Gulmohar Hall at the Indian Habitat Centre, Delhi witnessed a successful seminar organised by Okhla
Garment Textile Cluster, though it has been quite some time since the organisation had conducted
seminars on issues relevant for the apparel industry. 'People, Purpose, Passion- Pathway to Success'
was the agenda of the recently concluded seminar. The full day seminar included presentations by
many prominent experts from the industry who shared their idea of success with others, along with
workshops on cost management, merchandising, human resources and competitiveness.
The total number of
touched 600 and due
to less capacity, the
organisers had arranged for a live
webcast of all the discussions and
sessions in the adjoining hall on
the same floor. The day
concluded on a good note as
people spoke on a variety of topics. The attendees shared their
happiness over the concept of the
seminar and demanded many
more enlightening sessions like
this in the future as well.
R.C. Kesar, Chairman OGTC welcomed the participants. The seminar kicked off with a discussion on ‘World class manufacturing through zero defect, zero effect model, by A.N. Singh, Lean Solutions.
The next segment was a presentation on 'Artificial Intelligence' by Gunish Jain, Director, Royal Datamatics Pvt. Ltd. who amazed one and all by showing the tremendous possible changes artificial intelligence can bring into the manufacturing industry. The presentation aimed to open the pathway for trained machines by eliminating ‘idiot machines’ which is possible by the installation of designed software that can eliminate human efforts and errors. ‘The software is like a Borg (The Borg is a vast collection of cybernetic organisms linked in a hive mind called 'the Collective'). It learns and educates itself and connects with one another. It means each machine learning is sharing and exchanging data with each other, so if you have installed artificial intelligence for a sewing machine that can make a zip, it would automatically learn from the other machine connected to it that can make collar or cuffs and doesn’t always require preprogrammed data informed Gunish.
While speaking in favour of artificial intelligence, Gunish Jain cited the example of a pesticide company that has installed artificial intelligence to detect the area that needs to be treated with pesticide. He explained that by simply installing the technology on top of the nozzles that disperse pesticides, the firm has managed to save money, time and resources. There was a discussion on how improvement in dexterity in the robotic segment can also bring qualitative change as is would cut down repetitive job work and open new doors for manufacturers. Thus, the concept can be a great influence to the business as it makes the machines run faster and error free.
Another interesting presentation was on Bangladesh as an emerging market, which was extremely eye opening for the exporters in India as it clearly showed how, where and why India is lagging behind in the global market. Dr Khondaker Golam Moazzem from Bangladesh, during his presentation said, "This the first time I am interacting with a business cluster outside Bangladesh and I have clearly observed the difference between the two countries. I am quite impressed with the way the programme is designed and also attitude of players in accepting new technology here in India, which is not the same in Bangladesh."
He highlighted that Bangladesh enjoys free duty exports to the EU, which India doesn’t. Also, Bangladesh has an advantage in bulk manufacturing as labour wages are low. He however, added that India leads them in access to raw material like cotton yarn and fabric production which is not available in Bangladesh.
"Bangladesh Government has yearly plans for the textile industry, which is good and bad at the same time. Good because it has better scope in terms of implication; bad because it is short term and the policies go through changes every year," said Dr Khondaker
His presentation drew sharp breath from the audience on the announcement by his government setting an export target of $37.5 billion for the financial year 2017-18, with ready-made garments earning $30.16 billion.
The Workshop on ,Cost Management,, a session by Surinder Jain, was more interactive where the speaker challenged all the participants with different mathematical problems and asked them for solutions. The session concluded on a light note when the speaker revealed that how small cuts offs on can bring big savings and efficiency.
The other workshop on human relation by Ashish Passi with the agenda to put people first on the organisational ladder definitely changed the focus from profit to people for most of the participants. During the session, Passi cited different examples wherein only thinking about profit for the organisation resulted in a loss of manpower. AEPC Chairman Ashok G Rajani gave away the awards after the conference and while interacting with Team Perfect Sourcing said, ,OGTC is the most evolved organisation and the knowledge they impart is tremendous. I have been coming here for many years and I know the quality of the programme. The conference has captured the essence of many topics and the discussions also prove to be on the dot.
Some of the visitors also shared their views about the event and said "The knowledge about the advanced technology and how to benefit from it was empowering. I will definitely try to deploy these technologies in our factory so that manufacturing excellence and profit both flow freely in business,, said Ganesh Sharma, Fiori Creations Pvt. Ltd.
"This is the first time I have attended this seminar and it was extremely encouraging and informative for me. As I am new in the business and still learning its nuances, I think the Cost management workshop was the one I enjoyed most and am definitely going to keep everything I learnt here in mind and implement it" said Bharat Saxena, Assistant General Manager Softline, TUVRheinland The day ended by thanking all who made the seminar possible and successful. People spoke in favour of the highly successful seminar and expressed their expectation to be a part of many more such seminars.