Pakistan’s textile industry and German machinery manufacturers
long and close partnership
This year on 14th August 2017 Pakistan shall celebrate its
70th year of independence. From a young nation lacking an
industrial base in 1947, today Pakistan can boast a growing
industrial economy with a tremendous scope of further growth and
development. Being primarily an agricultural economy, cotton
became the cash crop of Pakistan driving the fast acceleration
of the industrial base of the country during the last 70 years.
In the early decades of the 1950s and 1960s German companies
realizing the importance of the growing market of Pakistan
established their strong presence in spinning, weaving and
finishing sectors. Several German companies have contributed
significantly towards the development of the new textile
industry in Pakistan more than 60 years ago.
Today Germany has a thriving textile machinery industry with
an impeccable reputation for quality and service. What makes
Germany one of the world leaders is the constant innovation
through research and development. There is a strong emphasis on
adoption of new ideas and technologies in close liaison with the
academic institutions. The industry-academia linkage strongly
supported by the German government results in a secure
environment conducive to the growth and sustainability of the
engineering sector. Germany’s workforce is constantly trained,
enabling it to use the most radical innovations in diverse and
creative ways to produce and improve products and services that
represent the highest quality deserving of higher prices.
The perception of German machinery is extremely positive in
Pakistan. Pakistani customers would pay a premium for higher
quality that embodies German textile technology. The German
textile machinery association VDMA accounts for 130 of the most
important manufacturers of textile machinery and accessories
from various sectors. The largest parts of the companies are
medium-sized firms and stand for approximately 90 percent of the
entire sector volume. The industry employs a staff of 15,300 and
produced textile machinery and accessories worth Euros 4.1
billion in 2016.
Today German machinery manufacturers are focusing on the
environment and ecology for the sustainable production textiles.
Most of the leading machinery manufacturers from Germany are
Blue Competence certified. Energy efficiency, automation and
sustainability are the urgent requirements of Pakistan’s textile
industry that are amply addressed by the technology offered by
their German counterparts.
This edition of Pakistan Textile Journal as per our past
traditions is devoted to Germany and its technological
developments in the field of textile machinery. A special report
on Techtextil, the exhibition for technical textiles is also
included in this issue. This is an area which holds great
potential for Pakistan’s textile sector and here as in the past
German technology is poised to assist Pakistan in exploring new
avenues in the field of technical textiles and nonwovens.