PDS, Good Fashion Fund innovation of washing equipment to achieve savings and efficiency

PDS Limited, a global fashion infrastructure company, has announced the installation of a washing facility in collaboration with and with financial support from the Good Fashion Fund of the Netherlands.

The new washing line, which was installed at Progress Apparels Bangladesh Ltd, one of PDS’s manufacturing subsidiaries in Bangladesh, includes two washing machines, three dryers and two water machines with inverters. With the facility, Progress Apparels can now manage 90% of current laundry requirements in-house, which translates into savings in transportation costs and production turnaround time, leading to operational efficiencies, the company said.

The facility produces underwear (formal and informal), school wear, shorts,
and skirts for some of the leading retail brands around the world. Progress Apparels is a LEED Gold certified green manufacturing facility, in addition to being 100% RCS Accord, CT PAT, SMETA, WRAP and Oeko-Tex certified.

The manufacturing facility operation is further enhanced by a rich design background that makes Progress Apparels a full-service partner for retailers and brands from design to delivery.

Inaugurating the laundry, Pallak Seth, Vice Chairman, PDS Limited said, “With over 20 years of experience in the apparel value chain, PDS has become the preferred partner of over 200 leading retail brands across the globe. As a conscientious corporate group and retailer partner, we are committed to fulfilling our responsibilities to our customers and the environment. Our partnership with the Good Fashion Fund is another example of how PDS strives to work with leading organizations that focus on all that is good for the environment and good for the world.”

Sanjay Jain, Global CEO, PDS Limited further added, “Over the past year, our manufacturing division has developed operational excellence and become profitable, which has contributed to PDS’s bottom line. With this laundry investment, we not only equipped Progress Apparels to further expand their apparel manufacturing capabilities, but also benefited from the Good Fashion Fund’s expertise in sustainable practices and implementation of best-in-class technology.

The second partner organization, the Good Fashion Fund, is an impact investment fund initiated by the Laudes Foundation, which aims to drive systemic change in the textile and apparel industry by funding the implementation of cutting-edge and disruptive
technology and innovation providing good fashion practices.

Last November, PDS CEO Sanjay Kumar Jain spoke exclusively to Just Style and said the company was considering acquisitions that would offer manufacturing alliance partnership opportunities as a way to expand its offering to existing customers.

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