CHINA: GAR­MENT MAKER CRYS­TAL GROUP (HK) BACKS HU­MANS OVER ROBOTS

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Crys­tal Group, the Hong Kong-based gar­ment man­u­fac­turer, has ve­he­mently sup­ported hu­mans over robots.

The com­pany in­tends to in­crease its work­ing staff by over 10 per cent in Viet­nam and Bangladesh go­ing for­ward to en­dorse its con­cept of hu­mans be­ing more cost­ef­fec­tive than sewing robots. The move by Crys­tal Group has come at a time when the in­dus­try is mov­ing to­wards au­to­ma­tion.

The gar­ment man­u­fac­turer also be­lieves that tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions such as Sew­bot are good but it’s too early for them to chal­lenge hu­mans, es­pe­cially in the low-cost na­tions. Palaniswamy Ra­jan, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Softwear Au­to­ma­tion too be­lieves that though Softwear’s cre­ation, Sew­bot is the fu­ture of the in­dus­try, it is not cost­com­pet­i­tive vis-a-vis hu­mans, es­pe­cially in coun­tries like Viet­nam. The com­pany soon plans to launch its first au­to­mated T-shirt pro­duc­tion lines in the USA.

Fur­ther, the ap­parel firm, which had re­cently raised US $ 490 mil­lion in Ini­tial Public Of­fer­ing (IPO) in Hong Kong, hopes that coun­tries like Viet­nam will con­tinue to wit­ness huge growth due to sev­eral com­pa­nies rapidly mov­ing away from China, owing to the in­creas­ing cost of pro­duc­tion. Crys­tal Group in­tends to use the IPO earn­ings in set­ting up fab­ric pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties in man­u­fac­tur­ing hubs like Viet­nam and Bangladesh. No­tably, labour wage in south­ern China has crossed US $ 700 per month, which is much higher than that in Viet­nam (US $ 300-350) and Bangladesh (US $ 150-200).

It is worth men­tion­ing here that Crys­tal Group was one of the largest ap­parel pro­duc­ers in the world last year (by vol­ume).

The com­pany in­tends to in­crease its work­ing staff by over 10 per cent in Viet­nam and Bangladesh

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