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25th September 2017, Tirupur

Sri Lanka trains Tirupur’s top management

The knitwear industry in the dollar city has evolved into an international market. A group of top-level managers of knitted goods manufacturing companies from Tirupur in India will be trained professionally in production management by a private consultancy firm from Sri Lanka, The Times of India reports.

According to the report, the eight-day training course, to be held in two phases at the NIFT-TEA College of Knitwear Fashion, in late October.

Tirupur Exporters Association (TEA), which is organising the event, said the programme will focus on industrial engineering, quality and human resource management, as well as production management. The training is limited to 30 people and will cost Rs 40,000 per person.

"The knitwear industry in the dollar city has evolved into an international market. Still, traditional practices are in place, which are not on par with the international best practices," said C P Senthil Kumar, head of research and development at NIFT-TEA College of Knitwear Fashion.

"The industry here is mostly ‘boss-driven’ rather than ‘system-driven’. The companies don't spend time or concentrate on pre-planning," said R R Srinivasan, chairman of the academic committee of the college.

Sri Lankan apparel manufacturers have meanwhile developed very effective production methods, where pre-planning really matters, the report says. "In the apparel manufacturing, fabric constitutes 70% of cost. Sri Lankan companies, hence, plan in advance ways to avoid wastage of the fabric," Srinivasan said, adding: "With a proven production method, an expert team from Buildtek Consultants Private Limited will train the top-level managers of different companies in the district."

Though the programme is limited to 30 participants, the plan is to train trainers from the group for the benefit of the remaining top-level managers.

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