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Talking Point | May 2014

Indian processing sector soon to emerge vibrant

Established in 2005, Palod Himson Machines Pvt Ltd is engaged in manufacturing, trading, supplying and exporting yarn and fabric processing machine. In the same year, the company also tied up with Earnest Scragg Sons Ltd, UK to manufacture draw texturing machines in India. Since then, Himson Group has taken over well established SM Energy & Teknik Electronics Ltd to diversify into fabric processing activity.

Palod Himson export to various countries including Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, Thailand, UAE, Central America, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Nepal. Pratik Bachkaniwala, Director, Palod Himson Machines, spoke to ITJ in an exclusive email interaction.

Editor: For Palod Himson Machines, which is less than a decade old, what do you think are the achievements since its inception?
Pratik Bachkaniwala (PB): Although we are a decade old company, but the parent company is in operation since 1972. Hence, the achievements have been enormous from launching of various yarn processing machines and enjoying the market leadership positions for a considerable period of time. Also, after the acquisition of SM range of fabric processing machines, including Stenter, have been a major achievement for the company.

Editor: In this field, what are the main products/technologies that your company offers and what are their unique selling points (USPs)?
PB: Products offered are in three major fields:

A. Yarn processing machines
B. Fabric processing machines
C. Non woven machines.

In all the above, the main USP is that we offer a complete solution with all kind of customisation possible. Each customer is offered a tailor-made solution for its requirement.

Editor: In exports, how has the company been faring? What are its major breakthroughs?
PB: Exports are not on consistent basis. However, last year has been a sizable export for twisting machines, and this year, we see even a little higher export over last year.

Editor: What are the future plans in terms of investment, expansion & addition of portfolios for your company?
PB: We are always on lookout for new avenues, which can compliment-supplement our existing product or market. But there seems to be nothing for the immediate future.

Editor: Processing is considered a weak link with the Indian textile industry. How do you think India has been faring in this field?
PB: The increasing awareness about the latest happenings in the industry worldwide is making the Indian processing sector more vibrant than it was. More international level of exhibitions and conferences are driving the entrepreneurs for better technology selection, energy saving and environment conservation.

Editor: With sustainability and eco issues coming to the fore, what is your wish-list for the Indian textile industry and also the government regulatory bodies?
PB: The industry still feels the burden of authorities policing them for pollution. For a long term and healthy growth of the industry, every stakeholder must participate in practicing the norms of keeping the environment clean.

The government on other hand must recognise such units and offer tax benefits to an extent that all players find it attractive to follow suit.

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