Texport Industries on the fast track to growth with a series of sustainability initiatives

The company is a vertically integrated garment export house that produces 2 million knits and woven garments per month

Raghavendra Shah, Vice President (Knits)

Bengaluru–based Texport Industries is a leading textile manufacturing company that produces 2 million units per month of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel for customers globally. The family-owned company is CAP-certified (natific Color Accreditation Program) and works with natific’s ASAP and ColorWarehouse systems to manage colour digitally. The company is known for its strong focus on sustainable manufacturing. It has invested in sustainability initiatives such as water recycling and solar energy. Giving an overview of the company, Raghavendra Shah, Vice President (Knits), states, “Texport Industries is a vertically integrated garment export house that produces 2 million knits and woven garments per month.”

“We have a 20-ton per day fabric mill that is equipped with knitting, yarn dyeing, fabric dyeing, and fabric finishing lines,” he adds. Pointing out the reason behind the company participating in the natific Color Accreditation program (CAP), he says, “As the world is moving towards more efficient technology and also success in production becomes more system-driven, a couple of such thoughts led us to natific.”

Speaking about his experience with the CAP certification process, he mentions, “It was good learning and exposure in terms of improving colour matching efficiencies and getting the system more disciplined.” According to him, it helps get an edge on lead times, compliance and better colour management. Right first time, archives etc., were some of the benefits he hopes the company would get because of the CAP certification.

Sustainability Focus

Speaking about the investments that the company has made into sustainability initiatives, Shah elaborates: “We have invested in solar, effluent treatment plants (ETP), zero liquid discharge (ZLD) and the latest technology process machines which in turn save water and chemical consumption. Sustainability is the need of the future. It is needed for survival and also for the sustainability of the industry, human civilisation and the environment.”

Shah adds that customers are also becoming more aware of sustainability initiatives. “The customer is definitely speaking this language and therefore we need to speak the same. Nevertheless, sustainability is what we need and we have to take that route,” he states. When queried on what the process looked like before Texport Industries made sustainability investments, Shah notes: “Since the mill was set up only five years back, we were clear on the sustainability roadmap; hence, provisions were and are being made accordingly.”

He also adds that a sustainable colour process helps in better selection of suitable dye combinations and also avoids multiple failed attempts. According to him, using the right equipment, the right knowledge flow across the organisation, reduction in carbon footprint, work on chemicals, energies, etc., are some of the initiatives that companies can take to be more sustainable in their manufacturing processes.