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Gu­jarat-based CA Pa­tel Tex­tiles has ven­tured into ca­sual and semi-ca­sual shirt man­u­fac­tur­ing for its own brand ‘ITALFIC’ with 200 stitch­ing ma­chines. The com­pany fur­ther plans to in­stall 800 stitch­ing ma­chines in the next two years.

Be­ing tagged as the ‘tex­tile state’ and the ‘denim cap­i­tal’ of In­dia, Gu­jarat will have a tex­tile mar­ket of around

US $ 25 bil­lion by the end of this year. It con­trib­utes nearly 12 per cent to­wards In­dia’s over­all tex­tile ex­ports. Even the for­mer cap­i­tal of the state, Ahmed­abad, is among the big­gest tex­tile hubs of the coun­try. In­ter­est­ingly, Ahmed­abad is now grow­ing as an ap­parel man­u­fac­tur­ing hub as well. There are some com­pa­nies in the city that are now for­ay­ing into gar­ment busi­ness and one of them is the six decades old CA Pa­tel Tex­tiles.

Elab­o­rat­ing on the move, Swapnil Pa­tel, Direc­tor, CA Pa­tel Tex­tiles, told StitchWorld, “Cot­ton fab­ric is al­ready our strength which com­prises 60 per cent of the gar­ment cost. This mo­ti­vated us to start shirt man­u­fac­tur­ing. Other ap­parel hubs are sourc­ing fab­ric from Ahmed­abad and are grow­ing well, so why can’t we? Even the gar­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers to whom we sup­ply the fab­ric are will­ing to start units here. Our ex­ist­ing strong re­tail net­work is sup­port­ing us in mar­ket­ing our prod­ucts well and thereby en­abling us to have a bet­ter profit mar­gin with lesser ef­forts and in­vest­ment in gar­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing. Our pri­mary fo­cus for ex­pan­sion will be in gar­ment busi­ness. We will start tees and trousers pro­duc­tion as well.”

Fac­tors like good busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment, proper in­fra­struc­ture, and un­in­ter­rupted elec­tric­ity sup­ply also pro­pelled CA Pa­tel Tex­tiles to start gar­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing. At present, the man­u­fac­turer does an an­nual busi­ness of Rs. 300 crore. It is ex­pect­ing at least 30 per cent growth this year.

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