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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

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