CAN INDIA IMPROVE SEWING FLOOR EFFICIENCY TO 70%...?
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, 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)
“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)
“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)