In­dia: Madura Cloth­ing work­ing on con­cept of ‘satel­lite fac­to­ries’

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As labour scarcity is in­creas­ing in all ap­parel man­u­fac­tur­ing hubs across In­dia, some of the com­pa­nies are com­ing up with in­ter­est­ing so­lu­tions and one of them is the con­cept of ‘satel­lite fac­tory’. Aditya Birla’s Madura Cloth­ing is us­ing this model in an im­pres­sive way as cur­rently the com­pany has five such units in nearby vil­lages of Ban­ga­lore, while two are still un­der process. These satel­lite fac­to­ries are like ‘mi­cro man­u­fac­tur­ing units, where only stitch­ing op­er­a­tions are done.

As Ban­ga­lore has lot of other work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties apart from gar­ment­ing, labour short­age is a strong is­sue here, espe­cially for big and or­ga­nized fac­to­ries, there­fore satel­lite fac­to­ries are a big sup­port in this sce­nario.

Ev­ery day, cut pieces from cen­trally lo­cated big units are trans­ported to the vil­lages (where satel­lite fac­to­ries are lo­cated) in a small truck which comes back next day with stitched pieces. All post­pro­cesses like fin­ish­ing, in­spec­tion, and pack­ag­ing take place in a cen­tral/big unit. “We iden­ti­fied nearby vil­lages and ini­ti­ated fac­to­ries in an area of around 5,000 sq. ft. The max­i­mum num­ber of peo­ple work­ing there is 200 with 100 stitch­ing ma­chines. As of now, five such fac­to­ries are pro­duc­ing nearly 2 lakh pieces per month. It is a win-win sit­u­a­tion for all as we get the pro­duc­tion and peo­ple get em­ploy­ment as well as save their time,” De­vadas

P M, As­sis­tant VP, Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence, In­dus­trial Engi­neer­ing, Sus­tain­abil­ity & Safety of the com­pany told StitchWorld.

To hold onto their work­force, the com­pany is also us­ing nearly 60 buses to pro­vide pick and drop fa­cil­ity to its work­ers at all its Ban­ga­lore units. As cost of liv­ing is in­creas­ing in the city, mi­gra­tory work­ers are fac­ing dif­fi­cul­ties to sur­vive as fac­to­ries are nor­mally pay­ing them a min­i­mum wage of about Rs. 8,500 per month. On the same lines, although Madura re­cruits un­skilled fresh­ers at the same min­i­mum wage, as their skills im­prove, the wages are also in­creased.

De­vadas PM, As­sis­tant VP, Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence, I.E., Sus­tain­abil­ity & Safety, Madura Gar­ments brief­ing work­ers

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