Nagasakti Kurnia Textile Mills in Indonesia weaves functional uniform fabrics with innovation and passion
Uniform fabric producers Nagasakti Kurnia Textile Mills has updated its production, recycling and waste-management systems, and has expanded its range to include hi-tech products in time for Asean integration.
There was a time when a metre of fabric equalled a gram of gold, recalls Alexander Foe, Nagasakti Kurnia Textile Mills’ president and director. Most Indonesian textile companies flourished, but nearly just as many struggled as soon as the market evolved, competition soared and prices plummeted.
“Constant innovation is the key, whether it is with new machinery or more efficient processes,” Foe says. “That, combined with some old-fashioned passion and craftsmanship, is the only way to compete, survive and stand out.”
Taking the helm from his father who founded the company in 1982, Foe streamlined Nagasakti’s portfolio to focus on its expertise: uniform fabrics. Today, the company ranks among Indonesia’s top three uniform fabric producers with a monthly output exceeding 2 million metres and a local market share reaching 40 per cent.
Available in more than 250 colours in polyester to cotton blends, each fabric can be customised with a different hand-feel and finish – thanks to production systems that are updated with advanced technologies.
Beyond efficiency, innovations at Nagasakti encompass energy conservation and recycling. A pioneer among textile manufacturers using in-house liquid waste management systems, Nagasakti ensures safe handling of liquid waste and reuses it as recycled water. The ISO 9001:2008- and ISO 14001:2004-certified company also meets local and global standards, including the OEKO-TEX Standard 100 supporting green technology concepts.
For the next five years, innovations will focus on hi-tech uniform fabrics specially designed for various applications and professions, such as water-repellent raincoats and uniforms with fire-retardant properties for firefighters and antibacterial properties for health care workers.
Amid the Asean integration and its upcoming initial public offering, Nagasakti also looks forward to capturing opportunities with potential investors and long-term partners, particularly in Malaysia, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong.
“Together, we aim to become a leading manufacturer of uniform fabrics in Southeast Asia and a key player globally,” Foe says.
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