s total exports. To remain internationally competitive, local textile mills and RMG factories increasingly have to demonstrate that they operate in a socially and environmentally sustainable way, particularly with several industry and International Labour Organization-led ongoing inspection programs that began after the Rana Plaza disaster and other incidents that killed thousands of workers.

Viyellatex Group is adopting advanced Huntsman Textile Effects technologies, market leading dyes chemicals and auxiliaries, including its Avitera SE dyes, an award-winning flagship technology for exhaust application on cellulosic fibers that meet  stringent environmental standards.

Huntsman Textile Effects  is a division of Huntsman Corp., a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals with 2015 revenues of more than $10 billion.