Why R&D is next generation job for Textile Engineer?
Our textile-apparel industrial sector is graduating step-by-step. The journey was started in late 70s when our sector was in the first stage of industrial journey, i.e., CTM (Cut-Make-Trimming) or literally called Mere Assemble Line stage. That time, the industry was able to do only Sewing (core activity of garment manufacturing), all supporting materials was provided by buyer-side. As the time passed by, our industry moved a step ahead (second stage) with experience during middle 90s. In the second stage, our industry able to provide all materials for apparel products ( also called backward linkage) as well as better sewing performance. This stage in literature called Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). Now our industrial backward linkage is enough matured to provide almost all materials for apparel manufacturing in the knit industrial sector. However, in the woven sigment, our industrial has to go long way, where our competing countries like India and Pakistan in the advantageous position. Honestly speaking, till now, our industrial sector is in the OEM, but most of the leading manufacturers are investing to get in the third stage of industrial journey and this stage is call Original Design Manufacturer (ODM). In this stage, we need huge better quality graduates with higher educational degrees (MSc Textile Engineering, or even PhD in Textile Science) for R&D (Research and Development). Only through R&D investment we will be “Original Designs” suppliers. Make you clear that Design not only means clothing designs, but also yarn designs, fabric designs, dyeing & printing designs and more.
Only those who will be able to provide complete service to buyers will compete in the tomorrow and future market. Complete service means idea generation to design simulation to design finalization and the same way final products.
R&D activities are more knowledge based than skilled based. Knowledge based indicate higher educational degrees.
So, present and future textile students shall consider this requirement while preparing their professional career plan.
-Engr. Abrar A Apu