Textile Processing is one of the most value-added and export-oriented sector of Textile Industry in Pakistan. All Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association (APTPMA) which represents textile processing units of Pakistan, is a registered trade body which is duly affiliated with the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI), the apex Trade Organizations of Pakistan.
Textile Processing Sector has been operative virtually since the very inception of Pakistan in 1947. With the sudden upsurge of Textile industry in Pakistan during the fifth and sixth decades when quite a few Textile Spinning and Comosite Units started picking up roots and Power Loom Units sprang up like mushroom in Pakistan in the unorganized sector, in every nook and corner, whose number rose to about 0.3 million plus. As out of necessity, a proportionate number of Processing Units was required for dyeing, bleaching, printing, sunforising, finishing, packing and packaging of the raw-fabrics which was being mass-produced by the unorganized Power Loom Sector. And this was the occasion when the entrepreneurs and pioneers of the Processing Sector rose to the occasion and, remarkably enough, came out with flying colours. Despite their meager resources, they succeeded not only in making the country self-sufficient in dress and apparel, but also in providing quality fabrics to the International Export Market while their quality was second to none.
The Textile Processing is one of the most value-added export-oriented and labour-intensive sectors of Textile Industry in Pakistan. All Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association (APTPMA) was formally affiliated with the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI). APTPMA with its head Office in Faisalabad was registered with Federal Ministry of Commerce on 5th July 1990 under the Trade Organizations Ordinance 1961 and also registered u/s 42 of the Companies Ordinance 1984 and started functioning from July 1991. All unregistered organization established for similar purpose merged themselves into one Association and then the organization opened three Regional/Zonal Offices Faisalabad, Karachi, and Lahore/Gujranwala. On 19th June 2008, the Association was granted fresh Licence # 42 by the Federal Ministry of Commerce/Director General Trade Organizations (DGTO) under new Trade Organizations Ordinance 2007 (LXXI OF 2007) as a Trade Organization within the meaning of clause (q) of Section 2 of the said Ordinance. The trade organizations has been granted licence as an association to represent trade, commerce, industry or services or any combination thereof, in CLOTH PROCESSING sector on all Pakistan basis.
The total number of its member units for the year 2017-18 is 372, the principal object in the association is to protect and promote the interest of all persons dealing of processing of textile products in Dyeing, Bleaching and Printing.