Your company marks its modest beginnings 2 decades back in a small premise at Kampala, in the sector of paper products, where today, it is the largest printed paper product solutions provider of the Country. What story goes for your niche in textile business?
Some time in March 1996, we took over the former Government parastatal then known as Nyanza Textile Industries Limited (NYTIL). We had a false start as the assessment of the state of the machineries had been totally wrong. We embarked on the journey to scrap and modernize the mill. On the coming into force of the AGOA Law in the USA, we tried a quick shot on this. Still, the land locked nature of Uganda edged us from competition as the logistical aspects were just not adding up. Then, strategy changed to high value organic made-ups and or knits to avoid undue competition with China or India on price. This has clicked so far. Above that, cognizance was made of the absence of largely scale capacity to supply institution uniforms to especially the Armed Forces and other Government departments like Hospitals and Wild Life Authority. This prompted the investment into a modern garmenting facility to explore the potential. Today, this segment contributes at least 25% of turn-over.
Uganda is a basically an agriculturalist country; how is it established in arena of textile and clothing? In your view, how is this industry moving on the course of present time?
Textile industry is on the move. Cotton is abundant and more than 80% of the cotton is still exported raw. This has prompted the Government to come up with a comprehensive Textile Policy packaged along the lines of Asian textile policies that emphasize local value addition and consumption through mandatory public sector purchase. This should turn around the sector in the medium term period.
What all are core competencies of Nytil (Picfare Group)?
Speed to market guaranteed by excellent machinery and world class human resources. The combination of the two invaluably makes it possible to service any order.
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