Bengaluru’s garment sector has a big Covid tear, Retail News, ET Retail

Davida Erdahl

BENGALURU: The adverse impression of Covid-19 on India’s clothing and textile industry is starting to exhibit in Bengaluru, the country’s most significant textile production hub that employs about two.five lakh personnel. Numerous of the hugely employment-intense apparel units in and about the metropolis are both shutting down their functions or […]

BENGALURU: The adverse impression of Covid-19 on India’s clothing and textile industry is starting to exhibit in Bengaluru, the country’s most significant textile production hub that employs about two.five lakh personnel. Numerous of the hugely employment-intense apparel units in and about the metropolis are both shutting down their functions or laying off employees, even as Karnataka is limping back again to normalcy from the Covid-induced lockdown.

On Saturday, about 1,200 personnel of a factory unit in Srirangapatna affiliated to the most significant clothing manufacturer and exporter, Gokaldas Exports, had been laid off. The business has informed the personnel that they would be specified a part of the salary for the next two months. The garment workers’ union is predicting closure of the factory ultimately. At least 4 apparel production units in Bengaluru, of Backyard Town Manner, Sonal Garments, Texport Industries and Punith Creations, have shut their functions or laid off fifty percent their workforce in the past two-three months, according to the workers’ union and industry insiders. Numerous factories are envisioned to tread the exact same path.

Bengaluru's garment sector has a big Covid tear

Garment factories in Karnataka make use of extra than four lakh personnel, largely ladies, and the uncertainty and layoffs are very likely to have an affect on countless numbers of family members who are dependent the industry for livelihood.

Some of the industry associates ET spoke to reported it may possibly consider at least six months for demand to decide up. Due to the fact a considerable range of Indian apparel companies source goods to overseas customers, the factories resuming functions in full scale will mostly count on the sector behaviour in Europe and the US.

“There are problems mostly pushed by end-user demand. Most of the retailers abroad are just about reopening and it is extremely early to see how the demand will decide up. There is an apprehension that the financial crisis may perhaps press customers to be conservative. There could be extra demand for minimal-value garments than significant-value apparel,” reported the CEO of a top rated fabric production business, who did not wish to be named.

Meanwhile, some companies are building adjustments to their solution traces as they resume functions.

At Mandhana Industries in Peenya industrial location that employs about 1,000 personnel, fifty percent the workforce is back again at get the job done. Like lots of other garment units, Mandhana too has briefly switched to building PPEs that include facemask for top rated brands like Wildcraft, and full physique fits. “We will resume functions in full scale when we get new orders from our customers overseas,” reported common supervisor Rajashekhar Murthy M.

The business managed to export 20,000 items of apparel to Sweden and Spain in the course of the lockdown, but export price has now improved, Murthy reported, as the pandemic has impacted air and sea freight services as very well, driving up tariffs. “Earlier, the cargo fees had been a hundred and forty for every kg, but it has doubled now. Also, our customers are asking for a thirty% price reduction since of the slipping demand across the world. It is not feasible,” he reported.

The industry is hoping to get some visibility on the sector in six months. “We can not predict how quickly the demand will grow. But, hopefully we will get an concept about the sector revival in the next six months,” reported Naseer Humayun, the honorary secretary (south) of the Clothing Suppliers Affiliation of India.

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