apparel manufacturers – Arvind Mills flip-flops over garment unit

Arvind Mills Ltd is understood to be doing a rethink on setting up a Rs 100 crore garment manufacturing unit at the Gujarat government-sponsored apparel SEZ coming up in the old parts of Ahmedabad city. Instead, the integrated textile maker, which might have served as a magnet to attract other garment manufacturers to the upcoming apparel SEZ, is planning to set up the facility at its upcoming textile park at Santej, on the outskirts of the city, informed sources told TOI. Arvind’s rethink on the venue of the prop o s e d 5 0 , 0 0 0 jeans and t ro u s e r s per day cap a c i t y comes even as the apparel SEZ is on the verge of being offered to garment manufacturers with allotments to be kicked off in a month’s time. Interestingly, while all of Arvind Mills’ investments in Gujarat are restricted to fabric manufacturing, all its garment capacities are housed in Bangalore and the proposed unit will be its first garment manufacturing foray in Gujarat. The proposed unit was part of the four memoranda of understanding (MoU)s that Arvind Mills had inked with the Gujarat government during Vibrant Gujarat 2005. The company’s managing director Sanjay Lalbhai was not available for comments on the latest development. While the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) is putting up the apparel SEZ at the now defunct Ambica Mills land at Khokhra in Ahmedabad, AML is putting up a textile park at Santej, close to its existing integrated textile manufacturing unit that was set up in the late 1990’s at around Rs 1,200 crore. According to company sources, the company’s decision to set up the garment unit at Santej has been prompted by synergies of operations and logistics. -The apparel SEZ is located inside the city and transportation could be a problem due to traffic congestion. On the other hand, from Santej the container terminal at Adalaj is just a 15-minute drive away and the route is congestion free,- a source pointed out. Besides, the sources said, the fabric for the garments would be sourced from the Santej unit and the upcoming Santej textile park where already a few of Arvind’s outsourcing partners have invested around Rs 50 crore in putting up modern, shuttleless looms. -We can apply for SEZ status for the Santej Textile Park once it is completely set up and claim the same benefits as the apparel park,- a source explained. The 4 MoUs signed between Arvind Mills and Gujarat govt included a textile park at Santej textile park coming up close to Arvind’s existing Santej facility. While Arvind will be pumping in Rs 20 crore in developing infrastructure of the park, investments worth around Rs 350 crore would be pumped in by private players putting up weaving and processing facilities. The other MoUs included one for a processing unit worth Rs 40 crore and a unit for knitted garments worth Rs 18 crore at Santej. I work for which is a leading online B2B company and provides a feasible environment for exchanging Clothing related information like clothing manufacturers and clothing suppliers. Working since 2012, it has its offices pan in India and enjoys high credibility throughout the business spectrum. way2trading is considered as one of the largest B2B companies in India for more information visit[]