“Robots can be assigned specific tasks, they cannot handle the entire system”
-Mohanty, Country Manager, Macpi Italy.
Though the previous year was challenging for the apparel industry, the situation is likely to improve in 2020. Our neighbors like Bangladesh and Vietnam are enhancing their industries steadily, which further fuels their growth.
One of the reasons, Turkey is growing is because they are closer to the market. “On the other hand, Vietnam is advancing on account of its use of better technologies. We too need to step up our technological innovations and upgrade our skills,” says B.K. Mohanty, Macpi Italy
From basic apparel manufacturing, China is moving towards high engineering. However, India does not have the facility to produce three lakh pairs of jeans a day. “This facility is only available in Bangladesh. Hence, buyers with higher volumes opt for Bangladesh whereas India has to remain satisfied with smaller orders. If, we wish to divert these orders from Bangladesh to India, we need to step up our facilities” he further emphasizes on the underlying Indian textile industry potential which perennially is underperforming & under tapped.
IoTs to be the way forward
The entry of good brands into India gives us an impetus to improve across India. States like Jharkhand and Orissa, which were so far neglected, are now growing as manufacturers and suppliers are concentrating on this belt. “The way forward for them now is IoTs. But for this, we need to critically first rescale, upscale, unlearn and find the capital,” views Mohanty.
People are moving away from formals to semi formals or casuals.” This trend is particularly seen in suits, trousers and shirts. In future, active wear and leisure wear are likely to grow more. However, our textile parks and clusters have not been properly designed; ideally it has to be plug and play infrastructure. A park should have all facilities. It should have sufficient water supply, ATMs, a transport company, a truck company and courier company which all is equally vital. A textile park is not only about fiber or fabric,” adds Mohanty.
Though robots can be assigned specific tasks, they cannot handle the entire system which continues to underpin the validity of human interface. “Fabrics do not lend themselves to interventions. We cannot put the fabric at one end and expect the garment at the other,” adds Mohanty. Going forward his prognosis is that the domestic apparel market will be at the vanguard of embracing technology in the ever growing and vibrant Indian economy.