Forward sports was established
In 1991 Forward Sports was established by Mr. Khawaja Masood Akhtar, a civil engineer who had been working in the football manufacturing industry for some years and whose passion for the game led him to lead his new sweatshop.
Partnership with Adidas
The first years of Forward Sports of 50 employees proved to be difficult in the intense and competitive market. However, Masood worked his way out starting from 1000 balls per month and finally won his trust over world biggest giant in the market “adidas” in 1994.
Best Lean Manufacturing System
Till 2003 most of the production processes involved in producing hand-stitched balls were manual. Understanding that, Masood strategized his business approach by implementing “Lean Manufacturing” principles that helped him reducing waste through this labor-intensive business and won ‘Best Lean Manufacturing System’ award from Adidas.
Thermal Bonding Technology
In 2007, Forward achieved another technological milestone. With yearlong efforts Forward successfully developed the thermal bonding technology to produce 32 panel thermal bonded footballs locally.
Enhanced Production Capacity
Gradually, Forward mechanized its football (hand stitched) manufacturing processes and as a result in 2008, Forward enhanced its capacity to 700,000 hand stitched balls per month and became the world’s largest hand stitched football producer.
Official Match Balls of Champions League
Forward took quantum leap and won the orders for official match balls of UEFA Champions League 2010 in Spain. Throughout 2008 and up till 2016; Forward Sports continued to produce Official Match and competition level thermal bonded footballs for Adidas.
London Olympic 2012
Forward Produced the official match ball for the London 2012 Olympic Games football tournament - ‘THE ALBERT’
World Cup 2014
In 2014, Forward won the contract to produce official match ball "brazuca" for the world cup 2014.