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Arvind Ltd launches its largest garmenting hub in Gujarat, eyes expansion

The 3-facilities hub will add 36 million garments per annum capacity, generate additional Rs 10 billion revenue

Vinay Umarji  |  Ahmedabad 

Arvind Limited

As part of its ongoing capacity expansion strategy, the $1.7 billion has launched its largest in comprising 3 manufacturing facilities in near Ahmedabad. Of these, while two facilities have commissioned, the third will commence operations over the next few weeks.

Adding another 36 million garments per annum capacity to its existing garmenting operations, the hub will generate an additional revenue of Rs 10 billion for the flagship Employing 12,000 people, the facilities have been set up at an investment of Rs 3.5 billion, the company stated in an official communique.

The commissioning comes at a time when the government has been incentivising such facilities under its garment policy.

"Setting up of the by Arvind is a progressive development for These facilities will help in creating employment opportunities for inclusive development of the state. The state government, through the new garment policy, aims to attract Rs 1 trillion in investment and create 1 million jobs in the next five years. Our government will continue to provide support for all initiatives towards fulfilment of this goal," said Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat.

According to Sanjay Lalbhai, Chairman and Managing Director of Arvind Ltd, while it currently converts only 10 per cent of fabrics produced by it into garments, the company aims to convert 50 per cent of its fabrics into garments over the next five years.

"The facilities at will also contribute to the company’s foray into performance and functional wear (active wear) and synthetics. These new facilities are one of the several we are planning to create over the next few years. We are grateful to the Government of Gujarat for a favourable garment policy that has created a conducive environment for business," said Lalbhai.

Apart from Gujarat, is in the process of developing large garment clusters in states like Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh as well, with each of the clusters employing over 10,000 workers. As a result, Arvind's current manpower of over 45,000 is expected to more than double as these clusters become operational and reach optimal scale.

"All these clusters are being planned in rural and semi-urban localities and will provide employment to locals in the adjoining areas. These will employ a significant number of women, thereby impacting the social and economic fabric of the regions they are coming up in. We will further extend our established programs under our women empowerment, education and socio-economic development initiatives to each of the new hubs," Lalbhai added.

Meanwhile, recently received the approval from National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for its scheme of demerger of its branded apparel and engineering businesses into separate entities. Arvind Ltd plans to invest Rs 5 billion per annum for the next 4-5 years with an aim to double revenue from its textile business to Rs 120 billion.

First Published: Tue, November 27 2018. 18:46 IST