India was a late entrant in denim manufacturing. Arvind started off with manufacturing denim fabric in the later half of the decade of 1980. For a long time, denim manufacturing remained concentrated in Gujarat, in and around Ahmedabad. Even today, Arvind continues to be the leader, in terms of both volume and quality, in India, with more than 100 million metres of fabric being produced by the company every year. However, several other players have been catching up with Arvind, in Gujarat, and also in other regions of the country. At the same time, along with the growth and expansion in fabric capacities, machinery manufacturers located in Gujarat have also contributed significantly in the evolution of denim industry in India. This section is dedicated to the role and contribution of various Indian businesses in the continued growth and expansion of denim industry in India
In this section we will be showcasing and highlighting the thought leaders and icons associated with various denim related businesses in India, who have, over the years, driven the growth and evolution of denim industry in India, by way of research & development, innovations, and indigenisation of processes and machinery, and have thus driven the Indian denim industry to make it one of the largest players in the world.
The Denim story of India began at Ahmedabad, in Gujarat, with Arvind setting up the first denim fabric manufacturing unit there. Ahmedabad is often referred to as the Denim capital of India and rightly so. Ahmedabad is home not only to over 10 denim fabric manufacturers, but also to indigenous textile machinery manufacturers and dyes and chemicals. The machinery manufacturers at Ahmedabad are established leaders and are offering a diverse range of indigenously manufactured machines for the various operations in denim fabric manufacturing. These companies are providing state-of-the-art machines which are at par in terms of performance with International machines, but are available at a lower cost. Here we are taking a closer look at four industry leaders, all machinery manufacturers, based at Ahmedabad, namely Dhall Group, Jaytex, Jupiter and Prashant.