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GGT USA computer integrated manufacturing systems for the Pakistan clothing industry.

GGT USA Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems for the Pakistan Clothing Industry

Today, the Clothing Industry in Pakistan is on the threshold of moving from export of inexpensive basic garments to higher value-added quality clothing. Pakistan's exports of Ready Made Garments and Knitwear of US $ 814 million in 1990-91 were less than 1 per cent of the world clothing trade, in spite of Pakistan being a major world cotton and cotton yarn producer. The reasons were insufficient infrastructure in financial, communication, services, export procedures, trained manpower, material inputs etc. The Government of Pakistan has taken up the challenge by improving infrastructure through direct and private sector action, by easing procedures, by improving telephone communication, roads, electric power generation etc., the target being to double exports within 3 years.

The Pakistan Garment Industry is rising to the occasion by modernizing their factories, setting up a Garment Technology Institute with Government help to train supervisory and managerial manpower, and aggressive marketing. The infusion of State of the Art Computer Technologies in Clothing Manufacture is very important in cost reduction by saving fabric, improving quality, reducing manufacturing time, and increasing management control. A major technology transfer takes place by using the well established techniques from all over the world in the Pakistan Clothing Industry.

GGT is the world leader in developing computer integrated manufacturing systems for the apparel, furniture, aerospace, automotive, and industrial fabric product markets. For over 20 years, it has been providing innovative solutions through technology for automated design and manufacturing, and has over 6,000 systems installed and in operation worldwide. Garber Garment Technology, Inc., headquartered in Tolland, Connecticut, USA, is a Gerber Scientific, Inc. company with offices and agents throughout the world.

GGT systems not only communicate with each other, but can also be fully integrated into a customer's overall business environment. This is made possible through the use of industry standard formats coupled with advanced software, which has been designed to interface with manufacturer's business systems. Some of the GGT USA Systems for the Clothing Industry are: GERBERdesigner Computerized Design, Merchandising and Style Development System GERBERplanner Computerized Cut Order Planning System GERBERmarker Computerized Pattern Design, Grading and Marker Making Systems,

Pattern Development System, Flaw Management Systems, PatternScanners. GERBERspreader Computerized High Speed Distortion - free Fabric Spreading Systems. GERBERcutter Computerized Fabric Cutting Systems GERBERlaberer Computerized Fabric Labelling Systems for use during Cutting GERBERimpact Standard Data Systems for Costing and Methods GERBERmover Computerized Unite Production Scheduling Systems.

If a clothing factory has a GGT System, the overseas buyer can often provide diskettes or streamer tapes with patterns and markers of the garments. the exporter then does not have to make samples, and have them approved. This also creates confidence in the buyer that he is getting exactly what he needs. The clothing factory can also be connected to its buyers by a telephone line through a modem.

Local Support by Almurtaza


1) Feasibility studies for GGT Systems 2) Guidance in Import Procedures 3) Layout and Facilities Planning for

Installation 4) Installation and Commissioning 5) Guidelines for Selection of Operating

Staff 6) Training the Operating Personnel 7) Providing Software and Hardware

Support, including Spares 8) Providing other assistance in GGT

Systems operation e.g. Plotter Paper


Already, several GGT computerized pattern design, grading, marker making, spreading and cutting systems are in operation in Pakistan. Systems have been installed, and customer manpower has been trained by GGT and Almurtaza engineers. Although, in this region, Pakistan has taken a lead in computerization of clothing production systems. Turkey, Thailand, Malaysia are ahead, and South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong are far ahead. We in Pakistan have a long way to go to catch up with them. With the present efforts of both the Government and the Pakistan Clothing Industry, Inshallah, we hope the gap will soon close. [Tabular Data Omitted]
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Title Annotation:Gerber Garment Technology Inc.
Publication:Economic Review
Date:Aug 1, 1991
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