CAN IN­DIA IM­PROVE SEWING FLOOR EF­FI­CIENCY TO 70%...?

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One thing is cer­tain that the ap­parel buy­ers are go­ing to place orders in those fac­to­ries which are ef­fi­cient and com­mit­ted to qual­ity as well as are fol­low­ing on-time de­liv­ery strictly. How­ever, de­spite all talks, most of the In­dian ap­parel man­u­fac­tur­ing units fail to achieve even 50% ef­fi­ciency. Can In­dia tackle this chal­lenge? We asked this ques­tion to the in­dus­try and the re­sults are as fol­lows:

Yes

“Yes, In­dia can. In fact, I am sure gar­ment fac­tory own­ers are al­ready work­ing in this di­rec­tion. It needs in­volve­ment of each and ev­ery per­son right from the top man­age­ment to bot­tom man­age­ment. It’s the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the top man­age­ment to ex­plain work­ers not to use tra­di­tional meth­ods but rather get used to new meth­ods which help im­prove the over­all pro­duc­tiv­ity. Sec­ondly, the fac­to­ries need to use in­ter­na­tional stan­dard bench­marks on their pro­duc­tion floor.” Ashok Jain Part­ner, Miniking Knitwears Pvt. Ltd. Lud­hi­ana (In­dia) “Un­der­stand­ing a ma­chin­ery to the max­i­mum po­ten­tial and au­tomis­ing the labour­in­ten­sive pro­cesses can help to im­prove the sewing ef­fi­ciency. For ex­am­ple, in UBT ma­chines, no­body uses pro­gram­ming while sewing a gar­ment but they should use it in com­plex op­er­a­tions such as pocket at­tach­ment in shirt. This kind of au­to­ma­tion gives them a dif­fer­ence of at least 20% in ef­fi­ciency. Now, it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the tech­nol­ogy provider to ex­plain such in­no­va­tions to their cus­tomers and we are do­ing that while ed­u­cat­ing our cus­tomers. And due to this ed­u­ca­tion, we can cer­tainly see the pos­i­tive changes in their ef­fi­ciency level.” Bhavya Anand Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Man­ager, HCA, Delhi (In­dia)

No

“As of now, my an­swer is no. In­dia is still far be­hind its com­peti­tors and has not been able to adopt the tech­nolo­gies used in RMG sec­tor. The coun­try still lacks in hav­ing pro­duc­tion clus­ters with mul­ti­ple prod­ucts and more ex­port pro­cess­ing zones. The prac­tice of not ap­pre­ci­at­ing or en­cour­ag­ing the floor per­sons still ham­pers the pro­duc­tiv­ity at sewing floor here. Ear­lier In­dia used to have its own sig­na­ture of value-added gar­ment line in small run man­u­fac­tur­ings, but due to low ef­fi­ciency all have van­ished and sadly the do­mes­tic re­tail brands have moved away from In­dia and are sourc­ing from neigh­bour­ing coun­tries.” Hi­dayat Sul­tan Mer­chan­dis­ing Man­ager, Lowe Cloth­ing In­ter­na­tional Ltd., Dhaka (Bangladesh)

It's Com­pli­cated

“In In­dia, short­age of skilled labour is still a chal­lenge while our com­peti­tors Bangladesh and Viet­nam do not come across this chal­lenge. When it comes to ba­sic gar­ments man­u­fac­tur­ing, many big ex­porters are still achiev­ing 80% ef­fi­ciency as they cater to large vol­ume of orders and it does not take skill of op­er­a­tors to sew a ba­sic gar­ments like t-shirt. How­ever, most of the units in In­dia get small or­der quan­tity from buy­ers and fre­quent line change is an im­ped­i­ment in achiev­ing high ef­fi­ciency.” P. Moghan Manag­ing Di­rec­tor, Anu­graha Fash­ion Mill Pvt. Ltd., Tirupur, (In­dia)

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