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Mr Arif Yakub Pothiawala

We bring to you three stories which are so inseparable that they all are incomplete without each other.

A. Mr. Arif Yakub Pothiawala.

B. Chem Tex Laboratories.

C. Surat City.

Customer satisfaction is the ultimate award for me than some piece of certificates/ trophies awarded in ceremonies.
- Mr. Arif Yakub Pothiawala (Founder – Chem Tex Laboratories)

Mr. Pothiawala is a renowned name in the cloth testing industry of Surat & Across the globe, he holds more than 30 years of experience in the cloth developing & testing industry and the founder of Chem Tex Laboratories Surat Gujrat India. having clients from across the world such as USA, Italy, France, Japan, UK, African Continent & rest of the world.

Native of Dhoraji Gujrat, based in Surat for more than 3 decades, A graduate by Qualification and a passionate inventor in the field of Yarn & Clothes, Mr. Pothiawala is the first choice for big corporations wanting to get the cloth testing work done from India.

He believes that it is a high time that we as a community should diversify in such a way that we maintain a strong hold in almost all key businesses. Since beginning we Memon’s have been a merchant community, the need of the hour is not to only make doctors but inventors too who invent various useful products which are widely used for the larger benefit of the society.

As I remember him mentioning on “why don’t our community youth become inventor of medical equipment’s too rather than becoming only doctors” were such a deep & powerful words which holds the key to the future domination of Memon community in various fields.

Arif Yakub Pothiawala emphasizing on intra community business transactions so the economic cycle gets evolved within community & we as a community develop from all around.

Mr. Pothiawala is develop various kinds of fabric as per the clients demand, he has developed thousands of variants of clothes for his clients ranging from Defense industries, parachute clothes, and various unique fashion brands requiring a rare type of clothe which can sustain various harsh conditions.

Mr. Pothiawala have trained his son Madni Arif Pothiawala to be an artistic designer on clothes which is a very traditional & unique style to design the clothes which dates back centuries ago, Madni Pothiawala is just 19-year-old studying his Textile Engineering and a leading designer for 3 international fashion brands which itself is a an achievement. Madni Pothiawala wishes to carry forward the legacy of his father on another level.

here is the glimpse of the work from Madni Pothiawala

Mr. Pothiawala is the proud founder of Chem Tex Laboratories & currently serving the following industries

1. Apparel, Upholstery, Outerwear, Bedding / mattresses, Safety Apparel, Linens / Towels, Footwear / Hosiery, Marine/ Outdoor/ tents, Industrial, Military / Government.

Chem tex laboratories is known for:

Timely Reporting

Most test results can be faxed or emailed to you within five working days. A certifies report will also be mailed to you. If you have an urgent need of your test results, we will make every effort to expediate your request.

State-of -the-art Laboratory

With our extensive inventory of laboratory equipment, we are able to offer you the most comprehensive range of testing services in the market.

ISO 9001 Compliance

We maintain consistent and accurate test results through our ISO 9001 quality management system, so you have the confidence and certainty you need to get to market faster. Our services and testing procedures are recognized for accuracy and reliability throughout the fabric industry.


With over 30 years of experience, we have earned our reputation as the premier third-party fabric testing resource by helping our customers certify product specifications meet government regulations and industry standards and improve the quality of their fabrics.


Chem tex laboratories have some of the world-famous brands as their regular clients when it comes on testing the cloth for their new & upcoming product line.

1. Nike 2. Jordan 3. Adidas 4. Vans 5. Under Armour 6. The North Face 7. Supreme 8. Converse 9. PINK 10. Puna 11. H&M 12. Levi’s 13. Forever 21 14. Fashion Nova 15. Patagonia.

Chem Tex Laboratories can be contacted on following address:






Mobile: +91 92288 11111

Phone: 0261-2275895/9227711122



Story of Mr. Arif Yakub Pothiawala & Chem Tex Laboratories is incomplete without Surat City, A City of Diamonds, Yarn, Cloth Factories & Flyovers, one of the cleanest and busiest cities of India.

Surat is a city in the Indian state of Gujarat. It used to be a large seaport and is now a center for diamond cutting and polishing. It is the eighth largest city and ninth largest urban agglomeration in India. It is the administrative capital of the Surat district. The city center is located on the Tapti River, close to Arabian Sea. Surat was the world's 4th-fastest growing city in 2016 according to a study conducted by the City Mayors Foundation. The city registered an annualized GDP growth rate of 11.5% over the seven fiscal years between 2001 and 2008. Surat was awarded "best city" by the Annual Survey of India's City-Systems (ASICS) in 2013. Surat is selected as the first smart IT city in India which is being constituted by the Microsoft City Next Initiative tied up with IT services majors Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro. The city has 2.97 million internet users, about 65% of total population. Surat was selected in 2015 for an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant. Surat has been selected as one of twenty Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modi's flagship Smart Cities Mission. In 2017, Surat was the fourth cleanest city of India according to the Indian Ministry of Urban Development. Surat, famous for its diamond cutting and polishing is known as the Diamond City of India. Surat is also known as the textile hub of the nation or the Silk City of India.

Surat is Gujarat’s second largest city, one of the fastest growing business hubs in the country and a thriving commercial center. Surat is well connected by air and rail to Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur and other Indian Metros.

• the financial capital and the growth engine of Gujarat.

• Surat is known as Silk city of India.

• Surat is the hub for production of synthetic textiles.

• Surat Textile Industry produces Daily 25 Million Meters fabrics with around 7,20,000 weaving machines.

Overview of Surat Textile Industry

Total Nos. of Looms 7,20,000

Total Nos. of Process Houses 485

Total Embroidery Machines 1,00,000

Total No. of Textile Shops/traders 50,000

Total Yarn Sales Rs115 Bn

Total Fabric Production 13,000 Mn. Mts.

Daily synthetic grey fabric production capacity 25 Mn. Mts

Total Sale value of Fabrics Rs. 500 Bn.

Total Employment In Textile 1.5 Mn.

% Annual Growth Rate 5-7%

KYC (Know Your Community), is a series of stories on various Memon Individuals & Organizations established in India & abroad highlighting their contributions for welfare & upliftment of society & Memon community across the Globe.

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