In­dia: OGTC suc­cess­fully or­gan­ises 14th ICAHT in Delhi; In­dus­try speaks about tech­nol­ogy-driven so­lu­tions

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Okhla Gar­ment & Tex­tile Clus­ter ( OGTC) or­gan­ised 14th In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Ap­parel & Home Tex­tiles ( ICAHT) re­cently at In­dia Habitat Cen­tre, New Delhi ( In­dia). The theme of the con­fer­ence was: Cre­ation of 10 mil­lion jobs in ap­parel sec­tor.

The con­fer­ence was in­tended to cover all as­pects of the ap­parel in­dus­try, in­clud­ing the prob­lems of smallscale en­ter­prises in the de­vel­op­ing world and the bar­ri­ers which are hin­der­ing the growth of this in­dus­try. The con­fer­ence also fo­cused on the glob­al­i­sa­tion is­sues, re­source and man­power scarcity, the qual­ity of the prod­uct, trade laws, adop­tion of new tech­niques to im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity, man­age­ment of the global sup­ply chain and fi­nally on the chang­ing ap­parel in­dus­try trends with ever- chang­ing fash­ion.

The one- day con­fer­ence marked pres­ence of prom­i­nent names from the ap­parel in­dus­try from all across the world. Dur­ing ses­sion 1, Su­ruchi Mit­tar, Busi­ness Con­sul­tant, Sanai Con­sul­tants and Deep­an­shu Sharma, an Ex- Mi­crosoft em­ployee to­gether ex­plained what it takes to build re­silient or­gan­i­sa­tions for Smart Man­u­fac­tur­ing.

“Im­bib­ing ‘Smart Pro­cesses, Smart Tech­nolo­gies and Smart HR’ is a need to de­velop Smart Man­u­fac­tur­ing trend ir­re­spec­tive of which in­dus­try we talk about,” said Deep­an­shu.

Lately, the gar­ment in­dus­try in In­dia is dwin­dling and the ap­parel man­u­fac­tur­ers are slowly adopt­ing new tech­niques to com­bat the sit­u­a­tion. New busi­ness mod­els and com­pet­i­tive strate­gies are be­ing used to en­hance prof­its and growth but the use of such mod­els and strate­gies need to es­ca­late in or­der to evolve from ‘ Tra­di­tional to Smart Fac­to­ries’, as be­lieved by Jagdish Ra­maswamy, Chief Dig­i­tal Of­fi­cer & Head of Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence, Hin­dalco In­dus­tries Ltd., Aditya Birla Group. “The in­dus­try must use data for im­prov­ing de­ci­sion mak­ing, giv­ing real time in­for­ma­tion to buy­ers, and for im­prov­ing safety pa­ram­e­ters,” ex­plained Jagdish.

The data- driven ap­proach was also cited by Sa­math Fer­nando, CIO, Hir­dara­mani Group, Sri Lanka who em­pha­sised the need for read­ing data in avail­able KPIs. He said ev­ery com­pany should be ‘data lit­er­ate’ and know how to in­ter­pret data shown in KPIs to take de­ci­sion. Ac­cord­ing to him, 58 per cent peo­ple, as of now, are us­ing gut feel­ings and ex­pe­ri­ence to take de­ci­sions rather than read­ing and analysing the avail­able data. Fur­ther, the in­dus­try vet­eran Ram Sa­reen, Head Coach and Founder, Tukat­ech delved into the need of 3D au­to­ma­tion so­lu­tion to tackle fit is­sue in clothes. Ram also dis­cussed about On- De­mand con­cept and demon­strated the au­di­ence how Lu­lusar, a Pakistan- based on- line ap­parel brand, has dig­i­talised its en­tire pro­cesses.

An­other Sri Lankan com­pany talked about how smart tech­nolo­gies can pro­duce gar­ments faster, bet­ter, and cheaper. “Dig­i­tal Twin can be a rev­o­lu­tion­ary so­lu­tion for the chal­lenges the in­dus­try is fac­ing right now,” quoted Imal Ka­lu­tatoge, CEO, n- Cinga In­no­va­tions Pvt. Ltd.

Since the ap­parel in­dus­try is mov­ing to­wards be­com­ing tech­nol­ogy- driven, the dis­rup­tions are sure to hap­pen and the same was averred by Gu­n­ish Jain, MD, Royal Data­mat­ics Pvt. Ltd. “Free En­ergy, the Vir­tual Of­fices, Sen­sors, Big Data and Robotics are surely the 5 dis­rup­tions the in­dus­try is about to wit­ness,” boasted Gu­n­ish.

How­ever, the con­fer­ence pointed out a key point that hu­man re­la­tion can be an en­abler to in­cul­cate tech­nol­ogy by wrig­gling out of sta­tus quo com­fort. V. Aswatha Ra­ma­iah, M/s Unique Con­sul­tants, in his work­shop touched upon all the hu­man as­pects of adopt­ing tech­nol­ogy in a unit. The theme was to iden­tify what peo­ple can do in an or­gan­i­sa­tion and what ex­actly are they do­ing. “HR should also step up to let em­ploy­ees feel that a tech­nol­ogy is not only good for the or­gan­i­sa­tion but it is ben­e­fi­cial for them too,” stressed Ra­ma­iah.

Markedly, Anita Sto­gel, Founder, Busi­ness Coach­ing Academy, Ger­many aimed at change man­age­ment and build­ing re­silient or­gan­i­sa­tion to move to­wards Smart Fac­tory. She ex­plained the 7-steps pro­gram to change the men­tal­ity of em­ploy­ees as well as of HR and bring change.

On a con­clud­ing note, PMS Up­pal, Pres­i­dent OGTC; R.C. Ke­sar, Di­rec­tor, Gen­eral, OGTC; Guest of Hon­our Sud­hir Shekri, Chair­man, Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Com­mit­tee, AEPC; and Chief Guest HKL Magu, Chair­man, AEPC ad­dressed the in­dus­try peo­ple present at the con­fer­ence.

The con­fer­ence was in­tended to cover all as­pects of the ap­parel in­dus­try, in­clud­ing the prob­lems of small-scale en­ter­prises in the de­vel­op­ing world.

R.C. Ke­sar, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, OGTC, dur­ing his ‘Thank-you’ note at OGTC sem­i­nar

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