Ram Sareen's Tukatech Celebrates Silver Anniversary

Tukatech, the innovative solutions provider to the fashion industry, is celebrating its silver anniversary in January this year. Ram Sareen is the founder and CEO of this company. 

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Mr. Ram Sareen - Founder, Tukatech

Two weeks ago, I read Mr. Sareen’s LinkedIn update on the 25th anniversary of Tukatech. As it is a great achievement of a technology solution company in the fashion industry, I thought of writing a news article covering Tukatech's journey since its inception and sharing few words about the person who revolutionized the digital pattern making technology in the sewn product industry. Tukatech was founded in 1995 with the objective to have pattern makers create patterns digitally on the computer. Through the technology solution, Mr. Sareen wanted to make a difference and he has achieved it. Now Tukatech has 20,000 users globally.

Image source: www.tukatech.com

My first interaction with Mr. Sareen was in 2005 at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi. I was studying at NIFT that year. I learned computerized pattern making on the Tukatech CAD system. Later, I met him many times on various occasions and seminars.

Prior to founding his company Tukatech, Mr. Sareen was associated with Gerber Technology as Consultant - Regional Manager Canada, Western USA, Mexico.

Sareen’s extensive and storied history can be characterized by one word: Disruptive. In fact, his mantra has always been, “Change is constant, growth is optional.” Sareen has demonstrated this philosophy and expertise in his invaluable work as a consultant for retailers, brands, and manufacturers. Now it is ingrained in the very DNA of Tukatech Credited with successfully bringing digital pattern-making to dozens of countries, Tukatech’s robust software applications are developed and implemented by experts from all corners of the garment industry.

Sareen was recognized in California in 2000 (and in 2004 his company, Tukatech, was recognized) as one of the 20 Most Influential in the California fashion industry. In 2007 Tukatech was ranked #1 as the “Best All Around” on Apparel Magazine’s Apparel Software Scorecard based on international CAD user surveys.

Tukatech was the first to develop “communal micro-factories,” starting in 2002 with the inauguration of global TUKAcenters. Today there are 62 TUKAcenters helping startups and businesses who have the desire to use technology but lack the capital. 2002 also marks the introduction of TUKAcad software subscriptions, the first software subscription model in the fashion industry.

The subscription model offered students from all over the world the opportunity to learn about fashion technology systems and immediately add value to their employers when they entered the workforce, which transformed the California fashion industry.

Tukatech was the first fashion technology company to bring digital pattern making to countries like India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and many more.

In 2012, Tukatech piloted the micro-factory concept which powers the on-demand manufacturing business model for hundreds of apparel companies. In 2018 Ram Sareen was honored with the Los Angeles Business Journal Fashion Award for Technology Innovation. The following year he was nominated for the LABJ CTO Awards.

Tukatech has focused on pattern makers - simplifying the pattern making system in such a way that everyone can make patterns on the computer even who don't know how to do it.

They had ups and downs during this 25 years journey but the stayed focused. They knew that pattern making is the oxygen room for the fashion industry. Without patterns and pattern making software, the fashion industry can make a garment.

With the latest development of Automatic Pattern Making (APM), users can make garment patterns without any training on the CAD system. The APM has a built-in trainer in multiple languages for every possible tool for digital pattern making. The users can make patterns from the garment measurement (spec sheet) and grade the pattern as needed for the different garment sizes. You can make a marker and costing marker using the APM system. Ram Sareen is giving the APM software, which is the first kind of product in the fashion industry, as a free gift on its 25th anniversary to the existing Tukatech users. Watch Ram’s message in this video. APM is available on the cloud in Tukaweb. 

Tukatech CAD system
Tukatech CAD system

Tukatech has a bunch of other products for the fashion industry which include TUKAcad, SMARTmark, TUKAstudio, TUKA3D, TUKAcloud, The New Design Room, TUKAjet, TUKAspread, TUKAcut, TUKAcut Laser, TUKA INA. They have technology solutions in the areas of CAD Room Engineering, Virtual Design and Fit, Garment Manufacturing, On-demand Manufacturing, ECO Fashion Technology.

As per the Tukatech CEO – the fashion industry evolving, garment designers, garment makers need more patterns than ever before. Thus the demand for pattern makers rises. 

Tukatech’s innovation in fashion technology required a commitment to stay focused on product development solutions, which would bridge the gap between artisan pattern making and computerized systems. 

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Prasanta Sarkar

Prasanta Sarkar is a textile engineer and a postgraduate in fashion technology from NIFT, New Delhi, India. He has authored 6 books in the field of garment manufacturing technology, garment business setup, and industrial engineering. He loves writing how-to guide articles in the fashion industry niche. He has been working in the apparel manufacturing industry since 2006. He has visited garment factories in many countries and implemented process improvement projects in numerous garment units in different continents including Asia, Europe, and South Africa. He is the founder and editor of the Online Clothing Study Blog.

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