Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE: Integrated garment exporter, S.P. Apparels, has commissioned a garment unit at Avinashi on Thursday.

The unit, which has come up at a capital cost of Rs. 38 crore, houses 1,000 sewing machines in a six lakh sq.ft. space and will produce 70,000 pieces a day.

P. Sundararajan, Chairman and Managing Director of S.P. Apparels, told presspersons on Thursday that this facility could bring in an additional business of Rs. 200 crore for the company. The new unit's manufacturing facilities included sewing machines imported from Japan, CAD for pattern-making and fully automatic cutting machines.

"The company is in the process of consolidating its in-house operations and the unit is part of that effort."

He added, "we are looking forward to meet the increasing demand from our existing customers and also to accommodate the new clients added recently." The company was expected to generate additional 3,000 employment with the new unit.

S.P. Apparels would soon launch children and women wear for the domestic retail market. It was looking at increasing its turnover to Rs. 240 crore this year from Rs. 200 crore last year. So far, the company registered Rs. 130 crore turnover this year. With the new garment capacity, its total garment production would go up to 1.5 lakh pieces a day.

"We have built this world class capacity with a view to be competitive in the international market post 2008 when quota restrictions on China is abolished and the real quota free world come into place," he said.