Today, Faisalabad is the biggest industrial city of Pakistan. Due to its industrial network and emphasis on textile products, it is also known as the Manchester of Pakistan. It is the hub of textile production in Pakistan. When Pakistan came into being there were two dozen factories in Faisalabad, which increased to 43 by 1948. Now the industrial units are more than one thousand. It is the biggest textile center of Pakistan.
It is a commercial centre for a large area where major crops of cotton, wheat, vegetables, and fruit are produced. Apart from textile unit there are Flour, Oil, Artificial Fertilizers, Art Silk, Agricultural Equipment & Wood industries in this city. It offers a huge agricultural market bearing the oldest agricultural university of Pakistan. Other Industries may include chemical fertilizers, synthetic fibers, drugs and pharmaceuticals, canned products, ghee (clarified butter), oil, soap, textiles, textile machinery, hosiery, sugar, vegetable oil, soap and chemical manufacture, railway repair, dyes, agricultural equipment, pharmaceuticals, chemical fertilizer, bicycles, grains, cloth, and flour. It offers a lucrative wholesale Market for cloth and grain. Amongst the chief crops are; wheat, cotton, sugarcane.
It is believed that Faisalabad is the second biggest revenue-generating city of Pakistan. Asia’s biggest and the only Agricultural University is in this city. It also has a Textile College, which is the only one of its kind in the Country.
Faisalabad has established a dry port, which Presently handles over 60 metric tons of cargo per day. The port has its own road and railroad links with Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Karachi. The export Cargo at Faisalabad dry port is increasing every year. According to the Faisalabad dry port trust (FDPT), it Handled l7,468 export cargo containers, worth rs. 28,500 Million ouring the first 10 month of the current Calendar year (pfy-1999). FDPT provided lucrative Incentives to the exporters of Faisalabad and offered certain concessions in FDPT tariff to the importers. It Handled 1,847 import cargo containers during the same Period, worth Rs. 1,500 million Faisalabad.