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Knitting industry is changing dynamically

May 01, 2021
Knitting industry is changing dynamically

The Singapore-based United Texmac Pte Ltd (Unitex) specialises in manufacturing of premium circular knitting machines, and supply them to more than 40 countries globally. In India, Unitex is represented by two agencies - Knit-Fab Technics in Mumbai and Volstart Texnet Services in Kolkata. In this interview, B C Teoh, Sales Director, United Texmac Pte Ltd, highlights the potential of India and technologies offered by Unitex for Indian knitting industry.

 

How is Unitex serving its customers in India? 

The rapidly growing Indian economy has a huge market potential. Our brand’s circular knitting machines are widely used in India, especially in Tiruppur, which has a huge garment export market, and in Kolkata where the high-end inner wear and domestic fashionwear markets operate. We offer machine models that include single jersey, spandex jersey, pique airtex, 2-thread fleece or loop knit, 3-thread fleece, terry plush, polar fleece, rib, interlock and the highly versatile interlock-rib (interrib) 8-lock. These products have their unique and individual advantages, which offer the customers great value and can make the manufacturing process more efficient.

 

What kinds of changes are you witnessing in the knitting industry?

The India textile industry, with the backing of strong and stable political and social environments, and being a key supply base for the global markets, has been improving quickly in terms of product quality, consistency and delivery accuracy. The knitting industry is changing dynamically and growing at a very fast pace. Manufacturers have become more specific with their needs and requirements, with better knowledge and idea of the product.

 

How do you find the market for your knitting machinery and solutions in India?

Besides having reliable and predictable production facilities, the knitters have a raised awareness in using high quality modern knitting machines, which are less dependent on the intervention of skilled workers and high volume of workers. Our user-friendly machines reduce the need of high-skilled workers, which is difficult to find nowadays, and reduce the number of workers needed in the knitting operation. The bad experience of the coronavirus pandemic further strengthens the mind set of being less dependent on high volume of workers and on high-skilled technicians. The younger business owners in the textile industry are also quick in implementing such widespread largescale changes in the business mind set.

 

How is your company incorporating automation and digitalisation in its machinery and solutions for the benefit of its customers?

The machines manufactured by our company is maintaining the pace at which the world technology is changing and trying to keep up with the industry requirements. Our Unitex knitting machines have features for knitting mills to link up all the machines in a local area network for centralised and on-time production control, with potential to link up to the corporate ERP environment. Latest, accurate electronic sensors have been used in monitoring the machine performance and sending alerts to users for manual intervention. High precision server motors have been used in automatically adjust or change certain machine settings based on pre-stored settings and historical data. Such automation and digitalisation can benefit our customers to a large extent and help them smoothen the production process.

 

What are your growth plans for Indian market?

We are trying to penetrate into more Indian cities where the textile market has good potential and will be glooming in near future. For the lower end segments, such as the Ludhiana and Surat markets are growing rapidly, we are gaining market shares by offering a few more economical machine models to fulfil their demand. Unitex machines will continue to incorporate more automation and electronic control and monitoring features. More user-friendly features are being introduced to enable the machine users to have more time focusing on production quality and consistency, and be less dependent on human intervention. Online marketing is being implemented to reach out to a wider group of machine users and to enable quicker and more frequent interaction with them through the modern IT channels including mobile phones.