Fears and apprehensions in the industry are rife over closing of stores and the growing bankruptcies in US. Many feel that the situation is worrisome with the growing numbers of brands/retailers filing for Chapter 11, downplaying fears of immediate effect of regime change in USA. But amongst all this, the epitome of excellence in the Bangladesh denim sector, is growing with its passion for denims. “We are now planning to set up a DENIM product development centre which would be like a small garmenting unit with capacity to produce denim trousers to shirts to undergarments, socks, everything,” says Gazi Mahbubul Alam, Director of Mahmud Group confidently when speaking to Team Apparel Online. With Quality Assurance gaining precedence over Quality Control, various machine manufacturers are making their presence in the country. While Intertek – a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, is re-defining the industries with its Total Quality Assurance proposition, Eastman Technocrafts has introduced a new line of jean manufacturing machines, cheaper by 20-30%., under the brand ‘PFT’. Celebrating a very successful year in Bangladesh, Lectra with its local partners Aamra Resources Ltd. recently introduced in Dhaka their Apparel 4.0 Strategy in line with the global technology movement, commonly referred to as Industry 4.0. Besides the above, our regular columns of Bangladesh Canvas, Retailer Current, Beyond BD, Resource Centre, Technology pages, Export Statistics, and Fashion pages make the issue worth reading.