As a concept, ‘employee engagement’ in apparel manufacturing is a relatively new practice, but there are some upfront companies that are not only talking about it but also projecting it as their growth driver… Leading the way are some big corporate houses which have multiple businesses like Madura Fashion & Lifestyle and Arvind Limited. TeamApparel Online met business heads of both these progressive companies and was impressed with the seriousness of intent and implementation of employee engagement initiatives… each having something unique to offer. Also covered in the issue is Surat, the textile city, famous for cotton spinning, weaving and dyeing, moving fast and developing as a warp knitting hub, which was the forte of cities like Amritsar and Ludhiana. Team AOspoke with a few company heads that have recently forayed into warp knitting and are doing well; many claim that they are giving a better quality than China. Besides the above, our regular columns of Mind Tree, H2F, Fashion Trends, Industry Wire, Export Statistics, etc. make the issue worth reading. Thank you for your feedbacks and inputs which keep us going.