GOOD VISITATION AS INDUSTRY IS LOOKING TO INVEST IN TECHNOLOGY
Automation that can reduce dependency on the workforce, increase productivity, as well as reduce time and cost, was the priority…
With more than 180 exhibitors from all segments of apparel manufacturing and trims, the 27th edition of Garment Technology Expo (GTE), Bangalore concluded with a lot of positivity, with strong growth feelers from the garment industry, in and around the city. Along with most of the top exporters, many domestic retail giants, brands and start-ups also visited the show and discussed the latest technology. The event witnessed visitors from companies like Shahi Exports, Arvind Ltd., Aquarelle India, Cotton Blossom, Puma India, Stars Design, E-Land Apparel, Bloomcraft Apparels, Texport Syndicate,
Gokaldas Exports, Himatsingka Linens, Amber Home, and many more from the domestic market. The visitors were happy with the technologies on display as they were able to find what they were looking for.
Automation that can reduce dependency on the workforce, increase productivity, as well as reduce time and cost, was the priority of most of the visitors while few were looking for value addition machinery. Technology got great response all
through the event, be it Brother’s
IoT technology or Duerkopp Adler’s new launch – 755S Speed Pocket automated machine; the offerings got an overwhelming response from the industry. “Technology is the only way or solution to current market conditions and price pressure. We have to make sure to use smart ways of making garment and one has to be very much productive. In GTE, we are exploring technology which can lead us toward smart manufacturing,” informed Philomena John, Owner, Cotton Blossom India, Tirupur who also showed interest in printing and embroidery machines. Cotton Blossom India is one of the well-known export houses working with many top brands. Sanjay Anand, Operation Head, Bloomcraft Apparels, Bangalore also had a similar opinion: “At this time, technology is an important requirement, so we are looking for technology to reduce manpower issues and increase productivity too. Some machines like button feeder from Sakho are interesting developments.” The company, manufacturing shirts, works with brands like Mango, Carrefour, M&S etc. Recently it started work with US market too.
Many mid-level technical professionals from Shahi Exports were present at the show while different teams took interest as per their department’s requirements. “Different kinds of lighting systems showcased at the booth of IIGM were really interesting. By using this, one can save a lot of energy. As most of the factories are moving out to new places where the weather is comparatively hotter than Bangalore, such energysaving technology is a big support to the workers also as it provides comfortable working environment,” said Shripad Hegde, GM – QA, Shahi Exports. The team of Himatsingka Linens was also exploring automation for home furnishing products. Sandeep Agarwal, GM (Sewing Operations) of the company was looking for automatic flat hemmer. As needle running time is less in company’ products, this machine will help an operator to increase needle time. The team explored technology which can reduce manual operations and SAM value. Automatic pattern sewing machine also attracted the team.
Team Apparel Online also met retailers and international brands at the event and discussed various aspects. Manu Menon, Regional Head – QA, Reliance Trends visited the show with his team. “There are some machines we have seen which can improve quality also,” he added. Reliance Trends is growing aggressively and is now coming up with its stores in comparatively smaller cities.
Ajay Kr Pandey, Manager, QC and QA (Apparel), Puma Sports India, was exploring innovation in stitching and printing machines. “I try to help our vendors in terms of latest technology upgradation. There is enough scope to improve overall infrastructure and add value as far as garment manufacturing is concerned. More awareness and motivation are required in this direction,” he added. The company will also increase sourcing from India in near future. Technology providers were also happy with the fair and showed their satisfaction; there was more than one reason for their happiness. Pavan Kapoor, MD, IIGM was seen to be quite busy meeting people as their IIGM booth was full of visitors all the time. “It proved to be a well-attended, and well-done exhibition. The format of this show is of decent size, visitation is also good and two years gap is a good enough period to allow people to showcase new technology. This time, the level of participation in terms of overall display, and what
people have done from the presentation point of view is much better,” he added. Apart from above mentioned wellknown companies from in and around Bangalore, the event also witnessed visitors from many other states and cities. B. Samyuktha Reddy, MD,
Bee Tex, Madanapalle (AP), having 100 machines, is working for Shahi Exports and Aquarelle India. Now the company is coming up with its own brand. Veerendra M Mane of Stem Sales, Kolhapur, having a factory with nearly 180 machines for apparel and home furnishing industry, is now targeting to explore clients in the hospitality sector.
Offering niche products for tracking and supplying to armed forces as well as tracking organisations, Amit Mamgain, Director, Adventure Compass, Dehradun was exploring technology for seam taping to make waterproof garments. The company is further looking to explore export opportunities and is improving its manufacturing and raw material sourcing for the same.
Manufacturing socks, shirts, and tees, with 80 stitching machines and 25 socks making machines, Chindhu Metagraphy, Rasipuram (TN) is also geared up to expand its market reach and to add more value in its product categories; screen printing was the focus of G. Kesavan, GM of the company. “Currently we are outsourcing printing; and now we are looking to invest Rs. 40 to Rs. 50 lakh in screen printing too,” he informed. The company, strongly working in the domestic market, is now exploring the overseas market for socks, also.
Along with technology companies,
GTE also had few good trims and allied companies (offering testing equipment, spare parts) as exhibitors which served the purpose of garment manufacturers. Delhi-based Rajasthan International was one such company in the event. Offering a large variety of spare parts and sprays etc., the company highlighted Wayken’s products here. Wayken is known for its cutters, variety of knives, trimming blades etc. “Our relation with Wayken is nearly one year old and we got a very good response for the same as it is the highly consumable product,” informed Rajesh Biyani, MD, Rajasthan International who also showed much satisfaction about the fair.
Suresh Babu (C), Senior GM (CMD & Projects), Gokaldas Exports with Anil Anand (Extreme right) MD, HCA and his team at the HCA booth
Team Cotton Blossom: Philomena John (Extreme right), Owner of the company, with her team
Team Himatsingka Linens: (L-R) Bharani Kumar, Senior Manager, Sewing Operations (Maintenance); Sandeep Agarwal, GM (Sewing Operations); and Pradeep Singh, Manager, Sewing Operations
Team Reliance Trends and Shahi Exports. (L-R) Shivaprakash Kantimath, Quality Manager; Manu Menon, Regional Head, QA; Parashuram Pentapati, Deputy Manager; and Shripad Hegde, GM – QA, Shahi Exports
Pavan Kapoor, MD, IIGM was happy with the current market conditions. The company got good response for its various products
Rajesh Biyani (L) MD, Rajasthan International, with Manoj Gupta, Division – Sewing, Area-InCharge, (Karnataka, Telangana, and AP), Groz-Beckert, Bangalore
Ajay Kr. Pandey (R), Manager, QC and QA (Apparel), Puma Sports India with his colleague
G. Kesavan, GM, Chindhu Metagraphy, Rasipuram (TN)
B Samyuktha Reddy, MD, Bee Tex, Madanapalle (AP)
Sanjay Anand, Operation Head, Bloomcraft Apparels, Bangalore
Amit Mamgain, Director, Adventure Compass, Dehradun