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Experts urge Pakistan to ban harmful chemicals in textiles
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Nov '14
A strict legislation to stop the use of restricted chemicals and dyes in Pakistan’s textile industry should be brought about, said speakers at Pakistan’s global textile conference on resource efficiency.

The conference was organized by the Training and Development Centers of the Bavarian Employers’ Associations (bfz gGmbH), one of the largest private providers of vocational training in Germany, in collaboration with Pakistani business associations including Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PHMA).

Many textile industry units in different processes make unnecessary use and waste a lot chemicals and dyes which create serious environment and health problems along with adding to the cost of production. Many textile manufacturers use sub-standard and banned chemicals and dyes to sell their finished products at lower prices in local market, said one of the speakers at the conference.

The textile experts attending the forum from Germany, Austria, and Bangladesh emphasized that resource efficiency is a key to cost reduction in the manufacturing industries of Pakistan and crucial for social compliance with the demand of international buyers.

The main session of the conference was on chemical management with keynote speakers Kazy Mohammad Iqbal Hossain from C&A, one of the biggest European retailers, and Dr. Jurgen Hannak, a freelance expert on resource efficiency and environmental management.

Mr. Iqbal Hossain emphasized on increasing requirements and tightening controls of international buyers in respect to chemical management along the textile supply chain. Dr. Jurgen Hannak from Austria explained how manufacturers can approach these challenges and ensure safe usage, storage, and transport plus appropriate disposal of chemicals.

Dr. Bilquis Yasmeen, Senior Consultant at VRI-USA Inc. gave an introduction to productivity enhancement through material efficiency followed by a case study on a six sigma project at AB Mauri Pakistan Ltd.

The team of bfz gGmbH presented services offered by project ESPIRE, started by bfz gGmbH, to support the industry to improve resource efficiency and occupational health and safety.

In Pakistan, bfz gGmbH is collaborating with PHMA, Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA), Towel Manufacturers Association of Pakistan (TMA), Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts & Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM), and Pakistan Cloth Merchants Association (PCMA).

ESPIRE is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) via Sequa gGmbH. (GK)

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