Interview with Manish Kumar

Manish Kumar
Manish Kumar
Regional Director - Softlines, Indian Subcontinent

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Manish Kumar, Regional Director (Softlines), India with Intertek, a multinational testing, inspection and certification company, shares with Mary Christine Joy the organisation's upcoming plans for expansion in India and abroad, and the industry in general.

To start with, can you brief us about the products and services offered by Intertek?

Intertek is a leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide. It provides internationally accepted quality testing and certifications to a wide range of sectors including cargo, agriculture, business assurance, provisions of high quality analytics, technical verification, inspection, auditing, training and consulting services to the oil and gas, power, chemical, infrastructure and petrochemical industries, world's oil, chemical and advanced materials industry, textiles and apparel, soft home furnishings, leather goods and luggage, footwear and other accessories. We are the approved food service provider for all large global food producers, and the very first to be accepted by global halal to certify to their standards. We have been around for more than 130 years, and have been a leader in creating awareness towards maintaining quality standards and providing companies with manufacturing solutions. We provide expertise in testing, inspecting and certifying products. We also ensure that products gain efficiencies in manufacturing and logistics, surmount market constraints, and trim down risk in the testing process. Intertek is the first service provider in the world to offer safety standard toy certifications to new government regulations on restricted substances, offering a full scope of testing, inspection, auditing, certification and quality assurance solutions for toys, games and premiums, juvenile products, home furnishings and furniture and other hardlines.

How important are cost efficiencies and speeding up of delivery processes in the value chain?

Every manufacturer looks for a mechanism or a way which can yield maximum output with minimum input. For instance, in textiles the entire process of designing a fabric is revolutionised. Where previously designers used to labour over graph paper and stencils, now they simply have to play with a mouse or stylus to come out with innovative designs.

How can software applications help in increasing productivity in a textile industry? Can you give examples of certain applications which textile enterprises should use?

Software applications help in reducing manpower and investment in terms of time and money. When the maximum work is done by a few clicks, it increases productivity radically, ensures an optimal working flow, and provides time for adding value to your products. The system is highly flexible, and can rapidly be modified to changes in the production line or the need for extension. An increment in productivity level reduces garment manufacturing cost, thereby improving overall profitability.
Published on: 13/03/2015

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