INDIA: CA PATEL TEXTILES FORAYS INTO GARMENT MANUFACTURING
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.