Ludhiana garment industry wants tech upgradation

Ludhiana garment industry wants tech upgradation

Facing major competition from industries located in other states, the micro and small garment and textile industries in Ludhiana have high hopes on the next Punjab government to equip them with the latest technology.

Facing major competition from industries located in other states, the micro and small garment and textile industries in Ludhiana have high hopes on the next Punjab government to equip them with the latest technology.

Harish Kairpal, president of Ludhiana MSME association, said that, the garment and textile industry of Ludhiana which at one point of time was the leader in the country is now lagging behind other states. That happened as the newer units which came up in other states especially in South India adapted latest technologies. They demand that the new government which comes to power in March should pay special attention to technological upgrade of the existing units in Ludhiana and support us financially to adopt new machinery and technology.

Narinder Mittal, general secretary of Ludhiana Business Forums, said that, textile and garment units of Ludhiana are fast becoming uncompetitive as compared to similar units in other states. The cost of production of textile and garment industry in other states is decreasing due to adoption of new technologies. They have already suffered a lot as significant percentage of the total business of Ludhiana’s garment and textile units has been taken over by the industry from other states. It is high time that the state government takes appropriate measures like starting unconditional technology upgrade fund scheme for old units so that they can easily adopt new techniques. 

Atul Saggar, general secretary of Apparel Manufacturers Association Ludhiana, said that, the new state government can save garment units by subsidising purchase of new machinery and opening a technology upgrade centre which can guide the garment units about the latest technologies. This centre should also give assistance in buying and setting up new machinery.

Source: The Times Of India

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