Speed to Market

For the textile industry, Speed to Market has remained a topic of interest for the last few years but today, it has become one of the top priorities for nearly every Retail Organization and Brands. Retailers and Brands have been shrinking their seasons and challenging manufacturers for quick turnaround of product idea or design for availability of products at retail points.

Real speed to market is more complex and requires strategic, structural, and cultural change. As part of continuous improvement process, Interloop has been radically and methodically working to reinvent product development and production process to remain relevant, sustainable and thrive in this new retail landscape. This basic theme process reinvention will result in sustainably faster product development, bulk manufacturing and greater competitive advantage.

As part of this process improvement, a cross functional group is working under the leadership of Naeem Javaid, GM PPC and making headway in helping customers respond quickly to rapid changes in the retail market.

“Speed does matter and it will matter even more as we move forward into unfamiliar landscape of consumer empowerment”

Vice President A&G Product Operations adidas Group Visits Interloop Limited

On 12 September 2017, Erika Swan, Vice President Accessories and Gear (A&G) Product Operations adidas Group along with Aziz – ur – Rehman, Director Sourcing and Azeem Arshed, Senior Manager A&G adidas Liaison Office Pakistan visited Interloop Limited. Bilal Jahanzaib, Senior Manager Merchandising Interloop welcomed the guests at the Interloop Industrial Park and showed them Interloop Spinning, Vertical Sampling Facility, Knit-to-Pack operations at Hosiery Plant II and under construction Plant 4. The guests also showed keen interest in E-flow washing technology JEANOLOGIA which reduces water consumption by 95%, chemical consumption by 50% and energy consumption by 70% with zero liquid discharge. The delegates appreciated the production facilities and Interloop’s sustainability initiatives.

Dobotex Delegates visit Unit - I, HD - I

Dobotex officials; Reinier Westerveld, Head of Sourcing and Geert Vooren, Supply Chain Coordinator visited Interloop Limited Unit - I, HD - I on 3 October 2017. Salman Tahir, Manager Operations Unit - I welcomed the guests and briefed them about the newly merged Unit - I, a complete vertically integrated unit based on the LEAN concept. The delegates saw the manufacturing lines where Salman Tahir briefed them about Knit to Pack operations. They also saw JEANOLOGIA; E-flow Technology, hand linking area, embroidery and the new staff mess and appreciated the manufacturing process and the way Interloop is focusing on sustainability.

Nike On-Site Meeting at Texlan Center, Sri Lanka

Interloop Merchandising team had its first on-site meeting with Nike’s Product Creation Center (PCC) and Center of Excellence (COE) teams, from 25 September to 4 October at Texlan Center (Pvt) Ltd.; an affiliate company of Interloop Limited. Aqeel Ahmed, AVP Hosiery Operations and Akmal Naseem, DGM Merchandising Interloop welcomed Hans George, Vice President Global Operations & Logistics Nike, and Team from Nike World Headquarters.

Multiple Business discussion session were held between both teams. During these sessions, Hans shared detailed insight about Nike’s future plans regarding socks, its vision, product classifications, targets and focus areas. The Nike team took great interest in the newly constructed Development Center comprising of complete range of knitting machines and associated equipment for new product development.

The week-long sessions turned out to be fruitful in enhancing the working relationship between both organizations. The teams also enjoyed various recreational activities like city tour on bicycles, visit of the zoo and climbing the SIGIRIYA rock which is 660 feet high and has more than 1200 steps.

Interloop Collaborates with National Textile University

Industry-academia collaboration is an important tool world over, utilized by academia for support and potential application of theoretical knowledge and by industry for getting researched solutions to impending work problems. Interloop has collaborated with National Textile University in multiple ways to promote innovation and intellectual development of Pakistani textile professionals. As part of its collaboration, Interloop recently donated two socks knitting machines to NTU’s Knitting Department. It also conducted a 3 day session for four NTU faculty members, training them on knitting cycle, knitting machine operations and product knowledge.

Breast Cancer Awareness Sessions at Interloop Limited

Every year, October is celebrated as the Breast cancer Awareness Month across the globe. This is an annual campaign to help spread awareness about the disease. To educate women at Interloop Limited, Dr. rakshanda Saleh, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Hosiery division – III, conducted Breast Cancer Awareness Sessions at all Hosiery Divisions.

Female executives and non-executives were educated about what is breast cancer, its signs and symptoms, risks involved and importance of check up by physician and regular screening, through presentations, question answer segments and information brochures.

Inland Study Tour – 47th PN Staff Course

As part of their Inland Study Tour to acquaint officers with the business practices and industrial potential of Pakistan, the delegates of the 47th Pakistan Navy Staff Course, comprising of senior Pakistani and Allied Countries’ Navy, Army and Air Force Officers and Faculty Members, headed by Commodore Ch. Sajjad Akber Khan SI (M), Deputy Commandant, Pakistan Navy War College, Lahore visited Interloop Limited on 7 October, 2017. Humayun Javed, Head of Corporate Communication and Awais Asghar, Head of Plant 2 welcomed the guests at Hosiery Division – II, Faisalabad. The delegation was briefed about Interloop Limited and its business operations. After tea, the delegation visited Knit-to-Pack operations and witnessed the compete socks manufacturing process. They appreciated the scale of operations, quality production systems and international best practices and found the visit quite a learning experience.

Naval Chief Visits Interloop Hosiery & Interloop Dairies

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) of Pakistan, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah visited Interloop Hosiery and Interloop Dairies on 6 September 2017. Musadaq Zulqarnain, CEO and Zain Sadiq, Executive Director welcomed him at Hosiery Division-II, Interloop Industrial Park. The CEO briefed the Naval Chief about the company, its global presence, management systems and practices, and sustainability and corporate social responsibility initiatives. Kamran Akhtar, Head of Product Development & Yarn Dyeing showed the Navy Chief the Vertical Sampling Facility, Product Development & Quality Assurance Labs and Yarn Dyeing Facilities. This was followed by CNS’s visit to the main Knit-to Pack production lines where Awais Asghar, Head of Plant 2 walked him through the socks manufacturing process. Admiral Zakaullah showed keen interest in all production areas, asked questions and appreciated the scale of production and top quality manufacturing and management systems.

Later, he visited IL Dairies Limited where Shehzad Qamar, Executive Director Interloop Limited & COO IL Dairies and Usman Sarwar, General Manager IL Dairies showed him various sections and processes including the Barns, Milking Parlour, Chilling Plants, Distribution Section, Silage Making & Storage, etc. The farm houses 3,900 Australian Hosltein Friesian Cattle and currently produces 70,000 litres milk daily. Admiral Zakaullah highly appreciated the world class modern infrastructure and cutting edge operational and management processes. He termed Interloop Hosiery and Dairies as national assets, making a positive contribution towards the growth of Pakistan’s economy.

Interloop Need Based Scholarships at Agriculture University, Faisalabad

Interloop Limited collaborated with the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF) and signed an Agreement on 17 Sep 2017, to establish the “Interloop Need Based Scholarship Scheme” at UAF. The scheme supports deserving meritorious students for 4 Years Degree Programs in Environmental Engineering, Energy System Engineering, and Hons. in Textile Technology and Dairy Sciences. Starting from academic year 2017-18, Interloop will award 5 scholarships every year for complete 4 Years Degree with addition of 5 new Interloop Scholars every year till completion of their Degree Programs, going up to 20 scholarships annually amounting to Rs. 1.2 million.

On behalf of Musadaq Zulqarnain, CEO Interloop Limited, Ijaz Ahmed Nasir, SA to CEO signed the MoU with Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Zafar, Pro-Vice Chancellor, UAF. The Vice Chancellor and UAF management thanked CEO Interloop for supporting deserving students acquire higher education and a brighter future.

Tights & Leggings Unit at HD-I

Cruising on the journey of excellence and diversifying its product portfolio to achieve vision 2020, Interloop Limited established a Tights and Leggings Manufacturing Unit at HD-I in April 2017. A vertically integrated unit comprising of processed batch store, sorting, cutting, stitching, finishing and finished goods store, it houses latest flat seam, bartack, label stitching, over-lock and steam boarding machines. Currently, it is producing 300,000 pieces per month which will increase to 500,000 pieces per month by the end of 2017. Producing superior quality tights and leggings, Interloop is working towards gaining market share in this new category, based on high product quality and beautiful designs for top international customers.

Interloop Volunteers as TCF Mentors 2017

Every 6 months, Interloop executives participate in The Citizens Foundation (TCF) Rahbar Program to counsel TCF students make better profession choices and select colleges or universities accordingly. This time around 10 mentors from Interloop volunteered for the Program conducted at TCF Secondary School, Begum Sarwari Sadiq - Interloop Campus I from 7 April to 20 May, 2017. A total of 43 students including 24 boys and 19 girls of class 8 benefitted as Mentees for building better personal and professional lives. The program also included a trip to Crescent Textile Mills where students saw various production areas and were briefed about the management processes. At the Hero Speaking session, Muhammad Khan, ex blind employee of Interloop and now Lecturer at GC University, Faisalabad and Sumbal Naz, daughter of a TCF School Peon and an Interloop Scholar at NUST inspired the mentees by sharing their success stories. Col. (Retd.) Ijaz Ahmad Nasir, SA to CEO Interloop Limited was the chief guest at the closing ceremony on 20 May, 2017. He presented appreciation certificates to all Mentors and thanked them for active participation in this noble cause.

Enhancement of Lifetime Endowment Fund for 16 TCF-Interloop School Units

Interloop Limited has established 19 TCF-Interloop Schools where 2558 underprivileged students, 46% girls are receiving quality education. Recently, Interloop donated PKR 6 million to enhance its existing Endowment Fund to PKR 318 million, providing Lifetime operational support for 16 TCF-Interloop school units. Interloop also affords annual operational support for remaining 3 schools and by end 2017 the total expenditure to establish and run all 19 school units will exceed approximately PKR 600 million.

10th Interloop Cricket Tournament 2017

Sustaining the tradition of providing employees with physical growth and entertainment opportunities, the 10th Interloop Cricket Tournament was organized from 7 - 21 October, 2017 at the Bohranwali Ground, Faisalabad and Imran Zahid Cricket Stadium, Khurrianwala. The competition comprised of 16 teams and 24 pool matches of 6 overs each. All teams played hard to win the contest.

On the final day, Jahan Zeb Banth, Director Technical Interloop Limited inaugurated the event celebrations and witnessed thrilling semi - finals. Other guests included Ghulam Qasim Shaheen, Head of EHS, Fahim Masood Khan, Head of Plant 4 and Shahzad Afzal, Manager Administration who cheered up the teams along with the audience. The first semi-final played between Energy/PMD/EHS and Team HD-III was won by the latter while Team QA battled hard to win the second semi-final against Knitting HD-I. The finalist teams, HD-III and QA spared no effort for winning the cricket combat; however, Team HD-III got lucky and won the final match by 55 Runs. Trophies and Cash Prizes were presented to Winner & Runner up Teams, Man of the Match Shahzad from Team HD-III, Best Bowler Gulfam & Best Batsman Aamir from Team QA.

Sustainovation – Interloop Global Summit 2017

We focus Innovation and Sustainability because they are in Interloop’s DNA. For us, sustainability is not a seasonal trend or a buzz word, we see it as a way of life (CEO Interloop Limited)

Innovation continues to be an integral part of Interloop’s corporate strategy. The 4th Global Innovation Summit 2017 was held this September in Istanbul, Turkey. This year’s theme was ‘SUSTAINOVATION’ which highlighted company’s commitment towards Sustainability and Innovation. Top brains from Interloop Pakistan (ILP), Interloop North America (ILNA) and Euro Sox Plus (ESP) got together to identify new horizons for Interloop’s Innovation and Sustainability drives.

Opening the summit, Navid Fazil, COO Interloop Limited highlighted the importance of innovation at Interloop, steady progress made during last five years on the research front and its transformation into commercial success.

Nina Nix, CEO Dobotex and guest speaker on the inaugural day, shared her thoughts on commercialization of innovative products and talked about innovation and sustainability strategies of Interloop’s top customers; Puma, Levi’s and Tommy Hilfiger. Shelley Rider, President ILNA, shared details about how Interloop’s top ten customers value sustainability; the actions they take, the areas they focus on and how sustainability and innovation go hand in hand in their strategies. Fauz ul Azeem, Sr. Manager Quality Assurance, Interloop presented various sustainability projects undertaken at Interloop and their impact on improving sustainability equation in its manufacturing processes.

Arif Munsif, Sr. General Manager, Interloop Spinning talked about yarn innovations, challenges involved in developing a novel yarn and proposed specialized arrangements that could help excel in this field.

Hilda Mcduff, Executive VP Sales & Merchandising ILNA, Markus Schwarz, Sr. Manager Sales & Product Development, Pascal Betten, Sr. Sales Manager ESP and regional heads from ILP Marketing shared emerging trends and market analysis data about North America, Canada, Europe, Japan and Russia. Akmal Naseem, Deputy General Manager Merchandising elaborated Nike’s innovation process and the importance it enjoys in their corporate strategy.

The second day of Summit aimed at learning from the Turks and developing cross-functional cross-regional understanding and team development. The delegates split in five teams to visit “SPORTS AND ACTIVE LIFE FAIR” in “TAYUP EXHIBITION CENTER, ISTANBUL”. Each team had to come up with the most innovative ideas having higher sales potential and defined sustainability element.

On the final day, each team shared novel ideas about innovation and sustainability while judges scored them against defined objectives. After a tough competition, “TEAM ARIKOOL” won the contest. Delegates were presented with the ‘Innovation Book’ and R&I team shared various unique concepts that would be released in the near future. Carl Hagen, Executive Director, Europe and Shelley Rider led the discussion on ‘Sharing the Learning’. Regional teams shared their success stories and the fact that innovation paved the way for engaging new customers. They also highlighted the difficulties and proposed where further help was required.

In his closing remarks the CEO congratulated the summit management team for a well-planned and result oriented summit. He reiterated the importance of sustainability and innovation for the company, acknowledged the progress made so far and talked about the way ahead as innovation is a continuous process.

Interloop Supports TCF’s Fundraising Play ‘Heer Ranjha’

The Citizens Foundation (TCF) organized a musical stage play ‘Heer Ranjha’ on 16 and 17 September, 2017 at the Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Auditorium, Faisalabad to raise funds for its educational programs for the underprivileged children of Pakistan. As part of its social responsibility, Interloop Limited supported TCF in organizing the event by donating Rs. 500,000 along with extensive administrative support. Renowned TV and theatre artists Sanam Saeed, Arshad Mehmood and Samina Ahmad played lead roles in the drama based on the famous folk tale of two lovers from Punjab; ‘Heer’ and ‘Ranjha’. The vibrant performances, old classical songs and traditional costumes representing the local culture spell bound the audience. The TCF management acknowledged Interloop’s efforts and support in making the event successful.

3rd All Pakistan Interloop Open Golf Championship 2017

Interloop Limited, keeping its tradition alive to support people in exploring and enhancing their sport capabilities by sponsoring the 3rd All Pakistan Interloop Open Golf Championship 2017 from 15 - 17 September, 2017, organized by Lyallpur Golf N’ Country Club, Faisalabad. Golfers from Lahore, Islamabad, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Mianwali, Sargodha, Peshawar, Goth Machhi, Multan, Mangla, Dera Ismail Khan, Okara, Karachi, Mardan & Kamra Golf Clubs participated in this 3-day combat.

On the first day 23 Junior Professionals, 28 Senior Professionals and 58 Professionals played an 18-hole game. Top 10 junior Professionals and top 10 & ties Senior Professionals were awarded cash prizes money according to PGF (Pakistan Golf Federation) ratio. On the 2nd day 65 Amateurs and 34 top scoring professionals played their respective rounds.

On the last day of the Championship, both groups played the final round. Chief Guest; Momin Agha (Commissioner Faisalabad Division), Jahnazeb Banth & Zain Sadiq (Directors Interloop Limited) and Dr. Khalid Mehmood Khan (President Lyallpur Golf N’ Club) presented the Interloop Cup, Trophies and Cash Prizes to the winners at the Prize distribution ceremony. Cash prizes were awarded to the professionals according to the PGF ratio. The Interloop Cup for the Best Net Score and Trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Gross and 1st, 2nd & 3rd Net, and Maximum Birdies, were awarded to Amateurs. Gift Hampers from Interloop were also presented to the players. The event culminated on high tea at the club lawns.

15.4 MW Interloop Power Plant

With Interloop Limited’s vision 2020 in perspective, Musadaq Zulqarnain, CEO; Navid Fazil, COO; Members of the Executive Board and Department Heads inaugurated the new state of the art Interloop Power Plant on 31 Aug, 2017. Spread over 16 acres within the Interloop Induustrial Park, the Power Plan has an installed capacity of 15.4 MW. It is equipped with latest technology tri-fuel engines (16V34DF) by Wartsila, Finland that can be operated on furnace oil, natural gas and LFO. The Power Plant has been established to cater to the power requirements of Hosiery Division-I, Hosiery Division-II (Plant 2, Plant 4, VSF & Distribution Centre) and Spinning, cost effectively. Another landmark of this project was laying and commissioning of 11 KV feeder line from Interloop (IL) Power Plant to Hosiery Division – I, running across 12 kilometers.

IL Power Plant consist of various auxiliary equipment such as gas compressors, furnace oil purification system, cooling towers, storage tanks, overhead water tank, water turbines and RO Plant. In addition, waste heat recovery boiler has also been installed which will be used to produce around 7.7 tons of emission free steam at zero input cost by using the exhaust gases of tri-fuel Wartsila engines. The hot jacket-water of these engines can also be used to run hot water chillers which will provide GHG-free air conditioning with no input fuel. Thus, energy division continuously endeavors for achieving its own and company’s vision in advancing towards better sustainability. This mega project is quite scalable as the infrastructure has been designed to add two additional tri-fuel engines easily into the system, and if required, Interloop can go for Independent Power Plant (IPP) arrangement as well.

Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day Celebrations at Interloop Limited

Pakistan’s Independence Day was celebrated with patriotic zest in hosiery divisions I, II, III, Spinning and City Office of Interloop Limited. All offices, shop floors & outdoor areas were decorated with buntings, balloons and flags. The knitting unit II of HD-II amazed everyone by decorating the shop floors with white and green thread cones. To highlight the significance of the day, employees were dressed-up in green & white clothes and sang national songs to commemorate 70th independence. Flag hoisting and flag themed cake cutting ceremonies were conducted by different departments in all divisions.

Celebrating 25 Years; Lucky Draw of 50 Bikes for Interloop Staff

2017 marks the Silver Jubilee year of Interloop Limited’s successful existence. As part of yearlong celebrations of the occasion, lucky draws to offer 50 free motor cycles to Interloop employees were held at Hosiery Divisions I, II, III and Spinning, located at Faisalabad and Lahore. The venues were beautifully decorated with balloons, buntings, banners, standees, eye catching backdrops and were packed with executives and non-executives of the respective divisions.

Musadaq Zulqarnain, CEO Interloop Limited was the Chief Guest at HD-I while Navid Fazil, COO was the Chief Guest at the lucky draws held in HD-II, III and Spinning. Also present at the occasions was Faryal Sadiq, Executive Director, People & Organization Development, Members of the Executive Board and respective Department Heads. Shahid Hameed, Head of HR & Admin hosted the ceremonies. To keep the draws fair and transparent the MIS department developed a special software. Random employees were invited from the audiences for balloting of every bike.

The CEO and COO in their individual addresses congratulated the bike winners. They thanked Interloop employees for their continuous hard work and dedication, enabling the company to reach this historic milestone. They also announced increasing regular Interloop Educational Scholarships from 2 to 5 annually, a one-time merit based Financial Grant for one child per entitled employee for 4 years’ degree program, establishment of a 25 Years Anniversary Green Park for employees’ recreation at a more than 2 acres piece of land in the Interloop Industrial Park and other initiatives for employees’ welfare. They advised the employees to keep performing with same zeal and zest to achieve company’s Vision 2020. The ceremonies ended at cutting 25 Years Anniversary cakes with the employees.

Visit of Brazilian Ambassador to Interloop

On 7 August 2017, His Excellency Claudio Lins, Ambassador of Brazil to Pakistan along with Farooq Arshid and Muhammad Yasin Butt, Senior Commercial Officers at the Embassy visited Interloop Limited Hosiery Division II at Faisalabad. Navid Fazil, COO; Azhar Sadiq, Executive Director Operations; Latif Zaib, GM Interloop-Way Lean and Humayun Javed Khan, Head of Corporate Communication welcomed the guests.

Navid Fazil briefed the Ambassador about Interloop’s history, operations, markets and performance over the years. The Ambassador appreciated the progress made by the company and the reputation it has earned over time in the local and international markets. Both sides discussed areas of mutual interest and opportunities. The delegates also visited the manufacturing lines where Latif Zaib briefed them about Knit to Pack operations. They were impressed to witness the manufacturing process and the size of operations at Interloop. Navid Fazil thanked the Brazilian Ambassador and his delegation for visiting Interloop while pleasantries were exchanged as the guests were seen off.

ILNA Innovation Release Conference

ILNA hosted its first North America, Innovation Release Conference from July 24th to July 26th 2017. Carl Hagen, member of the Innovation Committee and Executive Director ESP, along with Interloop colleagues Yaser Riaz, Head of Research & Innovation Centre and Shahid Butt, Sr. Manager Marketing, responsible for North America, visited the Interloop North America office in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

Focused on innovation, the conference was aimed at introduction of newly released concepts from R&I Centre, as well as accelerating and improving on the process of commercializing products based on innovative concepts. Besides the visiting guests, conference participants included Product Development, Design, Sales and Marketing Teams of ILNA under the leadership of President ILNA, Shelley Rider. These were three full days of highly engaging discussions, in which the participants not only reviewed & understood the newly released concepts but also worked on selecting the ones most relevant to North American market. The call outs, channels, and strategies of taking these concepts further were broadly agreed upon and documented for subsequent action.

Guests also shopped the stores of ILNA’s major retailer customers and other key retailers. The store tour gave an insight to key retailer strategies, competitive product and price points currently offered, and inspired new ideas for future development.

As usual, President ILNA and her team extended wonderful hospitality making the guests feel at home!!

Shelley Rider summed up the group’s enthusiasm. “This has been a most energizing and worthwhile experience, engaging key stakeholders in a hands-on, collaborative exploration of the market potential of the various innovations. We’re so pleased with the results that we plan to make this a semiannual event.”

Supporting Khatoon-e-Jannat Trust Hospital & Special Education Center

Interloop Limited supports Syeda Khatoon-e-Jannat Trust Hospital & Special Education Center (SKJT – SEC) to empower differently-abled children & students through education and skills enhancement to change their lives and bring about financial stability and contribute immensely towards the development of Pakistan. SKJT-SEC, Faisalabad has wide range of facilities under one roof such as clinics for regular health check-ups, orthopedic wards, special classes for the differently-abled, arts and crafts classes, computer lab & library and indoor and outdoor play area so that the underprivileged patients do not have to withstand inconvenience by running from clinic-to-clinic to seek adequate attention. Interloop Limited has so far provided PKR 1 million to help SKJT-SEC in providing rehabilitation & health facilities, special education and vocational training programs by the trained special staff to the special children.

Interloop Supports Faisalabad Institute of Child Health Care

Children Hospital Faisalabad is the second largest children hospital in world and the largest children hospital in Asia. It has around 1000 beds with state-of-the-art centrally air-conditioned Emergency & OPD blocks in all Specialties.

Faisalabad Institute of Child Health Care will also serve as contemporary postgraduate teaching and training center for specialist doctors and paramedical staff to treat all kinds of diseases of children (newborn to 14 years). Thirty Million population of total 9 districts of Punjab including Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh, Jhang, Chiniot, Sargodha, Mianwali, Khushab, Layyah, and Bhakkar are benefiting from this facility.

Interloop Limited is playing a key role in health sector by supporting top hospitals in Pakistan with millions of rupees every year for free treatment of poor patients suffering from different diseases. Continuing these efforts, Interloop has provided Echo Cardiography Machine to Institute of Child Health Care Faisalabad which will be used for free treatment of the deserving patients.

It was presented to the Dean of Institute, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Asghar Butt by Col. (Retd.) Ijaz Ahmad Nasir, SA to CEO Interloop on 22 June 2017.

Lifetime Endowment Fund for 19th TCF-Interloop School

Continuing with Interloop’s ongoing support for providing quality education to the deserving children, Interloop Welfare Trust (ILWT) has instituted an additional Endowment Fund of PKR 6.0 million to ensure lifetime operational assistance to the TCF Schools (Interloop Campuses). Thus with the help of God Almighty, ILWT’s total endowment has augmented to PKR 318 million for Lifetime Operational Support to 16 TCF-Interloop Schools.

Since 2010, Interloop has established 19 TCF Schools (Interloop Campuses) including 12 primary and 7 secondary units, where 2369 students (46% girls) are receiving quality education. Moreover, 210 faculty and non-faculty staff is also engaged with these schools. By the end of 2017, the total expenditure on establishment and yearly support of 19 TCF-Interloop Schools will exceed PKR 625 million .

Interloop Way: Leadership and HRM in a true Lean Organization

Continuing with the great work on the process improvement, Interloop Way held another successful People Side on Lean (PSOL) workshop at Serena Hotel, Faisalabad from July 11-12, 2017. We were privileged to have Pete Gritton again with us to enlighten us further on the Leadership and Human Resource Management in a True Lean Organization. Pete Gritton is a Senior Consultant at American Links International, Adjunct Professor at the University of Kentucky, USA and former Vice President, Human Resource at Toyota North America.

The workshop began with Faryal Sadiq, Executive Director People and Organizational Development, Interloop Limited narrating Interloop’s ongoing LEAN Journey, successes achieved so far and upcoming related projects. She linked the purpose of the workshop with the organization’s vision, values and Interloop Way statement. She emphasized the need of People Side of Lean to be more competitive, to attain prosperity and to achieve sustainability. She welcomed Pete Gritton and appreciated him for coming back to Interloop Pakistan to share his valuable knowledge.

Unlike last year, it was only one session of two days with 32 participants for middle level managers getting benefited. Pete with all his expertise helped to have better understanding regarding Toyota Production System and LEAN concepts, tools and practices. With the initiative of Interloop Way People and setting up the four swim lanes, the workshop broadened the vision to move forward. Pete discussed the “People Side of True Lean” elements, including implementation processes and examples from other organizations. Most of the discussion covered the topics of Leadership Thinking Ways, Team Member Lifecycle, Rewards and Recognition, Standardization and Open Two-Way Communication.

Multiple topics were discussed over the course of two days and some key points were reiterated. The need of Process Standardization & Documentation, Open Two-Way Communication, PMS, Uniform Behavior and Succession Planning were considered pivotal for achieving the true LEAN culture. The 32 participants were vocal and animated throughout the workshop. Pete welcomed all kinds of questions and candid comments by participants were appreciated by the trainer.

Well known to Interloop Way, Baikuntha Sharma, CEO American Links International and LEAN Consultant for Interloop Limited, provided active support to his colleague Pete to ensure the objectives of workshop were met. Pete and Sharma shared the jokes of their long and professional career together helped the attendees to remain zestful. The participants felt that the workshop was great learning curve and enlightening that helped to maintain the interest & enthusiasm, even the well awaited rain pour didn’t distracte anyone. By the end of the workshop, a play-dough activity pulled a lot of interest. Apparently a simple activity helped to learn the essential concepts of team building, communication and to understand the needs of the customer. Pete and Sharma appreciated the Interloop Way People team to setup up the successful workshop.

Promoting Football at Grass-roots

Interloop Limited sponsored the 9th All Punjab Football Tournament held from 12 - 26 May, 2017 at Railways Ground, Faisalabad. 16 teams from around Punjab participated in the tournament. To qualify the final match, all the teams exhibited great confidence, grit and determination. The final match was played between City Football Club (CFC), Faisalabad and Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO). Both teams battled hard and maintained score to 1 each. In the second half CFC was able to score two more goals and were on the brink of winning the tournament when IESCO scored a goal through penalty corner, they got another opportunity to tie the match through penalty corner but failed and so CFC secured the victory and became the tournament champions. Chief Guest, Muhammad Aslam, Chairman Supreme Council of Traders Union Faisalabad and Col. (Retd.) Ijaz Ahmad Nasir, SA to CEO Interloop Limited presented medals, prizes and trophies to the winning and Runners up team and the tournament officials.

7th Interloop Table Tennis Tournament

HR & Admin Dept. organized Interloop’s 7th Table Tennis Tournament from 10-12 May, 2017 at Al-Fatah Sports Complex, Faisalabad. Players were eager to make their mark and played with passion and sportsmanship to win the titles. The supporters cheered the players they supported and jeered to the dismay of their rivals. On the final day of the tournament, Brig. (Retd.) Ahmad Riza Siddiqi, Executive Director graced the event with his presence and presented trophies and cash prizes to the winner. Urva Tul Wusqa, Officer Interloop Way-People, won the Women’s Single title while Arif Munsif, Sr. GM Spinning won the Men’s Single. Men’s Double was won by Arif Munsif and Rao Tauqeer, Asst. Manager Coordination Spinning while the champions of Women’s Double were Urva Tul Wusqa and Amna Iftikhar, Officer EHS. This time, the participants were introduced with Mixed Doubles which was won by Abdul Majid, Manager Merchandising and Urva Tul Wusqa.

Interloop Women's Lawn Bowls Championship

Lawn Bowls Champion was organized at Sports Ground HD-I on 2 & 3 May, 2017 for the female executives and non-executives of Interloop Limited. The females participated with great enthusiasm and enjoyed the tournament thoroughly. The spectators cheered and applauded for every bowl that was thrown anticipating the win of their friends and colleagues. After multiple exciting matches the final round was played between Sehrish Mehmood, Sr. Officer Merchandizing and Nasreen, Sr. Auditor and won by Sehrish. Chief Guest Brig. (Retd.) Ahmad Riza Siddiqi presented trophies to the winner and runner-up and appreciated the introduction of such a healthy activity and also acknowledged Hafiz Muhammad Ata Rasool’s effort in bringing Pakistan Lawn Bowls Federation to Interloop.

Interloop Volunteers as TCF Mentors

10 mentors (6 male and 4 female executives) from Interloop Limited volunteered for the TCF Rahbar Program 2017 conducted at TCF Secondary School, Interloop - Begum Sarwari Sadiq Campus-I from 7 April to 20 May, 2017. A total of 43 students (24 boys and 19 girls) of class 8 benefitted as Mentees from this program. . Mentors were provided the 7 Mile Stones targets by TCF representative to guide the mentees in building better personal and professional life. It also included a trip to Crescent Textile Mills and Hero Speaking session where Muhammad Khan, Ex Blind Employee Interloop and Sumbal Naz, Interloop Scholar encouraged the mentees by sharing their success stories. The visit helped trigger their thinking ability as they took keen interest in the production facility and the processes. Col. (Retd.) Ijaz Ahmad Nasir, SA to CEO Interloop Limited was the chief guest at the closing ceremony on 20 May, 2017 and awarded appreciation certificates to all Mentors and thanked them for their active participation in this noble cause.

Annual Dinner 2017

Annual Dinner; one of the most awaited events of the year by all executive employees to catch up with colleagues, learn what’s happening in the personal and professional arenas and enjoy an exquisite evening full of awards, entertainment, food and music. This year’s significance was Interloop celebrating its Silver Jubilee. Annual Dinner 2017 was organized at the Sitara Civic Centre, Faisalabad on Saturday, 22 April 2017. The venue, decorated with balloons and flowers, the seating area set up with white couches and golden chairs, SMDs for on-spot live broadcast and a magnificent backdrop showcasing 25 Years of Excellence made everybody feel the festivity in the air.

The CEO, Executive Board, HoDs and around 1100 executives from Hosiery Divisions and Dairies attended the event. On behalf of Interloop Management, Humayun Javed Khan, HoD Corporate Communication welcomed the guests. Sobia Naseem recited verses from the Holy Quran. The CEO and the Executive Board presented 15 years Long Service Awards to 38 executives and 10 years Long Service Awards to 92 executives.

Commendable comic performances by executives from different divisions and departments fascinated the audience, throwing them into laughter again and again. Poems ‘Tera mera jor ki’ & ‘Din dey bara wajay’ by Hassan Ashraf, HD-I, ‘Saath hamara chhootay na’ sung by Farooq Adil, HD-II, skits ‘Ooops Kahani’ by HD-I, ‘Muqaddar ka Sikander’, by HD-II and ‘Shahi Shagoofay 2’ by HD-III; all items were very well thought, well scripted and brilliantly performed. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed and applauded the performances, especially the Executive Board and the CEO.

Musadaq Zulqarnain, CEO Interloop in his address thanked God Almighty for His countless blessings, congratulated the Long Service Awardees and thanked everyone for being part of Interloop and its progression. He updated the audience about some recent corporate initiatives including expanding Interloop’s manufacturing footprint to Sri Lanka by acquiring Texlan Center, a Hosiery Manufacturing Company; transforming existing Day Care Centers into Modern Montessori Schools; inauguration of the New Central Distribution Centre at HD-II, Joint Venture with ‘Tekeda Legwear Company Limited’ for establishment of Interloop Japan Limited; addition of 3 more school units to the TCF Project bringing it to 19 Interloop-TCF Schools, hiring of Female Knitting Operators for the First Time in Interloop, establishment of Tights Manufacturing Unit in HD-I, establishment of a 23.5 MW Power Plant to cater to the energy requirements of the existing and new extension set ups, higher emphasis on Sports Culture for better physical and mental health of the employees, import of 630 Australian Cows for Interloop Dairies bringing Total Heads to 3900, etc. To commemorate Interloop’s Silver Jubilee, the CEO announced establishment of a 25 Years Anniversary Green Park at Interloop Industrial Park for employees’ recreation, presentation of 50 motor cycles (5 for executives & 45 for non-executives) to employees through lucky draw, increase of regular Interloop Scholarships from 2 to 5 annually, a one-time merit based Financial Grant for one child per entitled employee for 4 years’ degree program and meeting all non-executive employees over lunch in every mess and cutting 25 years anniversary cakes with them.

This was followed by a panel discussion on the Interloop-Way moderated by Hasnain Abbas, DGM Marketing. The panelists; Navid Fazil, COO; Azhar Sadiq, Executive Director Operations; Faryal Sadiq, Executive Director People & OD; Latif Zaib, GM Interloop Way - Lean and Fareha Zafar Saeed, Head of OD, introduced the basic ideology of Interloop-Way to the audience, its core concept and methodology of its practice across all departments. A small enactment of Interloop-Way was performed by the Marketing team.

On behalf of the entire Interloop team, the HoDs presented mementoes to Musadaq Zulqarnain and Navid Fazil to express gratitude for their visionary leadership, confidence in the team and enormous continuous support. The Executive Board and HoD’s cut the 25 Years Anniversary Cake amidst spectacular fireworks. A scrumptious dinner was served to the guests.

After dinner, the renowned artist Amanat Ali enthralled the audience with his pop and classical songs and engaged the young and old on the floor, boogying till the end.

Manager's Dinner 2017

It was a pleasant evening on 8 March 2017 when Interloop Managers and their spouses were welcomed at the Manager’s Dinner at Dynasty Banquet Hall, Faisalabad. The get together has evolved an annual event hosted by the CEO, COO and their families, as a token of gratitude to the Managers for their hard work and dedication, and especially for their Spouses, acknowledging their continuous support. Families enjoyed casual chats and meeting old friends.

Nina Nix, CEO and Reinier Westerveld, Head of Sourcing, Dobotex – a key Interloop customer, who happened to be in Faisalabad on a routine business visit, joined the evening. Warmly welcomed by the Interloop family, Nina instantly mingled with Managers’ wives and didn’t seem to be meeting them for the first time. Reinier also enjoyed the comfy environment and the characteristic Pakistani hospitality.

Live music kept the atmosphere pleasant while everybody enjoyed drinks and starters. Soon it was dinner time! From fresh salads to live barbecues to a variety of buffet dishes; everyone relished the scrumptious dinner followed by desserts and tea, coffee as per their liking. Gift hampers were presented to the managers’ spouses towards the end of the event. To honour Dobotex – InterIoop relationship, Nina Nix presented a beautifully framed ceramic plaque to Interloop Management mentioning, “TOGETHER, We Learn, We Share, We Progress - A True Partnership”. It was a heart-warming evening, well-spent and well-remembered.

Job Fair & Networking Event at University of Agriculture, Faisalabad

On 17th May 2017, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, arranged a Job Fair & Networking Event at Expo. Center where alumni and large number of different public and private employers’ participated to catalyze the development of a symbiotic relationship. Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmed Khan, Vice Chancellor inaugurated the event by welcoming the delegates. The participants from different industries shared their views and gave a brief introduction of their respective companies. Job Fair & Networking Event was a way for the students to explore various choices for their careers, network with the prospective employers, and practice essential professional skills. Students from different fields also displayed their projects to attract different companies.

Following companies participated in the event to foster connections with the university students.

* Interloop Limited

* Monsanto

* Sitara Chemicals

* IGI Life Insurance

* Kushhali Bank

* Wi-Tribe

* Nigar Textile Circle Club

* Al Karam Seeds

*Amal Foundation – PREP fellowship

* Bicas Consultancy

* CKD Agri

An informative stall was setup by Interloop at this Job Fair where Interloop’s Talent Acquisition team met the students and interviewed them, offered Internships and shared the induction process. Shields were presented to the participating companies at the closing ceremony in the afternoon. On behalf of Interloop Limited, Assistant Manager HR, Hufsa Subhani received the participant shield from the Organizers. Event closed with the note of thanks by Prof. Dr. Hafeez Ahmed Sadaqat, Director University of Agriculture Faisalabad where he applauded the participants for showing interest in the job fair and helped in making it a success.

Interloop Sponsors ‘Gender, Work & Society’ Conference at LUMS

The Social Enterprise Development Centre at the Suleman Dawood School of Business, LUMS organized an international conference titled, ‘Gender, Work and Society: Challenges, Opportunities and Prospects for Women’s Economic Empowerment’ on April 22-23, 2017 at its campus. The conference focused on women’s economic participation and how patriarchal norms, social movements and globalization affect women’s economic opportunities. It presented an interdisciplinary platform for participants to analyze and critique recent trends, innovations and conditions related to gender, work and society.

Interloop truly believes that empowering women brings financial stability, enabling them to support their families and contribute towards the development of the society. Complementing its various initiatives in this direction, Interloop supported this conference as the main sponsor and set up a display stall at the venue to share its women empowerment practices with the audience. On behalf of Interloop Limited, Sr. Officer HR Shahnaz Kausar received the Sponsorship Acknowledgement Shield from the conference management.

Interloop Wins C&A Global Supplier Quality Award

By the grace of God Almighty, Interloop Limited won the C&A Global Supplier Quality Award for 2016-17. On behalf of Interloop, Saeed Ahmad, Head of Quality Assurance received the award from Zeeshan Nasir, Country Manager and Mumtaz, Sr. QA Manager C&A, at a prestigious ceremony, held on 18 April 2017 at C&A Sourcing office Karachi. This award is presented to the supplier meeting or exceeding a set of quality performance criteria though out the year. Interloop is the only company in Pakistan in Performance Category “A” in all Suppliers Matrix for C&A. It also carries QCC0 status in all product categories. On this occasion, Saeed Ahmad said: “Receiving this award is a proud moment for me and I want to congratulate my entire team especially C&A NQC, CQA, QA Labs and Inline Quality for their exceptional efforts. I also want to appreciate my cross functional partners including Operations, PPC, SCL, Sourcing and Merchandising for their support and co-operation for this accomplishment. Thank you.”

Newspaper Supplements on Interloop's 25th Anniversary

Interloop is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. To commemorate this historic moment, a four page newspaper supplement was published in both daily "DAWN" and "The News" on April 25, 2017 nationwide on its foundation day. Interloop is thankful to all its business partners and shares its journey of success with them.

(i) Please click here to download the supplement in daily "Dawn" Newspaper
(ii) Please click here to download the supplement in daily "The News" Newspaper

Another milestone in Interloop, Distribution Center

On April 3, 2017, CEO & COO of Interloop Limited inaugurated the newly constructed Central Distribution Center (CDC) along with Executive Board of Directors and HODs.

Distribution Center is a specialized warehousing facility for receiving of finished product (socks) from different production units & loading for movement to sea ports/ air ports to be destined for customers. The facility has been equipped with latest Dexion racking system Malaysia, dock levelers by HORMANN Germany, Telescopic Conveyer Belt by BUDDE Germany & Fork Lift Trucks by Landoll USA and Toyota Sweden. A latest scanning based real time warehouse management system (WMS) is being used for all transactions. The operational area of warehouse is 74,006 Square feet consisting of 7,822 pallet positions in static racks with capacity of around 2.2 Million dozens placement. Simultaneously, 5 docks can be used for loading/unloading activities. As far as safety is concerned, a very latest and early smoke detection system Vesta by SIEMENS supported by latest water sprinkler & fire hydrant system is placed. A round the clock surveillance is ensured through CCTV cameras.

CDC will not only reduce the export shipment loading time 50% but also add the advantages of one point loading, carrying customer stock orders with pick/pack facility, sufficient space for sorting/pre-shipping arrangements, active cargo presentation to customer’s product auditors as well as effective facility presentation for social and security compliances. Another great advantage is around 70% reduction in manual cargo handling by increasing the use of MHEs (material handling equipment) to improve the workplace safety along with reducing different wastages under lean approach.

Champions of Divisional Football Tournament

Interloop is promoting sports activities inside and outside the company. While stepping forward from inter divisional and departmental sports events to external contests.

Football team from Interloop HD-l (Team Warrriors) participated in a tournament that was held in Laathiyan wala Village near Khurrrianwala . There were 64 teams from Faisalabad division. After winning the league matches, Team Warriors won the final match against the host Laathiyan wala Village team by 1-0.

Chairman Lathiyanwala, Rana Shahid presented the winning trophy to Team Warrior. CEO Interloop Limited, Musadaq Zulqarnain and COO Navid Fazil congratulated the winning team and appreciated the efforts of the team management.

2nd All Pakistan Dice-Textile Innovation Event, NTU 2017

To promote Innovation and Intellectual Development of Pakistani Textile Professionals, Interloop Limited was the main sponsor at the “ 2nd All Pakistan DICE-Textile Innovation Event 2017”, jointly organized by the National Textile University (NTU) and DICE Foundation USA, on 28 -29 March 2017 at NTU Faisalabad. The event which primarily comprised of exhibition of innovative projects for the textile industry, discussions on industry issues, and other related activities, was focused on creating awareness about Innovations and making them commercial. Representatives from the textile industry, government and students from leading universities of the country presented their projects which were highly appreciated by the delegates.

Dr. Tanvir Hussain, Acting Rector NTU said on the occasion that NTU was focused on developing new textile technologies and commercialization of modern research to improve the value added sector. He appreciated Interloop’s role for industry-academia collaboration. On behalf of Navid Fazil, COO Interloop Limited, Head of Research & Innovation department, Yaser Riaz received the acknowledgement shield for the main sponsor. The day ended with a cultural show organized by textile students and delicious dinner.

1st Interloop Football Tournament

1st Interloop Football Tournament was organized by the Admin Department at Muslim High School Tariqabad from 16 to 19 March 2017. Four teams from HD-I, II, III and VSF & Spinning participated in which teams played three matches of 50 minutes each. All the teams played with great confidence and determination. Final was played between HD-I and HD-II. Both teams spared no effort yet were unable to score in the first half; finally the HD-II team scored a goal in the second half which led them to become champion of this tournament.

Chief Guest Brig. (Retd.) Ahmad Riza Siddiqi, Executive Director Support Services and GM Operations HD-II, Latif Zeb graced the final match with their presence. Chief Guest awarded cash prizes and trophy to winning and runners up teams, and presented medals to all the team members. Zahid from HD-II was also awarded trophy and prize for the best player of the tournament while additional prize for best kit was awarded to VSF+ spinning team.

International Women's Day 2017

Every year, Interloop celebrates International Women's Day to highlight issues faced by women, find solutions and to celebrate their successes. This year round, due to a sizable number of female employees, two get togethers were organized; one at HD-I Faisalabad on 14 March 2017, attended by all females from HD-I, II, Satellite Unit and Spinning Division, and the other at HD-III on 1st April 2017 for female employees from Lahore.

The event at Faisalabad was graced by Chief Guest Kiran Khan, Guest of Honor Farzana Musadaq and wives of Directors and Department Heads, while Sobia Butt was the Chief Guest and Faryal Sadiq was the Guest of Honor at the Lahore function.

At HD-I, a beautifully decorated venue with welcome and motivational banners along with a magnificent backdrop highlighting this year's International Woman's Day theme 'Be Bold for Change' elated the audience who attended the event with great enthusiasm.

The morning began with recitation of Quranic Verses by Sobia Naseem and Na'at by Fyeza Sattar. Ammara and Noor welcomed the guests and invited Interloop's First Female Executive Director, Faryal Sadiq on stage to share her thoughts. Faryal appreciated the women employees for playing their role in Interloop's development and shared organization's priority about empowering women by providing them equal opportunities.

Females from different departments performed engaging skits such as 'Hawa ki Beti' (Daughter of Eve) emphasizing that a female can master any skill and overcome hurdles existing in the society, an inspirational skit 'Meri Pyari Beti ho Tum' (You are My Beloved Daughter) which showcased father-daughter relationship and how his hard work supports his daughter achieve her dreams. The program also included a captivating performance by Amber and her group on the song 'Kaun Kehta Hai Main Be-ikhtiyar Hoon' (Who Says I'm Helpless) while Urva enthralled the audience with her motivational song 'Badal Pey Paon Hai' (Sky's the Limit) which was highly appreciated by the audience.

Arshia interviewed the Chief Guest Kiran Khan, the 'Golden Girl of Pakistan'; a true legend who has won 7 international gold medals for Pakistan and 15 times bagged the best swimmer title. She has the honor of being the youngest ever to receive Tamgha-e-Imtiaz medal from the Govt. of Pakistan in 2012. Kiran stands today as Pakistan's leading female athlete and one of the most prominent names in country's sports. In her interview, Kiran advised all women to identify their potential and work hard to achieve their goals. During the event Aqsa and Saman electrified the audience by conducting an interesting segment 'Jeeto Interloop' (Win Interloop), by asking questions about Interloop and awarding gift hampers to the winners.

Farzana Musadaq, Guest of Honour appreciated the stage performances and expressed gratitude to the female employees for their enthusiasm, hard work and devotion for the company. The program ended with presentation of souvenirs to the guests and certificates and gifts to the performers and organizers, followed by a delicious lunch.

At HD-III, the program started with welcome from Um-e-Aiman followed by recitation of the Holy Verses and Na'at. An inspirational video displaying the role and contribution of HD-III females in various departments was played that captivated the audience. A wonderful skit performance by enthusiastic employees and an energetic speech highlighting the importance of Women's day were also part of the show.

Guest of Honor Faryal Sadiq in her speech appreciated the event and highlighted the importance of female employees in Interloop, their beneficial role towards organizational performance and efforts being done by Interloop to facilitate them. An informative session was conducted by Sobia Butt, a well-known Lawyer at the Supreme Court of Pakistan and an activist. Sobia talked about her activities for supporting and protecting Women's Rights, educated the audience about their rights and motivated them about playing a positive role in building a successful society. The ceremony ended up at presentation of gifts to the participants and organizers, followed by a delicious lunch.

A Day of Cricket Hungama between Interloop & SGS Pakistan

Interloop, a well-recognized by its own name, is not just about making loops of threads, but it has a strong credence in making loops of people. In this perspective, every year a number of co-curricular activities are held within or outside of the premises. In continuation to this, a “Friendly Cricket Match” was recently arranged between the teams of SGS Pakistan and Interloop (IL). IL and SGS already have a very profound and pleasant working relationship. This match was a way to strengthen the bond already developed by their great working experience.

The match was decided to be the best of three. Beginning was truly in the favor of SGS team as they won the first round. The spirits and emotions of both side onlookers were so aligned with the purpose of the match as they were cheering for both the teams, regardless of their affiliation with their companies. Their level of support and cheers doubled the enthusiasm of players which was truly evident by the end of the match when IL team showed their potential and took an easy lead by winning last two rounds and thus was declared as the winner and lifted the trophy.

This view was appreciable as it depicted that such events and functions have an imminent impact on developing deep and long range relationships that may sustain beyond the working environments.

Industry – Academia Collaboration with NTU

Department of Knitting, National Textile University arranged its first Departmental Board of Studies meeting on 21 February, 2017, led by Dr. Hafsa Jamshed, Chairperson Knitting NTU, GM Operations Interloop Limited, Adeel Tahir along with a representative from Masood Textile Mills attended this session to provide industry insight in selecting courses being offered to students of Knitting Department. The meeting turned out to be a classic practice of Industry – Academia collaboration for teaching practically applicable courses at the university.

12th Workers Long Service Awards 2017

A graceful ceremony was held on 20 February 2017 to appreciate the consistent hard work of Interloop Limited employees completing their 10 years of service with the company. The event started with the recitation of Holy Verses by Ali Atif Raza followed by Ham’d recited by Arsalan. A total number of 978 employees which is 3 times more than the previous year received the awards.

Navid Fazil, COO Interloop Limited appreciated the role of Interloop employees in Company’s success. He wished that employees will keep performing above expectations to achieve company’s Vision 2020. He also announced introduction of new schemes that Interloop Limited will provide for the well-being of its employees and society. At the end of the event Brig. (Retd.) Ahmad Riza Siddiqi Executive Director prayed for the success and prosperity of the company and its stake holders. A scrumptious lunch was served for the award winners and the guests. The Workers Long Service Award comprises of:-

1. A recognition shield. 2. One month's gross salary. 3. Scholarship of Rs. 500 per month for one eligible child from Nursery up to Graduation. 4. Nomination in Hajj draw of 10 years awardees category.

Lawn Bowls Tournament for Differently abled Persons

On 10 Feb. 2017 1st Interloop Lawn Bowl Tournament for Differently Abled Persons was played at Sports Ground HD-l. Teams were separated in two categories. Category A was comprised of standing persons and Category B was comprised of sitting persons. The spirit and enthusiasm of players was worth seeing and highly appreciable. At the end of the exciting tournament Ishtiaq from HD-l and Ghulam Mohi-ud-din from HD-ll got 1st position respectively in A & B category along with Rashid and Hanif from HD-ll were runner ups. Chief guests Executive Director Ahmad Riza Siddiqi and GM Operations HD-l Adeel Tahir presented the winning trophies and T-shirts to the winners and appreciated the role of organizers for taking initiative regarding this sport and encouraging the differently abled persons to participate in such healthy activities.

Lawn Bowls Championship for men

Top management in action

First ever Interloop Men’s Lawn Bowls Championship was organized at Sports Ground HD-I on 3 Feb. 2017. Executive Directors, COO and Departmental Heads participated with full enthusiasm and enjoyed the tournament thoroughly. An exciting final round was played between Director Technical Jahan Zeb Banth and Executive Director Ahmad Riza Siddiqi and Ahmad Riza Siddiqi claimed the title by 5 - 4.

At the closing ceremony COO appreciated Ahmad Riza Siddiqi’s efforts for arranging this event which is a part of Interloop’s vision of promoting sports culture in the company. He also acknowledged the efforts of Hafiz Muhammad Ata Rusool for playing key role in bringing Pakistan Lawn Bowl Federation to Interloop. In the end COO presented the winning trophy whereas the representative of Pakistan Lawn Bowls Federation presented souvenir and T-shirts to Ahmad Riza Siddiqi.

Kisan Convention at Interloop Dairies Limited

Interloop Dairies Limited (ILD) in collaboration with Monsanto Pakistan organized Kissan Convention at its dairy farm. The purpose was to educate and facilitate the local farmers in achieving high yields of the maize crop. Faheem-ul-Qadir of Monsanto Pakistan gave a detailed presentation regarding modern cultivation practices and techniques to achieve better results for the maize crop. Qaiser Mehmood, In-Charge Administration & Cropping Section ILD highlighted the input requirement of maize grain at ILD and encouraged the farmers to cultivate the maize crop for profitable results. At the end, a question-answer session was conducted and the attendees were served with refreshments.

Fond Moments with Our Moving Managers

A get together was held in December 2016 to bid farewell to DGM Operations Irfan Nazir who is moving to Sri Lanka and to warmly welcome Sr. Manager Support Services, Mian Muhammad Tahir to HD-I. A pleasant weather and live BBQ along with funny stories, great memories and some sports activities such as friendly cricket and football matches between HD-I Managers made the event delightful. Executive Director Operations, Azhar Sadiq and GM Operations HD-I, Adeel Tahir, acknowledged and thanked everyone for organizing such a heart-warming afternoon. We wish Irfan Nazir and Muhammad Tahir Best of Luck as they transition into their new roles.

Sports Day at City Office

To keep oneself energized and motivated and to ensure a work life balance of its employees, Interloop’s city office organized a one day sports event at Samreen Farm House on 12 Dec, 2016. Various sports activities such as cricket, football, badminton, tug of war etc., were played between the members of Import & Export Section. This was indeed a day filled with cheers and great enthusiasm. Waheed Iqbal, DGM SCL presented trophies to various teams. In his closing remarks he appreciated the organizing committee’s efforts in making this event a joyful and memorable one which focuses on team building and further strengthening collaboration amongst staff.

Interloop Becomes CIPS Certified - Pathway to Worldclass

By the grace of Almighty Allah, Interloop Limited has successfully achieved Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) Corporate Certification Standard Award in purchasing policies, processes and procedures with exceptional and continuous efforts of the team. CIPS is a United Kingdom-based global professional body working with an objective of "leading global excellence in procurement and supply". It aims to promote and develop high standards of professional skill, ability, and integrity among all those engaged in purchasing and supply chain management as well as assists individuals, organisations and the profession as a whole. It is an in-depth assessment process that mainly measures.

Interloop’s procurement functions against world-class standards across five dimensions: 1. Leadership and Organisation

2. Strategy

3. People

4. Processes and Systems

5. Performance Measurement and Management

Interloop has become the first company in Pakistan to achieve this certification! “I am very delighted and proud that your combined efforts and hard work have been recognised by the CIPS awarding body. It was a tough achievement and you refused to give up on it. My congratulations to you and the Interloop Procurement team. Best wishes to you all for the future.’’ says CIPS Assessor Mike Radbourne. Congratulations to all Interloop family on this achievement!

Interloop North America Moves to New Offices

On December 2016, Interloop North America moved to a new location, a 5,200 sq. ft office on the second floor of a 14-story office building in Winston-Salem. Our new location puts us in the heart of downtown in offices with more space, free storage for product and a better lease rate than our old location. All ILNA employees pitched in to make this move possible by shifting samples, computers, monitors and personal belongings and are excited to settling into our new home.

HOD's Visit To Interloop Dairies Limited

On December 10th, Head of Departments of Interloop Ltd visited Interloop Dairy Farm for a recreational day trip.

The most of the HoDs arrived together at the farm in the morning on a bus. The visitors were warmly welcomed by Interloop Dairies team. On behalf of IL Dairies, Mr. Muhammad Usman Sarwar, Farm Manager ILD, formally introduced the dairies team to the visiting HoDs, and on behalf of HoDs, Mr. Shahzad Qamar, COO ILD / Executive Director IL, introduced the visiting HoD’s to IL Dairies team. A brief overview of the facility was given by Mr. Muhammad Usman Sarwar who also shared herd, production and operational numbers with the HoD’s.

Afterwards, the HoD’s were taken to different functional areas of the farm in facilitation of IL Dairies team. The HoD’s were not only briefed in detail about the working of each functional area but along the way their queries were also entertained. They were given a detailed insight to the best practices being adopted at IL Dairies Farm regarding animal health, feeding and preservation and quality control of milk. The visitors were amazed when they observed the milking process at the milking parlor facility which has very advanced equipment and machinery. Moreover, they also lauded animal hospital facility which is being managed by a team of qualified and dedicated veterinary doctors. The HoD’s also appreciated the overall cleanliness and hygienic atmosphere being maintained at the farm and were of the view that there was hardly any stench of animal manure, with such a large number of animals living in close proximity.

After the visit, the HoD’s were served with a scrumptious lunch comprising of traditional cuisines. In the end a casual discussion session was arranged in which the HoD’s shared their views and feedback regarding the visit. During the discussion, farm fresh milk and a dessert was served to the visitors as well.

The HoD’s acknowledged the hospitality shown to them during the visit and the IL Dairies team thanked the HoD’s and bade farewell to them.

Interloop North America Launches Magnum Brand Socks

Magnum Boots was born in 1982, through a request from the FBI training center for a strong, lightweight, athletically built, black tactical boot. Once the FBI spread the word, the demand came to supply this product across the world. As a result, the Magnum product range expanded to meet the wide range of high-performance needs of professionals working in high-pressure environments. With a strong presence in the US as well as Europe, Magnum has enjoyed a loyal following for over three decades. As the proprietary licensee of Magnum socks in the US, Interloop North America is proud to announce our launch of Magnum socks in the US this spring. The collection is designed to have reliable performance to keep feet protected and comfortable all day long. Magnum socks are currently sold on Amazon.com, ILNA’s own website - TheComfortSock.com, and in some additional specialty retailers.We look forward to growing sales and expanding our distribution in 2017.

Groundbreaking Ceremony of Plant IV at HD-II

In December 2016, Executive directors along with the team of Plant IV and PMD joined together to officially break ground for Plant IV at HD-II. On this event, Navid Fazil, COO Interloop Limited praised the efforts of PMD and wished plant IV team and the company a bundle of success. This project has a total capacity to accommodate 720 specialized knitting Machines with an estimated production capacity of 204,000 pair of socks per day. This facility also includes: Jeanologia E-Flow Processing Machines which consumes 95% less water, 50% less chemicals & 75% less energy and Ghibli Advanced Boarding Machines with 26 boarding frames 4 seconds cycle time making it energy efficient. Plant IV is planning to accomplish 01 day work in process by achieving 2.2 men to machine ratio against its total strength.

Business Planning Workshop 2017

The most important business planning activity at Interloop Limited is the Business Planning Workshop (BPW), organized every year in November, at a retreat where top and middle management and global teams get together to take account of the progress, devise strategies, set new goals and approve projects to achieve those goals. It is an essential tool to review the Group Business, learn what is happening in different areas, align operational and support functions to create synergies and navigate the business towards new heights. Planning and reviewing session during the day and elaborate luncheons, dinners and entertainment events in the evenings make everybody enjoy the true spirit of the Interloop culture. This time around BPW was organized from 13 – 15 November, 2016 at Hilton Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Travel & Protocol Section made the travel arrangements. The Interloop leadership team was exited to attend the workshop overseas and enjoyed each other’s company during domestic and international flights and bus rides. The weather in Colombo was a bit warm and humid yet intermittent rains made the evenings pleasant.

The first day started with recitation from the Holy Quran. Faryal Sadiq, Executive Director People & Organization Development welcomed the delegates representing all depts. of Interloop Pakistan (ILP), Interloop Bangladesh (ILB), Spinning (ILS), Interloop North America (ILNA), Euro Sox Plus (ESP) and Interloop Dairies (ILD). To energize the delegates, an Interloop Documentary developed by Corporate Communication was showcased which was liked by everyone. Musadaq Zulqarnain, CEO Interloop Limited, in his opening remarks underscored the purpose and outcomes of BPW. Navid Fazil, COO, Interloop Limited gave a detailed presentation on financial highlights, operational performance and sales results for 2016, and ongoing expansion projects.

Shelly Rider, President ILNA and Heather Wilson, Director Marketing made a magnificent presentation about US macro trends, online sales, ILNA branded business, sales performance 2016 and outlook for 2017. Muhammad Arshad, Sr. GM ILB presented operational and sales achievements, new customer development and future business prospects about IL Bangla. This was followed by an enlightening presentation by Rudy Damen, Managing Director and Markus Schwarz, Sales Manager ESP, regarding the political and business environment in EU, new customers, ESP’s performance for the year and future plans. Muhammad Usman Sarwar, Farm Manager ILD made an exciting and informative presentation about IL Dairies’ performance; detailing herd profile, milk production, completed projects, financials and future development plans.

The highlight of this segment of the day was a case study session on ‘The Culture of Continuous Improvement’ conducted by Michael Ward, a top-notch Management Professional and Executive Coach from Simpler Consulting, United States to figure out business strategy for competing globally. After lunch and prayer break, Cross Functional Focus Groups comprising of global teams were formed to identify departmental and inter-departmental projects, impact of respective departmental functions on strategic aspects and recognize and resolve issues for smooth functioning in collaborative areas.

In the evening, everybody enjoyed a sumptuous dinner at the Italian restaurant by the pool side, followed by a mesmerizing cultural show of traditional Sri Lankan dances including the fire dance. Spot comedy by Hasnain Abbas nudged everybody into hysterical laughters while spontaneous singing by Latif Zaib, Kamran Akhtar, Shahid Hameed and Luqman Afzal earned great appreciation from the audience.

The second day began with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Cross Functional Focus Groups continued their discussions and brainstormed specific targets, projects and initiatives for the next year, keeping in mind Vision 2020. All focus groups prepared presentations on mutually agreed projects, to be presented to the Executive Board for approval. Everybody enjoyed South Asian buffet dinner in the evening at one of Hilton restaurants and had free time to visit markets or stroll along the sea beach.

After recitation from Holy Quran, the third day began with focus groups including Customer Management, Operational Excellence, Yarn Operations and Support Services presenting their projects to the Executive Board, who analyzed them meticulously and approved the feasible ones. In his closing remarks at the end of the three day workshop, the CEO appreciated global teams’ participation in this vital planning exercise. He applauded the efforts put in by Fareha Zafar Saeed, Head of Organization Development and her team for organizing the workshop so wonderfully, especially overseas and ensuring a comfortable stay for the executives. The workshop concluded on presentation of souvenirs to the participants. A City Tour of Colombo was organized atop two open-roof double decker buses which took everybody around famous places, monuments and parks. Everyone relished seeing the historical memorials and clicked pictures with colleagues at various locations. While buffet dinner with exclusive cuisines from across the globe was served at the hotel, individuals and groups went out again, some for shopping and some to tea houses to sip various versions of Ceylon Teas.

While some team members stayed back for business or leisure, most fellows flew back next day to their respective countries, all having fresh plans for the next year, lots of fond memories and new friends.

Interloop Hires 45% females in their MTOP 2016-17

Every year Interloop Limited inducts fresh graduates across its various functions through its flagship Management Trainee Program. It’s a one year working contract which exposes MTOs to a variety of operational and supportive roles thus creating enormous learning and grooming opportunities for the young appointees. A stringent selection process and yearlong work assignments prepare a professional base for them for a promising career.

A total of 11,394 candidates from all over Pakistan applied for this program after it was advertised in August 2016, in leading national dailies. This was the highest number of applications ever received in a year so far. Of these applications, 5,646 candidates were screened-in for basic criteria of the position. Out of these, 1,914 applicants were selected for NTS for the General as well as Subject based test based on their academic performance and majors. It was followed by assessment center activities comprising of extempore speeches and group discussions, for which 515 aspirants were selected.In the final round, 280 contenders were interviewed, out of which top 67 were offered placements and joined the Interloop family out of which 45% are females.

On 22 December 2016, Mr. Musadaq Zulqarnain, CEO, Miss Faryal Sadiq, ED People & OD and Miss Fareha Zafar, Head of Organizational Development Department, warmly welcomed MTO batch 2016-17. Later that day, heads of other departments shared their views with MTOs over a brunch. Next in line was a six days orientation which included company introduction, departmental presentations and visits to various functional areas and divisions. Interactive activities like team building, firefighting drills, etc., were also part of the orientation. During the next 12 months the MTOs will undergo a planned learning and development pathway including extensive Cross Functional Trainings, Departmental Projects with specified activities, Assignments and Presentations, MS Office Training, Soft Skills Learning interventions and bi-annual feedback meetings with OD.

Final Assessment of MTOs will be conducted on project reports, presentations’ evaluation scores, competency based scores and on over all conduct in their respective departments. As per company policy, these young officers will then be offered permanent jobs based on aforementioned evaluations & assessments.

9th Interloop Cricket Tournament – 2016

A tradition of providing employees with physical and mental growth and entertainment led to the 9th Interloop cricket tournament which was played from 16th October to 23rd October at Bohranwali Ground. This tournament comprised of 15 teams and 21 pool matches with 7 overs each. The teams battled hard to win the contest.

On the final day, Zain Sadiq, Executive Director Interloop Limited inaugurated the event celebrations and witnessed thrilling encounter. Other guests included Ahmed Riza Siddiqi, Executive Director, Latif Zeb GM Ops HD-II, Fareha Zafar, DGM OD, Ghulam Mohyu Din, DGM Taxation, Shahid Hamid, GM HR & Admin, Ghulam Qasim Shaheen, DGM EHS and Masood ur Rehman, GM Finance, who cheered up for the teams along with the audience. Before the final match, a friendly match was played between Star Eleven led by Latif Zeb, GM Ops HD-II and Satellite led by Khurram Shahzad, Sr. Officer SCL and it was won by Satellite team. The final was played between the teams of Knitting & Toe Closing HD-I and Finishing Processing HD-II whereas it was won by Knitting & Toe Closing. Trophies and cash prizes for Man of the Match, Best Bowler and Best Player of the tournament was given to Muhammad Naeem from Finishing Processing HD-II, and runners up team while team of HD-III was awarded best Kit award.

Christmas Celebrations at Interloop Limited

Christmas was celebrated at Interloop HD-l (for HD-l & HD-ll) on 23 December and HD-lll on 24 December 2016. CEO Musaddaq Zulqarnain, COO Navid Fazil along with Executive Directors and Senior Managers attended the gathering at HD-l, while GM Operations HD-lll Aqeel Ahmad at HD-lll.

This is part of Interloop’s practice of inter faith harmony and cultural diversity in the organization. In his address the CEO wished very Happy Christmas to Christian Colleagues and put emphasis upon teaching about peace and love. Afterwards the management along with the Christian colleagues cut a 50 pounds cake and enjoyed high tea.

Women Cricket at HD-l

Interloop strongly believes in gender diversity. Blending healthy activities and gender parity at Interloop Ltd the first Women Cricket Tournament was organized on 3rd Dec 2016 at sports ground HD-l in which four teams from Embroidery, Finishing, CPW and Tights sections participated. All teams played with Great Spirit. The final match was played between CPW and Embroidery and CPW won in the end.

At the closing ceremony, Chief Guest Executive Director Brig.(Retd.) Ahmad Riza Siddiqi and GM Operations HD-l Adeel Tahir congratulated both the teams and presented a trophy to the winning team.

2nd All Pakistan Interloop Open Golf Championship 2016

Interloop Limited, keeping its tradition alive to support people in exploring and enhancing their sport capabilities by sponsoring the 2nd All Pakistan Interloop Open Golf Championship 2016 from 2-4 December, 2016, organized by Lyallpur Golf N’ Country Club, Faisalabad. Golfers from Lahore, Islamabad, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Mianwali, Sargodha, Peshawar, Goth Machhi, Multan, Mangla, Dera Ismail Khan, Okara, Karachi, Mardan and Kamra Golf Club participated in this three day combat.

On the first day of the tournament 23 Junior Professionals, 26 Senior Professional and 58 Professionals played an 18 hole game. Top 10 junior professionals and top 10 & ties senior professionals were awarded cash prizes. On the 2nd day, 65 Amateurs and 34 Top scoring professionals played their respective rounds. On the last day, both groups played the final round. Chief Guests; Altaf M. Saleem, Senior Executive Member Jahanzeb Banth ( Director Technical, Interloop Limited was presented with the sponsorship acknowledgement sheild and Dr. Khalid Mehmood Khan, President Lyallpur Golf N’ Club presented the Interloop Trophies and Cash Prizes to the winners in an notable closing ceremony.

Faisalabad Literary Festival 2016

Third Faisalabad Literary Festival was held at the Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan auditorium on 26th & 27th November 2016 and it attracted a large number of people. The festival turned out to be a great opportunity for the citizens of the industrial city as the hall was packed at the inaugural session where Salima Hashmi and Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy addressed the audience while Bano Qudsia chaired the session. District Coordination Officer Salman Ghani and Asghar Nadeem Syed inaugurated the festival.

The first day included a mushaira where Munnu Bhai, Kishwar Naheed, Abbas Tabish, Anjum Saleemi and Khalid Masood recited their poetry. People from all walks of life thronged the festival and heard the intellectuals and writers who had come from other cities. Bookstalls have been set up there which were special attraction for book readers.

The second and last day of the festival on Saturday had more attractive sessions, including one on the late Intizar Husain where Asif Farrukhi, Kishwar Naheed and Asghar Nadeem Syed talked on one of the legends of Urdu fiction. There were sessions with Zafar Iqbal, Dr Mubarak Ali, Tehmina Durrani, Irfan Khoosat, Zeba Muhammad Ali, Aftab Iqbal and Sarmad Khoosat along with very special session; Hamary aap k Munnu Bhai’ to give tribute to the living legend Munnu Bhai which were also attended by massive audience with full attention. As being the main sponsor people appreciated the role of Interloop for promoting such cultural and literary activities in the region and considered it as revival of Art & Culture in Faisalabad.

A Delightful Day For HD-ll Girls

To keep ourselves energized and active, we sometimes need a break from our hectic routines. Interloop management, always practicing a caring culture, emphasis on increasing human productivity through improved mental & physical health of its employees.

To promote work life balance and instigate a cross departmental interaction, operations HD-II under the supervision of Plant Head Latif Zeb, organized a delightful day out for the girls of HD-II at Samreen Farm House, ensuring fun and entertainment for them. First of its kind, it was truly an amusing day having fun filled activities including; cooking competition, Egg Spoon Race, Socks Wearing Competition, Cake Eating Competition, Balloon Bursting, Singing Competition & Quiz having questions about the company.

The event started with the recitation from Holy Quran. On side of the venue, cooking competition was taking place among 4 teams comprising of executive & non-executive female employees. On the other side, the game arena was shining, where other competitions were taking place. At the end of the event, Chief Guests of the event; Azhar Sadiq, Director Operations and Riza Siddiqi, Executive Director along with Latif Zeb awarded prizes to the winners. The Chief Guests appreciated the organizing committee for their effort and encouraged such events to provide break for the employees from the work in a entertaining way.

Football Match Inter Hosiery Division-1

A friendly football match was played between Team Warriors led by Sr. Manager Processing Rashid Hussain and Team Strikers led by Sr. Manager Irfan Nazir at HD-1 on 31st October 2016. Chief Operating Officer Navid Fazil glorified the match with his presence along with Executive Directors and Managers. Executive Director, Ahmad Riza Siddiqi hit the first kick to start the event which is a part of Interloop’s Vision to promote sports culture in the organization to create healthy work environment. Team warriors took hold of the match in the start and scored 3 goals in the 1st half and ended convincingly having 5-0 lead after scoring 2 goals in the 2nd half. Navid Fazil appreciated the performance of both the teams and presented winner’s trophy to Rashid Hussain.

Inland Study Tour - 46th PN Staff Course

As part of the Inland Study Tour to acquaint officers with the industrial potential of Pakistan, the 46th Pakistan Navy Staff Course delegation comprising of Senior Pakistani and Allied, Navy, Army and Air Force Officers and faculty members, headed by Rear Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi, SI (M), S Bt, Commandant Pakistan Navy War College, visited Interloop Limited on 1st Oct 2016.

Latif Zeb, GM Operations HD-II, Ghulam Qasim, Head of EHS and Humayun Javed, Head of Corporate Communication welcomed the guests at HD-II. The delegation was briefed about Interloop and its business operations. After tea, the delegation visited Knit-to-Pack operations and witnessed the socks manufacturing process. They were impressed by the scale of operations and the quality of products being produced and found the visit quite a learning experience.

Jeanologia Eco: Water is Over, Air is the Future

In September 2016, Interloop installed the latest Jeanologia Processing Machine for washing during processing. The machine works on E-flow technology; gets air from the atmosphere and transforms it into Nano-Bubbles. The bubbles consume minimal proportions of water and chemicals and are applied to the products in an optimal and efficient way. This method reduces water, chemical and energy consumption by 95%, 50% and 79% respectively, impacting positive environmental conservation and Interloop’s efforts towards sustainability.

Interloop Wins PEOPLE Award by Adidas

By the grace of God almighty, Interloop Limited was recognised as Winners of PEOPLE award at the Adidas Brand Leadership Summit 2016, held in September 2016 at the World of Sports (Adidas Headquarter), in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

Adidas recognises its global suppliers in four categories including Quality, Sustainability, On Time Performance and People, and category People covers CSR and Employee welfare. The citation at the time of presentation of award to Interloop quoted “Excellence in talent acquisition and management through gender diversity and empowerment of women in the organisation, Employees Stock Option Scheme, Management Trainee Programs and Technical Training Schools committed to training of thousands of workers until 2020”.

Praising Team Interloop on this occasion, Musadaq Zulqarnain, CEO Interloop Limited said “Being chosen as winners out of 1,000 or so global suppliers is a matter of huge honour and great pride. I would like to congratulate and appreciate all of you on this achievement. Remember the Company Mission ‘To be an agent positive change for the stake holders and community by pursuing an ethical and sustainable business’ and keep up the good work”.

HI-TEC Brand U.S Launch

HI-TEC is one of the fastest growing boot brands in the U.S. This fall, Interloop North America launched Hi-TEC Socks. The Product Line reflects the customer lifestyle segmentation and includes Cushion Boot, Performance Hiking, and Comfort Lifestyle collections for Men and Women. The socks are competitively priced to offer consumers and retailers a high quality outdoor sock at a greater value.

First National Conference on Technical Textiles

National Textile University (NTU), Faisalabad along with NUST, Islamabad jointly organized the First National Conference on Technical Textiles (NCTT), from 26–27 September, 2016 at NTU. The objectives of the conference were to share latest knowledge about Technical Textiles and to enhance interaction between researchers, professionals and the industry.

More than 300 participants associated with 13 universities, 75 industries, defence sector organizations, Higher Education Commission and PNAC attended the conference. The Opening Session was chaired by Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director HEC. Navid Fazil, COO Interloop Limited was the Guest of Honour and delivered an inspirational talk sharing Interloop Limited’s success story; from 10 knitting machines to becoming a 250 million dollar company. The audience applauded his presentation and felt motivated by the key takeaways; taking up challenges and doing things differently. Interloop delegation comprising of 12 senior executives from different functional areas also attended the conference.

Football Socks for Adidas

Interloop Limited installed fully automated Sangiacomo Star-D Knitting Machines at its new state-of-the-art Plant in August 2016. The Dial Knitting Machines with 4” diameter and 132 needles are equipped for producing full collection of Football Socks, Terry Production in Double Cylinder and Inside and Outside Knitting. The first, rather large shipment of football socks for one of our key clients – Adidas, was produced in record time at the new machines. Navid Fazil, COO Interloop Limited appreciated Marketing, PD, Merchandising, Operations and SCL departments for efficiently handling the shipment.

8 Steps Toyota Way Problem Solving by American Links

On People Side of Lean, culture plays a vital role along with process improvement which develops when people practices support process improvement. To achieve this, Interloop is introducing the Interloop-Way (I-Way) which focuses on processes as well as people. To develop problem solving culture at the Group Leader (GL) level and above, two 5 day training sessions were conducted by LEAN Consultant Tony Chamblin, for finishing sections of all divisions.

About 50 participants in two groups were given practical training on 8 Steps Toyota Way Problem Solving with practice on selected problems on the shop floor. This is an on-going program in which participants will continue to solve at least one problem with this technique each month. This will help strengthen the I-WAY Culture, improve skills at the GL and TL (Team Leader) level and reduce minor problems arising on the shop floor.

Lifetime Endowment for Additional 9 TCF - Interloop Schools

Enhancing its ongoing support for providing quality education to the underprivileged children, Interloop Limited Welfare Trust (ILWT) signed a MoU with The Citizens Foundation on 14 June, 2016 for instituting another Endowment Fund of PKR 180 million to ensure lifetime operational assistance to additional 9 TCF schools, Interloop Campuses. Thus, with the help of God Almighty, ILWT’s total endowment has augmented to PKR 312 million for Lifetime Operational Support for 16 TCF - Interloop Schools.

Since 2010, Interloop has established 18 TCF - Interloop Schools including 8 Secondary Units (separate campuses for boys & girls) and 10 Primary Units, where 2332 students (46% Girls) are receiving quality education. Moreover, 206 faculty & non faculty staff is engaged with these schools. By the end of 2017, the total expenditure on establishment and yearly support of 18 TCF- Interloop Schools will exceed PKR 550 Million.

An IDP now Interloop Scholar

Muhammad Arif, an orphan from a humble background left his hometown during the Wazirastan Operation, an effort by the Pakistan Military to clear the area from extremist groups. Muhammad Arif had to give up his education and live with his family in a refugee Camp. With his determination and strong will to continue his studies he was able to secure Interloop Scholarship at National Textile University (NTU). Interloop Limited in collaboration with Alumni Association NTU established a 4 year Scholarship Plan to support talented and financially challenged Muhammad Arif. He has already completed his 4 semesters of textile engineering and we wish him all best for a successful future

Interloop Scholarship Program for Cadet College Hassan Abdal

Cadet College Hasan Abdal (CCH), being the first institution of its kind in Pakistan, has been a trendsetter in the field of quality education boarding schools meant for boys. In its over sixty years’ history, its graduates have not only contributed tremendously in the national mainstream but are also playing leading roles at the global level.

Interloop Limited being a responsible corporate and supporter of quality education for the underprivileged, has established a Scholarship Fund to support 3 financially challenged cadets, for five academic years, from class 8th to Intermediate Part-II. Interloop will contribute approximately PKR 6 million annually as the scholarship grant for their tuition, boarding/lodging, dining and general expenses and the first grant for three 8th standard students has been paid this year to CCH.

Women empowerment through Interloop Scholarship

Women constitute almost 50% of world’s population and Pakistan is no different. Yet, we see a big drop in this percentage when it comes to their progressive contribution to the society. In male dominated societies women generally remain underprivileged, dependent and hence poor, but the situation is changing, even in Pakistan where women have realized that by joining the workforce they can not only improve their personal and financial status but can also contribute significantly to the country’s economic stability. As Interloop Limited is working on women empowerment, at one end by creating more jobs for them, it is also providing better educational opportunities for the disadvantaged. Interloop has instituted 120 Scholarships amounting to $48,000 per year for deserving female students at Government College Women University, Faisalabad (GCWUF). Currently, 90 girls from humble backgrounds are benefiting from this scheme.

In a recent interaction with some Inerloop scholars, Amna Firdous, a BS Mathematics student from a modest background, appreciated Interloop for the opportunity to enable her follow her goal of becoming a PhD Lecturer, while, Sana Aslam a jubilant scholar, who had almost given up on continuing her education because of financial constraints felt fortunate to secure this scholarship and was pursuing studies in Chemistry. Another Interloop scholar, BS Mathematics student Rimshah Mehboob, whose father was unable to pay her university fee because of his low earning job, was determined to pursue her studies and was able to do so because of the Interloop scholarship. Interloop will continue playing its role in making women useful members of the society.

People Side of Lean

Interloop management has been committed to continuously improve its work processes from the day it started operations. Interloop Limited has always been ardent about keeping its management thinking, methodologies and technology abreast with the modern world-class practices. The first formal introduction to LEAN was the result of Interloop becoming a supplier to NIKE. For the last few years Interloop has been applying LEAN for improving its manufacturing processes and becoming more robust in its operations.

In pursuit of enhancing its learning about continuous improvement, Interloop has invested heavily on training its people, locally and overseas, on Toyota Production System and LEAN concepts, tools and practices. Interloop fully realizes that it’s important that our ‘people practices’ also support deployment of LEAN so that this becomes a culture. As a result, Interloop decided to chalk out the Interloop-Way (I-Way) which will focus both on processes and people.

So, in order to cruise in the precise direction, Interloop engaged Pete Gritton to organize a gap analysis of HR Systems and Processes at Interloop Limited. Pete Gritton is a Senior Consultant at American Links International, Adjunct Professor at the University of Kentucky, USA and former Vice President, Human Resource at Toyota North America. Three workshops; one for each management level including top, middle and frontline, were planned at Serena Hotel, Faisalabad from August 2 - 11, 2016 and facilitated by Pete, in which 98 officers from various functions and ranks of the company participated enthusiastically.

At the beginning of the workshop, Navid Fazil, Chief Operating Officer, Interloop Limited, briefly narrated Interloop’s LEAN Journey and the successes achieved so far. He dilated upon the purpose of the workshop and company’s vision about LEAN manufacturing. He appreciated Pete Gritton for coming all the way to Interloop Pakistan and sharing his knowledge and wisdom. The workshop opened with passionate eagerness by the participants.

The prime focus of the workshop was to assist the participants in understanding how People Side of LEAN has a direct impact on processes and why it is essential for a sustainable change in the company. Pete helped participants comprehend why and how ‘True LEAN is People Focused’, how People Side of LEAN is implemented in Toyota Production System, and what are the major milestones on the journey of implementing PSOL. Pete also highlighted the importance of Leadership Thinking Ways, Standardization of Work, Mutual Trust, Built-in Quality, Communication and LEAN, throughout the Team Member Lifecycle.

The other important part of the workshop was evaluation of Interloop’s current systems by the participants in comparison with those of Toyota. Pete presented Toyota Way of implementing HR Systems and responded to various queries raised by the participants. He helped them understand the connection between operations and support functions and explained how LEAN ‘Fits’ in all support functions. In the series of three workshops, every group went through the same process. The information was gathered by creating focus groups in each workshop which also helped participants ponder on the way forward. At the end of the workshop Pete came up with an interesting activity to emphasize the importance of communication in leading and accelerating teamwork.

The workshops were very engaging and informative and sustained interest and enthusiasm of the participants till the last moment. Baikuntha Sharma, CEO American Links International and LEAN Consultant for Interloop Limited, along with his team members, Naresh K. Pradhn and Chameera Laknath provided active support to the facilitators and participants to ensure achievement of workshop objectives.

On the last day of this learning exercise, Navid Fazil, COO Interloop chaired a concluding meeting with Pete Gritton, Baikuntha Sharma, representatives of the three workshops and members of the Interloop Executive Board. The COO reiterated the purpose of these workshops and appreciated the team in making these a truly enlightening experience. The representatives of workshop groups made presentations on the gained learning, identified gaps and suggested way forward to the board members. Pete and Baikuntha shared their understanding about the company’s systems and processes and showed keen interest in working with Interloop in developing and implementing the I-Way philosophy. It was agreed that to implement People Side of LEAN at Interloop, dedicated teams will pursue the agreed way forward under Pete’s guidance and advice. This workshop was the first step in this direction and will lead multiple trainings and skill development programs in succession on this excursion of excellence.

Global Innovation Summit 2016

Innovation, one of the key Interloop initiatives, is developing into an integral part of the company’s future strategy. The tradition of an annual gathering of various functionaries and global offices which began in 2014 continued this year as well and the 3rd Global Innovation Summit (GIS) for 2016 was held in Bad Wörishofen, Germany.

Europe being one of the major sales market and home of Interloop’s Europe Chapter, Euro Sox Plus, was chosen as the region for the Summit, in line with Top Management’s decision to promote cross functional and cross regional understanding of the Customer Focus Group involving Marketing, Merchandising, Product Development, Planning and Research & Innovation. More specifically, the event took place in Bad Wörishofen; a small town in Germany, half way between Munich and Friedrichshafen and in close proximity of world’s biggest Sporting Goods Exhibition “The Outdoor Show”.

Inaugurating the summit, Musadaq Zulqarnain, CEO and Navid Fazil, COO Interloop Limited emphasized the importance of innovation for the company and the need for a collective effort to make it effective. The COO also announced successful granting of the Very First Technical Patent to Interloop by the United States Patent Office.

The Chief Organizer of the GIS 2016 Carl Hagen, Executive Director ESP briefly reviewed previous achievements and outlined the objectives and goals for the current summit. He also described the Push & Pull strategies involved in any innovation process and the importance of maintaining a balanced approach. He explained the agenda that had been designed to facilitate a better understanding of ways to achieve this balance.

Herald Holzner, Senior Product and Innovation Manager for Sports Division at Wintersteiger A.G. was the Guest Speaker on the inaugural day. For over 60 years Wintersteiger A.G. has been focusing on providing innovative solutions to its customers in the field of SEEDMECH, SPORTS and WOODTECH. Holzner gave a very interesting presentation on the innovation process followed at Wintersteiger; starting with identifying and defining the consumer need and ending with the sales and marketing story.

The second day of the Summit was dedicated to augmenting the learning by visiting the Outdoor Show. Currently, it is one of the leading European exhibitions where manufacturers from around the world present their top performing as well as newly launched products to a global audience. The Summit participants were divided in four teams with assigned tasks of gathering innovative product and sales ideas.

Third day consisted of various Presentations. The four teams from the Outdoor Show presented their thoughts and learnings for novel products and effective sales techniques. Then the ILNA, ESP and ILP marketing teams presented their success stories and the challenges they faced during their sales efforts for innovations. The R&I Centre also presented “THINGS TO COME”, sharing details about some of the new concepts and their current status. Towards the end the participants discussed key takeaways, proposals to further improve the current functioning and assignment of relevant tasks to forum members.

In his closing remarks the CEO emphasized upon continued support for our Innovation Initiative and highlighted various tangible and intangible benefits it had brought to the company. He also appreciated the Organizing Committee and ESP’s efforts in making it a successful event.

Like the Innovation Summit 2015, besides great deal of hard work and discussions on innovations, the participants were able to experience the rural town environment and enjoyed the Bavarian cuisine. On the fourth day all teams visited Bregenz for a casual fun packed day including a Ferry Ride at Lake Constance which borders Germany, Austria and Switzerland; a Cable Car ride to the top of Pfänder mountain (Ski resort) and the most memorable of all; trekking back down the hill. All in all, the Global Innovation Summit 2016 proved to be a wonderful learning event to identify additional targets and strategies geared towards taking Interloop to a higher level in hosiery innovation.

Independence Day Celebration at HD I

Operations HD I took the initiative in celebrating Pakistan Independence day on 13th August, 2016 at HD I with full zeal and zest. The event started with the recitation of Quranic verses, followed by Na’at and prayer for the prosperous future of organization and country. The event included singing competition of national songs by both male and female teams. The crowd was mesmerized by the beautiful songs that created a patriotic atmosphere. The guests were singing and enjoying along with the participating teams. ED Ops and GM Ops HD I concluded the event by showing gratitude and acknowledged the efforts of the organizing committee and all the participants. The ceremony ended by cutting a national flag themed cake by the female workers along with all the guests.

Textile firm enters dairy business with Rs.2 Billion investment (Interview by The Express Tribune, July 6, 2016)

A renowned textile company has made forays into the dairy business and intends to introduce a new milk brand next year in a bid to grab a slice of the pie in the growing but still underdeveloped sector.

“Interloop Limited, one of the world’s largest socks manufacturer, has poured Rs2 billion into the dairy business and set up a new company named Interloop Dairies Limited. It is going to launch its milk brand next year,” said Navid Fazil, Chief Executive Officer of Interloop Dairies, in an interview with The Express Tribune.

This is happening at a time when Dutch dairy company Friesland Campina signed an agreement with Engro Corporation for the acquisition of 51% stake in the latter’s subsidiary Engro Foods for $448 million. Pakistan is said to be the fourth largest milk producer in the world, but only 10% of the milk produced is sold in packages. The packaged milk market is dominated by a couple of players.

In the budget for 2016-17, the government has changed tax structure for the dairy industry that many believe will hurt future expansions.

Coming up with the reason behind the decision to make inroads into the dairy sector, Fazil said Interloop pumped capital into the new area after analysing the rapidly growing population of the country and increased urbanisation. “Packaged dairy products have very good prospects,” he remarked.

“In the initial phase, we have invested Rs2 billion to establish a dairy farm equipped with hi-tech infrastructure and according to international quality standards. It is producing milk on the most modern lines.”

The CEO revealed that the company had imported Holstein-Friesian cows from Australia that were reared at the farm and were now producing milk.

“We plan to inject another Rs500 million to expand the value chain by setting up a milk processing and bottling plant and building a distribution network to sell the milk in packaged form,” he said.

With a qualified team including veterinary doctors and nutrition experts supported by foreign dairy consultants, Interloop Dairies is currently producing 45,000 litres of milk per day that will be enhanced to around 65,000 litres by the end of 2016.

In order to increase the yield and produce top-quality milk, Fazil said, cows were given the best possible nutritional food. “The feed is planned and produced in a scientific manner by our on-farm feeding and nutrition manager.”

Over 20 different feed ingredients, minerals and additives were used in right proportions to take care of feeding needs of the cows, he added.

Currently, Interloop Dairies has a herd of around 3,300 cattle and its farm could house up to 5,200 animals.

Interloop supplies milk to Engro Foods, however, the company intends to venture into other segments of the milk industry from 2017.

“Next year, we will launch our own brand in the market and sell milk and allied products directly to the consumers,” Fazil said. “Interloop is already a recognised brand and is well-respected by the people as we do not compromise on quality.”

Interloop Limited Joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition

June 2016 – Interloop Limited has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and will use the group’s sustainability measurement tool, the Higg Index, to drive environmental responsibility across its supply chain.

With its membership in the SAC, Interloop joins over 170 global brands, retailers and manufacturers, as well as government, non-profit environmental organizations, and academic institutions, which are collectively committed to improving supply chain sustainability in the apparel and footwear industries.

In its relationship with the SAC, Interloop will contribute both data and resources to support the Higg Index which gauges environmental sustainability and drives supply chain decision-making to better efficiency and sustainability impact. The Higg Index is an open source, indicator-based tool that allows suppliers, manufacturers, brands and retailers to evaluate materials, products, facilities and processes based on environmental and product design choices.

Interloop is committed to complying with all legal requirements, identifying environmental impacts of all aspects of its processes, and to set targets for significant reduction of these impacts through continual improvements. We focus on industry best practices to drive down energy consumption, reduce waste and manage its disposal effectively. We provide a decent work environment to our employees by complying with and maintaining all requirements of Social Standards, Labour Laws of Pakistan and Customers’ Code of Conduct. Through our consistent efforts and monitoring we keep our teams motivated to produce quality products and create a culture of continuous improvement.

Navid Fazil, COO Interloop Limited said on the occasion: “We are pleased to join the SAC and are confident that it will have a positive impact on product sustainability over time, and become a model for how industries can collaborate in making a positive impact on value chain performance.”

“We welcome the addition of Interloop Limited to the Coalition and look forward to their participation in this industry-wide effort in sustainability”, said Coalition CEO Jason Kibbey. “Having Interloop as part of the Coalition widens the scope of our impact within the apparel industry and accelerates the change we are making towards responsible industry actions.”

Currently, there are over 170 members of the SAC, majority of which are global brands and retailers including Nike, H&M, Target, Adidas, Puma, C&A, Levi’s, Gap, Kohl’s, Macy’s, REI and VF Corporation.

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition, representing more than one-third of the global apparel and footwear industries, was formed by sustainability leaders and leading environmental and social organizations to address current social and environmental challenges. Recognizing that improved supply chain practices are both a business imperative and an opportunity, the Coalition seeks to lead a shared vision of industry supply chain sustainability through the creation and use of the Higg Index. In measuring and evaluating apparel and footwear product sustainability performance through the Higg Index, the Coalition aims to spotlight priorities for action and opportunities for technological innovation.

112 Latest Lonati Knitting Machines Installed at HD III

In May 2016 Interloop achieved another milestone towards becoming world’s largest hosiery manufacturer by installing additional 112 fully automated Lonati Knitting machines at HD III. The G54J model with 4” diameter and 144 needles is equipped to produce full collection of men and women socks styles. Now HD III can produce approximately 41,000 dozen socks per day.

6th Interloop Table Tennis Tournament

Keeping the tradition alive the HR & Admin. Dept. organized Interloop’s 6th Table Tennis Tournament from 11-13 May, 2016 at HD II Gymnasium. Every player was eager to make his/her mark and played with passion and sportsmanship to win the titles. On the final day of the tournament, Jahan Zeb Khan Banth, Director Technical and Brig. (Retd.) Ahmad Raza Siddiqi, EDSS graced the event with their presence and presented trophies and cash prizes to the winners. Arif Munsif, Sr. GM Spinning won the Men’s Singles title while Fareeha Amjad, ACCA won Women’s Singles. Men’s Doubles was won by Arif Munsif and Rao Tauqeer, AM Coordination whereas Fareeha Amjad and Abeera Irshad, Asst. Officer claimed the for Women’s Doubles title.

Baikuntha Sharma follows-up on TPS Lean Applications at Interloop

Lean Consultant Baikuntha Sharma visited Interloop in the last week of May to follow-up on the running projects of Training Vehicle, FR Planning Improvement and Through Production System (TPS) Trial. He also reviewed TPS Trial and Model Line for HD IV during Gemba walk in HD II and discussed logistics performance with the teams from PPC Inventory, SCL and Operations. He also conducted a session on Job Instruction Training (JIT) in HD III which included exercises for JIT on different shop-floor jobs. Lean Teams from all divisions and Operations Team HD III actively participated in the session to gain hand-on experience and learning.

NBP President & Top Management at Interloop

On 12 May 2016, Syed Iqbal Ahmad Ashraf, President and CEO National Bank of Pakistan along with his top leadership team visited Interloop Limited. Muhammad Maqsood, Director Finance Interloop along with the Finance team briefed the delegation about Interloop’s history and business. President NBP lauded Interloop’s growth over the last two decades and showed keen interest in enhancing the business volume with Interloop besides appreciating its role in community development.

The delegation also visited Hosiery Division II and was briefed about Knit to Pack operations by Latif Zaib, Plant Head. The interaction turned out to be fruitful in enhancing the working relationship between both organizations.

Merchandisers or Football Enthusiasts

A friendly football match was played between the merchandizing teams of HD I and II in April this year at the Interloop Spinning football ground. Both teams played with great confidence, grit and determination. The supporters cheered their teams and jeered to the dismay of their rivals. Both teams spared no effort yet were unable to score in the first half. At last the merchandizing team HD II struck a goal in the last minute of the match securing victory. The day ended with great joy and everyone appreciated the healthy activity organized by merchandizing and support departments.

Interloop Wins 11th EFP - OSH & E Award 2015

Employers Federation of Pakistan in collaboration with International Labour Organization celebrated the ‘International Day for Safety & Health at Work’ on 28th April 2016 and conducted the 11th EFP – OSH&E Award 2015 to recognize the best practices in Safety, Health and Environment in 4 industry sectors. The criteria were based on Employee Health Monitoring, Emergency Preparedness, Quality of EHS Management, Leadership Commitment, Staff Participation, Training, Incident Reporting & Analysis and Performance Monitoring. Keeping the trend alive Interloop Limited won the 1st prize in the Processing and Allied category. Ghulam Qasim Shaheen, DGM EHS received the Award on behalf of Interloop Limited.

JICA Delegates Visit Technical Training School

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) have taken the initiative to visit industries for advice to improve technical training in Pakistan. From JICA, Engr. Noboru Kakisu and Engr. Osamu Sasaki along with Principal Govt. Technical College Faisalabad, Engr. M. Ali and 3 faculty members visited Interloop Limited on 4 April, 2016. The visiting team appreciated the learning environment and level of trainings at Interloop’s Technical Training School and expressed interest in working together to meet future industry requirements.

Annual Dinner 2016 – 24th Foundation Day, Interloop Limited

Annual dinner is a traditional flagship event at Interloop Limited, awaited all year round by executive employees to meet colleagues and celebrate being part of the vibrant Interloop family. It also includes presentation of Long Service Awards to employees who complete 10 and 15 years’ service with the company thus paying tribute to them for this strong association. To celebrate Interloop’s 24th Foundation Day, the Annual Dinner 2016 was organized on Monday, 25th April at the Sitara Civic Centre, Faisalabad and attended by the Board of Directors and over 900 executives from all divisions.

A beautifully decorated walkway to the hall with welcome banners at the entrance, nicely set-up seating area with white couches and golden chairs, candles, beautifully arranged flowers and a magnificent backdrop highlighting company’s mission and vision; it seemed as if one had entered a gathering of the Mughal Era.

The evening began with recitation from Holy Quran by Umar Hayat, HD III. On behalf of the Management, Fareha Zafar HoD OD welcomed all executives to this delightful evening. The Board of Directors presented 10 years’ Long Service Awards to 71 executives and 15 years’ Awards to 19 executives. Hassan Ashraf, HD I recited a beautiful poem ‘Saday Sher Da Naan Judai Aye’. An intelligently scripted entertaining skit ‘Ek Din Interloop K Sath’ was performed by HD II team. Farooq Adil, HD II sung a famous song ‘Dil Ho Gya Hai’. HD III team presented a comic skit ‘Shahi Shagoofy’ followed by a humorous medley by Hassan Ashraf, HD I. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed and applauded all performances. Musadaq Zulqarnain, CEO Interloop appreciated the talented officers for their brilliant theatrics. He congratulated the Long Service Award Winners and highlighted the Mission and Vision 2020. The CEO emphasized on enhancing employees’ skills through trainings provided by the company. He updated the audience that the company was distributing 11-12% profit amongst its employees in the form of bonuses and profit participation and spending 10% profit for providing all basic facilities to its employees. Talking about the employee stock option scheme launched earlier this year, he mentioned that 222 executives had already subscribed and more were expected by next year. After his address Brig. (Retd.) Ahmad Riza Siddiqi, EDSS offered Dua-i-khair for prosperity of the company and the country. A scrumptious dinner was served to the guests.

A wonderful musical night by young vocalist Sara Raza Khan was organized after dinner. The audience got enthralled by her classical and pop singing and profoundly appreciated all talented performers.

How one Textile company managed to shine when most others faded (Interview by The Express Tribune, April 22, 2016)

Despite being faced by the same problems, one entity has stood out

While much of the Pakistan’s textile sector struggles amid increasing competition and a global economic slowdown a situation made worse by the country’s energy crisis - exceptions are hard to find. However, Interloop Limited – one of the world’s largest hosiery manufacturer - seems to be managing just fine. But how has the company managed to maintain a resilient upward trajectory when all other textile exporters, producers and the sector in general have done nothing, but whine and complain?

In an interview with The Express Tribune, Musadaq Zulqarnain, Chairman and CEO of the company, shared how his company has climbed the ladder. “The company’s core principles are multi-year strategic planning, hard work, fiscal discipline and reinvestment in the business”, Zulqarnain presented the rehearsed spiel. But how is this any different from any other business that says it also prioritises the same principles? “What makes Interloop unique and successful is our people - a motivated, talented and dedicated work-force. We respect every employee”, he remarked.

Employee empowerment

The CEO said that the company has invested heavily on its employees’ training and self-development. “The company distributes 10-11% of its profit amongst its employees in the form of bonuses and profit participation.” Additionally the company spends 10% of its profit to provide all basic facilitations to its employees including old-age benefits contributions and social security. “We are running and introducing multiple new schemes for employees’ welfare. We have also announced a stock option scheme for our executive employees who can buy company shares against their annual bonuses”, said the CEO.

We are running and introducing multiple new schemes for employees' welfare

Furthermore, the company has a significant ratio of female workers, and efforts are being made to improve it further. “One such initiative includes day care centres in our factories.” Empowering the community alone is not sufficient; the company believes that the need for a corporation to invest back into the community is vital. The company spent Rs. 157 million on community welfare projects in the last year alone.

The business

Interloop Limited, established in 1992 with an investment of Rs. 9.3 million, has now grown into Rs. 30 billion business. Currently, the company has three mega Hosiery Units in Pakistan and one in Bangladesh, besides two state-of-the-art Spinning Units in Pakistan. Interloop invested $5 million in Bangladesh to setup the socks manufacturing unit. It also installed 367 new hosiery knitting machines during 2015 and plans to invest $150 million to add another 2,500 machines during the next three years that would create 6,000 jobs. A state-of-the-art plant of 1000 highly specialized hosiery machines will be completed by the end of this year. The company’s sales grew by 12% last year reaching Rs. 25.4 billion and it earned after tax profit of Rs. 3.36 billion.

“Our vision is to double our turnover over the next five years”, the CEO remarked. “We supply products to world renowned brands like Nike, Adidas and Puma. The retail chains like H&M, Target and Tesco also buy our products. “Our major export markets include North America, Europe, United Kingdom, Japan, China and Russia.”

When asked how the company keeps customers satisfied, Zulqarnain said, “We ensure 99.9% on-time shipments to our customers. Also, the company has established world-class Quality Labs.” When asked how the company managed to address power crisis that has enveloped many others in the sector, the company’s CEO said that a 22MW grid station with a capacity to generate 20MW power was installed. “Recently, an additional 15MW furnace oil based power project has been finalised.”

Interloop T-20 Pakistan – Sri Lanka Blind Cricket Series 2016

Interloop Limited sponsored the Interloop T-20 Pakistan-Sri Lanka Blind Cricket Series 2016, organized by the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) on 3 – 5 April, 2016 at Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad. Syed Sultan Shah, Chairman PBCC and President World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC) apprised the media about event details at the press conference held on 2nd April, 2016. Muhammad Maqsood, Director Finance Interloop Limited unveiled the T-20 Championship Trophy at the press conference and highlighted Interloop’s systematic approach towards community welfare.

Pervaiz Rasheed, Federal Minister for Information inaugurated the series on 3rd April. The first match started with Sri Lanka (SL) batting first. SL scored 158 runs for 5 wickets in allotted 20 overs. Upul Sanjeeva remained the top scorer with 65 runs off 44 balls. Pakistan achieved the target in 9.3 overs for the loss of 1 wicket. Badar Muneer was declared man of the match for his unbeaten 100 runs off 39 balls.

Pakistan won the three matches’ series by defeating Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in the 3rd match on the final day of the tournament. SL batted first and scored 170 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. Pakistan chased the target in 13 overs for the loss of 3 wickets. Faseeh Ullah was named man of the match. Musadaq Zulqarnain, CEO Interloop Limited was the Chief Guest at the closing ceremony. He presented cash prizes and shields to the players and officials from both sides. The Sri Lankan Captain received the Runner-up Trophy while the Captain Pakistan Team received the Winning Trophy. The Chief Guest thanked the Sri Lankan team for coming over to Pakistan to play the tournament and appreciated both teams and PBCC for successfully organizing an international event in Faisalabad. He also praised the Government Depts. for providing support to manage the event and PTV Sports Channel for live coverage. General Public and Special Children from different schools and universities enjoyed the Series and offered gratitude to PBCC and Interloop for promoting participation of handicapped people in the society.

Education for All becoming a Reality, Establishment of 17th & 18th TCF-Interloop School Units

Interloop is continuously pursuing its social investment program for community development, focusing especially on welfare of the under privileged. This led to the establishment of two more TCF-Interloop Secondary School Campuses in April 2016. Up till now Interloop has now constructed a total of 18 TCF Schools including 10 Primary and 8 Secondary Campuses (4 each for Boys and Girls).

Back in 2010 Interloop purchased two acres land in village 102 RB Budhe Chak near Faisalabad for construction of 1 Primary and 2 Secondary School Campuses (separate for Boys and Girls). The Primary School was commissioned in April 2012 and upgraded to Double Unit the very next year due to healthy response of student admissions. Recognizing the requirement, 2 Secondary School Units were constructed adjacent to the Primary School and classes started in April 2016. The student enrolment includes 45% Females.

Interloop believes in providing quality education to all which comes with an exciting learning environment. The school has an estimated covered area of 16,000 sq. ft. The building consists of 10 fully furnished classrooms for grade VI to X, an administrative block, well-educated and trained teaching staff, science and IT laboratories, an adequately stocked library with subscription to national and international publications/art room, canteen and play area for extracurricular activities. The school has created 17 vacancies for faculty & non-faculty members from the local area including 12 for females. Books, copies, stationery and uniforms are being provided by the School on a pay-as-you-can-afford basis. Deserving students are getting fee scholarships and free of cost uniforms and textbooks. The total cost of building both campuses and 3 years’ operational cost is approximately Rs.37.26 Million ($0.35 million). The school is a supplementary addition to the chain of 141 schools dedicated to the children of Army Public School, Peshawar.

All Pakistan Dice-Textile 2016 Innovation Event, NTU

To promote Innovation and Intellectual Development of Pakistani Textile Professionals, Interloop Limited was the main sponsor at the “All Pakistan DICE-Textile 2016 Innovation Event”, jointly organized by the National Textile University (NTU) and DICE Foundation USA, on 21st March 2016 at NTU Faisalabad. The event which primarily comprised of exhibition of innovative projects for the textile industry, discussions on industry issues, and other related activities, was focused on creating awareness about Innovations and their Commercialization. Representatives from the textile industry, government and students from leading universities of the country presented their projects which were highly appreciated by the delegates.

Dr. Tanvir Hussain, Acting Rector NTU said on the occasion that NTU was focused on developing new textile technologies and commercialization of modern research to improve the value added sector. He appreciated Interloop’s role for industry-academia collaboration. On behalf of Musadaq Zulqarnain, CEO Interloop Limited, Head of Corporate Communication Humayun Javed received the acknowledgement shield for the main sponsor. The day ended with an eventful fashion show organized by textile students.

Celebrating Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet, and is organized by WWF. Engaging an interconnected global community to share the opportunities and challenges of creating a sustainable world, Earth Hour was famously started in Sydney, Australia in 2007. It is celebrated every year on 19th March encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet.

For awareness of the Interloop team and to contribute our part for this noble cause, Earth Hour was celebrated at the City Office where all non-essential lights were turned off and sunlight was used as an alternative source.

Manager’s Dinner 2016

It was beautiful evening on March 18 when Interloop’s Managers and their spouses were welcomed at the Manager’s Dinner at Dynasty Banquet Hall, Faisalabad. The get together has evolved into a traditional annual happening hosted by the CEO, COO and family as a token of gratitude to the Managers for their hard work and dedication, and for their spouses acknowledging their continuous support. Families enjoyed casual chats and meeting old friends. Col. (Retd.) Ijaz Nasir and his wife were caught unawares when they were invited to cut the cake of their 43rd wedding anniversary. Everybody cheered and congratulated the couple who seemed to be overjoyed. Live music kept the atmosphere pleasant while everybody enjoyed drinks and starters. Soon it was dinner time! From fresh salads to live barbecues to a variety of buffet dishes; everyone relished the scrumptious dinner followed by desserts and tea. Gift hampers were presented to the managers’ spouses towards the end of the event. It was a heart-warming evening, well-spent and well-remembered.

Interloop Celebrates International Women’s Day

International Women's Day celebrations on 8th March every year symbolize that it is time to uphold women’s achievements, recognize challenges and focus greater attention on women’s rights and gender equality. Following the yearly tradition, an elegant ceremony was organized by Organizational Development Department at Hosiery Division I to celebrate the day at Interloop Limited. All female employees from HD I, II, III, Satellite Unit and Spinning Division got together to make the event colorful. The occasion was graced by the Chief Guest Asia Bibi, Guest of Honor Farzana Musadaq, and wives of Directors and Department Heads.

After recitation from the Holy Quran and Na'at, Sadaf Zaheer formally welcomed the guests. The Operations Team performed entertaining skits including ‘Taleem Sab ke Liye’ emphasizing equal access to education, ‘Interview with a beautician’ and ‘Dholki’ which were thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. Melodious songs by some female colleagues spellbound the spectators before the Chief Guest Asia Bibi was invited on stage for an interview by Rahat Naseem. A pick-up driver by profession, Asia Bibi is the first female in Faisalabad to enter this occupation strongly considered in the male domain. She talked about her life-long struggle to earn for her family and how she motivated other women to achieve what seemed difficult. She advised all women to be determined to realize their goals. A theatrical performance by Sangha Group highlighting the importance of women in a society followed.

Farzana Musadaq thanked the female employees for their hard work, commitment and dedication towards Interloop. Fareha Zafar, HoD OD read the CEO’s message full of gratitude and inspiration.

The event ended with presentation of gift hampers to the participants and managing committee and souvenirs to the Chief Guest and wives of Directors and HODs, followed by a delicious lunch.

Al-Shifa Trust Free Eye Camp at TCF Schools, Interloop Campuses

Interloop Limited in collaboration with Al-ShifaTrust Eye Hospital Rawalpindi organized a two days Eye Camp; on 2nd March 2016 at TCF Primary School (Interloop Campus-IV) 102 RB BudheChak and on 3rd March 2016 at TCF Primary & Secondary Schools (Interloop Campuses III & X) 99 GB NehangBadala, Faisalabad.Interloop took this initiative for providing Free Eye Care Services to the students, children and general public of remote suburban areas of Faisalabad.

The camp was conducted under the supervision of Lt. Col. (R) Tariq Usman, General Manager Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, by his team of 17 male & female Eye Specialists and Optometrists. A total of 3,749 people including 770 Males, 1,968 Females& 1,011 Children were examined in the Out Patient (OPD) of which 1,361 were facilitated with free medicine, 2,163 were provided with free glasses and 306 patients were referred to the base hospital Rawalpindi for free operative procedures and further treatment.The doctors also conducted awareness sessions about eye care measures and local teachers were briefed about educating students regarding primary eye care and hygiene.

The local administration, Media, TCF officials and local residents appreciated Interloop Limited & Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital for conducting the Eye Camp as this facility did not exist in the remote areas.



Interloop Limited starts Exporting Tights & Leggings

Cruising on its journey of excellence and diversifying its product portfolio to achieve Vision 2020, Interloop Limited embarked upon another historic milestone on 25 February, 2016 as it dispatched the First Shipment of Tights to a Top International Customer. Interloop is focused on producing top quality Tights and Leggings and gaining market share in this new category based on quality. All the teams from marketing to merchandizing, product development to production, worked hard for this landmark achievement.

Interloop teams celebrated this accomplishment by inviting the Board of Directors to visit the newly established production line and witnessing the production of the first order. The Board appreciated the collaborative work and efforts put in by all teams. Mr. Musadaq Zulqarnain, CEO Interloop Limited said in his message “This indeed is a very important milestone and I am extremely glad on this achievement of our team by the grace of God. I greatly appreciate and congratulate everyone involved in this project.”



VSF Lab gets 3 International Certifications for Quality

Committed to offer the highest quality products and services, Interloop’s Vertical Sampling Facility Quality Assurance (QA) Lab got awarded with ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation. ISO 17025 not only considers management and technical expertise, but also emphasizes continual product and process improvement. This key lab (headed by Sadaf Zaheer, Sr. Officer QAD) and this accreditation for Interloop’s global network is an important strategic milestone for providing top level quality assurance to our customers. It was quite heartening that the VSF Lab in the very first attempt got a large accredited scope of 26 International Standard Test Methods (AATCC, ISO & ASTM) applicable on socks as well as yarns.

Hosiery Division II QA lab is ISO 17025 accredited since 2008 where extensive working has been in process for the last 2-3 years (under the guidance of Javaria Ali, Dy. Manager QAD), on In-House Lab Certifications, by renowned customers C & A and H & M. Since its final audit by C & A and H & M representatives, Interloop VSF QA Lab has got the status of C & A approved and H & M approved Lab.

Azhar Sadiq, Executive Director Operations, at a prestigious ceremony organized at HD II on 21st December, 2015, expressed his gratitude and presented Certificates of Appreciation to the team members who dedicatedly worked for achievement of these three certifications.



Interloop starts shipping to Target

2015 was a decent year at Interloop from various aspects but from business growth perspective, engaging with the 4th largest retailer (2nd largest discount retailer) in the United States, TARGET, was an important achievement. After a yearlong exercise, Interloop was awarded programmes in kids and women areas. Confident of our design and development competencies, production capabilities and commitment to service, we look forward to service Target in creating and enhancing an exceptional guest experience at their stores.

We have realized quite a few exciting similarities between the two organizations; a disciplined approach to managing business, commitment to innovation, giving back to the community, significant contribution towards education and investing for future growth, being few amongst them. We believe in capitalizing on common ambitions and doing more to make our relationship stronger and multidimensional.

We look forward to a long lasting mutually beneficial relationship with Target Corporation.



1st All Pakistan Interloop Open Golf Championship – 2015

Besides supporting regular tournaments, Interloop also believes in creating new avenues for the people to explore and enhance their sporting capabilities. This led to sponsoring the 1st All Pakistan Interloop Open Golf Championship 2015, from 11th- 13th December, organized by the Lyallpur Golf N’ Country Club, Faisalabad. At a press conference arranged by the Lyallpur Golf N’ Country Club, Dr. Khalid Mahmood Khan, President of the Club and Kalbe Habib, Club Captain, apprised the media about the details of the event. Representing Interloop Limited, Humayun Javed Khan, Head of Corporate Communication, talked about Interloop’s role in giving back to the society and its systematic approach towards identifying and supporting social and humanitarian causes.

The three day duel took place between players from Lahore, Islamabad, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Mianwali, Sargodha, Peshawar and Goth Machhi Golf Clubs. On the first day, 24 Junior Professionals and 60 Professionals played an 18 hole game. The top 5 Junior Professionals were awarded prize money according to PGF (Pakistan Golf Federation) ratio. Top 30 Professionals were selected to compete for the next two days.

On the 2nd day, 40 Amateurs and 30 Professionals played the 1st and the 2nd Round 18 hole game, respectively. On the last day of the Championship, both groups played the final round. Chief Guest Taimoor Hassan, Vice President, Pakistan Golf Federation and Navid Fazil, Chief Operating Officer, Interloop Limited, presented the awards in an impressive ceremony at the close of play. Cash prizes were awarded to the 30 professionals according to the PGF ratio. The Interloop Cup for the Best Net Score and Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Gross and 1st, 2nd and 3rd Net, and Maximum Birdies, were awarded to Amateurs. Gift Hampers from Interloop were also presented to the players. The event culminated on high tea at the club lawns.



Highest percentage of Females as Management Trainees

Interloop Limited inducts fresh graduates every year across its various functions through its flagship Management Trainee Officers Programme. It’s a one year working contract which exposes MTOs to a variety of operational and supportive roles thus creating enormous learning and grooming opportunities for the young hires. A stringent selection process and rigorous yearlong work assignments prepare a solid professional base for them for a promising career.

This year 11,133 candidates from all over Pakistan applied for this programme after it was advertised in August 2015, in leading national dailies. This was the highest number of applications ever received in a year so far. Of these, 5320 candidates were screened-in who met the basic criteria for the positions. Out of these, 886 applicants, selected on the basis of their academic performance and majors, were called for the general written test. This was followed by assessment center activities comprising of subject test, extempore speeches and group discussions, for which 250 aspirants were selected. In the final round, 100 contenders were interviewed, top 45 were offered placements and finally 43 young trainee officers joined the Interloop family. The highlight of this year’s MTO batch was 49% female officers.

Incidentally, this matched with Interloop’s equality and diversity policy, which was amazing. On 7th December, 2015, Brig. (r) Ahmad Riza Siddiqi, Executive Director Support Services and Fareha Zafar, Head of Organizational Development, warmly welcomed the MTOs. Later, Heads of other depts. shared their views with MTOs over brunch. A six days orientation was organized for the newcomers which included company introduction, departmental presentations and visits to various functional areas and divisions. Interactive activities like firefighting drills, etc., were also conducted. During the next 12 months the MTOs will go through a planned learning and development pathway including, extensive Cross Functional Trainings, Departmental Projects with specified activities, Assignments and Presentations, MS Office training, Soft Skills learning sessions and Quarterly Feedback Meetings with OD. Final assessment of MTOs will be conducted on project reports’ evaluation scores, competency based scores and overall conduct in their respective departments based on which these young officers will be offered permanent jobs, as per Company policy.



PBCC Blind Cricket T-20 Challenge Cup 2015

Interloop Limited collaborated with Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) and Faisalabad Cricket Club of Blind (FCCB) for successfully organizing the PBCC Blind Cricket T-20 Challenge Cup 2015, played from 26th – 31st December, 2015, at Bohran Wali Ground, Faisalabad. Five teams including Sindh Eleven, KPK Eleven, Federal Eleven, Punjab Eleven and Baluchistan Eleven participated in the event out of which 11 players will be selected for the national team to participate in the upcoming Asia Cup 2016.

The opening match was played between Punjab and KPK Eleven, which was won by Punjab Eleven. After pool matches the top two teams which clashed in the Final were again the KPK and Punjab Eleven. Playing first, the opening batsman of KPK Eleven took the team to a huge total of 235 runs in the allotted 20 overs. In response, the Punjab Eleven struggled in the beginning but ended up winning the game, with Amir Ishfaq’s unbeaten knock of 104 runs off just 43 balls. He bagged the Man of the Match award.

The Chief Guest, Musadaq Zulqarnain, CEO Interloop Limited, presented trophies, shields and cash prizes to the winner and runner-up teams, participants and officials of PBCC and FCCB. Syed Sultan Shah, Chairman PBCC; Tariq Nazir, District Officer Sports; Abdul Raheem, District Officer Special Education, players, media and the audience warmly acknowledged Interloop’s role for developing and promoting Blind Cricket in Pakistan.



Lifetime Endowment Fund for 7 TCF Interloop Schools

Keeping true to its commitment of continuously providing quality education to the underprivileged children, Interloop Limited Welfare Trust (ILWT) has established an endowment fund of PKR 132 Million with The Citizen Foundation (TCF) for lifetime operational support to 3 primary and 4 secondary TCF Interloop schools.

The first MOU for 4 schools was signed on 1st December, 2014 for an endowment fund of PKR 72 Million, equally donated by Interloop Limited, Dobotex B.V., and Doxx B.V., Netherlands. Interloop donated another PKR 60 Million to support 3 additional schools by signing an MOU on 1st December, 2015.

Since 2010, Interloop Limited has established 16 TCF Interloop schools (10 primary & 6 secondary) where 2147 students (45% girls) are getting quality education. Two more TCF Interloop secondary schools are under construction at 102 RB Budhe Chak, Faisalabad where classes will begin in April, 2016.



BUSINESS PLANNING WORKSHOP 2016

The most important business planning activity at Interloop Limited is the Business Planning Workshop (BPW), organized every year in November, at a retreat location, where top and middle management and global teams, get together to take account of the progress, set new goals and approve projects to achieve those goals. It is an essential tool to review the Group Business, learn what is happening in different areas, align operational and support functions to create synergies and navigate the business towards new heights. While executives remain busy in business planning during the day, their families are entertained through sightseeing trips and fun activities. Collective entertainment events in the evenings make everybody enjoy the true spirit of the Interloop culture.

This time around it was no different as BPW was organized from 19-21 November, at PC Bhurban; a 5 star hotel located around 6000 feet above sea level, in the scenic mountains of Murree. The first day started with recitation from the Holy Quran. Brig. (r) Ahmad Riza Siddiqi, EDSS, welcomed the delegates representing all depts. of Interloop Pakistan (ILP), Interloop Bangladesh (ILB), Spinning (ILS), Interloop North America (ILNA), Euro Sox Plus (ESP) and Interloop Dairies (ILD). Musadaq Zulqarnain, CEO Interloop Limited, in his opening remarks underscored the purpose and outcomes of BPW and also welcomed Bill Leopard, VP Sales & Business Development, ILNA and Muhammad Usman Sarwar, Farm Manager, ILD to the forum. Navid Fazil, COO, Interloop Limited gave a detailed presentation on financial highlights, operational performance and sales results for 2015. After a short break the session resumed for discussion on the Balance Score Card (BSC). A new BSC was devised for 2020 and targets for 2016 were thoroughly debated and agreed.

After the lunch and prayer break, Shelly Rider, President ILNA and Bill Leopard, VP Sales & Business Development made a magnificent presentation about US socks market trends, ILNA branded business and sales forecast for 2016. This was followed by a very intriguing presentation by Carl Hagen, Executive Director ESP, about Interloop’s Innovation journey, in which he pointed out the Research & Innovation milestones achieved so far, performance score card, some exciting projects and the way forward. Muhammad Arshad, Sr. GM ILB, presented operational and sales achievements and future business prospects about IL Bangla. This was followed by an enlightening presentation by Rudy Damen, Managing Director and Markus Schwarz, Sales Manager ESP, regarding the business environment in EU, ESP’s performance for the year and future plans. The workshop closed with an exciting and informative presentation by Zain Sadiq, Sr. manager Operations, about IL Dairies’ performance, on-going projects and future development plans. While the executives were deliberating during the day over business planning their families had a fun trip to Lake View Park and enjoyed boating in Rawal Lake and Kids Rides. In the evening everybody enjoyed a sumptuous dinner in the outdoors served along Jungle Hut of PC Hotel. It was followed by a mesmerizing show of mind mysteries by Saadi Insha which was enjoyed by all. Children remained absorbed in various indoor games.

The second day of the workshop began with recitation from Holy Quran after which Cross Functional Focus Groups were formed to identify the impact of respective departmental functions on strategic aspects and recognize and resolve issues for smooth functioning in collaborative areas. After lunch and Juma prayers, specific targets, projects and initiatives were brainstormed for the next year, keeping in mind the vision 2020. All focus group prepared presentations on mutually agreed projects, to present to the Board of Directors (BoD) the next day for approval. After dinner, a superb performance by comedy legends, Saleem Albela and Honey Albela won immense appreciation from the guests. Mini Olympics for children were also arranged and beautiful gift hampers were distributed among the winners of various competitions.

After recitation from Holy Quran, the third day of the workshop began with the focus groups presenting their projects to the BoD who analyzed them meticulously and approved the feasible ones. In his closing remarks at the end of the three day workshop, the CEO appreciated everybody participation in this vital planning exercise and informed the audience that this year the total amount of projects approved at BPW was around PKR 5.5 billion which was the highest ever so far. He also applauded the efforts put in by Fareha Zafar Saeed, Head of Organizational Development and her team for organizing the workshop so wonderfully and ensuring a comfortable stay for the executives and their families. The workshop concluded on presentation of souvenirs to the participants and high tea. On the other hand the families enjoyed their visit to Murree during the day and went into a shopping frenzy on Mall Road and in the Lower Bazar. In the evening a musical show was arranged after dinner. Melodious songs were sung by the young artist Sara Raza Khan. The audience was spellbound by her melodious performance and profoundly appreciated the talented performer. Everybody retuned home on Sunday morning with lots of new plans for the next year as well as fond memories and new friends.



Faisalabad Literary Festival – 2015

In an otherwise industrial city where you see more of the ‘ Sooter Mandi’ and the booming ‘Mian Sahib’ culture, the power of written words attracted scores of people from youngsters to families to senior citizens, to the Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Auditorium on 13th and 14th November, 2015. Living legends, such as Intezar Hussain (late), Zehra Nigah, Afzal Ahsan Randhawa, Kamal Ahmed Rizvi (late), Mustansar Hussain Tarar, Javed Jabbar, Kishwar Naheed, Attaullhaq Qasmi, Asghar Nadeem Syed and Sheeba Alam, weaved their way into the textile city to mesmerize the audience, while talking about the importance of literature, art and theatre and the beauty of Urdu language.

In the words of Musadaq Zulqarnain, CEO, Interloop Limited, the principal sponsor of the Literary Festival: FLF is an endorsement of the addition of a new dimension to an already very vibrant city. It is a reiteration of the abiding love Faisalabad has for the different genres of Literature.

It was a full-house throughout the two days, comprising of thought provoking panel discussions, conversations and writers’ experiences. With Zohra Nigah reciting her poetry, no one could resist clapping at every verse. A conversation with Afzal Ahsan Randhawa was insightful besides being entertaining for everybody. Kamal Ahmed Rizvi, Usman Pirzada and Navid Shahzad compared yesterday’s theatre with today’s performances which provided astute learning for the new generation. The relevance and stature of Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s poetry became obvious when Faiz’s daughter Muneeza Hashmi and grandson Adeel Hashmi, in conversation with Arfa Syeda, reminisced about the poet who was loved beyond borders and nationalities. A very interesting ‘Dastaan Goi’ segment was performed by young boys Fawad Khan and Nazrul Hassan, who took everybody back into the classic fantasy of Dastaan-e-Amir Hamza.

Saadat Hassan Manto was gloriously remembered through excerpts from his letters read by Taimur Rehman. Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri, in an interesting discussion, talked about the thorny Pakistan-India relationship, underlining geopolitical realities of the region, as Kasuri's book ‘Neither a Hawk nor a Dove’ was showcased. The huge response to the dynamic duo of the TV screen, Rahat Kazmi and Saira Kazmi, was a reiteration of how quality work never loses its relevance and popularity. To support people’s love for reading, one free book of choice was available for each attendee at the book stalls set up at the venue.

So a warm gratitude to the Faisalabad’s dynamic women - Sarah Hayat, Farzana Musadaq, Nazia Navid, Hina Tayyab and others who along with their 20 plus team and the organizer; Tosheeba Sarwar, managed a magnificent literary festival in Faisalabad, for the 2nd consecutive year.



Dobotex Team Visits Interloop

On a routine trip to Pakistan last October, Nina Nix, CEO; Jan Van As, CFO; Reinier Westerveld, Head of Sourcing and Malcom Mcdowell, Director of Product Development from Dobotex, visited TCF School Interloop–Dobotex–Dok Vast Campus, Mirzawala, Faisalabad, along with Musadaq Zulqarnain, CEO and Navid Fazil, COO, Interloop. Dobotex partnered with Interloop in March 2013 for the construction of this school and also collaborated in creating a Lifetime Endowment Fund for operational support. A total of 158 students (43% girls) from underprivileged neighborhoods are being educated here. The guests took keen interest in the on-going academic and co-curricular activities and were pleased to learn about the quality of education and facilities of the school.

Later, they arrived at Hosiery Division II where Nina cut the ribbon to inaugurate the newly constructed Marketing and Product Development Office Block, VSF building. The guests admired the modern architecture and international standards of the building, equipped with contemporary amenities to maximize work efficiency of the team. They also visited VSF and new production lines. A post lunch meeting was held to discuss various business matters. The day ended on a formal dinner and gratitude.



GEMBA WALK – A progressive way for continuous improvement

GEMBA is a Japanese word meaning ‘the real place’. In LEAN management, GEMBA WALK is a form of management in which leaders visit the real work area, gain first-hand insight into how processes are done, observe normal and abnormal situations, ask questions for clarity and guide the team for solutions to problems.

Navid Fazil, COO Interloop, took the initiative of holding regular Gemba Walks at all Hosiery Divisions, to continuously get direct feedback about the on-going work at the shop-floor teams about the on-going work and add value by providing direction. Azhar Sadiq, Executive Director Operations and head of other cross-functional departments also join the walk for collective review and action. The interaction encourages the shop floor teams to solve the issues themselves and present progress during the walks. ‘Safety Always’ and ‘High Quality First’ have constantly been the basic themes of Gemba Walk, along with productivity improvement Kaizens. Although every section and unit shares results during the Gemba Walk, the Hosiery Division Level results are discussed in combined meetings. The COO discusses his findings, future challenges and expectations from the team in this reflection session. The walk concludes with lunch in the non-executive mess along with the team members.



Interloop honored with Sustainability Innovation Award, BSL Switzerland

Interloop Limited was among the seven companies from around the world, honoured in recognition of their progress in embedding sustainability, at the annual Business for Society Forum of Business School Lausanne, on September 26, 2015 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The award-winning companies were selected based on the Business Sustainability Typology (BST) model developed by Dr. Thomas Dyllick, University of St. Gallen, and Dr. Katrin Muff, Business School Lausanne, which aims to provide a framework for organizations to engage in the transformation of business by applying best practices in sustainability.

On behalf of Musadaq Zulqarnain, CEO Interloop Limited; Carl Hagen, Director Euro Sox Plus, received the Sustainability Innovation Award 2015. Interloop was endorsed as an example of best practices for sustainability, for addressing a broader societal challenge of illiteracy in developing countries by providing quality education to the underprivileged children, and has been featured in a dedicated case study by Business School Lausanne’s doctoral candidate Shamaila Gull.



Alzheimer SOCKS – International CSR Project of Interloop & ESP

All over the world people are asking for attention to Alzheimer's disease and the importance of research for effective medication. To support this cause on the occasion of Alzheimer’s Day (Sep 21, 2015), Euro Sox Plus B.V. teamed up with Interloop Limited to produce Alzheimer SOCKS. Two top Dutch designers; Frans Molenaar (late), who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, and Mart Visser designed the Alzheimer Socks. Each pair has two different sock-designs, to symbolise the Confusing State of Mind Alzheimer patients struggle with on a daily basis. Wearing Alzheimer Socks is a conversation starter and an acknowledgement of the impact on the lives of people suffering from it, and their loved ones. Alzheimer Socks were developed, produced and distributed by Interloop Limited and ESP without charging any fixed costs. These Socks were sold at three retailers; Albert Heijn, V&D and C&A who didn’t charge any margin on the retail proceeds, and online via www.deBijenkorf.nl and www.AlzheimerSocks.nl. Several Multinational and Dutch companies were also partner in this project. Almost 60,000 pairs were sold within a couple of weeks, which generated a contribution of approximately 400,000 Euros, for research on Alzheimer disease. All the proceeds went to Alzheimer’s Foundation and were donated to VU mc Alzheimer Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands. As an internationally recognised research institution, the VUmc Alzheimer Center focuses on diagnostics, treatment and research of Dementia. This project was done as a contribution to the society, in line with our mission “To be an agent of positive change for the Stakeholders and Community by pursuing an Ethical and Sustainable Business”.

Moving Forward with Lean – Toyota Production System (TPS)

In line with its values, Interloop is committed to delivering top quality products to its customers year after year. Apart from using high-end Italian Knitting Machines, Interloop is re-engineering its operations to eliminate waste. The company over the past few years has invested heavily in training its workforce regarding LEAN manufacturing.

In pursuit of enhancing our learning about continuous improvement, a group of 16 delegates from Interloop Limited comprising Navid Fazil; Chief Operating Officer, Azhar Sadiq; Executive Director Operations and senior Leadership from Merchandising, Production Planning & Control, Quality Assurance, Operations, Procurement & Supplies, Supply Chain Logistics, Finance, Lean Resource Group and Organizational Development embarked upon a study tour to Japan, in September 2015, for acquiring hands-on knowledge about TOYOTA PRODUCTION SYSTEM (TPS) from the GURUS, who actually contributed in establishing TPS at Toyota. It was a six day extensive training program including classroom lectures, simulations and plant visits.

On Day 1 the Training Program started with the basic concepts of Toyota Production System (TPS) and extended from product design to distribution & sales and its connection with the overall company lead time. It helped Interloop delegates understand the relationship of TPS with company profitability and means of delivering sustainable results.

Later, the delegates went to visit the Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, located in Nagoya and considered to be the mother factory, established in 1924. The factory has line-up of factory automation and mechatronic products. The factory floors were exceptionally clean and organized, the Team Member (TM) was working without supervision on highly expensive products and workstations were designed ergonomically, facilitating the TM to work efficiently.

The 2nd day training was focused on equipment maintenance and cause investigation for re-occurrence prevention. The aim of equipment maintenance is Zero Failure. During the second half the team conducted a simulation exercise on production planning for understanding the concepts of work load levelling, man power and equipment planning, based on Takt Time and work distribution.

On Day 3, the delegates visited the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry & Technology which showcased the history of Toyota Corporation. The amazing thing we observed was that the equipment older than 90 years was still operational. In the 2nd half the team went to the Toyota Motomachi Plant. It was a two hours factory visit which provided the opportunity to observe TPS in action.

The 4th day was about learning the Process Kaizen. The delegates performed a group activity for assembling an electric fan and learnt about the importance of skill training of the TM, use of standardized work sheet in job instruction training, impact of quality on productivity, arrangement of tools and materials and its impact on productivity.

On the 5th Day team Interloop visited two Toyota Supplier plants. The first one was Avex Incorporation. The Chairman of the company shared its success story and management philosophy about human resource development for long term sustainability. The 2nd one was Mifune Plant, which is supplying 800 different parts to Toyota based on Pull Production System. Here, we were able to see and understand the applied concept of Pull Production and Kanban.

The 6th and final day of training was about policy management and long term goal setting. Also, certificates were awarded by Toyota Engineering Corporation to Interloop delegates.

After an exhaustive week of TPS training the team spent a well-earned day full of fun and entertainment at Disney Land in Tokyo.



GLOBAL INNOVATION SUMMIT 2015

The Global Innovation Summit has been an integral part of Interloop’s innovation strategy. The first summit was held in April 2014, at the completion of first year of the Research & Innovation Centre, with the aim of strengthening the Innovation initiative and putting together various development roles across the globe at one place. Held at the Global headquarters - Interloop Pakistan (ILP), the first summit proved to be a successful beginning. Gathering R & I, Product Development, Merchandising and the Global Marketing Teams of PK, US & EU gave a lot of impetus to the Innovation initiative across the company.

If the first summit was boarding an Innovation flight, the Global Innovation Summit 2015 proved to be a take-off. This time around the top management decided to take all concerned right to the customer base i.e., Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA; home of Interloop North America (ILNA). Shelley Rider, President ILNA, led the Organizing Committee along with Carl Hagen, Director, EuroSoxPlus (ESP) and Yaser Riaz, Head of R & I at ILP, to develop an exhaustive three day schedule, emphasizing that innovation is a 365 days a year process that requires a collaborative effort in bringing a concept to the production lines.

Unlike most events held in corporate meeting spaces, the summit was held at a new venue each day, with the goal of inspiring attendees to think differently. The locations ranged from the new Wake Forest Innovation Quarter; an emerging collaborative hub for biomedical technology and information science, to a space overlooking the Wake Forest Football Stadium, to the Sawtooth School for Visual Arts; one of the oldest arts and crafts schools in the U.S.

In his opening speech Mr. Musadaq Zulqarnain, CEO Interloop Limited, shared the company’s vision for innovation and its role he foresees in achieving the company’s vision 2020. Mr. Navid Fazil, COO Interloop Limited, updated the delegates on the company’s investments towards innovation and product development, expressed his admiration for the achievements made so far while pointing out that we still needed to go a long way. Guest speaker H. Christian Holljes, Professor of Innovation and Design at the North Carolina State University, highlighted the importance of innovation for today’s businesses. Fredrica V. Coates, an entrepreneur and inventor, explained how successful innovations go from concept to commercialization.

An Idea Game was planned, aimed at improving collaboration, giving market insight to people from outside US, and inducing thought process for idea generation. The group formed teams and spread out across the city, visiting local retailers in market segments to learn and get ideas from those who interact directly with consumers of socks. The game culminated in team presentations of ideas and innovations that address unmet market needs.

The next day was scheduled for presenting marketing strategies by the marketing depts. of each respective organization including ILP, ESP and ILNA, for first wave of released innovations. Special attention was paid to the marketing efforts for patent pending technologies of Arikool ™ and Toe Box. The last day was dedicated to action planning, introduction of projects in pipeline at the R & I Centre, with major emphasis on speed to market for the entire innovation process from concept generation to commercialization.

Both, the CEO and COO appreciated the ILNA team for outstanding arrangements and the hospitality extended, and expressed hope that such events would effectively contribute towards making Interloop a world leading innovative hosiery manufacturer.

The Global Innovation Summit 2015 was not all about work though. The attendees were thoroughly entertained with exquisite American Cuisine over the three days of meetings, a live baseball game at the Winston Salem’s home ground one evening, while the last day was kept for an excursion to Grandfather Mountain; a famous tourist spot known for its “mile-high swinging bridge.”

All in all, the 2015 summit proved to be an overwhelming success in setting up a path to innovation where the entire team needs to collaborate and cruise at full throttle!



Knitting & Toe Closing Connectivity Project

Installation of 120 New Knitting Machines at HD – III

As a strategic focus, Interloop is continuously applying LEAN to improve its manufacturing processes, by eliminating non-value adding activities. One big LEAN initiative taken companywide last year was to merge the Knitting and Toe Closing processes into one. The Knitting and Toe Closing teams at HD – III took up the challenge on 7th March, 2014 and completed the project on 30th June, 2014, with changeover of all 45 Linking machines to the Knitting Hall. As a result, 12,827 Sq. Ft. space got vacant which was utilized by installing 120 new Knitting Machines. Of these, 100 machines are of GL-544S model (144 needle cylinder and 4” dial) and 20 machines are of G-54 model (144 needle cylinder and 4” dial).

With this addition the total machine strength at HD – III has soared to 840. The production capacity has increased from 360,000 pairs to 408,000 pairs per day translating into 13.33% higher production. Other benefits include improved inter-team relationship, improved quality and enhanced employee morale.

Interloop presents Ramazan-ul-Mubarak T–20 Cricket Championship 2015

Faisalabad witnessed the thrilling clash between 8 National Cricket Teams in the T-20 Ramazan-ul-Mubarak Cricket Championship 2015, presented by Interloop Limited. The event was held from 19th - 26th June 2015, at Iqbal Cricket Stadium Faisalabad, under the supervision of District Cricket Association (DCA), with the coordination of District Government Faisalabad. The championship was organized to promote cricket at the grass root level. The whole extravaganza was telecasted live on Geo Super (Sports Channel) and more than 12 National & International players participated in the tournament.

The opening match was played between WAPDA and So Kamal, which was won by WAPDA. The final match was played between Omer Associates and National Bank of Pakistan (NBP). Omer Associates won the match and eventually the tournament. Mr. Abid Sher Ali, Minister of State for Water & Power, was the Chief Guest, whereas Mr. Muhammad Maqsood, Director Interloop Limited along with Mr. Tahir Jamil, MPA Punjab, Mr. Noor-ul-Amin Mengal, District Coordination Officer, Faisalabad, Mr. Intikhab Alam, Director Pakistan Cricket Board and Mr. Nasir Mehmood Randahwa, Country Manager Mezan, were the special guests on the final day. The Guests awarded prizes and trophies to the players and tournament officials. The event was valued by the players as a platform for grooming young players. All stakeholders warmly acknowledged the tournament as it was a great piece of enjoyment for the community as well.



Scholarship Scheme & Internship Programme for GC Women University Faisalabad

Interloop Limited collaborated with Government College Women University Faisalabad (GCWUF), on 9th May 2015, to establish a ‘Scholarship Scheme’ and ‘Internship Programme’, for supporting deserving talented students for 4 Years Bachelor Degree programme. The Scholarship Scheme supports 30 ‘Interloop Scholars’ every year, with a tuition fee of Rs. 40,000/- per student per academic year, starting from 2014-15, and will continuously support 30 new students every year till completion of their 4 Years Bachelor Degree.

Afifa Farhat from Nankana Sahib District, an Interloop Scholar at GCWUF:

“From day one I was clear about earning a Doctorate degree to become a lecturer and support my family, especially my younger siblings. After passing the Intermediate examination in A grade from Punjab College, I realized that paying for university fees was very challenging for my father, who has a low paid job. But I was determined to advance with my educational goals. Interloop scholarship came as a breath of fresh air for me and enabled me to continue my studies, relieving my parents from worrying about how to pay for it. Now I am focusing on my education, working hard to achieve good grades and in my free time I help my siblings in their studies so that they can also become successful individuals”.

What you believe, you can achieve

Sidra Manzoor, an ambitious and bright student, went through lots of challenges before she could achieve her dream of becoming a physiotherapist. Here is how she narrates her story:

“Coming from a mediocre family, I had to face numerous hardships; starting from losing my father at an early age, to my mother being diagnosed with Hepatitis C and Diabetes Mellitus and my sister being paralyzed for the last 25 years. I struggled step by step to fulfil my dream. I passed the Matriculation and FSc. examinations in A grade from Government Girls Intermediate School and Government Islamia College, respectively. All these challenges could not deter me, instead, made me more ambitious and I managed to get admission on 50% scholarship at the University of Faisalabad. Being a bright student, I got the opportunity to become an Interloop scholar which greatly helped me in completing my degree through all these rough times. Not only did I achieve my dream of becoming a physiotherapist, I graduated with a silver medal. Now, I can confidently say that ‘What you believe, you can achieve’”.



Scholarship Scheme & Internship Program for GCWUF

Interloop Limited joined hands with the Government College Women University Faisalabad (GCWUF), on 9th May 2015, to establish a ‘Scholarship Scheme’ and ‘Internship Programme’, for supporting the deserving and talented students of the University for 4 Years Bachelor Degree programme.

The Scholarship Scheme supports 30 ‘Interloop Scholars’ every year, with a tuition fee of Rs. 40,000/- per student per academic year, starting from 2014-15. Interloop will continuously support 30 new students every academic year till completion of their 4 Years Bachelor Degree. On behalf of Mr. Musadaq Zulqarnain, CEO Interloop Limited, Col. (Retd.) Ijaz Ahmad Nasir, SA to CEO, exchanged the Interloop Scholarship MoU and presented the cheque to Prof. Dr. Naureen Aziz Qureshi, Vice Chancellor, GCWUF. Prof. Qureshi appreciated Interloop’s compassionate gesture and thanked the CEO for his generous support for better future of deserving students.



World Day for Safety and Health

Keeping in perspective the theme of International Labor Organization (ILO) for 2015, “Join in Building a Culture of Prevention on OSH”, the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) dept. observed the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, on 28th April 2015, at Hosiery Division II. The purpose of this activity was to raise consciousness of all stakeholders about issues and ways of enhancing safety at the workplace. A number of stalls were set-up and multiple banners with thought provoking slogans were displayed around the facility. Rescue 1122 exhibited equipment used for firefighting and rescue operations along with practical demonstrations. This was followed by a presentation ceremony in which participants were reminded of the probable hazardous situations and how they could stay prepared to avoid and handle mishaps at the workplace. Appreciation Certificates were distributed among the EHS committee members. Brig. (Retd.) Ahmad Riza Siddiqi, Executive Director Support Services, Interloop, concluded the event on a positive note, “Investing in workers’ health and safety makes a good business sense as it provides a positive return through reduced costs associated with workers’ wellbeing, improved productivity, and other outcomes that add value to the business”.



Naval Chief Visits TCF School – Interloop Campus

The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah visited The Citizen Foundation (TCF) primary school, at 469 GB Samundri on 17 April 2015. He was warmly welcomed by the school staff, Mr. Ali Sher, TCF Area Manager Faisalabad and Col. (Retd.) Ijaz Ahmad Nasir, SA to CEO Interloop Limited. This school was built by Interloop Limited in 2013 and currently provides quality education to 329 students (41% Girls). The principal, Ms. Badra Khatoon, briefed Admiral Zakaulla about the educational, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities of the school.

The Naval Chief took keen interest in the ongoing academic programmes and mixed up with the children. He was pleased to learn about the quality of education and to witness the facilities and standard of the school. He praised the faculty for their hard work and dedication for educating the children of remote areas. He emphasized upon the need for creating learning opportunities for children, enhancing their capabilities and fostering love for the country and the society.



Interloop Volunteers as TCF Rahbars

37 Volunteer Mentors (26 Males and 11 Females) from Interloop Limited participated in the TCF Rahbar Programme, conducted on 7 Saturdays, from 11th April to 23rd May 2015, at the TCF Secondary Schools (Interloop - Begum Sarwari Sadiq Campus – I, Interloop - Dobotex Campus – II and DCD Campus). The Mentors were guided through a structured training by the TCF Coordinators and later conducted Mentoring Sessions for the students. A total of 180 Mentees (105 Boys and 75 Girls), students of 8th & 9th Class benefitted from this programme. Interloop also invited Mentees from two campuses to Interloop Limited Hosiery Division – II on 9th May 2015, while students of 3rd Campus visited a Beverage Company. Students saw various production areas and were briefed about the manufacturing processes. They took keen interest and were overwhelmingly happy to see the industrial unit. Mr. Naeem Javaid, GM PPC Interloop Limited, Mrs. Ruqqaiya Maqsood, Director Dar-e-Arqam Schools and Mr. Saeed Ajmal, National Cricketer were Chief Guests at the closing ceremonies held simultaneously at the three Campuses on 23rd May 2015. They presented Participation Certificates to all Mentees and Mentors. On successful completion of the programme, Col. (Retd.) Ijaz Ahmad Nasir, SA to CEO Interloop Limited, appreciated all mentors by thanking them for their participation in this noble cause.



Business Planning Workshop 2014

21st November to 23rd November 2013 PC Bhurban, Murree

Interloop conducts Business Planning Workshop (BPW) , on an annual basis, as part of its formal business planning process to set goals for next financial year. It is an essential element to keep the Company growing and to align the operations parallel to its vision to become one of the leading players in the global hosiery business by providing best values to the stakeholders.

BPW was organized from 21 st November to 23rd November 2013. First day started with the recitation of the Holy Quran and then Mrs. Fareha Zafar Saeed (HO D OD), on behalf of the Company, formally welcomed the honorable participants, representing a ll departments of Interloop Hosiery (Pakistan & Bangladesh), Interloop Spinning, Interloop North America, Euro Sox Plus and Interloop Dairies. The activities of the workshop started with the opening address of Mr. Musadaq Zulqarnain (CEO). After that Mr. Muhammad Maqsood (CFO) gave a presentation on financial performance of the Company in 2013. This was followed by presentation on Sales Results, performance of Operations and presentation on Balanced Scorecard (BSC) for 2013 by Mr. Navid Fazi l (COO). Mr. Muhammad Arshad (Sr. GM ILB), Mr. Timothy Graham (VP ILNA) and Ms. Shelly Rider (Pres ident ILNA) presented review of yearly performance of Interloop Bangladesh and Interloop North America respectively. Later, Mr. Rudy Damen (Managing Director Euro Sox Plus) and Mr. Markus Schwarz (Manager Sales ESP) gave business highlights of Euro Sox Plus (ESP). Mr. Markus also gave presentation on Prince the famous tennis brand, the license of which has been secured by ILN A in 2013.

After the lunch and prayer break, Mr. Shahzad Qamar (COO IL Dairies) gave presentation on project performance of Interloop Dairies and its way forward. The last presentation of the day was given by Mr .Musadaq Zulqarnain (CEO) in which he informed the participants about Company Goals for 2014 and also gave business themes for upcoming year on which cross functional groups were asked to develop plan and propose workable options. The first day was successfully concluded with the closing remarks b y Mrs. Fareha Zafar (HOD OD).

On the 2nd day of workshop, cross functional focus groups were organized to identify the impacts of their respective departments on strategic aspects, recognizing and resolving issues for smooth functioning i n collaborative areas. In the second halve of the day , targets, projects and initiatives were brainstorm ed. Presentation on agreed projects and initiatives were prepared to present to BOD on the 3rd day of BPW for approval.

As a part of its caring culture and fostering peace of mind, the Company invited HODs with their families and mesmerizing plans were organized for their amusement. In day time, families visited Murree Mall Road and Nathia Gali while the evenings were full with fun activities for both kids and adults. On fir st night the participants along with their families en joyed performance of live puppets by Farooq Qaiser, famous as Uncle Sargam. On the following night, superb performance of improvisational comedy by COGITO won an immense appreciation from the guests. Moreover, Mini Olympics for children were also arranged and beautiful gift hampers were distribute d among the winners of various competitions.

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On the evening of the third day, a delicious dinner was served along poolside and a musical night was arranged right after dinner. The musical show was organized by young students, members of (NAMS) Nazir Ahmad Musical Society of Government College University, Lahore. Melodious songs, music and solo instrumental music were presented by the young students. Everyone in audience was spellbound by the solo flute performance of a young student an d they profoundly appreciated all the talented performers.



The 3rd Interloop Badminton Tournament 2014

Sports not only help us maintain good health but also foster friendship and good behavior. Employees, participating in sports competitions, understand one another better and learn to make the adjustments for corporate life. They learn to respe ct individuality and the virtue of tolerance . It has been a splendid tradition of Interloop to encour age and promote such sports and other healthy activities in the Company. In pursuance of upholding this culture, the 3rd Interloop Badminton Tournament was organized on 17th to 19th February 2014 in Crescent Sports Complex, Faisalabad. The event was planned for both Men's and Women's singles and doubles. At the final day of the tournament, Mr. Musadaq Zulqarna in (CEO) along with Mr. Ahmad Riza Siddiqi (Director Support Services) graced the event with their presence. Followed by hi-tea, the prize distribution ceremony was held and winners and runner ups were awarded with their respective prizes.



International Women's Day 8th March 2014

As part of its tradition, Interloop Limited celebrated International Women's Day on 8th March 2014 for the acknowledgement of the fact that men and women have different roles, but those roles are equally significant and both genders contribute likewise to the society. The purpose to observe this day is to celebrate and inspire commitments to the future challenges that women face in making further progress.Interloop, in this regard, has taken vital steps towards strengthening and consolidating the women as an equal entity of the society.

Female employees from all Hosiery Divisions, Satellite Unit, and Interloop Spinning participated in the event. Mrs. Parveen Saeed, Director and founder of KhanaGhar graced the occasion with her presence. She shared thought-provoking experiences and lessons from her life. She talked about, how a woman can be supportive to another and the role which she must play in development of the society. Mrs. NaziaNavid was invited as Chief Guest. Moreover, wives of all directorsand HODs were also invited to this colorful event.

The program started by the recitation from the Holy Quran followed by Naat. Then a documentary of KhanaGhar by Parveen Saeed, a nonprofit organization providing food to the poor, was shown to the audience. Interactive Theatre performance by SuttRanga Theatre, on the prevalence and intensity of family violence against indigenous women and sexual harassment at the workplace,were also arranged. Melodious songs were sung by a couple of program participants and informational session about the admissions of children in the Interloop-TCF Schools was conducted by TCF Representative. In the end, program participants were given beautiful gifts and a delicious meal was served.

Managers Dinner

To consolidate the sense of responsibility as well as the feeling of ownership, the sentiments of affiliation between employee and employer are very cr ucial. Customary Managers Dinner has been hosted by CEO and COO of Interloop Limited for last many years. This year too, Managers Dinner was organized on 9th March 2014 for the managers of the Company with their spouses. Venue for the dinner was Serena Hotel, Faisalabad. A delicious dinner was served and gift hampers were presented to all the guests. Everyone praised the arrangements on the occasion and ceremony ended with pleasant deeds for the Company.





Long Service Award 2014

The 9th Long Service Award ceremony was organized in Seren a Hotel, Faisalabad, to pay attributions to long lasting association of those employees who have been diligently serving Interloop for last 10 to 15 years.

This graceful ceremony was held in Bahar Court of the hotel. The program started with the recitation from Holy Quran followed by Hamd and Na’at. Then Mr s. Fareha Zafar, DGM OD, formally invited the guest of honor Mr. Navid Fazil (COO) to share h is valuable thoughts with guests.We have come from 10 knitting machines to this far because of the hard work and commitment of all of your he said. Mr. Navid Fazil also appreciated the long standing association and dedication of award winners with the Company. After the address of COO, guests were amused with melodious songs by young students of Nazir Ahmad Musical Society (NAMS) of G overnment College University (GCU), Lahore.

Awardees were also given a chance to ponder light upon the memories they had for such a long time with the Company. Ms. Faryal Sohail (DM Protocol) s hared her sweet memories in a poetic style. Before the closure of the event, Mr. Sohaib collectively prayed with the audience and then the guests were led to dine in. the event ended with prayers and good deeds for the Company as well as all of its stakeholders.



Interloop Table Tennis Tournament

Keeping the tradition of providing recreational fac ilities at work alive, Table Tennis Tournament was organized by Admin Department for both Men and Women. Tournament started on 2nd May in HD-II Gymnasium. All players were very passi onate to make their mark and win the tournament. The tournament was planned for Men's si ngles and doubles and Women's singles. Pool matches and quarter finals for Men were played on 2nd May and Semi Finals and Finals for both men and women were played on 3rd May. All matc hes were played with great sportsman spirit.

On final day the presence of honorable guests Mr. J ahan Zeb Khan Banth (Director Technical) and Mr. Ahmad Riza Siddiqi (EDSS) made the event mo re graceful. Winner of Men's singles was Mr. Arif Munsif Khan (Sr. G.M Spinning) and Men's d oubles were Mr. Arif Munsif Khan (Sr. G.M Spinning) and Mr. Rao Tauqeer (AM Coordination). Wi nner of Women's singles was Ms. Sara Ambreen (Sr. Officer Engineering).



TCF Rahbar Program

Every business has its societal dimensions. Having become the largest socks manufacturing Company of the Asia, Interloop Limited has never overseen the expectations of its stakeholders and realizes its national and moral obligations always. With a solid sense of corporate social responsibility, the Company believes in making a difference in lives - a difference that is able to permeate the fabrics of society towards uplifting the educational well being of the people in the very atmosphere where it operates.

It has now made itself synonymous with community contribution. Our main CSR thrust is on Education which entails activities for children welfare and schools building thus ensuring that the next generations, particularly the underprivileged children in the community, have a chance to seek education and to improve the quality of their lives. Interloop-TCF schools will make them more valuable members, who can play active role in the development of society at large. The Company further aims at bringing a long lasting and positive change in community through recognizing the importance of promoting quality education.

Our employees are putting tireless efforts to maintain and further improve the standard of education i n TCF – Interloop Schools. Rehbar program in this regard is worth mentioning here. It is a Mentor ship Program aimed at the development of youth as responsible individuals and productive members of society. In line with this, the role of a Rahbar is to encourage the mentee (student) to develop a positive thought process, a vision for his/her future, the plan to realize that vision and the capacity to deal with the failure that he/she will inadvertently confront on this journey.