The last five matchboxes in Bangladesh

Matchbox (proof) from Dhaka Match Industries (closed) depicting the National Bird of Bangladesh the Doyel

Exhibitor : MD Abid Mallick

Bangladesh has a glorious past of matchboxes. Around 1980, teenage boys in this country used to play with matchbox covers, which are no longer seen. As far as is known, there were about 38 to 45 matchbox factories in Bangladesh. They produced many beautifully designed matchboxes.

However, people started using imported lighters as their prices were low, leading to a gradual decrease in matchbox usage. Presently, the price of matchboxes is relatively low, with a per matchbox cost ranging from $ 0.018 to $ 0.028 USD.

Two remaining match factories

Currently, only two match factories remain in Bangladesh.

One of these factories is Akij Match Factory Limited, established in 1992 at a picturesque site near Muktarpur Ghat on the banks of the River Sitalakshaya. It is a fully automated match factory producing high-quality, 100% carborized safety matches.

Current boxes from the Akij Match Factory

Akij Match Factory currently produces three matchbox brands:

  1. Dolphin (20±3 Sticks, Production Year 2023, 38 x 35 mm)
  2. Firebox (35±3 Sticks, Production Year 2023, 51 x 46 mm)
  3. Lighthouse (35±3 Sticks, Production Year 2023, 51 x 46 mm)

 

 

Current boxes from the Abul Khair Match Factory

The other factory is Abul Khair Match Factory Limited, established in 2009 at Charipur, Feni. It is also a fully automated match factory that produces high-quality, 100% carborized safety matches.

Abul Khair Match Factory releases two matchbox brands:

  1. Flame box (35±3 Sticks, Production Year 2023, 51 x 46 mm))
  2. Salmon (20±3 Sticks, Production Year 2023, 38 x 35 mm)

 

Although many matchbox collectors in Bangladesh have numerous rare matchboxes in their collections, only these two companies offer the five mentioned matchbox brands in the market. No other company is currently producing matchboxes.

Occasionally, cigarette companies or some hotels release promotional matchboxes. These five matchboxes are currently the last ones being produced and marketed in Bangladesh. If these two companies cease matchbox production in the future, no more matchboxes will be available on the market. The matchbox industry in Bangladesh is therefore at significant risk.

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