About Bismil Trading is a division of Claire Investments Ltd, a Papua New Guinean-owned company (60% owned by a 100% PNG-owned company Jasmore Holdings Ltd and 40% by management). Bismil Trading specializes in the manufacture and sale of work wear, safety wear, safety equipment and promotional items.
The company has another trading division [Bismil Tailoring] that specializes in tailoring (corporate, catering and security uniforms), silk screen printing and embroidery; and yet another that specializes in graphic design and advertising.
Bismil began uniform and clothing manufacture in Port Moresby in 1994. Since then it has grown to a sizeable business, and has a reputation for high quality and excellent service. In 2006 the company changed hands. The turnover of the company has more than quadrupled under the new ownership.
General Operations: Brands Manufactured and Distributed
Bismil’s factory at Six-Mile (NCD) manufactures uniforms and work wear for small-and medium-sized customers. Bismil also has agreements with factories in China and Sri Lanka for manufacture of the Bismil brand of work wear, called Workman, and a Logistics Office in Singapore.
Bismil manufactures helmets and safety glasses to Australia and New Zealand standard under the Workman brand.
Management and Staff
Bismil is managed by Mr Ikram Sahabdeen, who has worked with Bismil for over 18 years and also has extensive experience in clothing manufacture in Sri Lanka.
Due to its rapid growth and expansion, in the last few years Bismil has recruited a number of new staff members in Accounts, Administration, Sales (for safety wear and items), Embroidery and Printing, and a Quality Control/Operations Manager. We have more than 20 expatriate staff.
In addition to the management and sales team, Bismil employs a designer/patternmaker and a team of highly skilled expatriate cutters/tailors, embroidery digitizers and machinery mechanics, and over 80 Papua New Guinean staff – seamstresses, screen printers, embroidery specialists, administration, sales and delivery staff.
The total staff strength when Jasmore bought the business in 2006 was 30. It is now 80, and still growing.
Machinery and Equipment
Bismil has modern industrial sewing machinery, which is regularly serviced and well maintained, and subject to regular scheduled replacement.
Embroidery, Graphic Design and Printing
Bismil has an in-house Embroidery facility, with state-of-the-art machinery and equipment. It is the biggest and most modern facility in the country, using the latest equipment (Tajima) from Japan, with multiple Embroidery Heads working simultaneously.
Bismil also has a Graphic Design and Printing Division, for printing garments and other promotional items. Apart from silk screen printing equipment, Bismil has a printing machine that can print on any kind of surface – cloth, plastic, china, wood, etc.
Bismil keeps a high level of stock of corporate clothing, caps, work wear, security uniforms and safety items. This gives the company the ability to supply if not immediately, in a very short period of time.