As more and more global brands began flocking to Tirupur’s fertile land of garments manufacturing in the late 1980s, the need for an organized export industry was widely felt. And that is when Dr. A. Sakthivel, who was already an executive member and the then-serving chairman of Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) stepped in to take the initiative.
Tirupur Exporters’ Association, popularly known as TEA, was set up in the year 1990 under the leadership of Dr. A.Sakthivel who has been heading the association since then. As on July 2013, the association has 720 knitwear exporters as registered members. As Dr. Sakthivel puts it, the vision at the beginning was to reach exports worth a billion dollar in 1995, which the association was successfully achieved. What followed was an inspirational growth with the organization hitting key milestones on time and reaching new highs every year.
The association in collaboration with Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) organizes buyer seller meets and international fairs for SMEs, helps SMEs get financial assistance under market development scheme, and empower them with updates and information through TEA website, circulars and bulletin.
Major Achievements of TEA:
In addition to the remarkable export figures, there are many projects the association has successfully completed. Some of the key ones are:
Tirupur Export Knitwear Industrial Complex
TEA has built an exclusive industrial complex for manufacture of knitwear for export, namely, Tirupur Export Knitwear Industrial Complex, about 8 kms from Tirupur, in a sprawling 100 acres site to relieve congestion within the city and facilitate expansion of production capacities. The investment in this complex has crossed Rs.300 crores and value of production is estimated at Rs.800 crores per annum.
Inland Container Depot (ICD)
TEA LEMUIR Container Terminals Private Limited, about 10 Kms from Tirupur arranges for loading and unloading of export and import cargo in Tirupur itself. Exporters in Tirupur are now completing the customs formalities in Tirupur itself and sending the goods in containers directly for shipment through all southern ports and Mumbai.
TEA Public School
TEA Public School has all facilities of a modern educational institution and imparts education of very high standards to students irrespective up to 12th Standard. In 2012-13, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSC) stream has also been commenced in TEA Public School.
This processing and production complex is located in Kanjikode near Palakkad. A most modern process house is functioning for enhancing the quality of processing of knitwear cloth and garments to international standards. A few knitwear production units are also working in the complex. This is a joint venture project of Government of Kerala and knitwear exporters in Tirupur.
New Tirupur Area Development Corporation Limited (NTADCL)
A Public Limited Company promoted by TEA jointly with the Government of Tamil Nadu, Government of India and Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Limited (IL&FS), Mumbai to supply water from Cauvery River-about 55 kms from Tirupur for industrial and domestic use not only by the people of Tirupur but also those in more than 30 villages, en route the pipeline. The massive project was executed with the cost of Rs.1,150 crores, also envisages underground sewerage system for Tirupur, collection, treatment and disposal of sewerage and solid waste.
NIFT–Tea Knitwear Fashion Institute
An institution to cater to the manpower needs of knitwear industry and export business in all areas of designing, manufacturing, marketing and administration. Promoted at an investment of Rs.2.5 crores with support from the Government of India (Ministry of Industry) and ICICI, the institute has state-of-art machinery and equipment, including CAD and offered testing, training and designing services to the industry.
Other major projects of the association are: - India Knit Fair (IKF), Netaji Apparel Park, TEA-St. John Logistics Pvt. Ltd., and TEA E-Readiness Centre.
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