In a first for Bangladesh, Omera Cylinder Ltd, a local manufacturer of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) containers, has recently begun exporting its products to international markets.
Omera made the foray into global markets after it shipped the first consignment of LPG cylinders to a few companies in Africa earlier this week, said Shamsul Haque Ahmed, chief executive officer of Omera LPG.
"This is not only a moment of pride for Omera, but also the entire country and its LPG industry. We are delighted that through Omera's technological expertise, our country has expanded its influence in the international arena," said Azam J Chowdhury, director of Omera Cylinders, in a press release.
Omera also hopes one day, the company will not only meet domestic demand for LPG cylinders, but also that of potential buyers from across the world.
"This achievement is a recognition of our strong commitment to quality," Chowdhury added.
After beginning its journey back in 2015, Omera Cylinders has catered to the needs of many local LPG operators by offering them a wide range of products that meet international standards, the press release said.
By using modern European machinery and technology, securing skilled human resources and maintaining the highest health and environmental safety, Omera grew quickly.
Besides, entering the global market is another major achievement for the company, the statement said.
Shipments to African countries are now ongoing and Omera hopes to reach Latin American countries by next year.
Omera Cylinders plans to export all of his surplus production while also expanding its manufacturing capacity in the coming days, Ahmed said.
Cylinders face a 10-tier quality test before it is declared fit for service.
"We have adopted all European equipment and machinery to manufacture world-class cylinders for exports," he added.
According to the CEO, the domestic demand for gas cylinders is around 60 lakh pieces while the industry's manufacturing capacity is around 80 lakh to 90 lakh pieces.
For the past few years, the demand for gas cylinders has increased by an average of 10 to 15 per cent, Ahmed said.
Md Jakaria Jalal, general manager of Bashundhara LP Gas, said that there are at least 14 gas cylinder manufacturers currently operating in Bangladesh. They include Bashundhara Gas, Navana LPG, Energypac, Jamuna Gas, BM Gas and Petromax LPG.