Sep 19 - Sep 25, 2005 
ISSUE # 38 

Contrary to the general perception textiles and clothing exports from Pakistan have grown, both in terms of quantity and value, in the post textile quota regime. However, many analysts are of the opinion that the country still has a very small share in the global textiles and clothing trade. They are also of the view that the country can double its textiles and clothing export by achieving higher value addition. This is not day dreaming but a conveniently achievable target provided all the stakeholders work together and play their due role. Providing incentives is not the solution but

creation of an even playing field and removal of the irritants are certainly legitimate demands of the industry.


Currently, the entire cement industry is engaged in the optimization and expansion of existing production capacity, besides putting huge investment in new cement units which is reflecting demand growth of cement at domestic as well as export fronts.
There is a brief about the two leading cement units of the country i.e. D.G. Khan and Maple Leaf which in fact represent the present situation identical to the entire cement industry in Pakistan.
Maple Leaf Cement, a leading cement unit, is currently busy in optimizing a dry process grey plant through up-gradation of essential equipment, which would increase the plant's capacity by 700 tons per day to 4,000 tons per day. This capacity expansion is expected to come on-line next month i.e. October 2005, sources said.
D.G. Khan Cement, is also engaged with capacity optimization and expansion plans by implementing an optimization/de-bottlenecking strategy, which will enhance total production capacity to 6,700 tons per day as against the present 5,500 tons per day .