Jack Sewing Machine Co., a leading sewing technology company based in China, unveiled their new Internet of Things (IoT) technology at the Garment Technology Expo (GTE) held in New Delhi from 10-13 January 2020. Sudhakar Varma, the brand’s director of Indian operations, is elaborating on this launch and other initiatives.
Jack Sewing Machines was launched in India around 14 years ago. “Seven years ago we opened a liaison office in the country which enabled us to penetrate deeper into the market. It also enabled us to support new agents and launch new machines,” notes Sudhakar Verma, Director of the India Operations of the brand. Today, Jack offers technologies like wi-fi with IoT. In coming days, each of its products will offer cut to pack solutions for the industry.
According to Verma, exporters are looking forward to digitalisation of the industry. “We are ready with the app. Once the concept is ready we will sell this to the exporters,” he says. The brand provides both low and high-end machines. “The future for high end machines is quite bright as they require less labor and are more productive. People are showing a greater interest in the hanger system as it reduces hanging time while increasing needle time,” he adds.
Verma also recommends an increase in duty drawbacks. According to him, the industry should reconsider the levying of import duty on machinery. “Procedures for obtaining the TUF loan should be simplified. Fifteen years ago, exporters were granted good duty drawback amounts. Today, these have reduced to two to three percent,” he says.
For the last five years Jack has been concentrating on its C level fabricators and other domestic machines. “These ensure us of 100 percent growth in the domestic market. As a lot upcoming brands make men’s and women’s garments, their demand for machines is growing.
On the GTE exhibition the company received a great response for its goods. “Our spreading machine in particular has received an excellent response and helped boost our business,” Varma adds.
Earlier people may have compared Japanese to Chinese computers. “Still, however, no-one in Japan produces computers. Japanese companies produce their machines mainly in China and some of them in Vietnam, as these countries ensure better quality and service in addition to a very flexible and efficient eco-system, “adds Verma and sadly says in the same breath India is still none in this part of the global supply chain.