We built our company from zero to millions with Tukatech

tuka1When Robert Lohman, environmental studies degree in hand, decided to enter the apparel manufacturing business, he had two goals. “We wanted to come up with a basics brand that was all organic,” he says, “and we wanted it to be made in Los Angeles.” That was back in 2010, and conventional wisdom would have dictated that someone with no industry background or training, going 100 percent organic with recycled material, and locating his manufacturing base in the heart of the Los Angeles garment district, would likely be out of business by 2011.
tuka5Conventional wisdom, in this case, would be dead wrong. Today, Lohman is CEO of the Groceries brand of men’s and women’s organic and recycled material tops. It can be found in over 400 stores worldwide, including Kitson and Planet Blue in Los Angeles and Barney’s New York and Opening Ceremony in Tokyo.

Groceries boasts annual sales in the seven figures, a 33,000-square-foot manufacturing facility downtown at the corner of Alameda and 7th, and 64 full-time employees. In addition to its own label, Groceries also sells volume private-label blanks to big names such as Paul Mitchell and Pearl Jam. The company is doubling its size every nine months. In other words, Groceries is a rousing success.

What accounts for it? To begin with, a strong corporate vision combined with a healthy dose of stubbornness. “We’d rather go out of business than manufacture nonorganic shirts and manufacture overseas,” Lohman says. “We will not go against our DNA that way.” And Lohman credits one other key component for Groceries’ achievements. “We really wouldn’t be here without Tukatech,” he says.

“Tukatech’s staff members were very cooperative during the installation process, and provided overall guidance and suggestions for our cutting room,” said Dinesh Virwani, Group Managing Director. “While our installation process is still continuing, we have already seen our pattern makers more than double the number of patterns they can produce in one day.”

Tukatech, a name well known and respected throughout the apparel industry, is the leading provider of fashion software and hardware technology solutions. The 18-year-old company, headed by industry veteran Ram Sareen, has built a devoted following among designers, manufacturers, and distributors worldwide, having sold some 19,000 systems and replacing over 5,000 competing systems in the process. Its advanced TUKAcad software is arguably the most instinctive and ultra-efficient 3D and 2D patternmaking, marking, and grading software on the market, while its SMARTmark module maximizes marker placement with surgical precision to make use of every usable square inch of fabric. Its advantages over its “very expensive and rigid” competitors are many, Lohman says, but for him two qualities were critical: TUKAcad is instinctive and easy to use with built-in videos and self-training audio help and support for every function, and Tukatech’s prices are affordable and terms flexible. Tukatech “allowed me to rent for $200 a month, which made so much sense to me since we were getting started from nowhere,” he explains. “We didn’t purchase any hardware, like plotters or digitizers, because we could use TUKAcenters. Suddenly, we had the same powerful tools big apparel companies used. That was empowering.”

Those advantages were key, Lohman goes on, because of Groceries’ ambitious, locally based, vertical-integration business model. “A lot of brands outsource their manufacturing, especially overseas,” he says. “We think you can be more profitable manufacturing in the U.S., and it reduces your carbon footprint.”

Still, the challenges are many. “We take on all the headaches that come with manufacturing here because we gain speed, the ability to react to trends, and also to manufacture at a lower cost,” Lohman says. The company also takes a smaller margin to be able to compete with nonorganics. “We focused on price point because we want to compete not only with other organic companies but with nonorganics as well. Since there’s no middle man, we pass that savings on to the buyer. If we didn’t manufacture here, we wouldn’t be able to offer this kind of pricing and have the success we’ve had in the market.”

tuka3Renting TUKAcad “gave us an efficiency as far as saving fabric, but, more than anything, it allowed us to work on our own timeline, even all night if we wanted to,” Lohman says. He has since bought the software, and, three months ago, he added the SMARTmark module. “It’s been another transformation in our company,” Lohman continues. “SMARTmark is TUKAcad on steroids. It is really and truly amazing.” What used to take 30 to 40 hours per week now takes “less than two hours.” Expecting a 5 percent fabric savings, SMARTmark is realizing near 20 percent, which should save Groceries an estimated 100,000 yards of fabric next year. “Efficiency is a huge part of being an eco company,” Lohman says. “We save money, use fewer resources, and create more demand for organic fabrics.” And that fits Groceries’ corporate goals to a T.

Lohman also credits Groceries’ success to “immense help” from Sareen and Tukatech’s strong customer support. “We made good business decisions manufacturing here it’s not just a gimmick,” Lohman says. “But I’m not sure we’d be able to exist without Tukatech. We couldn’t compete with much larger companies, wouldn’t have the flexibility to produce and design. It’s very empowering for a small company to have that much strength in that type of software. Those are the words flexibility and empowerment that are the keys to our success.”

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EPIC GROUP to See Epic Growth in TUKATECH Partnership

Epic Group's headquarters in Hong Kong.

Ram Sareen, Founder and CEO, Tukatech, and Ranju Mahtani, CEO, Epic Group, pose with a rickshaw at Epic’s Central Hub in Hong Kong.

Los Angeles, CA- Tukatech is pleased to announce that the Epic Group, one of Asia’s most prominent garment manufacturers, has converted all of their CAD systems to Tukatech’s TUKAcad. The Epic Group has a reputation for utilizing advanced techniques and cutting edge technology to produce highly technical garments for a global customer base.
Based in Hong Kong, Epic was founded in 1971 and has manufacturing facilities in Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka. Epic Group produces over 4 million garments each month, many of which are treated at the company’s in-house facilities that specialize in wet and dry processing, embroidery, printing and wrinkle-free post-cure treatments. CEO Ranju Mahtani and his team have focused on developing and improving the science and technology of garment production, and believe that switching to TUKAcad was the next logical step in operating cutting edge production facilities.
The Epic Group is no stranger to CAD technology, and until recently, utilized garment production software from Lectra, Gerber, Assyst, Optitex, and Morgan. Ranju Mahtani, the CEO and founder, Managing Director, Dinesh Virwani, and the rest of the leaders at the Epic Group decided to convert all of their systems to Tukatech’s TUKAcad, the garment industry’s most powerful pattern making, grading, and marker making software.

Epic Group's factory in Bangladesh.

Dinesh Virwani, Group Managing Director, with Ram Sareen, Founder and CEO, Tukatech, at Epic CIPL, Epic Group’s flagship production facility in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The decision to switch was an easy one, as Tukatech’s software has improved efficiency and saved millions of dollars for garment manufacturers all over the world. TUKAcad’s 2012 edition will give Epic Group’s pattern makers the ability to quickly and easily build accurate patterns, calculate and make adjustments for shrinkage, easily verify grade on the blocks, verify measurements as per requirements, make corrections and alterations to existing patterns, and better utilize fabric during the marker making and cutting processes. TUKAcad 2012 is also fully integrated with TUKA3D, Tukatech’s standard setting three-dimensional garment designer and fit simulator. Epic Group has many facilities around the world, (CIPL, EGMCL, Epic Vietnam, and PGCL) and by replacing the multitude of CAD systems previously in place with TUKAcad, the company has instituted a standard software throughout their operation, improving both communication and compatibility between each unit.
“Tukatech’s staff members were very cooperative during the installation process, and provided overall guidance and suggestions for our cutting room,” said Dinesh Virwani, Group Managing Director. “While our installation process is still continuing, we have already seen our pattern makers more than double the number of patterns they can produce in one day.”
The Epic Group is always a step ahead of the trends in the garment production industry, and their implementation of Tukatech’s system is only the latest evidence of their forward thinking attitude. The Epic Group is a leader in providing fair and ethical treatment to their employees, and in 2006, the company’s flagship Bangladesh facility became the first in the nation to receive LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) for CIPL Project. LEED certification is awarded to manufacturing facilities that have been developed with and facilitate ecologically friendly production practices, and Epic Group’s Dhaka facility was certified in May of 2011.
“Tukatech is proud to work with the Epic Group, who are not only a leader in the garment industry but proponents of advanced manufacturing and processing technology,” said Tukatech Founder and CEO Ram Sareen. “Based on our experience in converting competing CAD systems to our TUKAcad software, we are confident that the Epic Group will see improved efficiency, enormous savings, and an even stronger output in a few short months. We have been working with Epic teams and implementing solutions for the last three months, and will continue to develop better solutions with them.”

About Epic

Established in 1971, Epic has successfully transitioned from being a buying agent to being a large multinational company with world class manufacturing facilities in Asia employing over 15,000 people.

About Tukatech
Tukatech is a Los Angeles-based company that provides 2D and 3D software solutions and manufacturing equipment to garment producers. It also provides web-based product development services and PDM/PLM systems, supported by brick and mortar centers strategically located in garment hubs worldwide. With over 12,000 systems sold and about 3,500 competitive systems replaced, Tukatech is the fastest growing garment CAD/CAM company in the world. Tukatech has been ranked by Apparel Magazine

BRANDIX: Sri Lanka’s Largest Garment Manufacturer switches to TUKATECH and sees 33% increase in factory efficiency.

Dhananjaya Rajapaksha, CEO of Brandix Casualwear

After a successful test run, Brandix installed Tukatech’s TUKAcad system, streamlining their design process, increasing the success rate of fit approvals by 180% and improving overall productivity by 33%

Brandix, one of the largest garment manufacturers in Asia and the largest in Sri Lanka (suppliers to Victoria’s Secret, M&S, GAP, Banana Republic, Dillards, and more), recently installed Tukatech’s apparel software system resulting in dramatic improvement in the efficiency of their product development and production processes.

TUKA systems were initially tested by Brandix’s Denim division and showed dramatic results in the quality of patterns and the speed and efficiency in which they were produced. “We are now getting more than double the production of patterns that fit the first time, saving a large amount of fabric, and better utilizing our human resources. These changes motivated us to look at TUKA systems for our company,” said Iswaran Senthil, CEO of Brandix Denim. “Besides providing us with CAD-CAM systems, Tukatech offered valuable consulting, engineered the work flow and the pattern room, and even increased productivity in our cutting rooms.”

Though they had invested a significant amount of time and manpower into their previous CAD systems, Dhananjaya Rajapaksha, CEO of Brandix Casualwear, could not ignore the incredible changes made in the denim division, and decided to move forward with Tukatech.

Tukatech’s team provided in-person support to make the transition between CAD systems as easy as possible and worked with the staff of Brandix to customize the system to their specifications. “Tukatech CEO Ram Sareen sent his technical team from the United States and India to our offices, and many of our requests for what we wanted to see in the software were accommodated.”

“Tukatech’s team worked with us and we had a very fast implementation. I have a lot of years of experience, and I know what my team needs. Tukatech was able to give us exactly that,” said Thushad Saumydasa, Head of Product Development.

Brandix Casualwear, primarily a producer of women’s bottoms and very technically complicated products, had seen many of their customers shifting their business out of Sri Lanka to countries where garments could be produced at a cheaper price. Dhananjaya knew that in order to stay competitive, he would need to increase the efficiency of his operation by 33%, and Tukatech helped him meet his goal.

With TUKAcad and SMARTmark quickly installed, Dhananjaya was able to increase the factory’s efficiency by 33%. “I’m happy to say that we did meet our goals, and Tukatech was a part of that.”

Since the installation, Dhananjaya and his staff have expressed their satisfaction with the system, saying that it has automated much of what they once did manually, despite the fact that prior to installing Tukatech they had other CAD software, and they further stated that TUKAcad has broadened the use of CAD software throughout the company.

“Today, our people are using Tukatech’s CAD to a much larger extent than they were with our previous CAD system,” said Thushad.

“The feedback I’ve gotten from my managers is that the new Tukatech system has more functionality compared to the previous CAD systems they had and it is much easier to manage and use,” said Dhananjaya. “The most encouraging thing I’ve heard from employees is the way that the implementation of the system was handled. Tukatech’s interactions with our technical team were very beneficial. They listened to what we do and customized the systems to our needs. Many of our requests regarding the software were addressed during this period.”

“I see vast improvement,” said Thushad. “With Tukatech, everything is automated and very accommodating. Many things that I used to do manually are now automatic, and that means I can direct my attention to other matters.”

“We are in the fashion apparel industry, and fashion keeps changing fast. We must also be fast,” said Dhananjaya. “Tukatech allows us to be faster, more efficient, and ultimately improves our bottom line.”

About Brandix Casualwear
Brandix Casualwear forms the core of the Brandix group, and supplies woven bottoms, basic pants, cargo pants, 5-pocket jeans, shorts and skirts to the world’s top brands. Its seven production facilities include a state-of-the-art, fully automated denim facility which is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka. Adding yet another milestone, Brandix commissioned its Green Factory in April 2008, setting a new benchmark as the first one of its kind in the country.

About Tukatech
Tukatech is a Los Angeles-based company that provides 2D and 3D software solutions and manufacturing equipment to garment producers. It also provides web-based product development services and PDM/PLM systems, supported by brick and mortar centers strategically located in garment hubs worldwide. With over 12,000 systems sold and about 3,500 competitive systems replaced, Tukatech is the fastest growing garment CAD/CAM company in the world. Tukatech has been ranked by Apparel Magazine as the #1 Apparel software company in the world. For more information, visit Tukatech.com.

Brandix Denim Division Doubles Productivity with Tukatech Systems

Colombo, Sri Lanka- Brandix Denim CEO Iswaran Senthil reports that productivity has more than doubled since his factory began using Tukatech’s TUKAcad software in March,and that the factory is now efficient enough to take on work from a sister factory.

“Our increase in productivity since switching to Tukatech has more than doubled with the exact same staff, allowing us to do more with less people and with a very quick turnaround,” said Senthil. “The work flow engineering, elimination of many paper reports and electronic communication between all CAD and non-CAD users gave us better control and an extremely fast payback on our initial investment in the software.”

According to the savings report, TUKAcad has allowed Brandix Denim’s pattern makers to verify the shrinkage, before wash and after wash measurements on the computer, eliminating the costly step of cutting, sewing, washing and then finding out the integrity of pattern makers work. Brandix Denim has also utilized TUKAcad’s compatibility with Microsoft Office to produce excel reports that can present and analyze data in several unique ways, providing executives with even more detailed information about the factory’s processes.

“The accuracy and quality of patterns allowed us to produce more styles with same people and get approvals in half the time,” said Harischandra Weligamage, Denim Plant Factory Manager Brandix Denim also implemented Tukatech’s SMARTmark, a system that optimizes marker making. “Since using SMARTmark, we saw over 2% savings in fabric utilization paid for the systems within weeks”, he added.

“I’m always pleased to hear that one of our customers is satisfied with our software,” said Tukatech Founder and Head Coach Ram Sareen. “Our company was built on the notion of improving the efficiency of garment production operations and saving them money. Brandix is one of the finest denim producers in the world, and we look forward to a long business relationship with them.”

About Tukatech

Tukatech is a Los Angeles-based company that provides 2D and 3D software solutions and manufacturing equipment to garment producers. It also provides web-based product development services and PDM/PLM systems, supported by brick and mortar centers strategically located in garment hubs worldwide. With over 12,000 systems sold and about 3,500 competitive systems replaced, Tukatech is the fastest growing garment CAD/CAM company in the world.  Tukatech has been ranked by Apparel Magazine as the #1 Apparel software company in the world.  For more information, visit Tukatech.com.

Cal Poly Pomona Acquires Tuka3D for fit development, e-Merchandising, and e-Commerce

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Cal Poly Pomona Acquires Tuka3D for fit development, e-Merchandising, and e-Commerce

Pomona, CA-  Peter Kilduff, Chair of Cal Poly Pomona’s Apparel Merchandising and Management department, announced on September 17, 2011, that the department had acquired several editions of Tukatech’s TUKA3D software.

The announcement was made at a fundraiser and networking event held at CalPoly Pomona’s Kellogg West Hotel and Conference Center before a gathering of students, alumni, and fashion industry leaders. The event was held to kick-off a fundraising effort for the school’s Apparel Merchandising and Management program, which provides hundreds of students each year with an education in the business and technology of apparel. The department, which focuses on teaching the development, marketing, production and distribution of garment and apparel lines, will use Tuka3D to create virtual garment samples and fit them to customized models.

Cal Poly Pomona’s AMM department was founded in 1995, and because of its strong enrollment growth over the last 15 years, Dr. Kilduff and other faculty are raising money to expand both the facility and the breadth of the scholarship programs. Current plans include the creation of a private study and learning resource center, and a student lounge in the department’s building,because it is located away from the center of the large campus. The department is also seeking to continue providing academic scholarships to 20 students each year.

In addition to expanding their facilities, Cal Poly Pomona is updating their technology by adding TUKA3D, which will allow students to create garment samples in 3D and fit them on virtual models. Students willbe able to use this information to create perfectly measured samples the first time, saving time and money, and they will learn to use what is fast becoming the garment industry’s standard software for garment creation. Cal Poly Pomona’s apparel program has received approval from the American Apparel and Footware Association since 1997, and the acquisition of body scanning and 3D modeling technology is key component in meeting and exceeding the association’s guidelines..

Professors Betty Tracy and Cynthia Regan remain grateful to Tukatech in its support of its infancy program in 1998 when Tukatech initially assisted AMM with the acquisition of computer technologies. Consistently throughout the past 13 years, Tukatech has provided AMM with excellent training and outstanding customer service.

“My students are excited to use an industry program used by apparel companies,” said Regan. “As a professor, I find students learn more by using the program. They are more engaged, experiment more, and try more complicated pattern making tasks because they are not limited to 8AM-5PM workdays. Additionally, the online video tutorials match the pace of today’s college student.”

At the fundraising event, Cal Poly Pomona’s AMM students showcased five fashion lines featuring local designers in a runway show, and their own range of sportswear basics under their AM2 and BLDG45 labels. The event showed that AMM’s student body is already producing excellent work. Tukatech is proud to have teamed with Cal Poly Pomona, and hopes that by having access to TUKA3D, the ability of AMM students to develop commercial collections with innovation, quality, and style will be enhanced.

About Cal Poly Pomona’s Apparel Merchandising and Management Program:

The department provides a Bachelor of Science (BS) program in Apparel Merchandising and Management (AMM) with options in Fashion Retailing and Apparel Production.  Both options emphasize interactive linkages with the apparel creation and retail sectors in the Los Angeles area.  These are designed to meet the needs of students seeking management and leadership careers in their chosen apparel and fashion retail fields.  Many AMM majors also complete a business, communications or entrepreneurship minor to complement their AMM major. Many alumni go on to careers with some of the best-known names in the US apparel and retail sectors.

About Tukatech

Tukatech is a Los Angeles-based company that provides pattern making, grading and marker making software, 3D apparel prototyping systems and manufacturing equipment.  It also provides web-based product development services and PDM/PLM systems, supported by brick and mortar centers strategically located in garment hubs worldwide. With over 9,000 systems installed, and thousands of competitive systems replaced, Tukatech is the fastest growing garment CAD/CAM company in the world.  Tukatech has been ranked by Apparel Magazine as the #1 Apparel software company in the world.

Tukatech and Styku Make a Big Splash at Magic 2011

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Tukatech and Styku attended the Magic 2011 Apparel Industry Trade Show in Las Vegas, showcasing their innovative fashion technology solutions to a receptive gathering of international apparel leaders.

Tukatech and Styku were the only technology providers invited to exhibit at the show, and were given a central booth location in the Sourcing area to introduce manufacturers to the the companies’ respective digital apparel solutions. Vendors and executives from several countries attended the trade show, and almost every brand and retailer involved with major label manufacturers had a chance to see Tukatech’s products.

Tukatech’s booth featured Styku’s new in-store body scanning technology, the fastest and most inexpensive scanning that exists. Styku’s technology can be installed in any fitting room with no footprint, and it allows customers to create physically accurate digital avatars that enable them to virtually try on clothes through retailer websites.

The Styku system relies on a computer touchscreen, which gives customers complete control of the scan in the privacy of their own fitting room. Once scanned, Styku utilizes Tukatech’s 3D engines to perfectly render the look of a garment and provide information about the garment’s fit. Magic attendees were eager to try out the scanning system and create their own digital avatar.

“In store scanners are the perfect way for retailers to capture the attention of online buyers,” said Styku CEO Raj Sareen. “By allowing customers to scan themselves in the privacy of a fitting room, our system removes much of the hesitation they may feel about full body scans. And customers know that once they have created on online avatar, purchasing apparel online is much easier.”

Tukatech and Styku’s technology was one of the show’s biggest hits. Executives from a variety of apparel brands, retailers, and manufacturers were excited to discuss future business opportunities with Tukatech Founder and Chairman Ram Sareen and Styku CEO Raj Sareen.

About Tukatech

Tukatech is a Los Angeles-based company that provides pattern making, grading and marker making software, 3D apparel prototyping systems and manufacturing equipment.  It also provides web-based product development services and PDM/PLM systems, supported by brick and mortar centers strategically located in garment hubs worldwide. With over 9,000 systems installed, and thousands of competitive systems replaced, Tukatech is the fastest growing garment CAD/CAM company in the world.  Tukatech has been ranked by Apparel Magazine as the #1 Apparel software company in the world.

About Styku

To learn more about Styku, please visit the website and schedule a private demonstration by writing to info@styku.com. You can also watch a video demonstration on Styku’s site.

Progressive Garment Manufacturer Network Clothing Company Reduces Waste By Switching to Tukatech Systems

Network Clothing Company Pvt. Ltd (NCC) is unique in the world of garment manufacturing. Their high quality knit products are the result of a progressive company attitude that strives to empower employees and reduce their operation’s impact on the environment.  “Our initiatives start at the top level of the company with Managing Director and Founder Dr. M. Ravi” said Akhilesh Anand, Apparel Division CEO. “His philosophy as ‘father’  of the company is that the company name must remain dignified. Maintaining our company’s dignity is every employee’s goal, from the operators to myself.”

Brad Whiteley, Tukatech Director, meets with Akhilesh Anand, NCC Apparel Division CEO

NCC is a 17 year-old vertical manufacturing company located in Tirupur, which is the knit capitol of India’s apparel industry. In order to instill a sense of pride in its employees, NCC has instituted a unique method of handling production programs. Each program is called a “project” and is named after an NCC merchandiser, engineer, group of employees, or product. Each project has a budget and a completion target date, and  when an individual project is completed on time, within established quality standards and under budget, the project team shares in the under budget profits. The profit-share system includes everyone involved in the project from the merchandiser and engineer to the box packers and bundle movers.

In addition to the unique revenue-sharing program, employees within individual project groups are empowered to handle any issues that arise and develop solutions to achieve the group’s goal. “The only time I get involved is if there  a machinery issue or a large purchase is required,” sad Akhilesh. “Otherwise, I rarely hear about a project unless it is beginning or finished.”

Though there are many common employment issues that plague garment manufacturers in Tirupur, these problems typically bypass NCC.  The company’s satisfied employees are quick to recommend open positions to friends and family. “When we need to increase headcount, we tell our staff about openings, and the next day there is a line out front waiting to interview,” said Akhilesh. “People love working here, and they want their family, friends and neighbors to work here too.” In place of unions, NCC employees have formed their own committee to handle any personnel issues that may arise. A worker with a problem or grievance meets with the committee and the committee is authorized to work out the issues with all involved. Employees are welcome to bring any concerns to managers, but according to Akhilesh, that rarely happens. “I get an update from the HR Department regardingcommittee meetings and activities just to be sure there are no labor law violations and to ensure that the dignity of the company, workers and committee remains intact. Generally, the committee seems to resolve the issues to everyone’s satisfaction.”

NCC produces  1.2 million  knit garments monthly for leading garment companies in the United States and Europe, with exports split about 60/40 Europe/ USA . “About 60 percent of all our production we design in house for our customers with the balance done off of customer tech packs,” said Akhilesh. In order to increase the efficiency of their garment production, NCC recently replaced their cad systems with Tukatech’s TUKAcad pattern making, grading and marking systems. This change allowed NCC to completely digitize their production. ” With the old systems we were still making patterns manually, then digitizing them into the systems,” said Akhilesh. “With TUKAcad, we make the first pattern off of established graded blocks in system, which eliminates digitizing and grading!”  Since all pattern makers began producing patterns electronically, productivity has skyrocketed and the amount of styles designed and developed has increased dramatically, allowing NCC to exercise more control over the quality of their product mix and development cycle time.

The installation of TUKATECH’s  SMARTmark automatic marker making software has further eliminated  manual marker making and is saving NCC money on fabric costs. “Our payback for entire system is less than two months just from money saved in fabric utilization,” said Akhilesh.

NCC is saving a lot more than just money; the company’s progressive attitude extends to their green energy initiative.  NCC has built a wind power turbine that takes advantage of the winds blowing through the Tirupur area, and the company is generating  1.0 MG of its own electricity. The power is more than enough to run their factory and laundry, and they even have enough to sell some back to the India power grid. Because of their uninterrupted power supply,  NCC eliminated the need for backup generators, saving fuel and improving air quality.

NCC’s carbon footprint is also reduced through progressive and aggressive recycling programs. Fabric fallout from the cutting tables is super compressed into insulation boards used in diesel car manufacturing, and these compressed fabric boards reduce the noise of the diesel engines from reaching the passenger compartment. NCC invested in Research and Development with the local University to utilize the waste water  from their laundry facility. The university is currently developing a process to reclaim the rinse water and make bricks for construction from the salts and residue left over. Even the company’s trash goes to compost for local farmers and all other items, including thread cones, plastics, paper, and more go to recycling programs.

Tying into their Green Initiative, Akhilesh explained that NCC is “in the process of taking the next step by adding installing Tukatech’s TUKA3D software. Once utilized companywide, we will be able to create all fit, design and development samples virtually.” He said that the software will eliminate the need to cut and sew physical samples for proto development, initial garments for pattern test of fit and to increase quantities of customer virtual “what if” sample variations and color ways that are currently done in design development. “Our fully virtual samples will not only save development costs and increase our value added partnership with customers, but it will also reduce NCC’s carbon footprint!”

NCC is committed to continuing their green initiatives. Upcoming plans include and expansion of their energy generation through solar panels, division wide water reclamation, and eventually the yarn and knitting sustainability. “We will apply for our Green Certificate later this year”, says Akhilesh, “Being green is not as costly as we expected, and in fact we are saving money! The technology is out there whether apparel development solutions like TUKATECH, or self-electrical power generation and reclaiming waste and turning it into new products. Most importantly, we are keeping the NCC name dignified and being good corporate citizens and neighbors”

About Network Clothing Company

NCC  is a company which stands for its values. NCC is one of the leading manufacturers of knitted garments in Tirupur, the Knit City of South India. NCC is committed to the delivery of quality products meeting required standards and specifications backed by the state-of-the-art infrastructure and skilled workforce. NCC is able to create the success story.

About Tukatech

Tukatech is a Los Angeles-based company that provides pattern making, grading and marker making software, 3D apparel prototyping systems and manufacturing equipment.  It also provides web-based product development services and PDM/PLM systems, supported by brick and mortar centers strategically located in garment hubs worldwide. With over 9,000 systems installed, and thousands of competitive systems replaced, Tukatech is the fastest growing garment CAD/CAM company in the world.  Tukatech has been ranked by Apparel Magazine as the #1 Apparel software company in the world.