2nd (UET-Archroma-SDC) International
Conference on Sustainable Textile
University of Engineering &
Technology, Lahore (Faisalabad Campus), Archroma Pakistan Pvt.
Ltd and SDC (Society of Dyers and Colourists) successfully
organized the 2nd UET-Archroma-SDC International Conference on
Sustainable Textiles, The Archroma Sustainablity Day and SDC UK
design competition for students on April 3rd 2019 at UET Lahore,
Faisalabad Campus. International conference and concurrent
events were attended by large number of guests, majority of them
were from the leading textile mills of Pakistan. Speakers
presented interesting and informative presentations in three
sessions. Extraordinary eye catching designs were presented by
the students of different Universities in SDC UK design
competition. In Archroma Sustainability Day, the leading textile
brands participated and exhibited their latest innovations and
designs. Pakistan Textile Journal is pleased to present this
detailed report and glimpses of the event for the interest of
Professor Dr. Waqar Mahmood, Director KICS & CERAD,
Professor Dr. Waqar Mahmood, in his welcome address
appreciated the pivotal role Archroma plays in the development
of the textile industry, not only in Pakistan but also
He added, “UET Lahore - Faisalabad campus is a world-class
university producing technologically sound professionals in a
state of the art environment. He mentioned that the graduates
and engineers from this campus are serving the textile and
fashion industry worldwide including USA and Europe.”
Mr. Mujtaba Rahim, CEO, Archroma Pakistan Ltd
Mr. Mujtaba Rahim, CEO, Archroma Pakistan said, “With these
conferences, we are bringing together textile students,
academia and the industry on one platform. And we also hope that
the pace is going to increase in futurel.”
He appreciated the efforts of SDC for encouraging bright
Pakistani students of textile chemistry through the competition
on “Colors of Nature”. Color is an inseparable part of our daily
life. Studies say that it plays an important role in emotions,
productivity and communication in learning. It also influences
creativity. This is the reason why Archroma collaborated
internationally with SDC to base its design and color
competition on the unique Color Atlas. Color Atlas is a new
system for designers developed by Archroma making color
management easy and time-saving. It is specially greared to the
needs of designers, brands, retailers and manufacturers and
enhancing the created possibilities to the industry. The natural
colors of nature are all reflected in Color Atlas.” He mentioned
the fast change that fashion industry witnessed in the recent
years bringing about a fundamental transformation in the way
textile industry operates. With the inclusion and availability
of social media, keeping up with the demands of end users has
become a challenge in view of the stringent compliance
requirements on sustainability.
He mentioned that for Archroma sustainability is not just a
word or a business proposition. It is a way of reflecting on
everything that they do. Archroma is committed to change the
entire value chain to be economically and environmentally
sustainable through innovative solutions. Archroma is
passionately enhancing the peoples’ lives respecting our planet.
Aniline free indigo, he mentioned, is produced at our
Sustainable Effluent Treatment Plant @ Zero Liquid discharge
which means that not a single drop of water goes out from the
production cycle and wasted. This facility has received Water
Stewardship Award in France which is a matter of great pride for
Archroma and for Pakistan.
He paid glowing tributes to the Pakistani brands who have
earned a good name for themselves in the global markets.
Dr. Shafiq Ahmad, Director, Better Cotton Initiative
(Pakistan & Central Asia)
Dr. Shafiq Ahmad, Director, Better Cotton Initiative
(Pakistan & Central Asia) gave a presentation on sustainable
production for cotton and BCI’s role in it. He discussed how and
why this initiative has been undertaken, the stage of
sustainable cotton at the global level, and the role of BCI in
the sustainable cotton production globally and in Pakistan.
According to Dr. Shafiq Ahmad, 28 million metric ton of
cotton is produced globally but some negative realities being
attached with it. A lot of water is consumed in thecotton
production. 2700 liters of water are used to make one cotton
He stressed that, by opting for sustainable cotton production
some of these issues can be minimised and stressed the need to
focus on sustainability for
sake of the future of the cotton industry.
Mr. Andrew Filarowski, Technical Director, SDC UK
Mr. Andrew Filarowski, Technical Director, SDC UK gave an
interesting video presentation on color education for the
future.This presentation was given online as he was unable to
participate in the conference.
Mr. Ignasi Cubina, Director EIG, Spain
Ignasi Cubina, Director EIG, Spain’s presentation was on the
Circular Future for Fashion and Textiles. This is not only the
future for Pakistan but the future for the whole planet. Since
the last 30, 40 years the business and the productivity of the
fashion industry of Pakistan have dramatically increased. And
all these increases are against a cost, a cost for the
environment and a cost for our future.
Talking about the sustainability he said that we should not
compromise on our future. We need to have some positive agenda
for our future environment and for the people.
He also informed that Bangladesh and Pakistan are the two
most threatened countries in terms of waste emissions. He
further said that climate change is also a consequence of bad
design philosophy. In his presentation, he also talked about
carbon emission management.
Mr. Sohail Ali Naqvi, CEO, WWF Pakistan
Mr. Sohail Ali Naqvi, CEO, WWF Pakistan gave an inspiring
presentation on a Sustainable World. He said that WWF is working
to save nature in Pakistan with over 20 offices nationwide and
more than 30 projects. Pakistan is ranked 144th out of 180
countries according to the Environmental Performance Index.
According to Global Climate Risk Index, Pakistan is the 7th most
adversely affected country due to climate change. World bank
estimates the cost of Environmental degradation to be nearly 9%
of Pakistan’s GDP.
Mr. Aamir Shamsi, Head of Denim and Casual Wear, Archroma
Mr. Aamir Shamsi, Archroma Pakistan, Head of Denim & Casual
Wear focused on the need and importance of Aniline Free* Indigo.
He stressed that it is important to save our planet from future
environmental hazards. Aniline, has been one of the major raw
materials for producing denim however it is a toxic element,
harmful to the environment causing deterioration of aquatic life
and the ecological balance.
Aniline-free* indigo, therefore is the latest innovative
solution developed after extensive research by our R & D teams.
Archroma is the world’s first company to introduce Aniline-Free*
Indigo for denim. Saving environment is presently the main focus
of all stakeholders. Fashion world also needs compliance to this
key element. Therefore Aniline-free* indigo is our sustainable
answer for the Denim industry. Pakistan is one of the top
producers of Denim and sustainable products will
enable continuity of our brands in global markets.
Dr. Munir Ashraf, Assistant Professor / Chairman, NTU,
Dr. Munir Ashraf presented his research on global textile
market and its drivers. He said that functional textiles are
textiles with integrated functions of controlling or adjusting
according to its
application area. Currently, technologies such
as nanotechnology are being used for the development of functional
Mr. Atif Maqbool, Product Line Manager, Archroma
In his presentation, Mr. Atif Maqbool, Archroma Pakistan,
Product Line Manager showed advances in polymer technology –
pretreatment. He said that Advanced Polymer Technology (APT) is
a newly designed process for (semi-) continuous
using a polyvinyl pyrrolidone polymer in de-sizing, bio-scouring
and bleaching of cotton and its blends with synthetic
fibers. Advance Polymer Technology allows for a significant
reduction of the sodium hydroxide (NaOH) dosage used during
scouring and bleaching, enabling better fabric strength values
which result in an improved quality of fabric.
Dr. Muhammad Mohsin, Chairman, UET Textile Department
Dr. Muhammad Mohsin, Chairman, UET Textile Department
explained ways to achieve sustainability in textiles. According
to him the sustainability can be achieved through machine,
process, textile chemicals and productivity.
Arbab Sikunder, Archroma Pakistan,
Product Line Manager
Mr. Arbab Skunder, Product Line Manager Pigment Printing,
Archroma Pakistan highlighted textile printing technologies with
Eco-safe. He discussed past and present printing practices in
Faisalabad. Previously, eco-safe system was not available based
on zero formaldehyde concept. Archroma, now, offers an advanced
system being an ecologically conscious organization. Presently,
only Archroma is offering chemicals that are safe, sustainable
and have zero formaldehyde. Handling of prints is soft bearing
similarity to reactive printing with better wash fastness. By
using our system, customers can add value to their product: this
additional benefit is only possible though our system.
Archroma’s Helizarin EcoSafe gives an edge to customers as all
products are safe, reliable – produced through international
standards, a perfect solution for babywear producers since it
ensures Formaldehyde free prints. Helizarin Ecosafe enhances
fabric quality with highest fastness level in the market. It is
a system that allows to keep
machine running. With Helizarin EcoSafe along with Printofix
pigment preparation it is easy to achieve brilliant colors with
all kinds of fibers.
Ms. Aglaia Gomez D’Alessandro, EIG, Spain
Ms. Aglaia Gomez D’Alessandro, EIG, Spain presented ways to
create safe and circular products with C2C certification. EIG is
the ideal partner for any company or organization wanting to
start its transformation towards circular economy. EIG is an
organization accredited to perform the assessment of products
against the Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Products Program.
Several companies in Pakistan have trusted EIG to optimize and
assess their products.
Dr. Assad, Chairman-Textile, Agriculture University,
Assad, Chairman-Textile, Agriculture University, Faisalabad
presented his research on textile sustainability of cotton from
ball to bale. He focused on best cotton picking practices and
use of ultrasonic the cost issues in the cotton production in
Pakistan. He said that Pakistan is the 4th largest producer of
cotton in the world and the 4th largest consumer of cotton.
Discussing the issues of cotton picking he informed that the
amount of trash in Pakistani cotton is an average 8% and
according to international standards the Pakistani cotton is
graded as very trashy. Pakistan suffers a loss of approx. 2-4
billion dollars per year because of cotton contamination. So in
order to decrease the cost of cotton production, effective
cotton picking techniques should be implemented. He also talked
about the ultrasonic method of cotton dyeing. Since the fabric
dyed in ultrasonic dyeing machine gave better crocking and water
Mr. Saleh Muhammad, Archroma Pakistan, Product Line
Mr. Saleh Muhammad, Archroma Pakistan, Product Line Manager
highlighted value-addition and solutions in textile finishing.
He said, “Value-addition is a key issue to success in today’s
hometextile and nonwoven segments wherein Archroma is active
since many years. We are offering multiple solutions in digital
printing to reduce the cost of printing.”
Archroma offersg for value addition for customer’ articles in
Hygiene finish ( Antibacterial ), Anti-dust mites finish,
Wrinkle resistant finish with low tearing and tensile effects,
Power cotton package – increase in strengthened of Knit and
woven articles, water and oil repellent finish, soil release
finish and moisture management finish.
Our technology solutions are requirement based to minimize
Tearing / Tensile during Resin finish for shrinkage control and
for Wrinkle resistant finish, crocking improvement ( wet ) on
Pigment printed fabric, pilling improvement ( Blend with Cotton
and Blend with PES ), anti-slipping finishing package ( Blend
with Cotton and Blend with PES ), improvement in Abrasion /
Bursting effects in Woven / Knit fabric and sewability improver
during stitching and garment making.
Design Competition was won by Ms. Nimra Shafiq of LCWU, Jhang.
Ms. Amea Khalid of NTU and Ms. Talia Amjad
of UAF secured second and third position
respectively. Whereas, Mr. Muzammal Bin
Khalid of Hajvery University, Ms. Khoosh Rooh of Punjab
University and Ms. Armeen Hassan of UMT secured fourth, fifth
and sixth positions respectively.
Archroma Sustainability Day 2019 mementos
of appreciation were presented as a tribute to
participating brands. Patola Brand and
Rashid Textile Mills earned first and second position
respectively. Masood Textiles received
Sustainability trophy of the year.