Textile firms export health products to
Pakistan’s textile sector has devised a
strategy to boost diminishing exports, damaged by the lethal
Covid-19 pandemic, by exporting health-related products such as
protective gowns, scrubs and masks.
In June 2020, textile exports are expected
to surpass US$ 1-billion mark, said the management of Gul Ahmed
Textile Mills Limited.
Business suspension during lockdown
coupled with loss of export orders caused a financial dent of Rs
8 billion while contribution margins fell Rs 1.6 billion, the
However, July was promising for the
textile industry owing to a large number of orders related to
the health segment such as protective gowns, scrubs and masks,
which have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration
The home textile segment was another
section where the company was confident of getting export orders
and it was expected to grow because demand had increased
significantly as people spent more time at home, said Akram.
Looking at the situation, many businesses
in the textile export sector diversified by introducing
health-related merchandise, said Pakistan Cloth Merchants
Association Secretary General Arif Ismail.