Gangotri Textiles Installs Monforts Dyeing, Finishing Machinery In New Plant

India-based Gangotri Textiles Ltd., a vertical textile manufacturer from spinning through finished
apparel, recently expanded its operations by building a new weaving and finishing plant in the
Sipcot Industrial Growth Centre in Perundurai, about 80 kilometers from Coimbatore, India.

The weaving operation is equipped with 88 air-jet and 40 rapier weaving machines, and the
fabric finishing operation is equipped with state-of-the-art ranges with processing capacity of
2,000 kilograms or 50,000 meters per day of dyed and finished bottomweight and shirting fabric. The
new dyeing and finishing machinery includes a new EControl dyeing range and a Monfortex sanforizing
system — both having widths of 1.8 meters and running at speeds of 40 to 50 meters per minute —
supplied by Germany-based A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG through the company’s
India-based representative ATE. The processed fabrics are used in Gangotri’s own Tibré branded
apparel and also are sold domestically and exported.

“Most of our garments are now being finished on the EControl, and a key advantage is there is
no center selvage variation, which is a problem experienced on other systems,” said Balakrishnan
Ravikumhaar, general manager of Gangotri’s new plant. “Also, you can achieve the shade you want in
two minutes, as opposed to ten to twelve hours, and know it will be consistent throughout the
operation. Shade consistency on the line is very good indeed.”

Ravikumhaar noted that the EControl process does not use salt, urea or silicate. “This, of
course, makes it a very eco-friendly machine, and especially with its integrated water recycling
system, which means there is absolutely no discharge of used water, with all of it being recycled,”
he added.

May 21, 2008