CAP mill profile of the month & Welcome announcement

As the January CAP mill profile of the month, we were curious to know more about the Masood mill, located in Faisalabad, Pakistan. We took the opportunity to ask some questions and check their data in the ColorWarehouse system.

How long have you been a member of the CAP program? We joined the CAP in 2009 for Exhaust dyeing and this year 2015 we just completed the CAP on-site for our Yarn dyeing operations.

What retailers/brands are you working with within the program? Target, Kohl’s, Lands’ End, Under Armour

What is your mill’s niche area? We produce knitted fabrics and do exhaust dyeing, finishing, yarn dyeing and garment manufacturing within our company.

s you have been a member of the CAP program since 2009, what are your thoughts about the program? All the benefits that we had heard prior to starting the program turned out to be true, we have improved our processes and expertise. With the help of the CAP’s re-assessment program our technicians have enhanced their skills and also improved shades consistency and fabric quality.

What do you see as the biggest advantages and accomplishments as a CAP member? To reduce the shade approval time and move away from visual assessment.

We were curious to know more about your color production performance and checked some of your color data in ColorWarehouse. The following is what we found:
CAP Performance Level*: 4
*The CAP level is updated continuously to track the progress and current standing. When mills achieve CAP level 3 or above, it demonstrates their color management competence to safely go straight-to-production as soon as the color is specified. A mill at level 4 or 5 is a quantifiable statement that the mill is among the best operations globally.

When checking the latest Color Accuracy (how well a color’s production matches the standard, seen in the middle of the graph) and Color Precision (a measure of the mill’s reproducibility), we noted that: The average precision for all Masood production runs (total 355 runs) for the prior 6-month period was at an excellent level (0.27 CMC (2:1)). The colors tested were well clustered, demonstrating good reproducibility. The average accuracy compared to the brand’s Master Digital Standard for the same time frame was 0.57 CMC (2:1) which is a very good result.

This indicates how well a retailer’s/brand’s final product will look and match in store at a single point in time and over time. CAP member brand’s see the result before the final product is produced.

Number of metameric issues found*: 0 samples (= great)
*Indicating whether the mill is concentrating on selecting a dye recipe that will match in all specified light sources. It ensures color coordination with other mills dyeing the same color for the specific brand.

Color production graphs extracted from Masood’s ColorWarehouse entries showing color accuracy and precision data for the color Eclipse


Let’s move on to some more technical questions. Only qtx-files with Master Digital Standards (MDS) are used within the CAP program, does this make it simpler for your dye-house and if so in what way? It is indeed a great help as the physical standard specified by the customer can be dull or dusty due to the passage of time. The qtx-file remains in the software and it is easy to match it by following the values and co-ordinates.

Have you saved any time in the development of new colors? A lot of time is being saved. Previously it took 15-20 days in practice, but with the CAP program it gives provision of in-house approvals so saving lots of time.

How about laboratory color development? If we use CAP, on average three attempts are required for an exact match.

It would be interesting to get some measurable feedback, such as dyeing time saved, reduced costs, reduced water and energy, reduced re-dyeing, better fastness, better control of the dyeing procedure, etc. Can you provide us with any? By following the recommendations given by natific during and after the CAP on-site we have reduced lead times and costs by 18% which was previously wasted by subjective decisions on shades. We have also reduced reprocessing by 35% which was done by dyeing within the brand digital tolerance.

Would it be appreciated if all Masood’s customers would join the CAP? Yes, definitely.

Before we conclude, is there anything you would you like to highlight or share?
 We should all adopt the available technology instead of relying on subjective human perception to minimize the gray area in our color decision-making.

This month we are happy to welcome our new and returning retailers/brands, vendors and mills as software and service clients. Natific is looking forward to our new and continued relationships.

A special honor goes out to Gunzetal Thread Company who signed up for the CAP program just around Christmas and prepared for the Under Armour CAP in less than 2 weeks. Gunzetal operations are already successfully CAP accredited at an extraordinary CAP Level 4.


Brand Certifications
adidas AG Footwear Division (Germany)
adidas Footwear has successfully finished a certification pilot in December. The CMAP Color Certification Program for all Footwear suppliers is being rolled out with immediate effect.

Quality Inspections
DINO (Sweden)

DINO (Sweden)


SpinDye (China)

natific Color Accreditation Program (CAP)
Darlington Fabrics (United States)
Guangzhou Gunzetal Co., Ltd. (China)
KaiPing Tat Fung (China)
Men-Chuen Fibre Industry Co., Ltd. (Taiwan)

Brand Certifications
Apache Footwear Co., Ltd. (China)
Gain Lucky Ltd.   (Viet Nam)
Jubileetex (India)

ColorWarehouse (on-line system to monitor and track on-going color production)
Darlington Fabrics (United States)
Dongguan Shatin Lake Side Textiles Printing & Dyeing Co., Ltd. (China)
Fountain Set Ltd. (China)
Guangzhou Gunzetal Company Ltd. (China)
Masood Textile Mills Ltd. (Pakistan)
Men-Chuen Fibre Industry Co., Ltd. (Taiwan)

ASAP (on-line system to request and manage all color developments)
Brandix Casualwear Ltd. (Sri Lanka)
Chaintex Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Changshu Bosideng Imp&Exp Co., Ltd. (China)
Ersin Knitters Company Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Esquel Enterprises Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Feung Ning Industries Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Fountain Set Ltd. (China)
Industrias Nettalco S.A. (Peru)
KaiPing Tat Fung (China)
Onechang Material Co., Ltd. (Korea)
Pac-Fung Feather Co., Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Pacific Textiles Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Pettenati SA Industria Textil (Brazil)
Pure Mars Ltd. (Hong Kong)
S.E.C. Accessories Ltd. (Hong Kong)
South Asia Knitting Factory Ltd. (Hong Kong)
Wah Fung Group (Hong Kong)

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