Ashish Shukla, vice president global operations, ThreadSol, discussed the need of technology in the apparel industry in his keynote at the event. He said, “Factories in Indonesia need automation, data analytics, and eventually robotics more than ever. The productivity gains could be significant as even a modest 10-20 per cent productivity gain would add millions of profit that could be invested for the future. Technology would be the game changer in increasing productivity in Indonesia's labor-intensive readymade garment industry."
Ade Sudrajat, the chairman of Indonesian Textile Association and head of the Standing Committee of Textile, Apparel and Footwear of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry attended the event. Despite the decrease of export by 3.2 per cent in 2016, Sudrajat is confident about growth of the industry. He said, "The beginning of 2017 has seen rise in the orders coming in, this will only get better from now."
The panel discussion revolved around current sourcing trends, its impact on the Indonesian apparel industry and how technology can aid the industry to stay competitive. The panel included – Lalit Matai, (operating partner, SE Asia Garment Manufacturing, Tau Investments) Sanjaeev Wadhwa (director TMS Fashion), Deepak R Melwani (owner, PT Nitya Nandha), Praveen Uppal (technology consultant) and Diaz Parzada (founder – Wilsen Willim and Kostoom.com).
"It is not the big fish eating the small fish anymore, but the fast fish eating the slow fish," said Lalit Matai, implying that this day and age of fast fashion can only be conquered with technology-enabled fast manufacturing.
Garment manufacturers formed the majority of the audience and included higher management from PT Busanarameja, PT Pan Brothers, PT Toosan to name a few. The introduction of such a platform of discussion was appreciated by all.
"Apparel Tech-Up was a great way to network and understand the common problems all of us manufacturers face every day," said Timothy, general manager, PT Pan Brothers.
A recurring theme throughout the event was that the future belongs to early adopters of technology and with the right innovations, it will enable apparel companies in Indonesia to turn challenges into opportunities.
"By anticipating change, and placing customers’ needs at the heart of its technology, ThreadSol is committed to continually innovating, helping its customers to succeed in a fast-evolving industry," concluded Ankit Awasthi, ThreadSol Indonesia country head. (KD)
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