Many people say there is no R&D Department in Bangladeshi Companies, except Pharmaceuticals. I am disagreeing. We are doing R&D but we don't know it. May be not like SONY or CASIO. But we are doing. I am now going to share my own experience of R&D in my Sweater Factory.
We call it "Design Department". They mainly develop new style for attracting the buyer. Besides this they also work with sample given by the buyer. If the style of the garment is critical then comes the R&D process. Already we developed some specific solution for nylon shedding problem, yarn weight problem, needle mark problem etc. All these are outcome of our R&D. We are investing lots of money for a well developed design section. They are completely engaged themselves to make our production efficient through technical alteration.
Big Garments group of our country also engaging R&D in Marketing Department, to attract the Buyer of different regions. Still we don't catch the market of JAPAN and AUSTRALIA yet.
But still there are room to improve in a large extent in our Technology Management part. Many handy machines are there which can be used as a support device with main machine; which will lead to a dramatic productivity improvement. Several things are like this, if you know the technology it can be done by selective initial investment rather than bear the curse of poor workmanship.
Those who are interested in technology management can take a look at this site. http://www.jotmi.org
Those who are not interested,can at least take down the website address, may be tomorrow you need it. :)
Bye for now.