Govt to launch product development centre aim to improve exports
SIALKOT: The federal government is going to set up a ‘product development centre’ (PDC) for composite-based sports goods in the city, official sources said on Sunday.
Official sources said the aim of setting up the PDC was to enable sports goods industry to cope with the emerging technology of composite material and enter into the largest segment of sports goods export comprising more than 55 percent on composite-based materials.
Sialkot is known globally for producing quality sports goods and sportswear and local craftsmen produce immaculate products while export-oriented entrepreneurs ensure that products reach international destinations. Over 200,000 workers were engaged directly or indirectly with export activities while this export-oriented city was earning more than $ 2 billion through its exports.
The composites have replaced previous material which declined the prices. The wood, the only material for manufacturing of tennis racquet, had now been totally outclassed by new high performance materials. Tubular steel and aluminum rackets came into vogue in early 1970s. They were lighter than wood, were unaffected by the weather and offered more potential power in the swing.