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Artificial intelligence in the apparel industry

When compared to 2016, there has been a 300 per cent growth in investments in Artificial Intelligence capabilities development in 2017 globally, as predicted by Forrester Research. An IDC research has predicted that the AI market will become worth more than $47 bn in 2020 growing from an $8 bn market in 2016. We have seen science fictions portraying artificial intelligence as robots and near-human characters. But if you google the definition of AI, it says “programmes or systems that are designed to perform tasks requiring human intelligence: From visual perceptions, speech recognition, and language translations, decisionmaking to autonomous...

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From The Editor

Indian textile industry has welcomed the reduction of service tax rates for job work services in respect of textiles and textile products including MMF yarn, garments, made-ups, etc. falling in Chapters 50 to 63 from 18 per cent to 5 per cent. The industry thanked GST Council and Textiles Minister Smriti Irani for considering the representation and bringing the entire textile job works under the service list of 5 per cent GST. The step will come as big relief to micro and small job work manufacturers in all segments of textile value chain and will allow the free flow...

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Export outlook for garments Sri Lanka, Vietnam pose competition

Even as the textiles and clothing T and C sector is struggling to come out of the effects of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) comes certain alarming developments that may seriously impact the sector. This is bound to change the outlook for T and C exports, particularly garments during the current fiscal (2017- 18). Already, the sector has been hit by Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) a few months ago and slow global demand. Of immediate concern is the GSP plus benefit accorded to Sri Lanka by the EU facilitating duty – free entry of certain...

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From The Editor

Indian garment exports has clocked 18 per cent growth since January 2017 after having remained stagnant for past three years and we hope that similar trend may continue for remaining period this year. India has a huge potential to capture the market space by focusing on manmade fibre (MMF) that is vacated by China in the international textile market due to declining China’s textile exports. Synthetic textiles made from MMF account for 70 per cent of world textile supply and the rest is cotton. China’s annual exports are estimated to be $150 bn. Given the scale of exports from...

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Classify the fault Defects in garment manufacturing

In our defects article series, we have so far covered the defects occurring in knitted and woven fabrics and also in embroidery. Now, we are going to take up the defects that occur in our final garments, and how can we control or correct them. Garment defects can be caused due to the use of defective fabric, workmanship defects and handling defects, and due to the defects in the trims and accessories being used in the garment. Fabric defects Part of the defects occurring in the final garment could be caused due to the defects in the fabric being...

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