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Generally the reason given by most apparel manufacturers for not establishing units in remote regions is lack of skilled labour, even though the unskilled labour here is available in plenty and the wages too are lower compared to the same in major hubs like Delhi- NCR, Bangalore and Tirupur, yet they dare not take the plunge. Challenging the odds and following footsteps of India’s largest apparel exporter, who recently established a unit on the Karnataka-Maharashtra border with 700 sewing machines, is Exodus Futura Knits Pvt. Ltd. (EFKPL), a Kolkata-based apparel manufacturer with 400 sewing machines and located just 15 km from Kolkata city.

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With global rating agencies declaring that the Indian domestic market is ready for a major jump in size as consumers come of age, many traditional manufacturers and even garment exporters are now increasing their reach and making effort to give ‘quality’ products. It reminds me of the early days of the garment export industry, around the 80s, when most operated out of garages, barsati floors or from unauthorized areas and were exploring ways to be a preferred supplier. It was only in the 90s that the manufacturers emphasized on machines to improve their quality, and in the early 2000’s the focus shifted to compliance and finally to enhanced productivity and improved systems for better margins.
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Competition from emerging sourcing destinations is forcing apparel exporters to expand to new markets and to explore cost saving opportunities. In such an environment, a comprehensive Quality Management System (QMS) can help manufacturers to standardize processes, adopt industry’s best practices, and improve straight through percentage (rework). To brace up to the challenge, apparel manufacturers are increasingly exploring QMS tools like TQM, ISO and Six Sigma Quality systems. It is observed that fire-fighting environment in apparel factory and slow adaption of best practices, make sustenance of Quality Management System difficult in the apparel industry. In the absence of knowledge on implementation methodology of these generic tools, many apparel exporters are unable to fathom the utility of these systems beyond a tool to attract international buyers. Team StitchWorld together having years of shop floor and consulting experience, deliberates implementation of ISO system in apparel industry. The article is the second of this series of articles describing QMS implementation in the needle trade.

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