We at ITAMMA continued our activities by organizing about 11 Webinars in series by changing the guard to online Virtual events. The mission started after submitting our representations to about seven Ministries including Prime Minister of India on topics viz. recommendations for measures to support the Textile Engineering Industry (TEI), ease of business in TEI  for re-opening factories in COVID-19 and Appeal to support Employers for safe guarding the employment and saving economy in TEI during the Post COVID-19 condition.

First Webinar was organized on “Boosting “Will Power” (Confidence – आत्मबल) using “CO-VIKAS” on24th April 2020); where Dr. M. L. Suriya, Govt of India Certified ZED Master Trainer mentioned that CO-VIKAS© cycle has ingeniously crafted by him, which is a novel combination of the precious spiritual wisdom and management practices. This wisdom has not only helped individuals but also many other States/ National Level transformations like Japan (3rd largest economy with not many natural resources but only “Will Power”) after the 2nd world war. Gujarat Vikas with साक्षी भावित leadership etc. and now how India is doing we all can see.

The session ended with a meditation session leaving behind the Key takeaways stating that CO-VIKAS© cycle helps in

i)  Daily life routine,

ii) Peaceful yet Prospering (devote time in Reviews, Understanding, Meditation, Team Building / Relationships, Culture and Solution),

iii) neither Positive/nor Negative thinking-only Clear thinking.

Second Webinar was organized on “Business Response in present situation” on 29th April 2020; where Mr Rajendra Aphale, International Consultant & Trainer gave information of various diseases/viruses we have faced since 2001 but we need to understand how different CORONA is from them. He explained how the quotes made by important people helps us to boost our moral to face this pandemic and it is also necessary  to build our health (physical & mental) and  new skills in such situation. He explained in details the type of work can be done through WFM like Identifying candidates, initial interviews, part of accounting, auditing; IT related work; and which work cannot be done through WFM like measurements, checks, etc. The importances of maintaining the employee connect through routine communications, periodic emails, Video sessions, etc. The aspects like plan to check the health of our facility like equipment, logistics, inventory and the need for any  revision in plant and office layout were well covered.

Third Webinar on “Importance of Energy Conservation in post COVID-19 situation” on 30th April 2020; where Mr. Rahul Kishore, Jt. Director, SRO-Ahmedabad, Petroleum Conservation Research Association( PCRA) highlighted Problems in Current Scenario such as IPP (Independent Power Producers) facing Cash crunch, is the  biggest loan defaulter, having no distribution rights and have no money to pay for coal thus allowing IPP for buying Coal on Credit basis or to Shutdown. At the same time DISCOMs have shown inability to pay for coming times as there is a no demand from profitable Industrial Sector. lockdown has resulted in a shutdown of the industrial and commercial establishments and stoppage of passenger railway services, having adverse effect on electricity demand presently contributing to about 40% of All India electricity demand.

Low Oil Demand worldwide nearly 90% of the globe’s 4.3 billion barrels of crude oil storage is full, rest will be full in 3 Weeks & millions of barrels are also sitting idly in super tankers which have nowhere to go and even after offering super discounts ‘Super Contango’ there is no space to be stored.

Fourth Webinar on “Cost cutting after Covid 19 – Technical Aspects” on 4th May, 2020; where Mr. Ashok S, BEE Empanelled Accredited Energy Auditor and Chairman of Coimbatore chapter of IEAMP in his presentations explained the various steps to conserve energy by monitoring the losses at various stages in the textile mill during transmission and distribution of voltage, power factor and load with the help of different measuring instruments and gauges. BEE guidelines on under loaded motors, for protection of VFD, fan losses, blower losses, and effect of over weighted pulleys, bely size & type on the Speed was also explained. Details of Energy consumption in Ring Frames and the power transmission losses from ring frame motor to spindle was also explained. The effect of over pumping and repeatedly re-greasing on the load of the motor, the effect of piping of the pumping system on the power losses and the ways of reducing energy losses in the humidification plants and the compressed air treatments of the mill was well explained with diagrams & photos.

The presentation was concluded with BEE MANTHRA, ‘Monitor your Energy Consumption to Target its Reduction. 24 x 7 Run Industry can save Rs.50,000/- per year by saving 1 KWH unit per hour in each of your production & utility machines’ whereby Energy is 1st Measured, then Focused, then Improved, then recognized, and then shared.

Fifth Webinar on “Reviving through Lean And Six Sigma” on 5th May 2020; where Mr. Japan Trivedi (Author, Coach, Trainer, Blog writer) of Efforts Consulting, explained in details about what will happen post COVID-19 with the growth rate of Progression (7%), Stagnation (4%), Depression (-2%) & Great Depression (-10%) and who will be the Potential Losers & Winners. The ways ahead post COVID-19 are being a part of new technology, adopting new processes, identifying and removing the waste and optimizing the resources. Further he explained in details about Lean and Six Sigma for changing or reviving your business or career or profession, which is about changing habits i.e. your culture. Where he explained the 3 bricks of changing culture as Daily habits, improvement and commitment.  8 types of MUDA ( obstruction to FLOW) were also well explained i) Transportation ii) Motion iii) Waiting iv) Process v) Quality defects vi) Overproduction vii) Inventory viii) Unused creativity. Path to Six Sigma was explained with Sigma levels and defects/million opportunities (DPMO), with 6 Sigma (3.4 defects), 5 Sigma(233 defects), 4 Sigma(6,210 defects), 3 Sigma(66,807 defects) and 2 Sigma(308,537 defects). Lastly the post COVID-19 Goals were explained as i) Quality ii) Lower Cost iii) Delivery- iv) People v) flexibility

Sixth Webinar on “Scope of Market for Textile Machines & Accessories in Indonesia during present situation of COVID-19” by  Mr. Liliek Setiawan (VP–Indonesia Textile Association (API), Chairman – Textile Community Academy Committee, Chairman – Sekar Lima Pratama Integrated Textile Manufacturing, Solo, Vice-Chairman – Forum for Economic Development and Employment Promotion (FEDEP)] on 9th May; whereby through PPT Mr. Setiawan gave insight on World’s Economic Growth 1st quarter 2020 showing 3.8% of Vietnam & 2.97 % of Indonesia while Hong Kong being -8.9 %, China -6.8% and Europe being -2.7%. He further explained the Indonesia’s Economic Growth from 2017- 2020 showing a reduction from 5.01 % to 4.7 %. He also informed that the estimation of the peak of COVID-19 in Indonesia will be between 21-28 May’ 2020 while the same will be coming to normal from 15th June 2020 onwards. The soft and hard effect among the Customer segment and Industry base was well explained. Stating that the Older generations who are digital immigrants & tech laggards, and low income community with limited access to internet will get a hard hit in the customer segment. While in the same segment younger generation who are digital native and tech savvy, and affluent segment with better access to the internet will receive a soft hit.

In case of Industry sector, Businesses with dominant customer- facing processes and labour-intensive industries will get a hard hit. While in the same segment, Businesses with highly digital processes and Industries with Lean Organizations will get a soft hit.

The orders postponed reached to 64% while temporary cancelled orders amounted to about 57.85%. The UPs and DOWNs noted in various segments where Central Bank (+0.51% & gained 100 jobs) and courier & messengers (+0.21% & gained 1,800 jobs) showed an improvement; while clothing and clothing accessories stores (- 58.25 % & lost 7,39,600 jobs).

Seventh Webinar on “Strategy Design and Deployment”on 12th May 2020 by Mr.  Nital Zaveri,  CEO, CONCEPT BUSINESS EXCELLENCE PVT. LTD; who covered the topics Myths about strategy,case study  on Michael Porter view on strategy being unique, Michael Porter 5-Force analysis of Industry, Competing on Cost / Uniqueness, RBV (Resource Based View) and How to compete?

Eight Webinar on “Scope of Business in Indonesian Textile Industry for Indian Machines & Accessories” on 22nd May,2020. Where  Ms. Anne Patricia Susanto Vice Chief Executive Officer PT. Pan Brothers Tbk (PBRX), Vice Chairperson in Foreign Trade and  Indonesian Textile Association, Member of the APINDO Advisory Board (Indonesian Employers’ Association) informed that Indonesia’s Pillar of growth is  manufacturing industries contributing to 35% while GDP Textile &  Clothing is (Trillion IDR) 200,02 (2019). Indonesia’s Textile -Garment Industry overview states that industry units of fibre (37), Yarn [spun & filament ( 312) ], fabric[woven & knit(1,546)], Garment(2,985) and other textile products(777); with production volumes in Tons as fibre (1,274), Yarn [spun & filament ( 1,983) ], fabric[woven & knit(1,310)], Garment(1,743) and other textile products(383). The strategic role of Indonesia’s Textile -Garment Industry is that it acts as “equitable tool for the regional economy” and “creates a multiplier effect” on the national economy;  as a labor-intensive this industry becomes the “social safety net“and employment provider; exporting to ± 200 countries; this proves as an industry as one of the “locomotives” for national manufacturing industry for opening market; Its “integrated structure”, starts from upstream – midstream – downstream, and supports each other in production and sales; The industry has become “the leading sector for the growth of other economic sectors such as supporting industries and other supporting service industries. The Road Map for making Indonesia industry 4.0 was well explained as i) Reform Material Flow ii) Redesign Industrial Zones iii) Embrace Sustainability iv) Empower SMEs v) Build Nationwide Digital infrastructure vi) Attract Foreign Investment vii) Upgrade Human Capital viii) Establish Innovation Ecosystem ix) Incentivize Technology & x) Reoptimize Regulations and Policies. The Growth targets were designed i) to Improve Indonesia’s Competitiveness, Encourage real GDP growth of 1-2 % per year, so that GDP growth per year will rise from the baseline by 5 % to 6-7 % in the 2018-2030 period’ ii) Manufacturing to contribute 21 – 26 % of GDP in 2030 iii) Achieve 5-10 % ratio of net exports to GDP in 2030 iv) Opening of 719 million jobs, both in manufacturing and non-manufacturing, in 2030 as a result of greater export demand.    .

Among the Panelists Mr. Kaizar Z. Mahuwala, Past-President, ITAMMA, Executive Director, Gurjar Gravures Pvt. Ltd., &  Executive Director,   Gurjar Images Pvt. Ltd delivered his presentations on “Scope of Business in Indonesian Textile Industry for Indian Machines and Accessories”  stated that the entire range of Processing machines, accessories and chemicals are being manufactured in India and today they competes with their European counterparts with low material ratio and process the fabric with comparable results at a very reasonable cost. Many hi-tech machines like Continuous Bleaching Plant, Dyeing Plant, Washing range, Pre-shrinking Range, Indigo dyeing Plant, etc are being manufactured in India. While speaking on India’s textile machinery exports to Indonesia he mentioned that in 2017-18,  it was US$ 37.97 million, where Spinning, twisting and yarn preparation machines contributed to US$ 18.01 million, while  printing machinery was US$ 121.10 million and a part of other printing machinery used for ancillary to printing was US$ 19.35 million. While mentioning the advantages in doing Business with Indian TEI, the reasons mentioned were Competitive Pricing, Manufacturing Flexibility, Quality at Par with European Counterparts, Lower lead and delivery times, Abundant raw material, Many Indian manufacturers have JVs/technical collaboration with European counterparts. The presentation was concluded with the information of the details of ITAMMA members in the business of Processing and Printing machines.

Other Panelists Mr. Jignesh Shroff, Member of ITAMMA, &  Director, Mayur Reeds &  Healds Pvt. Ltd. after giving insight on Indian Weaving Industry, alongwith the statistics on production, exports and imports, informed about the technological collaborations had with European Manufacturers in Weaving Preparatory machines, especially high speed warping and sizing, due to which India is delivering state-of-the art machines as per International standards. He also mentioned about the manufacturing of High speed Rapier shuttleless weaving machines by our members. He added that due to TUF scheme many shuttleless weaving machines have been installed in India, which has encouraged many of our members in the development of spares and accessories of these machines for the domestic and export markets. Many members have come out with attachments/innovations in assemblies and processes introducing the cutting edge technologies with an objective of productivity, product quality, fashion, conservation of energy and natural resources.

Ninth  Webinar on “Interactions to create Road Map for the Growth of Indian Textile Industry” with spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravishankarji for his encouragements on next Sunday, 24th May @ 11-30 AM live on You Tube; with Panel Members as Shri S.P.Oswalji, CMD  [Vardhman Group], Mrs. Dipali Goenka, CEO & Jt. MD [Welspun Group], Mr. S.K.Gupta, Director & Advisor [Raymond Group],   Mr. Ajay Arrora, Mg. Director [ D. Décor Furnishing], Mr. Hemant Bangur, Chairman [Gloster Ltd], Mr. Sanjay Sarawagi, Director, [Laxmipati group],  Mr.Pramod Khosla , MD [Khosla Profil],  Dr. A. Sakthivel, Chairman {AEPC & TEA],  Mr. T. Rajkumar, Chairman [CITI & TSC]. Mrs. Dipali Goenka, informed that Indian Textile Industry being contributing to 15% of India’s GDP and labour intensive is very badly affected by COVID-19.  The  huge value chain of Suppliers, Vendors, Workers is totally disturbed and so asked Guruji to guide us in tackling this issue. Dr. A. Sakthivel & Mr. T. Rajkumar also requested Guruji to guide on overcoming labour problem. Mr. S.K.Gupta, informed the present problem of shifting of Textile manufacturing from Cotton to synthetic and industry has to depend on imported machines as indigenous machines doesn’t fulfill our requirements. Mr. Sanjay Sarawagi requested Guruji to guide us on how to develop moral of 20 lakhs people who are in Synthetic Saree manufacturing, who have been demoralized mentally, physically and financially.

Guruji in his speech mentioned that since all the World is now not in favour of doing business with China and Bangladesh, it has developed an opportunity to India to grow Globally. The time has come to take the migrant labour into confidence and develop their enthusiasm to work and learn in the present situation. Guruji has invited all the Panelists to  Bangalore and asked them to give in writing the challenges and hurdles faced by them to take the Textile Industry to next level.

Tenth  Webinar on “Business Opportunities in PERU & INDIA for Textile Machines & Accessories” on 26th May ‘2020, where Mr. Rohit Rao, President, INCHAM-PERU & ED  Medrock  Laboratories in his Opening Remarks mentioned that INCHAM-PERU wish to take the Mou further by organizing joint activities with ITAMMA. While Mr. Chandresh H. Shah, President, ITAMMA, in his Closing Remarks mentioned that since ITAMMA is having members from all  discipline of the value chain of Textile Engineering Industry, we will play a very vital role in networking the textile machines & accessories manufacturers, suppliers, traders and Industry Experts, with INCHAM-PERU for the benefit of PERU Textile Industry.

Mrs. Magali Simon, Director, INCHAM-PERU & Owner TEXPIMA while explaining the size of the Textile Industry of PERU, mentioned that about 95.8% (55,302 establishments) units were in the Micro category. She further informed about the different areas of the textile chain and some of the machinery brands and countries which are used in Peru, whereby only Indian Spinning machines were used. Thus a wide scope for Indian Machine & Accessories manufacturers do exists for Weaving, Dyeing, Finishing, Printing and Garmenting. She also gave figures of the products imported along with their cost, from India for 2019 being 421, 31,617 kg of cotton yarn (@2.97 $/kg),  14,675 kg of wool yarn & short hair (@5.44 $/kg) and 806,61,981 kg of clothing(@2.96 $/kg).

Mr. Prashant Gandhi, Past-President & Mentor of Global Competitiveness  Sub-Committee, ITAMMA, mentioned that ITAMMA changed focus of its activities role of representation to member centric activities, where Technology, Research & Development, Design and manufacturing systems were targeted for organizational strengthening. While International and domestic marketing was the focus for making India A hub for Textile accessories, parts, components and Machinery.

Today our members are capable for Quality, Agile, ready  for  small lots, application based manufacturing and competitive.  He invited PERU-INCHAM for experience sharing on building productive/ innovative culture, building alliances with  stake holders, institutions and manufacturing systems that bring competitiveness even to small manufacturing units, based on India’s philosophy“ Vasudev Kutumb cum” – The  whole  world  is our family.

Mr. J.M. Balaji, Chairman, Events  & Publication Sub-Committee, ITAMMA,while mentioning the opportunities in post COVID era, he informed about ITAMMA members manufacturing machines for making masks ( cloth, N95,98,99), gloves, Masks, gloves, Face shields,  goggles, PPE kits / Coveralls, Ventilators, automatic hand sanitizing   dispensers (mist and lotion), Alcohol based sanitizers, Indoor disinfectants, IR thermometers, Paddle operated and automatic sensor based sanitizer, etc. He also informed about the opportunities for sourcing / setting up manufacturing facility in India for Peruvians; whereby Spinning Mills can be put up in India by Peruvian investors and yarn sent back to Peru (as cost of yarn made in India is more economical), Peruvian investors may also take factories on lease in India and get required textile product manufactured and get it exported to Peru,  ITAMMA can support in finding right partner for Peruvian investors in their field of interest  in entire textile value chain.

Thus considering COVID-19 situation being an opportunity for Indian TEI, ITAMMA has prepared a ‘Road Map’ which will provide end to end solutions to every Category of Entrepreneur right from provision of important DATA, Technological and Techno- commercial developments. Considering 80% TEI being MSMEs, technology driven programmes for developing in-house technologies and adaptation of new/latest technologies through JVs/Transfer of Technology are formulated to strengthen their technological base and adopt a state-of-the art set-up of their factories in order to deliver a quality and competitive products at par with Chineseproducts.

Lastly, I am proud to mention here that India has always proved to be in the front when it calls for low cost innovations, whereby ITAMMA members have developed the mask making and automatic sanitizer disposal machines and disinfection chambers which are being developed during the 2 months of Lockdown period.