Fabstract Clothing – A go-to location for value-added garments
Set up in 1991, Fabstract Clothing has been able to create a portfolio of prestigious buyers such as Billabong, Quicksilver (Roxy), O'Neill, and more, over the years. With a turnover of US $ 4 million, the company has figured out the three main pillars behind the success of its business during this long tenure: Relationship with buyers, Cost reduction and Technology upgradation.
Their strong relationship with the buyers is the reason that they don’t look out for new suppliers in the market. “We predominantly cater to the US buyers, with a major chunk of the production, that is, 80-85% of production being dedicated to the USA. The other markets includes France, Sweden, Italy and Canada,” avers Nitin.
Having added woven products recently in its basket, Fabstract is now a complete manufacturing hub of high fashion knit and woven products which include ladies tops, dresses and skirts. Right from knitting fabric, checking, cutting, stitching to performing value-added processes, finishing and packing, the manufacturer handles the entire apparel value chain processes in-house. In Nitin’s words, “We are not dependent on outsourcing, therefore, we try to save overhead cost as much as possible through in-house operations.”
He also believes that at any point of time, if a manufacturer tries his hands in any kind of operations that need investment to upgrade the technology, he must do that in order to survive for a longer period of time and meet-up the market expectations of timely delivery while maintaining the expected level of quality in garments.
“Being a high-fashion value added product manufacturer, we encourage ourselves for investment as far as technology is concerned. We keep investing money in advanced machinery that gives us an edge over other manufacturers,” claims Nitin.
Studded with complete technology solutions…
Having production capacity of 80,000 pieces/month, the unit of Fabstract is equipped with 250 SNLS Juki machines, 4 Terrot circular knitting machines, 2 Tajima embroidery machines and recently bought 3 stateof-the-art flat trim Yamato machines. Additionally, for resource planning inside the unit, the company has installed Visual GEMS ERP. Whereas, designing of products is supported by Optitex CAD software. “Increasing workforce is never an intelligent decision when you can have more benefits with technology in a longer run,” opines Nitin on the significance of automation.
Since majority of production is undertaken for knit products, Fabstract knits double face fabrics on Terrot machines. Explaining the need of these machines, Nitin says, “In outsourced knit fabrics, we usually experience problems such as different GSM and different counts. Stretch problem too is a major issue that occurs in fabrics. Thus, once a buyer confirms his/ her order, we rectify the technical flaws while knitting fabrics according to our tested standards,” adding, “This simplifies our sewing operation as the operators get quality fabrics.”
Considering embroidery as a hot trend for the future, Nitin shares that he sensed the emerging embroidery market way back and joined hands with the Japanese pioneer Tajima to install multi-head embroidery machines. Linked and programmed with computers, Tajima TFGN-620 is the company’s flagship model of embroidery machine which is leading Fabstract rapidly on its way towards supplying the best of the embroidery products. “Our order capacity is propelling us to invest in one more embroidery machine by October this year,” shares Nitin.
Automatizing the fabric joining process, Fabstract has recently introduced 3-flat trimmer machine of Yamato which is not yet widely consumed in the Indian market. This 6-thread needle machine is enabling Fabstract to join two different fabrics, i.e. knit and woven, together. “We felt need of these machines as we realized that Fabstract is known for its quality and value-addition and we can’t compromise with it. Thus we thought of investing in something that is new in the market and relevant for us,” comments Nitin.
Attached on the machines is the vacuum pipe that absorbs all the trimmed fabric and eliminates the need of mask for the operator. Most importantly, these machines have focused lighting system in the sewing area which improve lux level and reduce visual fatigue of the operator,” avers Nitin.
Sustainability too on the list…
Overwhelmed with its latest certification received from the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Nitin underlines the fact that the need of organic product is increasing in the market. Capturing this need, Fabstract has recently added pure organic cotton products in its basket to support sustainability in apparel value chain. “Each and every step of our organic cotton product manufacturing right from fabric dyeing to shipment is verified by GOTS,” he confirmed. Fabstract is currently loaded with 60,000 pieces of organic cotton and is aiming to get more orders from the US and European markets by the end of this year.
“There is no stopping for us in near future and we are planning to establish a bigger state-of-the-art factory in Noida itself by 2018. We have already bought the land and our team is doing technical planning to equip the planned plant with better machinery to fulfil the larger capacity,” concludes Nitin.
“Price point at which US factories are much higher compared to our price points range is between US $ 6 and US $ 12. The market will stay in apparel manufacturing hubs like India, Bangladesh etc. where the manufacturing cost does not exceed the set price points,” explains Nitin.
“We do garments that have value addition like logos, patches, embroideries etc., which gives us an edge over others,” shares Nitin proudly.
Nitin Batra, Managing Director, Fabstract Clothing
Fabstract recently invested in Yamato flat trimming machines