Coronavirus impact: Textile companies fear FY21 will be a washout

Textiles and apparel units are reopening slowly in areas where they have received permissions, but the situation is not very encouraging. Companies like Century Textiles, Gokaldas Exports, Filatex, several medium and small units in Karnataka, Ludhiana, and Tiruppur regions have started operations at 25 percent capacity.

R K Dalmia, president of Century Textiles and Industries, said, “While we have started operations at our plant, production of fabric or garments wouldn’t make any sense unless 90 percent of both domestic and overseas markets open and consumer demand comes back.”

“We are eyeing Diwali as the possible opportunity for restoration of textile consumer demand. Financial year 2020-21 could be a washout for textile players,” Dalmia said.