There are two companies behind the GTP Brand - Tex Styles Ghana Limited (TSG) and Premium African Textiles Limited (PAT). TSG designs and produces while PAT distributes, markets and sells the GTP Brand.
Formerly known as Ghana Textiles Printing Company Limited, the Company was incorporated in January, 1966 as a wax printing company. Negotiations for building the factory started as far back as 1963 with two expatriate firms. Ownership was by Ghana Government, Unilever PLC of the UK and Gamma Holding of Holland.
On 17th November, 1982, workers reacted to the Company's planned restructuring/redundancy exercise by taking over the management of the factory, an action that was actively supported by the then military Government. This led to the loss of management control by Unilever Ghana Limited and the overseas shareholders.
The Company was returned to the shareholders in 1992 after it has been run down badly. Unilever resumed management control in 1994. The restoration came with Gamma Holding acquiring majority shareholding from Ghana Government and Unilever making them the majority shareholders. There was massive injection of capital and technology bringing the company back to winning ways.
In 2000, production reached 16 million yards. However, due to unfair competition from cheaper imports, production began to decline steadily to about 7.5 million yards in 2006. Management consequently instituted aggressive but prudent measures to fight piracy and smuggling which has yielded positive results. Since 2008, the Company has been on the growth path producing and selling between 18-20 million yards annually.
The name of the Company was changed from Ghana Textiles Printing Company Limited to TEX STYLES GHANA LIMITED on 1st January, 2004. In September, 2010, Gamma Holding sold its shares to the Actis, a private equity investor with a focus on emerging markets with headuarters in London, UK. PAT, formerly known as UAC Textiles from UAC Ghana Ltd is the Design, Sales, Distribution and Marketing arm of the Vlisco Group. The history of PAT goes back to the pre-independence era. It is noted as the pre-eminent distributor of Dutch wax ('Hollandais' or 'Dumas') in Ghana. PAT has wholesale outlets in thirteen locations nationwide.
The company was acquired by Actis in September, 2010.