Upgrading in the Indian Garment Industry: A Study of Three Clusters


‘Asian Development Bank (ADB) South Asia Working Paper Series’ talks about – ‘Upgrading in the Indian Garment Industry: A Study of Three Clusters’. This paper examines the process of upgradation of the Indian garment industry through a survey of 100 firms in three clusters – Delhi-NCR, Tirupur, and Mumbai in 2012. Upgradation can be of three types: process, product, or functional.

Product upgradation entails producing higher value-added products and involves steps taken to improve product quality, introduction of new fabrics and raw materials, and reduction in reworking rates. The most important conclusion of this paper is that the nature of the value chain matters – whether domestic or global.

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