Synthetic fibers prepared with nylon, polyester, acrylic, and polyolefin have a commanding position in the textile industry of Pakistan

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2018-06-06 10:55:00 – Islamabad

Pakistan is the 8th largest exporter of textile commodities in Asia and textile sector contributes 8.5% to the GDP of Pakistan. The total textile sector exports reached $7.72bn value-wise in July-January 2018 versus $7.2bn in the corresponding period of last year, reflecting an increase of 7.18 pc.

Acetate rayon yarn, polyester filament yarn, and nylon filament yarn are the three types of filament yarn are also produced in Pakistan. Synthetic fibers prepared with nylon, polyester, acrylic, and polyolefin have a commanding position in the market. Textile products manufactured from wool are also famous across the country and they include woolen yarn, acrylic yarn, fabrics, shawls, blankets, and carpets. Artificial silk is also produced in Pakistan. This fiber resembles silk but costs less to produce. There are about 90,000 looms in the country.

Pakistan is currently facing a large-scale energy crisis. The government manages the deficit through daily power cuts. These power cuts have significantly impacted manufacturing industries in Pakistan. Pakistan has faced competition from regional players including Bangladesh, India and Vietnam in recent years. The fabric produced in Pakistan is high in quality as compared to fabric produced in other countries according to consumers. There are many famous clothing brands in Pakistan who use locally produced fabrics due to its high quality.

The textile industry in Pakistan is the largest manufacturing industry in the country and also an explicit example of resistance economy. The textile sector has been the country’s backbone for years, as it provides employment and export revenues. The textile industry is the second largest employment sector in Pakistan. The textile sector in Pakistan contributes 57% to the country’s exports.

Cotton spinning is the most significant division in the Pakistan textile industry with 521 units installed and operational .Textile manufacturing emerged as a central part of Pakistan's industrialization in the 1950s, shortly following independence from the British rule in South Asia. In 1974, the Pakistan government established the Cotton Export Corporation of Pakistan (CEC).The number of textile mills in Pakistan increased from 3 to 600, between 1947 and 2000, and in the same time spindles increased from 177,000 to 805 million.

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