|Late Sheikh Akij Uddin (18.02.1929-10.10.2006)
Founder Chairman and Managing Director of Akij Group
Akij Group's history dates back more than sixty years ago-in 1950. Starting with handmade cigarette, popularly known as Biri manufacturing, It made fortune while contributing substantially to the government through payment of taxes. Its next step was jute trading, which was known at that time as golden fiber and used to bring most of the valued foreign exchange of the country. The Group's untiring efforts under the able leadership and management together with support of its clients soon diversified its initiatives. With the passage of time, the Group now employs more than 100,000 people and involved in varieties of sectors. The Group plans to continue its expansion with diversification in sectors. Due to its social commitment, the Group is also involved in operating many development initiatives.
Back in 1950, my father, Late Sheikh Akij Uddin, was engaged in tobacco business in the then East Pakistan. At that time, hukka tobacco (water-pipe), hand-made Biri, (covered with tendu leaf from India), was widely consumed in this sub-continent. Very few people could effort to smoke cigarettes due to their higher price.
However, after the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971, hand-made Biri, wrapped with cigarette-paper with improved blend became very popular among consumers as the tendu leaf was not available from India. Since then, people of Bangladesh have accepted it very much and the consumption of hand-made Biri has gone up with the passage of time.
Currently, Akij Group is a conglomerate of as many as 36 industrial units, including inclusive business concerns in Bangladesh. The Group produces hand-made Biri along with hand-made cigarettes having largest establishments all over the country capturing over 80% of local market. The Group also exports its products to the Middle East countries Singapore and Malaysia.
In this context, we are going to have a GLT plant of 10 M.T capacity/hour production origin being ITALY which will come into leaf processing operation, crop-2013 as to meat growing demand of International market in addition to our exiting 5 M.T capacity/hour RDP at our Rangpur leaf factory.
Our next program is to switch over to Hand made cigarette manufacturing unit having modern PMD with Analytical Laboratory, quality control system and other required equipment like logistic supports for meeting requirements of local and international market in coming days. We have also plenty of labor and professional staff in our organizations. To this effect joint venture is most welcome.