MeTL Group’s 21st Century Textiles Limited is one of the largest composite textile mills in Sub-Saharan Africa. It was designed by specialists and equipped with world-renowned machinery from Schlafhorst, Rieter, Trutzchler, Sulzer, Picanol, Monforts, Artos, and Stork amongst others.
Located in Morogoro, 21st Century Textiles is the largest employer in Tanzania’s textile sector. Acquired by MeTL Group in 1998 from then Morogoro Polyester Textiles Ltd, the plant has undergone intensive modernisation and expansion. Between 2006 and 2010, the Group invested 100 million dollars to upgrade all areas of the company—spinning, weaving, and processing with the latest state-of-the-art technology.
21st Century Textiles produces high-quality cotton and blended yarns, woven and knitted fabrics, and finished garments. Staple products include Wax Kitenge, Khanga, Batiki fabric, household linens, yarn-dyed wrappers, such as Maasai cloth and kikoi, PV Suiting for uniforms, grey and canvas fabric, cotton yarn (for export), and finished woven garments, such as Security Uniforms, PPEs (Overall – Overcoat), Hospital Uniforms, School Uniforms, and a range of Round neck and Polo T-shirts.
With cotton being the preferred fibre in tropical and sub-Saharan climates, demand is expected to grow, in line with population growth levels. Operating as a composite fibre-to-garment factory, 21st Century Textiles is uniquely positioned to capture a majority share of the market, thanks to its short lead times, quality control and customisation ability at every stage, and reliable distribution channels across Tanzania and in neighbouring countries.
As we grow our textile production capacity, we aim to practise sustainability.
We currently recycle and reuse 2 million litres (50%) of our factories’ wastewater daily. The Group plans on investing in a wastewater treatment plant to increase our reuse rate to 90% over the next five years.