With the volume business almost shifting to cheap manufacturing destinations like Bangladesh, Indian exporters are constantly diversifying their product basket in a strategy to move to low volume yet high margin products. Sometimes it means more than notching up the value addition and exploring a completely unchartered territory. One prospective product segment is equestrian apparels, the clothing for horse riders.
With business picking up for most exporters, and domestic market also booming, the recently concluded GTE saw visitation from all segments of the garment manufacturing industry looking for technology to add value to their operations. Understanding the need of apparel manufacturers and realizing their mindset, machine companies offered a wide range of products and price points to attract the market. As usual, the domestic segment thronged the show with needs of upgradation and expansion, while most of the manufacturers for exports were just ‘seeing’. Interestingly, either the people had come with a very specific requirement of machinery or were there at the fair just to look at the latest developments.
It’s election time... a time for frenzied debates, and I happen to listen to one such panel
discussion wherein one of the panellists said that since manufacturing is capital intensive
and the ongoing recessionary trend limited our capital resources which led to low
employment generation... how does this argument stand for a Government which fails
to acknowledge an industry which employs 14 million people and most of them either
uneducated or just primary pass (a myth broken by a StitchWorld survey which shows
that 71% are 10th pass) and who all can be put to the shop floor
Career enhancement is the aspiration of each and every employee in an organization. But why would a company promote you to a higher managerial position unless you have something to offer besides just the experience of working more years in a particular profile. Apart from the professional degrees/diplomas as basic stepping stone, picking up a small training course of topical relevance certainly helps in adding to your credibility in the area of your chosen expertise. Through its career enhancement series, StitchWorld is discussing different certifications in disciplines that may improve the working of a garment industry. In the last issue, Six Sigma Training Institutes were the focus…, in this edition certificate courses in 5S are discussed in detail.