After adding 36 million garments per annum capacity in Gujarat, making it the largest hub in the state last month, Arvind Ltd has now announced a 16 million annual capacity garment manufacturing facility in Ranchi, Jharkhand, at an investment of Rs 3 billion.
The announcement is part of Arvind’s plans to set up large garmenting hubs in Gujarat, Jharkhand, and Andhra Pradesh, with each of the clusters employing nearly 10,000 workers.
The company is anticipating its domestic garment business, where it services international brands and retailers for the Indian market, to flourish in the near future. According to Sanjay Lalbhai, Chairman and Managing Director of Arvind, while exports to its overseas clientele comprises over 90-95% of its garment business, the domestic share is set to rise, with brands and retail business doing well in India.
At 16 million annual capacity, the Ranchi facility will employ 7,500 people at optimal capacity and generate additional revenue of Rs 7 billion for Arvind Ltd. According to Lalbhai, while it currently converts only 10% of fabrics produced by it into garments, the company aims to convert 50% of its fabrics into garments over the next five years. Last month, Arvind had announced a 36 million garment manufacturing facility in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, which is expected to generate additional revenue of Rs 10 billion. Arvind also has a garmenting facility in Ethiopia which, at full capacity, can produce up to 50 million garments per annum which include innerwear, jeans, and t-shirts.