The industry members of the Textile Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (I) expressed, in its recently held 60th AGM, positive sentiments about the overall growth in their respective businesses in the coming months. Majority of the companies shared that after negligible business during first 2 quarters of 2020-21, they have started getting orders being honored by their clients. Both greenfield and brown field projects are being negotiated with their clients these days. Their capacity utilization was close to 100% and they would be able to achieve up to 80-90% of their annual turnover as compared to previous year in the fourth quarter of the fiscal year.

However, the industry showed serious concerns about the rising prices of the raw materials especially steel. The order bookings which were closed at prices during April-May-June quarter of 2020, are supposed to be fulfilled by Q3 or Q4 of the current fiscal. At the time of booking the steel prices were 15-40% lesser than the current rates, therefore, the increased raw material cost is severely impacting the basic cost of the machines to be supplied. A table below shows the change in the prices of different mild steel and stainless-steel plates in the last 6 months.

MS STEEL and STAINLESS-STEEL SHEET/PLATES PRICE

Source: Industry

Coupled with increased fuel cost by 20-25% between April 2020 to January 2021, the prices of other commodities, transportation, material handling and manufacturing have also risen.

FUEL PRICES (Rates/Litre) in MUMBAI

Source: www.bankbazar.com

There is already restriction on the import of steel and other products due to MoS circular that requires mandatory BIS certification of foreign companies. The domestic steel producers are in a monopolistic scenario wherein they have been dictating the prices. There are a number of high-quality Stainless-Steel products which can’t be produced in India, but are required in very low quantities. These restrictions are only putting more hurdles for domestic machinery manufacturers to produce their machines at competitive rates and qualities in comparison to their global counterparts.

For ‘Make in India’ campaign to succeed, the Government needs to be more pragmatic and be open to the industry. The textile machinery industry expects an industry friendly budget from the Government this year. A prudent monetary policy shall take the growth trajectory of the Indian industry to the next level in the years to come.

However, the industry also articulated serious concerns that if the raw material prices remains at same level or escalate further, the prices of the Textile Machineries shall also increase at least 15-20% with in the current fiscal year.

The 60th Annual General Meeting (Business Session) of the Association was held on 24th December, 2020 through Virtual Platform. The following Office Bearers of the Textile Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (India) have been re-elected unanimously for the year 2020-21:-

Chairman,

Mr. Vallabh S. Thumar,

Director,

Weavetech Engineers Ltd.,

195-Road No.6 F, Udhna Udyog Nagar,

New Industrial Estate,

Udhna, Surat 394 210

First Vice-Chairman,

Mr. Pratik R. Bachkaniwala,

Managing Director,

Palod Himson Machines Pvt. Ltd.,

B-102, International Trade Centre,

Majuragate, Surat 395 001

Second Vice-Chairman,

Mr. Prashant Mangukia,

Director,

Yamuna Machine Works Ltd.,

D-17, Akurli Industrial Estate,

Akurli Road, Kandivali (East),

Mumbai

Hon. Treasurer,

Mr. Shailesh Wani,

Managing Director,

Stovec Industries Ltd.,

N.I.D.C., Near Lambha Village,

Post Narol,

Ahmedabad 382 405

 

Speech of Mr. Vallabh S. Thumar, Chairman of the Association at the 60th AGM held on 24th December, 2020. – Chairman’s Welcome Speech

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[Author: Sachin Kumar, Executive Director, TMMA(I)]