Colour and chemicals specialist Archroma has agreed a five-year partnership on innovative research in textiles with Pakistan's Lahore University of Engineering and Technology (UET).

The aim is to help Pakistan's textile industry keep in line with the fast pace of global apparel requirements and evolutions. Both partners will jointly hold sessions to prepare students for the challenges of the textile industry through in-house training sessions, developmental projects, research in textile applications and process innovative methodologies by pioneering value additions. UET students will also be able to join internship placement programmes at the Archroma Center of Excellence at Karachi.

The MoU was officially signed at a ceremony in Faisalabad by Professor Dr Fazal Ahmed Khalid, vice chancellor of UET and Mujtaba Rahim, CEO of Archroma Pakistan Limited.

Speaking at the occasion, Rahim said Archroma believes in continuous improvement and challenging the status quo to enhance sustainable growth and create value for stakeholders.

"Through this initiative of mutual cooperation, we will be able to share latest knowledge and technical developments and to work together with the faculty and research team of UET," he added. "We also wish to share the innovative textile solutions of Archroma with the students enabling them to enhance their academic performance. Our MoU will go a long way in adding value in the fast-growing textile segment, from education to R&D development."

Dr Khalid added the partnership will have a "far-reaching" impact in textile research which will bear highly positive results for both UET and Archroma.