What surprised me most is the positive attitude shown by the sewing machine manufacturers. They on their part kept themselves diligently occupied in new developments to capture the growth, post pandemic. So, while the garment manufacturing and export industry segment kept a low profile this year, we saw some interesting developments with some key players in the sewing segment.
Amongst the most notable is the time appropriate move by automation expert Vibemac in launching a basic sewing machine line to supplement its most popular and sought-after denim automation machines during this pandemic. Having a complete understanding of its clients’ need, Vibemac has taken COVID-19 challenge in a constructive way and diversified into basic sewing machines segment, yet giving a high-class technology without compromising on parameters such as quality and productivity.
The basic line is currently made up of six different units, while a few more are still in development. Some of these are One-D (B1D) Single needle lockstitch unit with drop feed, One-N (B1N) Single needle lockstitch unit with needle feed and Two-F (B2F) Double needle lockstitch unit with fixed bar.
Not to forget Duerkopp Adler, which has continued with its R&D efforts and completed its ‘DELTA-Line’ with the post-bed version D868 as well as the cylinder arm versions D669 and D869, which the company feels is a highlight for the otherwise difficult year. The company has also shown a vision for the future by focusing on ‘Consulting the industry’ which it feels is more essential for the industry now and in future than it was in the past.
IMB’s mantra has coincided with Alibaba’s new manufacturing concept, and that’s the reason IMB has become the main supplier and partner of Alibaba’s Rhino project, providing a complete set of automatic denim production lines, with complete installation and it has been made operational.
Significantly, Jack’s Bullmer brand has not only provided high-precision and high-speed spreading machines as well as auto cutters for the Alibaba factory, but has also assisted Alibaba to get through the data download and realise the remote control of the equipment.
The positivity that Jack as a company has shown in these difficult times is exemplary. Acquisitions have been a great business approach for Jack Stock ever since it acquired Germany’s Bullmer back in 2009. The company acquired LINTSENSE in 2020 to open up new areas of intelligent cloth inspection, an area where Jack Stock wasn’t really strong previously. The acquisition of LINTSENSE focuses on advancing this cloth inspection process to help apparel industry save enormous cost.
I am not sure if the activists in the sewing technology industry had been influenced by a report by Allied Market Research where it very clearly predicts that the global industrial sewing machines market which was worth US $ 3.16 billion in 2019 will become a US $ 3.96 billion industry by 2027, registering a CAGR of 5.3 per cent from 2020 to 2027. But it is also true that the outbreak of the pandemic has caused the downfall of the Sewing Machines (Industrial Sewing Machines) market and predictions may not go as planned.
Encouragingly, another report by Market Data Analytics team of research analysts, anticipates that the market will revive very soon as the market in the coming years will present new opportunities. The study also indicates that market players can also find opportunities by introducing new developments and by organic growth and diversification.
It is the positivity of such market leaders that has kept the spirits high. And it is important to note that the developments and positivity shown by these companies is based on a sound foundation of market intelligence which suggests that the garment manufacturing industry will rise again and will be as vibrant as in its earlier days.