Northern Tosrifa Group – a step ahead to launch a green project

Setara Begum,   Assistant Professor,   BGMEA University of Fashion & Technology   
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Mohim Hassan, the CEO & Managing Director of Northern Tosrifa Group (NTG), started his career as an entrepreneur with Northern Corporation Limited in the year of 1990. Now, all the sister concerns of NTG named – Tosrifa Industries Ltd., Northern Corporation Ltd., Fashion Asia Ltd, Northern Garments Ltd., Hung Tak Northern Garments Ltd., Enviro Pac Ltd., and Printers & Printers Limited are run by his enthusiastic leading. Mr. Hassan has an exclusive passion in the field of Organizational Behavior, Ethical Practices in Business, Human Efficiency and Corporate

Northern Tosrifa Group
Figure 1: On a construction floor of NTG’s new green project- among others Md. Habibur Rahman, Deputy General Manager, Tosrifa Industries Ltd. Fabric Division (2nd from left), Mohim Hassan, CEO & Managing Director of Northern Tosrifa Group (NTG) (3rd from Left) and Setara Begum, author of the article (4th from left).

Social Responsibility (CSR). His pledge into growth and advancement of the Group’s business has already seen over 27 years of success. And as a sign of his obligation to CSR, in the year of 2009, he received an award for CSR activities from BGMEA.

The group has awarded with REACH certificate for the compliance and protection of the environment and people from risks of necessary chemicals used in production. The group also works as a partner of GIZ to attain ISO 14001:2004 for the environmental Management System Certifications.

In an addition, with above mentioned green practices, the group is going to launch its first ever green project based on Cold Pad Batch (CPB) dyeing around 2nd half of this year. The green project is entitled as “Tosrifa Industries Limited (Fabric Division)” and locates at Beraiderchala, Ansar Road, Sreepur, Gazipur. Recently author of this article has visited the factory and talked to Mohim Hassan and other managements to discuss the advantages of CPB dyeing process.

CPB dyeing attempts the utmost cost-effective and advantageous approach of dyeing cotton with reactive dyestuffs. The elimination of salt addition also supports the minimum energy and water consumptions, hence rendering it more eco friendly and the fixation of dye is also high. Although, the CPB dyeing procedure is easy as the only step associate is the passage of fabric through the dye bath and squeezing through the dyeing padder along the subsequent batching for twelve hours. The lengthy batching time cause CPB process less attractive to many dyers seeking high production rates. The alternative dyeing methods to CPB as pad-dry-cure, pad-steam and batch processes are expensive due to the requirement of thermal energy for dye fixation. It has become the necessity of the day to look for the easy and safe methods of dyeing. CPB dyeing method gives the required fastness standards with ease and minimum costs, and less energy.

Cold pad batch is known since many years to the dyers worldwide and many companies have been practicing this method. The process is more commonly used in woven fabric processing. Recent developments of technology providers now have made this process smooth and easily adoptable in processing knit fabric also. It had come up as a good solution for Bangladesh for several years now due to the energy crises, increase of cost and the legislation for the protection of environment.

NTG is one of the few companies in Bangladesh who are adopting this technology. The country already has showcased successful implementation of CPB technology. NTG when chooses CPB process for their green project, is becoming an exemplary green factory.

Green factories built by the certification of USBC LEED don’t dig much on the savings from the processes or core operations. LEED more look at the building and its related issues. Adoption of CPB process in a green project will make NTG’s “Tosrifa Industries Limited (Fabric Division)” a factory to refer, told Mohim Hassan.

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