Suresh Krishnamorthy

Apparel export parks to open new vistas

  • Vizag-based Brandix alone requires 3,000 sewing machine operators
  • Apparel Training & Design Centre to train sewing operators

    HYDERABAD: About 5,000 tailors and sewing machine operators would be needed by the end of the fiscal, with the Andhra Pradesh Government's new initiative of opening apparel export parks across the State.

    The Sri Lankan textile company, Brandix, coming up with one of the biggest units at Visakhapatnam would alone require 3,000 sewing machine operators.

    With the focus on developing the apparel sector in Nellore and Visakhapatnam on the lines of Tiruppur in Tamil Nadu, many more operators will be required.

    The Apparel Training & Design Centre (ATDC) in the State capital here is gearing up with programmes to train sewing machine operators and others for shop, floor and supervisory positions

    to meet the demand, said Daljit Kaur, Principal, ATDC, Hyderabad and officer-in-charge, Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC).

    Of the 20 ATDCs country-wide, Andhra Pradesh is the only State that has two ATDC's - one in Cyberabad and the other at Gundlapochampally Apparel Export Park.

    The latter is fast becoming a hub with 22 garment / apparel exporters having started production.