Indian apparel exports to touch $17 bn: AEPC

Sep 19 2013, 16:07 IST
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The Indian apparel industry is witnessing an upswing and the exports are likely to go up from $13 billion last year to $17 billion. AP The Indian apparel industry is witnessing an upswing and the exports are likely to go up from $13 billion last year to $17 billion. AP
SummaryThe event is being organised by AEPC of the Ministry of Textiles in New York.

exports to the tune of 15 per cent in the last six months and the city's USP still remains knit wear, which is being sold to all the major retail stores and outlets in the US and Europe.

On the issue of power shortage in Tamil Nadu, he said the industry does not need much power and moreover the situation has improved now.

Tamil Nadu is improving in power and there is no concern in that front, he said.

On up-gradation of skill sets of workers, he said AEPC has started 175 training centres all across the nation to impart training.

These Apparel Training and Designing Centres not only train workers and supervisors but impart latest knowledge, he added.

Sakthivel, who was made Chairman of the Prime Minister Special Sector Skill Council in apparels, said the Government of India gives top priority to industry upgradation and knowledge improvement.

He said universities and engineering colleges play a key role in providing trained manpower and also assist the industry in honing up the skill set of workers.

"For instance, there are 12 colleges in Coimbatore that impart various courses in textiles, fashion design, machinery and tools and graduates are absorbed immediately.

"The pollution of textile units has no longer been an issue in the last two years as all the units are upgraded to the satisfaction of the government and the industry," he added.

Indian apparel manufacturers have become global players and most units are global compliance-oriented.

The American and European buyers have expressed utmost satisfaction as we are WRAP and ISO 9000 certified to meet the stringent needs of the industry.

Indian exporters are in touch with US buyers and have traditional understanding as we are good int deliveries and adherence to compliance, he said.

Sakthivel, who took over as AEPC Chairman for the third time in 2012, said he helped shape the direction of the industry from doing business with traditional players to venturing into new markets.

"We went to Japan, South Africa, South America, Israel and Australia to name a few with a view to improving business in non-traditional markets," he said.

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