It is a moment of rejoice to introduce ourselves to all our stakeholders. We instigated our journey in 1993 as part of a business conglomerate that marks 40 years of industrial leadership in Bangladesh, and we have continued steady growth for 22 years. Transcending our excellence in other industries and taking inspiration from long history in garment manufacturing, we envision to become one of the most recognised apparel producers of Bangladesh by offering the best blend of quality and efficiency. We believe whatever we have achieved; the credits should be directed toward our workers.
We have expanded our capacity, developed a skilled management team, workforce, and integrated sophisticated technologies in order to become globally competitive. Therefore, when many had struggled to survive in the past two decades, our business in fact enjoyed a reasonably healthy growth. Our painstaking efforts to reengineer each steps of our value chain -- sourcing and procurement, production process and planning, workforce productivity and efficiency, technologies and machineries -- and turned them into core competencies -- have paid off.
From the first garment factory established in 1993 with 300 workers and two floors, Comfort Group now employs thousands of workers across diverse sectors and locations. The top management of the Group has got highly experienced entrepreneurs with track record of excellence in the industrial development of Bangladesh. In last two decades the four garment units have jointly exported over 180 million USD to numerous Western countries, including the UK, the USA France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Canada and South Africa.
Today, Comfort Group has four registered garment units, namely Comfort Apparels (Pvt) Ltd (established in 1993), Comfort Knit Fashion Ltd (established in 1998), Salma Fashion Wears Ltd (established in 2000), and Comfort Collection Ltd (established in 2009). We employ over one thousand workers, with majority of them being located in the principal factory in Darussalam, Mirpur, Dhaka, which is also our Corporate Headquarters. The seven-story building, along with its extended campus, covers over 52,000 square-feet and is positioned in an excellent area having proximity to the international airport, local supply chain, industrial areas and Dhaka-Chittagong highway.
An additional six-story facility of 300,000 square-feet, considered as a state of the art factory, is under construction in the industrial hub of Hemayatput, Savar, just a few miles away from the centre of Dhaka. Also, the Group's newly founded International Liaison Office Comfort International Trading Ltd is located in a commercial area of London in the UK. Comfort Group maintains a track record of excellence through SEDEX, BSCI, ACCORD and other ethical and compliance audits, as well as various activities of corporate social responsibility (CSR). The factory has grown by offering consumers high quality products and high value branded apparels, fostered by relentless commitment to advanced technology, latest machineries, specialist technicians and professional manpower.
Producing both woven and knit garment items with emphasis on the former category, we have adopted a structure by reengineering our value chain to deliver high quality products in shorter lead time with flexibility in order size. Moreover, having endless efforts to ensure internationally accepted employment practice, our clients recognise us as a partner to protect their value system and images among end consumers. With four dynamic factories, innovative operation system and over two decades of international experience, the ongoing success of Comfort Group justifies its recognition within the garment industry in Bangladesh and abroad.