The textiles manufacturing industry is becoming increasingly important to the Uzbek economy. So too is Turantex, which was set up in 1998 by managing director Bakhodir Sultanov. What began as a jersey manufacturer is now a supplier of ready-to-wear clothing, which employs 250 people and exports to Russia and Kazakhstan. The ISO 9001 certification, which is currently in progress, will pave the way for Turantex to export to the EU.
It was with this aim in mind that Sultanov decided to participate in the BMWi Manager Training Programme. He wanted to modernise his company and gain first-hand knowledge of how Germany companies organise production processes and quality management. Prior to his departure, he prepared a list of companies that interested him.
The training programme helped him to make the right contacts, enabling him to witness dye production at a leading chemical company, and become familiar with sewing machines in Bielefeld. The visits to a number of other companies in Coesfeld and Albstadt were particularly fruitful for Sultanov, whose company subsequently ordered two new dyeing plants and nine circular knitting machines.
Experts from Germany will be sent to Tashkent to teach both employees and management staff how to make optimal use of the new production lines. “We want to boost our productivity and quality – and of course our employee salaries – with the technology from Germany,” says the businessman.
Sultanov sums up: “My training in Germany was a huge success. I learned a great deal and established some good contacts. The programme has opened many doors for me.”
Name: Bakhodir Sultanov
Company: Turantex, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Sector: Textiles industry
Position: Managing Director
Training in Germany: 18 April – 16 May, 2009
Training centre: Carl Duisberg Centren, Cologne