CCI Executive Director Meets with Textile Mill Owners in Pakistan
Cotton Council International (CCI) Executive Director Bruce Atherley visited Karachi and Lahore, Pakistan, Sept. 22-24 to meet with 34 leading textile mill owners to discuss how U.S. cotton can meet their mills’ growing fiber needs.
“Pakistan is a big opportunity to grow the U.S. cotton business,” Atherley said. “When they need high quality, contamination-free cotton, they know that they can trust U.S. cotton to deliver exactly what they ordered so there are no surprises. We will be going back to Pakistan regularly to continue our great dialog to support U.S. cotton in Pakistan.”
CCI briefed the mills on its global reach, COTTON USA licensing program and the benefits of using U.S. cotton. The group expressed particular interest in CCI's trade servicing activities such as the Sourcing Summit, Special Trade Missions, Supply Chain Program and Executive Delegations. CCI also met one-on-one with the following mills to discuss their individual needs: Feroze 1888, TATA Group, GulAhmed, Alkaram, Mahmood Group, Nagina Group and Pak Kuwait Group.
Pakistan is the 4th largest producer and 3rd largest consumer of cotton globally. Textiles are the most important manufacturing sector of Pakistan and have the longest production chain, with inherent potential for value addition at each stage of processing. Pakistan is the 8th largest exporter of textile products in Asia. The need for cotton fiber in Pakistan stands at more than 15 million bales.
Pakistan is also the world’s largest exporter of yarn after China and India, with 12 million spindles and 200,000 rotors. Pakistan annually produces approximately 3.0 billion kg of cotton yarn with an export value of $2.29 billion over the last five years. Approximately 25% of yarn produced is exported, while 75% is used locally for textile and garment manufacturing.
Pakistan is the only country with a fiber-mix ratio of 80% cotton and 20% man-made fiber (MMF), compared to a world proportion of 40% cotton and 60% MMF. Pakistan’s cotton yarn is best suited for denim, canvas, twill, towels, tents, knits and bed linens.