Major trade boost: $1.3 billion goods allowed into EU duty-free

BRUSSELS (October 08 2010): Jeans, slippers and truffles will be among
900 million euros ($1.3 billion) in Pakistani goods allowed into the
European Union duty-free from next year under EU plans for trade
assistance to the flood-hit country. The scheme, unveiled on Thursday,
will suspend tariffs on 75 types of Pakistani-made goods which account
for about 27 percent of exports to the EU, boosting sales by about 100
million euros.

The move is meant to help Pakistan recover from devastating floods and
maintain political stability. In parallel, Islamabad has agreed to
take back illegal migrants returned by EU states. Most of the trade
concessions will be on textile exports, though there will be no tariff
cuts on Pakistan’s main product – bed linen – because of EU industry
opposition.  Continue reading “Major trade boost: $1.3 billion goods allowed into EU duty-free”

Ajrak making hamstrung by financial woes

Craftsman Mohammad Arif Mirani said he loved Sindhi culture and therefore was struggling to keep this dying industry alive. However, he said love alone was not enough to run the affairs of the household.

SUKKUR: Ajrak is said to be an integral part of Sindhi culture but its industry in Sukkur has reached its lowest ebb due to government inattention.

Recently dozens of Ajrak-making industries have been closed due to financial crisis, rendering hundreds of craftsmen jobless. Continue reading “Ajrak making hamstrung by financial woes”

Frustrations all around!

By Waqas Bin Azhar, TMM4

I would like to start with the time, time just before TIP, when I was searching for some of good business schools in news paper, publications etc, then I found TIP ad in the Jung newspaper and thought to apply for it and fortunately cleared the test and interview. Since I had no information about TIP therefore I asked to some of people in textiles, they told to go for it, fortunately I did not find any chance to ask some of out of textile business people, any way I got admission in TIP and was very happy as I found very good environment in fact I was very much happy to see the top class and really quality faculty. But as the time passes, instead of increase in the happiness, the level of frustrations increases. You must be thinking that if I’ve been suffering from this stage then why I wrote this article so late??

The reason is, this frustration is now being overflowed and compelled me to put up my thoughts on Quack… I will be discussing those issues which need attention. These issues are related to the concern of existing student body. Continue reading “Frustrations all around!”

TIP welcomes its new president!

Image0215TIP management, faculty, staff and students welcomed their new president Mr. Tariq Ikram replacing Dr. Zubair Bandukda as Mr. Tariq addressed them all for the first time ever first TISF slot of Fall Semester 2009.

Mr. Tariq has served as the chairman of Export Promotion Bureau having the the distinction of being the first Pakistani to be appointed as CEO of Reckitt and Colman in Pakistan at the age of 37.

In his brief speech, the newly appointed president discussed about the decline of textile and apparel industry and said that it is mainly because of a significant difference between our imports and exports. He further clarified that this difference can only be minimized if we start supporting our textile industry. He stressed over the need of educated people in the industry and discussed TIP rankings as an institute in HEC and other comissions.

Mr.Tariq believes that textiles play a very important role in Pakistan’s economy and exports and without supporting this industry, we can not even survive as a country. Later, he highlighted a number of textile graduates of TIP going extremely well in the textile industry. He seemed very optimistic about the future of TIP and textile industry at large. To have an idea about TIP, Mr. Tariq announced a SWOT analysis within students, faculty and even the board of directors. To tell you more about Mr. Tariq and his career, we have found a brief PDF document mentioning his achievements throughout his career.

We wish him good luck for his tenure at TIP and would like to see TIP touch the skies of quality research and academia under his supervision and guidance.

Textile Testing International

An Interview with the Hamid.k.Lateef(C.E.O Textile Testing International) on the Modern challenges in the Textile industry & the role of Testing

(Requirements of Modern Textile Industry)
Both industrialized and developing countries now have modern installations capable of highly efficient fabric production. In addition to mechanical improvements in yarn and fabric manufacture, there have been rapid advances in development of new fibers, processes to improve textile characteristics, and testing methods allowing greater quality control. Textile fabrics are judged by many criteria. Flexibility and sufficient strength for the intended use are generally major requirements, and industrial fabrics must meet rigid specifications of width, weight per unit area, weave and yarn structure, strength and elongation, acidity or alkalinity, thickness, and porosity. In apparel fabrics design and colors are major considerations, and certain physical properties may be of secondary importance. In addition, the various tactile properties of a fabric, described as its “hand,” “handle,” or “feel,” influence consumer acceptance.

The textile industry increasingly employs research and development in the area of quality control. Medieval craft guilds were concerned with maintaining high quality standards, and later textile mills established rigid systems of inspection, realizing that a reputation for supplying fault-free goods encouraged repeat orders. Modern quality control has been assisted by development of techniques and machines for assessing fiber, yarn, and fabric properties; by the introduction of legislation regarding misrepresentation in many industrialized countries; and by the establishment of rigid specifications by a growing number of buyers. Specifications have been established for the purchase of industrial fabrics, for textiles used by the military and other branches of governments, and for similar purchasing methods adopted by some retailers and other large buyers. In consumer-oriented areas, the public is becoming aware of product testing and is beginning to require proof that products have met certain test standards. Continue reading “Textile Testing International”

Who do u think you are?

Four years of progressive education, lots of executive and technical training programs, learning about change management and so on – makes you think you’re ready to take the bull called life by its horns, right?  Stop right there!

You are venturing into an industry that feels strongly but negatively towards change. If you feel you study in a terrible institution, change your attitude. You’re better than most of the people you will encounter in the textile industry. They’ll feel threatened by you, try to bring you down at every step, prove you wrong and stupid and treat you like a nobody. Some people will even prove to you what an idiot you are if you suggest a free upgrade in the ancient word processing software they make everyone use. Those presently studying –  if you enter the industry demotivated, you’re dead, because you haven’t seen what demotivation is – yet.

Take the bull called life by its horns and tame it. Nobody ever made anything better by not doing anything about it. Difficult people and situations are an essential part of life. Learn to deal with them by embracing their sorry existence, and you can be sure you’re on the right track!