Pakiza Group growing fast keeping quality and safety

Sadik Azam Sajib, Rahbar Hossain        
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The company once famous for ‘Pakiza Print Sharee’ over the years has been transformed into a trusted name of Bangladeshi textile manufacturer for both in local and international arena. Established in 1982, Pakiza Group is flourishing with quality and commitment to their customers consistently. Day by day they are exploring their business with aptitudes. As revealed by ‘Textile Today Factory Story’ team their most concerned area is production quality and employee safety. The Group informed that they always try to keep pace with the changing trends and fast fashions to sustain in the global competitive market. For ensuring better quality, they adopt latest technologies.

The Textile Today tour has revealed that the company is undergoing massive vertical expansions. In recent times the company is building its strong capacity in knit fabric production, dying finishing, cutting sewing and piece printing. Pakiza Group’s capacity in all over printing is also going to be 4 times higher in coming days. They are planning to triple their yarn dyeing capacity.

Overview of Pakiza Group

Pakiza Group is a fabric manufacturing giant who successfully caught the early winds of the favorable enterprise in world-class textiles in Bangladesh and became a household name in the sector with its quarter century experience and enterprise. In 1982, Rafiqul Islam Khan, Chairman of Pakiza Group opened Pakiza with a small retail store selling sharees and printed fabrics. For high public demand, gradually Pakiza Group expanded over the time. The sister concerns of Pakiza Group are:

  • Pakiza Woven Fashion Ltd.
  • Pakiza Cotton Spinning Mills (Pvt.) Ltd.
  • Pakiza Dyeing & Printing Industries Ltd.
  • Pakiza Knit Composite Ltd.
  • Pakiza Spinning Mills Ltd.
  • Pakiza Textiles Ltd.
  • Pakiza Apparels Ltd.
  • Garden Textile Mills (Pvt.) Ltd.
  • Pakiza Garments Ltd.
Figure 1: The operation team of Pakiza Knit Composite Ltd.
Figure 1: The operation team of Pakiza Knit Composite Ltd.

From the very beginning and till now, they fulfill the local market demand. In this continuity through their performance and feedback from clients, they have started new ventures including knit Composite in Savar, and yarn dyeing, denim production and washing, all over printing in Narshingdi.

Production and Products

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Sustainability challenges

At present, Bangladesh textile industry is facing more competitive and challenging reality. So, sustainability is a big issue for the textile giants and also for the parallel small textile industries. Pakiza is also facing challenges regarding sustainability. Md. Golam Rabbi Khan, Dy. General Manager, Dyeing Department, Pakiza Knit Composite Ltd. said that, “Buyers want the quality up to the mark, but gives a lower price. On the other hand, we have to follow the rules and fulfill the requirements of ACCORD which increases the cost.”

He also added that due to low price and high quality negotiation scenario, it is difficult to survive in this industry. Mr. Rabbi Khan suggested that BGMEA should fix up a minimum price rate for every single garments and buyers must follow the price margin.

In Bangladesh, there is an open market practice which means a chance to bargain to fix up the price of product. For this reason, buyers get some benefit in price bargaining. The small industries can easily take the order in lower price but it is difficult for a comparatively large industry to take order at that price. He added.

However the Pakiza management is highly environment concerned and that’s why they give priority to green production. All the process water is treated in Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) and then discharge to the environment. ETP capacity is 3600  water per day. They have also similar capacity Water Treatment Plant (WTP). For alternative source of energy, they use solar power. They are going to launch a semi green project in Narsingdi very soon.

Machineries and technology

Pakiza is a technically well-equipped group which has all the state of the art machineries and facilities. In every particular section, they use world class brand machineries.

For sampling section, they have four dedicated sewing lines, each line has 28 machines. Sewing machine brands are Juki, Pegasus, Brother and Kansai. CAD pattern design software from Gerber and EuroCAD. Auto pattern cutter brand is SinaJet, Digitizer and Plotter from Eastman. Most of the laboratory machines are from James H. Heal brand.

Figure 2: Two most concerned areas for Pakiza Group are production quality and employee safety
Figure 2: Two most concerned areas for Pakiza Group are production quality and employee safety

In dyeing section, they use machineries of some renowned brands like Sclavos, Bruckner, Lafer, Ferraro, Bianco, Comptex etc.. For yarn dyeing, they chose Theis, Stalum, SSM, Datin, Euro Crane. To get better quality all over printing, Ichinos, Zimmer, EWHA, Lafer brands machines are used. In cutting section, they use auto cutter, auto spreader, straight knife cutter and rib cutter from Morgan, KM and Toyo brand. For several sewing action, they use Juki, Brother, Kansai, Pegasus, Nisho, Hashima, UZU and Prym brand machineries. Better finishing purpose, they like Veit, Coolset, Hasima, Nisho brands.

Figure 3: Pakiza Group well known for all over printing is also building expertise in piece printing.
Figure 3: Pakiza Group well known for all over printing is also building expertise in piece printing.

A quality conscious company

Quality is the main priority of Pakiza Group. Their goal is to ensure quality production, maintain international standard in production and assure best quality product. For Japanese and European buyer, they do 100% garments check and AQL 2.5 and also for fabric checking, they use Four Points System.

To maintain quality in production and ensure safe and healthy working condition, they strive very hard and take all necessary steps and measures. They have already obtained many certificates that shows their efforts and initiatives to ensure quality and workplace safety. Pakiza is certified by ACS ISO 9001, ACCORD, Sedex, GOTS, Oeko-Tex, BSCI. Abu Mostakim, Sr. Manager (Corporate Affairs), Pakiza Knit Composite Ltd. said, “We give focus on worker and employee skill development. For this, we provide various trainings and workshops. We ensure 0% abuse in workplace for maintaining better work environment.”

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