The history of Gloves Industry is connected with the introduction of Cricket game and the manufacturing of cricket bat in Sialkot. The requirements of Cricket game also covered the "batting gloves" "wicket keeper gloves" and "inner gloves" which commenced in the end of 20th Century. Similarly during the 2nd World War more variety of Gloves was introduced like "baseball gloves" etc. and in 1956 Special Varieties of gloves for "Winter Sports" like, Ice-hockey gloves, Ski Gloves were introduced. In 1958 the range of working Gloves was introduced by Sialkot Gloves industry. Gradually, with the growth and achievements, Sialkot became the centre of Gloves Manufacturing for all sports. With the enhancement of manufacturing units and demand from international market, the business Community put immense efforts for export.
Undoubtedly, the Gloves Industry did exist and was producing and exporting Gloves, but completely in a scattered and disorganized manner. Individual manufacturers / exporters were striving hard to operate their business and because of non-availability of any platform from where the concerned businessmen could raise their voice to resolve their problems, a group of enthusiastic Gloves industrialists took serious note and planned to form a BODY which could safeguard the interest of Gloves Industry as well as to boost up the exports of Gloves to earn more foreign exchange for the benefit of national exchequer.
Hence with this prime aim and objectives the Pakistan Gloves Manufacturers and Exporters Association came into being in December 1978 as a licensed Business Support Organization / Trade Body recognized by the Government of Pakistan. In 1979 PGMEA got affiliation with the Apex Body of Trade and Industrial Bodies in the Country called Pakistan Federation of Chambers and Industry (FPCCI) and got registration as “A” class Association status and to serve Gloves Industrial Sector (ALL SORT) on ALL PAKISTAN BASIS. Hence PGMEA stands on exclusive Trade Body for Gloves of all sorts.
The Affairs of the ASSOCIATION are managed and administered by an Executive Committee comprising of 12-Members comprising - Chairman, Sr. Vice Chairman, Vice Chairman and Nine Members.
It is important to note here that Pakistan Gloves Manufacturers and Exporters Association is also organizing Two MEGA PROJECTS of national interest namely:
The LPDI is established with the aim to produce skilled manpower for Leather Industry - hence, has developed a comprehensive training criteria. The institute is equipped with updated methods of technology for Pattern Designing, stitching etc. So far around 500 students have been qualified from this institute and are employed in Sialkot based leather industry for Gloves / Garments.
The CPC - Project is established with the objective to control indiscriminate discharge of potentially harmful solid waste and heavily polluted wastes and to improve working condition in the tanneries with the introduction of Cleaner Production techniques. This is the first of its kind project in Pakistan.
The CPC project is financed by Royal Norwegian Government.
The CPC also manages the training programmes of International standards on Quality Control, Social Compliance, and Occupational Safety and Health giving a beneficial approach to the industry representatives. Under the supervision of CPC two Laboratories Analytical Lab and Physical Lab are functioning where required tests are made according to the international standards.
Source: Government of Pakistan, Statistics Division Federal Bureau of Statistics, S.M.C.H.S Karachi.
STATEMENT SHOWING EXPORT OF GLOVES
"LEATHER / COTTON"
QUANTITY EXPORTED (IN PAIRS) AND AMOUNT IN "000".
"DETAILS OF LAST 11 YEARS" (PAIRS)
Out of the total figures, in term of export value, shown above, the contribution of Sialkot is 80 to 90%.