Reinach, Switzerland – 2 April 2019 – Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Textile University (NTU), Faisalabad, Pakistan. The MoU will pave the way for cooperation initially for a period of five years.

The partnership will explore innovations in textile research with futuristic visualization to support the textile industry enabling it to align with the fast pace of global requirements and evolutions. Another important aspect of this collaboration is research in non-conventional technical textiles in the field of unsaturated polyester resins in establishing quality and accessible product lines. Both partners will jointly hold sessions to prepare students for the challenges of the textile industry through in-house training sessions, developmental projects, research in textile applications and process innovative methodologies by pioneering value additions. The students of NTU will also be able to join internship placement programs at Archroma Center of Excellence at Karachi.

The MoU was officially signed at a ceremony recently held in Faisalabad by Dr. Tanveer Hussain, Rector of NTU and Mujtaba Rahim, CEO Archroma Pakistan Limited.

Speaking at the occasion, Mujtaba Rahim said: “We, at Archroma, believe in continuous improvement and challenging the status quo leading to enhance sustainable growth especially in our product lines creating value for our stakeholders. Through this initiative of mutual cooperation, we will be able to share latest knowledge and technical developments and to work together with the faculty and research team of NTU. We also wish to share the innovative textile solutions of Archroma with the students enabling them to enhance their academic performance. Our MoU will go a long way in adding value in the fast growing textile segment, from education to R&D development.”

“This partnership is going to have far-reaching impact in textile research which will bear highly positive results for NTU and Archroma. Our academic team has already collaborated with Archroma on the projects that will have a far reaching impact on the textile industry. We are very enthusiastic about formalizing our mutual relationship and look forward to interesting research outcomes. Industrial liaison of students will create confidence and the training, internships and working sessions will benefit them in their career development,”  Dr. Tanveer Hussain commented.

The visit was followed by a visit to the lab facilities at NTRC, Textile Processing, Weaving Department and Zwick Labs. A token of thanks was exchanged between Dr. Tanveer Hussain (Rector; NTU) and Mr. Mujtaba Rahim (CEO; Archroma Pakistan). Dr. Tanveer Hussain lauded the efforts of Dr. Yasir Nawab (Dean; FET) for his continuous struggle to promote NTU and bring industry together.