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GMMSA ’18: Chinese and Taiwanese knitting technology providers triumph amidst high visitation on Day 3

Day 3 of Garments Machinery Manufacturers and Suppliers Association (GMMSA) in Ludhiana, Punjab (India) garnered the highest visitation in all three days. Decision makers like owners, senior management as well as middle-level professionals were spotted at the exhibition. Notably, despite the current difficult scenario in the apparel industry, some new players of Ludhiana are entering this industry and exploring new technology as part of their expansion plans.

Endorsing the same, Aashray Thapar of Thapar Enterprises averred that he is looking for various kinds of machines and trims at GMMSA 2018. Aashray told Apparel Resources that he ventured into this business a few months back and have 100 stitching machines. Content with the technology displayed here, he plans to expand further in the coming years. Another visitor, Mohit Narang of JM Narang Hosiery also appeared impressed with automation in stitching machines. “Currently we have 90 machines and hope to expand our capacity in the future,” he added.

On Day 3, Apparel Resources met Baljit Singh, Proprietor – PS Group of Companies, which has the knitting capacity of nearly 20 tonnes – who owns 100 stitching machines. Currently manufacturing bottomwear, the company is going to start undergarments and Singh was looking for machines in the same segment. “Our buyers pushed us for undergarments manufacturing and we will install 90 stitching machines for the same initially,” he informed.

Interestingly, visitors from established export houses in the Delhi-NCR region were seen exploring knitting and printing machinery. Jai Singh, Manager (Fabric), Boutique International (New Delhi), a respected name in kidswear manufacturing shared, “I have seen the printing machines/technology displayed here earlier as well but GMMSA is definitely a good platform to see the latest innovations in the knitting segment. Notably, Boutique International’s knitting division is in Gurgaon and has good orders from the overseas buyers.

No doubt, the show is dedicated to technology but the trims section also garnered visitors’ attraction as they met some new suppliers who were offering innovative designs.

Students from various training institutes also attended the fair to understand the functions of various machines.

Of all the knitting machines displayed by numerous companies, Chinese and Taiwanese brands stood tall among all. Low price and good quality are all they’re offering in the lucrative Ludhiana market. One such brand is Shun Chen, which is based in Taiwan but manufacturer made in China products. The company witnessed an overwhelming response from the visitors. It marked its presence at the fair in association with its Ludhiana dealer Naaz International. “People here are not pro to invest in expensive European knitting brands. Moreover, the Chinese brands offer reasonably good quality and that too at much cheaper prices and this is why we are here to offer Shun Cheng,” says Jasdeep Singh Nalwa of Naaz International.

Additionally, renowned brands in knitting technology such as Runshan have tied up with the dealers in the Ludhiana market to sell reconditioned machines. Exhibitors say that Ludhiana is quite inclined towards investing in reconditioned circular and flat knitting machines if given with (at least) 1-year guarantee. “We have sold refurbished Runshan interlock jacquard machines as people here are asking for low-priced machines. Despite offering the reconditioned machine, we are still high on technology with no damage to the internal parts,” claims Manpreet Singh, Owner, Bellshiva India.

Day 3 of the technology expo suggests that the manufacturing hub is eager to invest in technology but an inclination towards cheaper machines can be felt strongly…