Artistic Milliners opens a garment factory, a “factory of the future” – WWD

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The phrase “The Future is Now” comes to life with the opening of a new state-of-the-art apparel factory by vertically integrated denim manufacturer Artistic Milliners, taking the form of a high-tech factory focused on on sustainability, coupled with a strategy that promotes inclusiveness and equity, the company said this week.

Her mission has come to fruition in a facility that represents a $60 million investment to increase Artistic Milliners’ production and simultaneously cements its commitment to gender equity in employment, they explained.

Offering extras such as state-of-the-art daycare, free lunch on site, a 100% digital compensation system, transportation and employee training facilities, the company said its new facility is part of a “growing ecosystem end-to-end vertical garment manufacturing.

Spanning 500,000 square feet, the facility is located in Artistic Milliners’ AM-4 garment park that spans nine acres in Karachi, Pakistan – a park that employs more than 10,500 workers. Its new plant is USGBC LEED Platinum and includes 850 KW solar panels, in addition to advanced MBR (membrane bioreactor) water recycling technology that will increase the facility’s daily water recycling capacity. company to 1.5 million gallons and will help the company reach its 90% recycling goal. .

Its factory exclusively uses ZDHC level 01 and above chemicals and is certified to most standards, including compliance with measures within GOTS, Higg and ISO.

Murtaza Ahmed, Managing Director of Artistic Milliners, said: “The opening of this factory is an opportunity to put into practice our vision for the future of garment production. We see this as a model factory, a factory where the latest technological innovations in efficiency and sustainability meet the best employment practices in terms of women’s empowerment and well-being.

Artistic Milliners is moving rapidly as the facility is already in operation and shipping product, according to the company – and it is on track to reach full capacity by the first quarter of 2023, they added.

Impressively, Artistic Milliners will increase its garment production by 30%, or 43 million pieces per year, with a planned production capacity of 600,000 pieces per month. Called the “Smart Factory” in line with Supply Chain 4.0 principles, its increased workflow will be supported by the latest apparel industry automation technologies that digitize all factory processes and improve turnaround time. processing.

Its security measures, designed to protect a workforce of 3,500 employees, include a fully automated fire protection and detection system, including sprinkler and hydrant systems that are monitored in real time in a centralized emergency control, the company said. Its facility has also been designed in accordance with seismic standards to protect workers and prevent damage to structures in the event of an earthquake.

But in 2022, expectations are high – and Artistic Milliners has envisioned its new factory as an inclusive and gender-equitable workplace, in line with the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation’s family-friendly program.

And employment in his factory will be predominantly female. “The company expects 70% of the workforce to be women, with 50% in middle management. Many of these employees will be employed in non-traditional roles such as dry processing, pressing and other departments,” the company noted.

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