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Chairman AEPC Hails Government Incentives to Boost Garment Exports

Home > Apparel News December 27, 2012, India

Dr. A Sakthivel Chairman AEPC hailed Government for all exports incentives announced today, by Shri Anand Sharma, the Union Minister of Textiles and Commerce. Speaking on the announcement Dr. Sakthivel Said, “2% Interest Subvention Scheme decision to extend for specific sectors up to 31st March 2014 is a timely move and will help in boosting the exports. It will surely give needed thrust to the apparel and textiles sector which was reeling under the sluggish markets of US and Europe. The impacted markets, especially in Europe and America’s and the resultant weak demand have adversely impacted the performance of our exports.”

Chairman AEPC also commented that, I am grateful to Textiles Minister Shri Anand Sharma for the decision has been taken to grant incentive on incremental exports made during the period January-March 2013 over the base period January-March 2012. This incentive would be available to an IEC holder at the rate of 2% …

How to use 4 Point System for Knits Fabric Inspection?

4 point system for fabric inspection is a standard method that is widely used in Textile and Apparel Industries. In this system, fabric quality is evaluated by penalty points per 100 square yards.
Formula: Points / 100 sq. yd. = (Total points in roll * 36 * 100)/ (Total length in yards * width in inches)  So, to evaluate fabric quality you need to know fabric width and length of the inspected roll or thān.  In case of woven fabric, length of the fabric roll is written on the Fabric roll tags. But knits fabrics are sourced in weight and supplier does not mention length.
That's why when it comes to use 4 point system in knits fabric, inspector finds it difficult to use given formula for calculating penalty points. To use the 4 point system for fabric inspection you need to calculate length of the fabric in a roll/thān. 
Follow standard method of 4 point system to mark defects, calculate total penalty points in a than according standard method explained in How to 4 point system in Fa…

Lean Manufacturing in Indian Apparel Industry

A good sign for the Indian Garment Industry is that garment manufacturing companies are adopting LEAN Culture into their organizations. Lean journey in Indian garment manufacturing sector has been started five years back. Some companies have already done Lean implementation phase, Few companies are on implementation phase, where others preparing their mind to go for lean implementation. A list of companies those have implemented lean tools in the production facilities has been listed below.

Top 9 Projects Ideas for Apparel Production Graduates in 2013

Final year students of Apparel Production or Garment Manufacturing Technology or Fashion Technology do a research project as part of their course curriculum. Normally students' research projects are categorized as innovative projects and economically viable projects. Few students look for an award winning project. Some look for a project that is sponsored by a Company. Some like to do project on the field where they want to build their career.

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Online Textile Calculators

We often need to convert data from one unit to another. Like converting textile yarn count from Tex to Denier or converting Cotton count to Tex. Even there are different measuring units for measuring yarn count for different fibre content. A calculator is very useful for calculating this kind of data and unit conversion.

In this post I have shared links for online calculator. Connect to the respective site and you can use their online tool.
#1. Cleave Books
Cleave books, a site where you can do conversion online of Textile yarns.

Also see: Count Conversion Table for Textile Yarns

One links are removed as the original sites is not active.

Responsibilities of General Manager (Operations) in a Garment Production Unit

General Manager (Operations) is considered as one of the top ranked jobs in garment manufacturing company. GM’s responsibility is to manage the entire factory operations (single or multiple factories) and ensure that factory is running profitably.

The common job responsibilities those come under GM Operations are -

Bill of Material (BOM) Format

What is Bill of Material (BOM)? Bill of Material is a list of raw materials needed to be sourced to make a garment and make it ready for shipment as per buyer's requirement. In garment manufacturing, BOM is generally prepared by production merchants. Then has been approved by the responsible person and handed over to purchase department to start sourcing of raw materials.

A BOM normally includes items description, consumption (per piece consumption) with a defined unit of measure, projected cost per unit and total cost of each item. See the following format.

Fabric consumption and material consumption are calculated separately and added to the BOM sheet.
Bill of Material Format: Following one is an example of the BOM format. BOM are prepared on a spreadsheet or by ERP.

Related Articles:MIS Formats used in Garment Manufacturing

Apparel Shopping Sites at Online Shopping Festival 2012

Now you can experience of an online shopping festival at Online shopping festival 12 Dec 2012. Most of the clothing shopping sites are participating at this festival. You can see and buy complete range of products at this shopping festival.

Many of us fear shopping online. Are you thinking of shopping online first time? Read the 10 Tips to discover a world of shopping online by to get rid of all your worries, learn the tricks of the trade of online shopping.

Deference Between Seam and Stitch

What is the deference between Seam and Stitch? What are the different types of stitches? asked by Shahidul


A Seam is defined as a line where two or more fabrics (or other sheet material) are joined together by means of stitches. For example, a superimposed seam – when two plies, one placed above another and is sewn together.

4 Killer Non-Productive Measures in Garment Manufacturing

In an earlier post I had shown the efficiency levels of major apparel manufacturing clusters in India and you have observed that factory efficiency range is in between 30-45%.

Low skilled operators is one reason. But this is not the main reason for such low performance. Major reasons are non-productive activities occurred during production hours. Most of the garment manufacturing factories don’t track following off-standard or non-productive time (NPT) and so they are not aware how much efficiency are loss due to NPT?

Incentive Scheme for Sewing Operators (Case Study)

Are you still looking for the best scheme operator incentive? Do you know that so many factories are taking benefit of the incentive system on every day?

I have recently visited a factory that has implemented preperformance-based incentive scheme for their sewing operators (salaried operators), line supervisors, quality checkers and floor in-charges. Within a time span of six months company just doubled their monthly production with same manpower and other resources.

In this case study I have discussed points -
how the factory did it? what all benefits factory is experiencing by implementing incentive system?  Company profile: The Company is situated in National Capital Region (NCR) of India. Under product profile company makes ladies top with a lot of machine embroidery as well as hand embroidery work. Most of their sewing operators are migrants from other parts of the country. And most of them live far away from the factory location. The company provides a shuttle bus for the commutin…

Job Responsibilities of a Garment Technician

A garment technician is known as pattern master, who looks into pattern making, garment fit aspects etc. A garment technician has a set of roles and responsibilities in a factory and in a buying office. Major job responsibilities of a garment technician are listed below.

Pattern making:
Make patterns on pattern paper based on style specification sheet. Where factory has a computer aided design (CAD) systems, a technician, draft manual pattern into a CAD system, develop patterns on a computer.

Pattern grading:
Grading is making patterns from one size to another size by increasing and decreasing measurements in certain points of the patterns.

Sample development:
Garment technician helps designers and sampling merchants in developing development samples.

Garment FIT checking and correction of patterns:
The most important task of a technician is to make patterns in such a way that it fits the model body or dress form. A technician knows where the problem lies if a garment does not fit…

What is the Method of Cut Panel Laundry?

Cut panel laundry (CPL)process is used in knits garment manufacturing. Mostly, locally processed (wet process, dyeing process) fabrics are not set correctly in its dimension. As a result when a garment is stitched without setting shrinkage completely, garment gets twisted, shrinkage occur in length and width of the garment after washing. To get rid of such issues factory needs to improve dimensional stability of fabric. Cut panel laundry process is one way to add pre-shrinkage to jersey, ribs and fleece fabrics.

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