GARMENT TECHNOLOGY Expo SEES POSITIVE RESPONSE AT BANGALORE EDITION
INDUSTRY LOOKING FORWARD FOR AUTOMATION
productivity has become a major concern for all garment exporters especially after the benefit of drawbacks has become quite less as compared to earlier and this is why most of visitors showed keen interest in adopting technology with less man machine ratio, higher output in less time and also less maintenance.
Garment Technology Expo, Bangalore edition which was held recently at Dr. Prabhakar Kore Convention Center saw presence of more than 200 brands showcasing their latest technologies for the apparel sector. Companies like Brother, Jack, Juki, HCA, Macpi, Rotondi, Mehala, EH Turel, Mahavir, Amith Garments, INL Hanger Systems, H&H, and several others were seen at the exhibition.
As per the demand most of the companies showcased machines that could perform multi operations and had automatic operations as labour cost is one of the biggest challenge in
Bangalore and areas nearby. Over the years the cost of living has really gone high in Bangalore and it has become difficult to find and retain skilled workers.
Sewing machines stalls were seen occupied most of the times and companies like Jack reported a very good response. Jack showcased its product range that included A3 and C4 machines.
Other than this increasing productivity has become a major concern for all garment exporters especially after the benefit of drawbacks has become quite less as compared to earlier and this is why most of visitors showed keen interest in adopting technology with less man machine ratio, higher output in less time and also less maintenance. The era of going for cheap and low quality machines seems to be fading away drastically as exporters want durable technology with latest features to remain competitive not only amongst players in India but, also among players in global markets.
“Today’s challenge is to manufacture garments at the least possible price with least possible resources. Also the industry is demanding machines using the resources to full potential,” said KM Malarannan, MD, Crystal Consultancy Services pvt Ltd. The company is IT solution provider that offers consultancy services and products across various platforms. “A company in Chennai could only deliver 96% of the production as many denims were getting stolen with most of them getting lost in washing. “With the use of a single RFID button we eliminated such wastage as we have fixed scanners at all the important points which takes less than a second to read 200 garments,” he informed. “So as long as this tag is with the garment it can be traced anywhere. It cannot even go out the factory also. We also have screener wherein if it scans this garment with the tag, it will give a beep so it has 100% transparency and 100% traceability,” added Malarvannan. So products offered by the company are not only helping in calculating productivity of every worker at every operation but also in traceability.
Another interesting technology was seen at the INL hanger
systems stall that displayed automatic hanger systems which helps in fast movement of products and also increases productivity of company by manifolds. Speaking about the response at the exhibition
Manpreet Singh walia, Country Manager, INL hanger Systems shared, “The response so far as been good as we have received some serious enquiries moreover Bangalore is a hub for volumes and high quality standards so there were a lot of genuine queries.”
In finishing side Rotondi came up with jackets and trouser finishing machine and reported a great response. “We have received customers from not only South but West India also, moreover, the exhibition has proved to be a good platform as we could make some on spot orders also,” said Santosh, india head from rotondi.
South Korea’s automated garment machinery major, Loiko exhibited its Auto Jig Machines, Button Feeder Attachment, and Button Wrapping and Knotting Machines, colour sensor machine, pneumatic edge guide (which is used for aligning the garments like for example trousers) and digital guide which is used to avoid marking in the garments.
Shivalingappa NG, Director, Loiko Global private Limited highlighted that the colour sensor senses a colour, as in some buttons there is a flash on both sides, but if there is a difference in the colour, the machine recognizes that and leave the other side’s button pushed down. “The response for the colour sensor machine and button feeder machines fetched good response. Button Feeder attachment does not require a skilled operator yet ensures doubling the production,” he added.
If done manually, experienced operators can only attach 6-700 buttons per hour, but this machine achieves 1,000-1,400 buttons per hour,” he added. The Digital puller another machine showcased by them is ideal for home textile segment as it is used to avoid puckering.
In testing side Ramp Impex and Amith Garment Services brought a variety of products and reported an average response from the exhibition.
Known for offering bonding machines which deliver stitch free garments has been the USP of Sakho Enterprises that is promoting brands like H&H, Nissin, Sakhi and several others. The company reported an encouraging response at the show. The unique idea of team endorsing stitch free jackets at the booth was being appreciated by many at the exhibition. The company also offers BK-17 a patented technology that is industrial button feeder machine.
Booth of Brother was also seen crowded most of the times. The company promoted Digiflex S-7250 A and received a good response. At the booth the company organized seminars also to create awareness among end users about the advantages and usability of machine. randeep Sahani from the company shared, “The exhibition has been good as we have meet some serious players from not only Bangalore but nearby areas also, I think the aim to come at any such platform is networking and also creating awareness about technology that can bring changes and improvement in manufacturing and that purpose gets resolved here.”
Overall the show was rated to be good by most of the exhibitors who became part of it from not only India, but countries like Taiwan, China, Korea, Germany and many other places. Visitors also felt that the show was complete in all aspects as they could see wide range and latest technologies from all over the world.
Suresh Babu .C ( Senior Gr Manager - CMD & projects), Gokaldas exports shared, “GTE has always been an interesting platform to see latest technologies and developments and we always try to visit the show to get acquainted with latest machinery. As a company we are looking for automatic machines as labour wages is a big concern in Bangalore.”
Father & Son Duo Ricky and Inderjit S. Sahni
Santosh Lade from Rotondi with a client
Team of Loiko at GTE
Fayne and Manpreet Singh Walia from INL International Technology Pte Ltd
Suresh Babu .C ( Senior Gr Manager - CMD & Projects), Gokaldas Exports with Shafraz Mohammed from Orange Sewing Solution, Sri Lanka