Tex­tiles & Ap­parel Re­tail

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Au­to­ma­tion has al­ready es­tab­lished its foothold in the ar­eas of spin­ning and weav­ing in tex­tile and ap­parel sec­tor, it is set to in­ten­sify and take over the job of helpers, fab­ric cut­ters, pack­ers, pressers etc. The re­port cites in­dus­try ex­perts that one robot can re­place around 100 work­ers in a typ­i­cal In­dian tex­tiles plant. The weav­ing and gar­ment­ing sub­sec­tor would con­tinue to hire at a rate of 8-8.5 per cent year-onyear against a his­tor­i­cal growth rate of 9-9.5 per cent to reach 40.7 mil­lion in 2022. 45-55 per cent of the jobs in 2022 would re­quire new skill sets.

The roles that are at the risk of be­ing ob­so­lete are that of the packer, checker, folder, helper, and ma­te­rial han­dler. New jobs for en­vi­ron­men­tal spe­cial­ists, ap­parel data an­a­lyst, IT process en­gi­neer,

PLC main­te­nance spe­cial­ist and e-tex­tiles spe­cial­ists will come to the fore. Si­mul­ta­ne­ously, the roles of mer­chan­diser, fab­ric cut­ter, and pat­tern mas­ter will be­come in­creas­ingly dig­i­tized, and in­volve more ma­chin­ery.

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