Staff Reporter

``India seen as a better alternative to set up textile units'' "Visit is for collaborating with India to establish textile units"

  • Production cost on the rise in China
  • In India, huge shipment costs is a problem

    TAMBARAM: A delegation from the Textiles Council of the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Japan, visited a private garment unit in the Madras Export Processing Zone-Special Economic Zone in Tambaram on Wednesday to explore the possibility of making India its base for manufacturing garments.

    The private garment unit, Indo-Japan Apparels, is a joint venture of Devi Exports Corporation, India, Mitsui and Company, Tokyo, and Mitsui Asia Investment, Singapore.

    Tomio Morishita, chairman of the Council who led the 14-member delegation, said that as the production cost was high in Japan, many goods for domestic consumption were manufactured in China and other countries. Yutaka Onishi, a member of the delegation, said the objective of the visit was to explore the opportunities for collaborating with India to establish textiles manufacturing units here. Talking with the help of an interpreter, Mr. Onishi said Japan had manufacturing units in China, where the cost of production was increasing. With the level of education increasing in India, along with the number and quality of skilled people, it was viewed as a better destination.

    The delegation had visited garment manufacturing units in Mumbai and other facilities in Chennai and they were impressed with the quality of work here.

    He, however, said that one drawback was the huge shipment costs. However, if the volume of trade increased, the costs could come down, he said.

    A.R. Ashok and A.R.M. Ravikumar, director and executive director respectively of the Indo-Japan Apparels, and K. Chandrasekaran, assistant general manager, lifestyle division of Mitsui and Company India, were also present.