ED­I­TO­RIAL

Stitch World - - EDITORIAL - Deepak Mohindra Editor-in-Chief

The In­dian lion is now start­ing to roar!

Hav­ing at­tended two tech­nol­ogy fairs, al­most back to back – Gartex and GTE Ahmedabad – one fact that emerged loud and clear from th­ese shows was that In­dian-made tech­nol­ogy is fi­nally find­ing its foot­ing.

I have never seen In­dian com­pa­nies that man­u­fac­ture tech­nolo­gies so proudly dis­play­ing their prod­ucts. Even the in­dus­try is look­ing at them with a fresh per­spec­tive.

The ‘Make in In­dia’ lion was dis­played promi­nently at all booths pre­sent­ing some In­dian tech­nolo­gies and even ac­ces­sories. I could ac­tu­ally feel the dif­fer­ence in the at­ti­tude of the com­pany’s own­ers and their teams.

It was ob­vi­ous that the PM’s thrust on man­u­fac­tur­ing has fi­nally brought th­ese com­pa­nies out of the shadow of their for­eign coun­ter­parts…No longer are they ‘poor cousins’ in tech­nol­ogy, be­ing pop­u­lar with those who can­not af­ford Euro­pean/Ja­panese tech­nolo­gies, but they are rather find­ing an ad­mirable place among the best.

The range of tech­nolo­gies be­ing made in In­dia cov­ers a wide spec­trum now from test­ing equip­ment of Delhi based Paramount to eco-friendly wash­ing so­lu­tions from Xcel Stiro and Ram­sons to fus­ing ma­chines and sub­li­ma­tion prin­ters from Cheran Ma­chines to pa­per so­lu­tion for cut­ting rooms from Kr­ishna Lam­i­coat, be­sides many flat and cir­cu­lar knit­ting ma­chines be­ing pro­duced in Lud­hi­ana, not to forget a host of IT so­lu­tions avail­able from In­dian com­pa­nies…, the list goes on.

It was in­deed a treat to see in­dige­nously made sewing ma­chines avail­able with few of our tech­nol­ogy providers be­ing proudly placed along with other ‘for­eign’ brands on dis­play at the events.

Th­ese man­u­fac­tur­ers have for time im­memo­rial been con­vinc­ing cus­tomers that they are sec­ond to none and the fact that they are cheaper is only be­cause of lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing and ‘not’ be­cause of any de­fect or in­ad­e­quacy in tech­nol­ogy.

It seems that fi­nally the mo­ment has come for them to be­come big­ger play­ers and I can very well an­tic­i­pate that many of the tech­nol­ogy providers who have been itch­ing to get into lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing, are fi­nally go­ing to take the plunge.

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