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Interview with Himanshu Fogla

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Himanshu Fogla
Himanshu Fogla
Director
Jumac Manufacturing Pvt Ltd
Jumac Manufacturing Pvt Ltd

Supply chain constraints and availability of manpower major challenges

Jumac, pioneers in spinning can manufacturing in India, was founded in the year 1974 with a mission to deliver quality cans, catering to the jute and textile industry. As a founding member of the prestigious 'Fogla Group', Jumac has its presence in more than 18 countries spread across 5 continents. Director Himanshu Fogla speaks to Fibre2fashion about the challenges the COVID-19 situation has brought and the measures the government should be taking to ease out pain of textile machinery manufacturers.

The current COVID-19 crisis has brought entire textiles-apparel production, supply chain, and retail sales to a grinding halt. How do you see this impacting textile machinery manufacturers and suppliers? How is your supply chain being hit? Are you facing cancellation of orders?

As such, we haven’t got order cancellations but customers are asking for deliveries or firm dates which we are not able to provide. Going forward, if the situation doesn’t improve once the lockdown is over, we expect things to get from bad to worse. There is no clarity in terms of which areas will open, which industries will open. All this will surely have a major impact on the supply chain.

Globally, since most of the countries are under lockdown, they understand the situation and cooperate. The moment the lockdown gets over at their place and the mills start running, their patience will surely run out and we will be facing extreme delivery pressures.

Post lockdown, what are the problems you foresee and how do you plan to help your clients with respect to after-sales service and spare parts?

Supply chain constraints are the major challenges we will be facing along with availability of sufficient manpower. With such high regulation to run the plant, it is next to impossible and not commercially viable to run the unit. Government will surely have to be more pragmatic and level headed in its approach on the SOPs to operate an unit.

What do you think the government can do to further ease pain of textile machinery manufacturing companies? Any thoughts on rallying together as a key niche of the value chain to arrive at some workable plan to get through these difficult times?

The government should do the following things:
a) Issue more pragmatic SOPs to run the unit.
b) Open up bank credit lines temporary to ease the money circulation in the system.
c) Give additional incentives to MNCs who are thinking of shifting base out of China.
Published on: 29/04/2020

DISCLAIMER: All views and opinions expressed in this column are solely of the interviewee, and they do not reflect in any way the opinion of Fibre2Fashion.com.

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