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PPE Center of Excellence opens in Dhaka


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Intertek and BEXIMCO have opened a PPE Center of Excellence at BEXIMCO HEALTH, PPE Industrial Park, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Ambassador of the USA to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, H.E. Earl R. Miller opened the PPE Industrial Park along with Mr. Salman F Rahman, MP, Honorable Advisor to the Prime Minister, Bangladesh for Investment & Private Sector, Mr. Syed Naved Husain – Group Director & Chief Executive Officer BEXIMCO and other senior officials from BEXIMCO and Intertek.

BEXIMCO, a diversified private-sector group in Bangladesh, and one of South Asia’s largest vertically integrated textile and garment companies, established the PPE Industrial Park to produce personal safety equipment with a vision to become one of the major players in PPE manufacturing globally.

With South Asia emerging as the new global center for PPE manufacturing, the need for PPE products to meet all safety, hygiene and Quality Assurance standards prior to export and local consumption has been increasingly critical. To further our strategic partnership with BEXIMCO, a 12000ft² PPE Center of Excellence has been set up at the PPE industrial park that is capable of testing a wide range of PPE products to meet stringent international industry standards.

The Center of Excellence provides services ensuring that all PPE products tested in the facility comply with European, American and other international standards, all under one roof. The PPE Center of Excellence significantly enhances the delivery of our Total Quality Assurance (TQA) customer promise and streamlines our superior customer service.

The new PPE Center of Excellence will allow Intertek to provide systemic end-to-end solutions in this sector to all customers across the PPE ecosystem in Bangladesh. Intertek has partnered with the Government of Bangladesh, the World Health Organisation, Directorate General Drug Administration (DGDA) and private manufacturers alike, assuring all products from raw materials to finished items, allowing these organisations to supply high-quality and regulation-compliant products to the local and global market.

Commenting on the agreement, André Lacroix, CEO of Intertek said:

“As a purpose-led company, Intertek’s mission is to make the world a better and safer place by bringing Quality, Safety and Sustainability to life. That is why we are extending our partnership with BEXIMCO by establishing a new state-of-the-art center of excellence to ensure its vital PPE products are able to meet the highest risk-based quality assurance standards. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen global demand for PPE rise significantly, along with the need for end-to-end testing and certification solutions for protective clothing and other PPE equipment. With BEXIMCO becoming a key player in the manufacture of PPE globally, I am confident the next stage in our partnership will help make the world an ever-safer, ever-better place in these challenging times.”

Syed Naved Husain, CEO BEXIMCO, said: “BEXIMCO has steadily contributed to Bangladesh’s meteoric rise as a manufacturing hub in South Asia. I am delighted with this new development in our relationship with Intertek since it will place Bangladesh on the world’s PPE manufacturing map. The Quality Assurance capabilities of Intertek will help to further this cause by helping us to meet the most stringent regulatory standards and further cements our relationship. The new facility will help manufacturers, buyers, retailers, brands and [governments?] by bringing together all of our services under one roof encompassing European, American and other global regulatory standards. This should help us realize our vision of seeing Bangladesh as the largest manufacturer and exporter of PPE products.”

For more than two decades, Intertek has helped Bangladesh industry to ensure the quality, quantity and safety of their products, processes and systems, supporting clients involved with textiles and garments, leather and footwear, food, petroleum, petrochemicals, agricultural products, pre- shipment inspection under contract with the government, industrial technical services, high-end engineering projects, government projects and international systems certifications. The new PPE Center of Excellence adds another milestone in our existing partnership.

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