All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) is the premier national trade association of the textile spinning, weaving, and composite mills representing the organized sector in Pakistan. APTMA emerges as the largest association of the country as it represents 396 textile mills out of which 315 are spinning, 44 weaving and 37 composite units. These spinning mills have production facilities of texturing, mercerizing and dyeing of yarns; weaving mills have sizeable number of air-jet looms, and the composite mills have manufacturing facilities from spinning to finished textile products under one roof. The total installed capacity of APTMA member mills accounts for 9,661,366 spindles, 61,608 rotors, 10,452 Shuttleless/Airjet Looms and 1897 conventional looms. The Association's members produce spun and open-end yarn, grey, printed dyed fabrics and bed linen.
The Role of APTMA
As per charter and by-laws, aims and objectives of the Association are;
1. To encourage friendly feeling and unanimity amongst Textile Mill owners on all subjects connected with their common good.
2. To secure good relations between members of the Association.
3. To promote and protect the trade commerce and manufactures of Pakistan in general and of the cotton trade in particular.
4. To consider questions connected with the trade commerce and manufactures of its members.
5. To collect and circulate statistics & information classify relating to the trade, commerce and manufactures of its members.
6. To take all steps which may be necessary for promoting, supporting or opposing legislative and other measures affecting the trade, commerce or manufactures of its members.
7. To make representation to local, Provincial and Central authorities on any matter connected with the trade, commerce and manufactures of its members.
8. To arbitrate in the settlement of disputes arising out of transactions, piece goods, yarn and other manufactured goods between parties willing or agreeing to submit to arbitration in accordance with the Arbitration Rules of the Association.
9. To advance and promote commercial and technical education connected with the trade and commerce of its members.
10. To undertake special inquiries and initiate or support any action for securing the redress of legitimate grievances connected with the trade or commerce of its members.
11. To take any action which may be conducive to the extension of the trade and commerce of its members or incidental to the attainment of this object.
12. To subscribe, to become a member of and cooperate with any other Association whether incorporated or not whose objects are altogether or in part similar to those of the Association and to procure from or communicate to any such Association such information as may be likely to forward the objects of this Association
13. To establish or aid in the establishment of funds to benefit employees of the Association or the depending of such persons and to subscribe, donate or guarantee money for charitable or benevolent purposes at the discretion of the Association.
14. To regulate conditions of employment in the industry conducted or carried on by its members.
15. And generally to do all that may be necessary in the interest of the realization of the above objects of the Association directly or indirectly.
Association's Principal Office is located at Karachi and Regional Offices are at Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar. The Principal Office functions under the administrative control of the Chairman and Central Executive Committee. It deals with the affairs connected with textile trade and industry effecting members relating to Federal Government, whereas matters concerning Provincial Governments are dealt by the Regional Offices under the direction of Regional Chairmen.
The Chairman and Vice-Chairmen from Regional Offices are elected by the members annually and are charged with implementing the policies and program directives decided by the Central Executive Committees. The Chief Operating Officer and Secretaries are responsible for carrying out day-to-day affairs and programmes of the Association. The Central Executive Committee continuously reviews the policies and programs of the Association and establishes priorities accordingly.
Government policies and plans at the federal level have a significant impact on textile industry affairs. APTMA works in close coordination with other national textile trade association and groups to safe guard the interest of its members in particular and textile industry as a whole. APTMA's role to supplement and complement overall industry activities is always motivated with interests of yarn and cloth segments of the industry.
Specifically, APTMA is involved on a continuing basis in the areas such as import and local procurement of cotton, cotton legislation, income and sales tax law, government statistical programs, and customs regulations concerning textiles exports and imports.
Several yarn industry executives serve on government advisory committees including the State Bank of Pakistan, TDAP, Ministry of Commerce and Federal Board of Revenue, Trade Policy Advisory Committee, and the Industry Sector Advisory Committee etc.
Statistical and Economic Information
The Association collects and compiles statistical and economic data on the textile industry mostly from a number of government sources and publishes Chairman's Annual Review to keep Association members and other sectors related to the industry fully informed about production and marketing trends in Pakistan and world. In addition, special reports are developed periodically on specific subjects at the request of the various committees and government agencies.
The annual general meeting of the Association held each September is an important component of APTMA's total program. Through this vehicle, industry members come to know each other's issues/problems and have time to assess industry trends in an atmosphere apart from day-to-day operations.