Sapphire Finishing Mills to become leading Industry 4.0 textile operation with SAP

Lahore (Muhammad Yasir) Sapphire Finishing Mills, a leading vertically integrated textile group based in Pakistan, reaffirmed their commitment to digital transformation and to becoming a leading Industry 4.0 textile operation by signing a deal for the SAP S/4HANA Fashion & Vertical Business solution with NTT DATA Business Solutions MENA. 

This implementation, to be completed in the next few months, will allow Sapphire to optimize their operational costs and maximize capacity in their operations by allowing various solutions to integrate with the world’s most trusted ERP backbone.

The signing ceremony at Sapphire Mills was chaired by Mr. Yusuf Abdullah, CEO Sapphire Finishing Mills Limited. In his address, he recounted how the Sapphire family had changed the face of textile manufacturing over the last 40 years, underlining Sapphire’s intention to develop the most automated and sophisticated setup in the next few years. He added that the implementation of SAP Fashion & Vertical Business will strengthen this path.

The event was also addressed by Country Managing Director Mr. Saquib Ahmad, SAP, who conveyed how much SAP values the customer ecosystem, which has placed so much trust in SAP. He said that SAP would continue to evolve to better serve the Pakistani market by applying global best practices. 

Dr. Serhan Yilmaz, Sales and Digitalization Director, MENA, NTT DATA Business Solutions MENA, said that it was a proud moment to see that the company, one of the world’s top 5 in the IT sector, had decided to enter the Pakistani market with this project and expressed his organization’s commitment to establishing a footprint in the country, creating jobs and increasing visibility of the talent the country has to offer at a global scale.  

Mr. Shoaib Hamid, CIO Sapphire, who is leading Sapphire’s next generation digital transformation roadmap lauded the NTT DATA Business Solutions MENA team for meeting very tough selection criteria, designed by the SFML Digital Transformation team based on various next generation system benchmarks for a stable system and future. NTT DATA Business Solutions MENA made their team available with full commitment to participate and provided very detailed and important information during the assessment process with respect to its detailed process & solution mapping, technology details, industry experience, team strengths and reference customer visits; in other words, everything that Sapphire may require.

Mr. Usman Javaid Malik, CTO (Biafotech Pvt Ltd), shared his vision on how global companies like NTT DATA Business Solutions can help boost the local ecosystem by facilitating an exchange of expertise and expressed his anticipation of the many great things to come.   

The deal was signed between Mr. Ismail Yusuf (SFML) and Dr. Serhan (NTT DATA), and was overseen by Mr. Shoaib Hamid (CIO, SFML) and Mr. Uzair Raoof (CEO, Biafotech).