Artistic Fabric & Garment Industries
Artistic Fabric Mills (AFM) and Artistic Garment Industries (AGI) merged to form a single company in July 2015 and are now one of the leading suppliers of premium denim fabrics and garments in the world. With a large-scale, fully vertical denim operation based in Karachi, Pakistan, the company produces some of the most innovative products for top denim brands globally.
AFM and AGI are market leaders and offer buyers a superior, full-package solution from spinning to high-quality garments in their stores. About 50% of the fabric is used in-house and the rest exported to the international markets. The customer portfolio includes leading High Street fashion brands such as H&M, Gap Inc., Zara (and other divisions of Inditex), VF Corp. and Esprit.
The Spinning division produces 55 million pounds of yarn per year in three production units with a total of 75,000 spindles. The Fabric Mill for its part is equipped with the some of the best technology in rope dyeing, weaving and finishing machinery, producing 50 million meters of denim fabric per year.
Artistic Fabric Mills weaves on 30 OMNIplus Summum, 60 OMNIplus 800 and 170 OptiMax machines with further investments in both airjet and rapier technology currently under consideration. On the airjet looms speeds of over 1000 RPM are reached with close to 100% efficiency. The OptiMax is ideally suited to weaving novelty (hyper-stretch) yarns and unique constructions. The Fabric Mill also has a finishing capacity of 150,000 meters per day.
The Garment division with its high-tech machinery and state-of-the-art laundry has a capacity of 24 million garments per annum, which are all exported to foreign markets. Exports are equally spread over Europe and the United States. As a group Artistic Fabric & Garment Industries has 22,000 employees spread across its three mills and 13 garment units. The company has recently made significant investments towards sustainability initiatives and is currently converting many of its garment units to eco-friendly plants.
All the equipment used by Artistic is of European origin to guarantee the highest quality standards. Picanol is proud to have been the sole provider for its weaving machines for the last five years, after the switch from projectile to rapier and airjet technology.