There are over 600 micro units in the industry, manufacturing handmade carpets and industrial floor covering. It employs 2,500 people, and has a collective annual turnover of over Rs. 3 crore.
“The industry largely produces handmade products, and does not involve any type of technology in the production process. There should be technological upgradation in the industry for it to grow,” said Pratap Kumar, a manufacturer.
“Technological upgradation will help the units reduce their dependency on labour and provide good finishing to the products. It would also help reduce the time taken in production, ultimately leading to more margins for the manufacturers,” Kumar said.
“The adoption of technology will help manufacturers generate modern designs and reduce the cost of labour,” said Deepak Kumar, another industry veteran.
There is also a need to set up a testing laboratory to ensure better quality of products. The laboratory would not only promote high-quality products, but also improve linkages between the industry and the external world,” he added. “We have appealed to the state government several times to provide subsidies to the manufacturers, to help them install better infrastructure. We hope the government will soon fulfil our demands,” he said.