HCA Looks For­ward to Bring Value Added Ma­chin­ery for Gar­ment In­dus­try

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Anil Anand, MD, HCA

Hav­ing a good set of ma­chines is al­ways an as­set for an or­gan­i­sa­tion; how­ever, there are many oc­ca­sions when even af­ter hav­ing the right set of ma­chines, the re­sult does not match up to ex­pec­ta­tions. In such a sce­nario, what is ur­gently needed is the knowl­edge and ex­per­tise of a so­lu­tion provider. Delhi-based HCA is one such agency. Es­tab­lished in 1910, HCA is is known as the ‘So­lu­tion Provider to the sewing in­dus­try that brings the lat­est and the best tech­nol­ogy’. The com­pany be­lieves in “Mak­ing and Of­fer­ing Au­to­ma­tion which is Af­ford­able” for all and pro­vides the en­tire gamut of af­ter-sales sup­port, be it for ser­vice, spares, or tech­nol­ogy.

Be­fore the up­com­ing GTE, Anil Anand, MD, HCA dis­cussed the cur­rent sce­nario of the in­dus­try and how, de­spite In­dia hav­ing the po­ten­tial to grow in the ap­parel sec­tor, it is slow­ing down. “In­dia has al­ways been an im­por­tant player in ap­parel ex­ports and if there was con­sis­tency in terms of du­ties, taxes, cur­rency rates or gov­ern­ment poli­cies, the sec­tor would have reached scales be­yond imag­i­na­tion,” said a con­cerned Anand.

HCA has over 10 of­fices, more than 100 em­ploy­ees and many deal­ers and re-sell­ers of ma­chin­ery around In­dia, cater­ing to gar­ments, leather gar­ments, ac­ces­sories, up­hol­stery, bed­ding, shoes, fur­ni­ture, para­chutes, tram­po­lines, etc.

asked about strate­gies and plans for the year 201819, he said, “We have to go for value-ad­di­tion and au­to­ma­tion as labour is get­ting ex­pen­sive and is also not very easy to man­age. Our main strat­egy is to make au­to­ma­tion af­ford­able and re­duce pay­back for in­vest­ments.” He strongly feels that if au­to­ma­tion does not pay back in a max­i­mum of 15 months, then it is of no use. “We have to change our­selves and keep on in­no­vat­ing, up­dat­ing and adapt­ing to new tech­nol­ogy and changes; in fact, we should learn from coun­tries like China and Bangladesh as they have grown by adopt­ing all these,” he as­serted.

“To­day, no­body wants to get into the trade and those who are al­ready into it do not en­cour­age their kin to be part of the in­dus­try, which is not a healthy sit­u­a­tion,” ex­plains Anand. “We have great en­trepreneurs and vi­sion­ar­ies like Har­ish Ahuja, Di­nesh Hin­duja, Sud­hir Dhin­gra and many oth­ers who have con­trib­uted a lot to the ap­parel sec­tor of In­dia. But Gov­ern­ment sup­port has al­ways been an is­sue,” he added.

He high­lighted that while in other coun­tries like Bangladesh and China, the Gov­ern­ment has al­ways stepped whether it was about labour is­sues, cur­rency fluc­tu­a­tion, FTA’S or du­ties, in In­dia that sce­nario is yet to be seen. In tech­nol­ogy per se, Anand feels that lack of un­der­stand­ing about in­dus­try re­quire­ments is a deep-rooted prob­lem. “While a scheme like Tech­nol­ogy Upgra­da­tion Fund Scheme (TUFS) if of­fered to up­grade tech­nol­ogy, the funds pro­vided are for ba­sic ma­chines,” he men­tioned.

HCA hosts more than a dozen brands from all over the world which in­cludes com­pa­nies like High­lead, Kan­sai Spe­cial, Zoje, Duke, At­lanta USA, Epa, Hams, AMF Reece, Loiva and many oth­ers. “The po­ten­tial of gar­ment in­dus­try is un­der­es­ti­mated; it is the only in­dus­try which is in just 20 days can give em­ploy­ment. A per­son should just have good eye­sight, hand move­ment and the strength to work for eight hours, and the ben­e­fits of this in­dus­try can change the life­style, eco­nom­i­cal sta­tus and lives of many peo­ple of In­dia,” af­firmed Anand.

“If the Gov­ern­ment wants to see suc­cess­ful poli­cies it should in­volve key peo­ple from that par­tic­u­lar sec­tor, make them part of this ex­er­cise; and no pol­icy would fail whether for gar­ment, agri­cul­ture, or IT,” sug­gested Anand.

HCA wants to of­fer val­ueadded ma­chines man­u­fac­tured by them to reach in­dus­try; how­ever, bar­ri­ers like the mind­set of peo­ple in adopt­ing tech­nol­ogy from the In­dian con­ti­nent, doubt­ing its qual­ity and lack of Gov­ern­ment sup­port in mak­ing these ma­chines cheaper than im­ported ones is a big task. A man who ex­em­pli­fies pas­sion and ex­per­tise con­cludes on a pos­i­tive note and says, “No mat­ter what the sce­nario is, we will re­main op­ti­mistic and hope for a bright fu­ture!”

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