Productivity in Indian Apparel Industry: Paradigms andParagons Rajesh Bheda, Professor
Garment Manufacturing Technology Department NationalInstitute of Fashion Technology
ABSTRACTLabour costs are fastincreasing in India and other Asian countries. To retain it's competitiveness,Asian apparel industry will have to pay increased attention to productivityimprovement. The 1960's and 70's witnessed major research initiatives onapparel productivity in Western countries leading to a considerableimprovement. The Asian apparel industry, however, shows much lower productivityperformance. Studies have shown that the productivity performance of an averageIndian apparel factory is one of the lowest in Asia. This paper discusses theproductivity level in apparel manufacturing in India, the factors associatedwith productivity in Indian apparel industry and the scope for improvement.
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