There are over 300 micro units in this industry, which employ over 5,000 people and have a collective annual turnover of Rs. 45 crore.
“It is an old industry, and the manufacturers are still using old technologies to produce furniture. Most of us are not aware of the new techniques that can be used in this sector,” said Mohamad Arif, a manufacturer.
“This leads to high cost of manufacturing, lack of good finishing in the final product, and low productivity of labour,” he added.
“The manufacturers are not aware of the techniques that need to be adopted to grow further in this sector. Neither is there a strong link between the manufacturers and local traders, nor do the industrialists have proper market information,” said Suresh Kumar, another manufacturer.
“There should be an institute where the manufacturers can learn about modern designing,” Kumar said.
“There should also be an association that would take care of the problems of manufacturers, and represent the manufacturers whenever needed. This would also help in building trust among the local industrialists, and motivate them in collectively finding solutions to their problems,” he said.