"We feel that construction and infrastructure sector is growing in leaps and bounds but builders are hesitant to offer suitable gloves for their workers as they want to save the money. The gloves are not used for only work safety but for working efficiency, productivity and quality and also to provide work safety. The cost will be hardly less than 1% of cost of the project. The construction workers should ask the builders to Provide them suitable gloves as per application to increase productivity and safety."
Farooq Abdullah, Managing Partner, Marvel Gloves Industries
shares his views with Sandeep Sharma
about his company, product offerings, manufacturing base, production process, target customer segments, need to strengthen the safety net for construction workers, future expansion plans, steps needed to boost construction sector growth. Edited Excerpts...
Could you tell us about your company, mission and objectives?
Marvel Gloves Industries was established in 1980 with the objective to promote and provide the personal protection equipment for industrial and construction workers. Hand is vital part of human body which remains active in most of the industrial and construction operations. Hand injuries are often caused due to negligence. During early eighties in India, factories did not care about the safety of workers. Only few major Industries provided Personal Protective Gloves like Safety Leather, Canvas, Asbestos, Hosiery, Surgical and Rubber Gloves. After our visits to factories in Japan, Korea, European Countries, It was observed that they take adequate safety measures and provide gloves to workers suitable to their work and applications, Marvel mission is to promote the safety of hands while working.
It is estimated that unsafe work conditions is one of the leading causes of death and disability among workers in India. These deaths and accidents can be avoided by offering the worker suitable safety Gloves and personal protective equipment (PPE) and gear. According to ILO estimates, due to work related problems 4,03,000 people in India died in year 2011. The mortality rate would be too high if unreported accidents in workplace are also accounted. As more and more Industries have started providing PPEs to workers, The death and disability due to work accidents will be lower by 2020. Safety awareness amongst workers will also help in reducing accidents while working.
We manufacture knitted safety gloves of various types and has tied up with world’s renowned high quality safety gloves manufacturers like Showa (Japan), Howa (Japan), Rubberex (Malaysia), HexArmor (USA) and Niroflex (Germany). Our objective is introduce high quality safety Gloves to improvise the quality of products, productivity, efficiency and enhance worker’s safety. We participate regularly in A+A Germany – World largest safety Exhibition held in Dusseldorf, Germany every two years. To create safety awareness, we participate in all kind of exhibitions held in India on Safety. Our mission is to continue the efforts and to start high quality safety gloves manufacturing units in India.
What are the kinds of gloves do you manufacture /import and sell in the Indian market?
At present we are producing Cotton, Nylon, Polyester, Para-aramid (Cut and Heat Resistant Yarn), Poly/Cotton, Poly-propylene Gloves in plain varieties and with anti-slip PVC Dots. Marvel Group also import Rubberex Brand Rubber, Nitrile, Neoprene, Latex, Vinyl Gloves,, SHOWA JAPAN Brand Nitrile coated, Latex Crinkled, PU Coated, High Quality PVC, Aramid Grip Gloves, HPPE, Cold and Cut Resistant Gloves, Niroflex German Brand Chainex gloves, HexArmor USA Brand Mechanical Gloves is offered for the most hazardous and unpredictable work environments.HexArmor super fabric brand material which provides highest standards of safety available on the market.
Could you provide us insight about your manufacturing base, capacity and production process?
We have four Gloves manufacturing units based at Ankleshwar in the state of Gujarat. We produce knitted gloves using SHIMA JAPAN and other brands seamless gloves knitting machines and Shoe Denkosha – Japan Gloves dotting machines. Our installed production capacity of knitted gloves is around 24 million pairs per annum.
Which are the industry segments you cater to? How is the response so far from these segments?
We cater to various Industry segments like: Automobile, Construction, Electronic Components, Mechanical Industry, Light Assembly, Public works, Transport and Logistics, Painting Electronic components, Assembly, Clean Room, Petro Chemical Industries, Oil Metallurgical Industry, Car Repair Glass Industry, Metal Sheets, Oil Drilling and Shipping Industries.
How was the CY2013 in terms of business generated both domestic and international?
CY2013 was better in terms of business generated compared to previous year in the domestic market specially from segments like Automobile, Construction, Municipal Corporation, Metro Rail, Airports, Glass Industries, etc. Despite heavy fall of Indian Rupee against major international currencies, export business was lower than CY2012 as other countries like China, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia were much cheaper than India. Our projection for Year 2014 in terms of business generation will be better as the cost of production and prices of raw materials in other countries like China, Indonesia, Pakistan,Srilanka has gone up. Weak Rupee, export incentives by Govt. of India, lower raw materials prices will boost our exports during CY2014.
Which of your product would you recommend for construction sector and why?
We recommend Latex, Nitrile, Mechanical PVC Dotted, PVC Gloves for construction sector as these gloves will increase the productivity, improve quality of work and of course will provide work safety for the construction workers.
What’s your take on the need to strengthen the safety net for construction workers in India?
We feel that construction and infrastructure sector is growing in leaps and bounds but builders are hesitant to offer suitable gloves for their workers as they want to save the money. The gloves are not used for only work safety but for improving work efficiency, productivity and quality. The cost will be hardly less than 1% of cost of the project. The construction workers should ask the builders to provide them suitable gloves as per application to increase productivity and safety.
Where do you see your company five years from now? Do you have any plans for expansion in India and abroad?
In India, there is tremendous potential for the use of safety gloves in various fields of Industries. Joint ventures and foreign collaborations are growing in industries like Automobile, Electronic, Engineering, Chemical, Fertilisers, Glass, Electronic, Cement, Ceramic, Agriculture, Pesticide, Pharmaceuticals, Road Construction, Construction Industries, etc. There are 290 million workers in India and hardly 2~3% are using safety gears / equipment. In coming years demand is bound to increase as safety awareness is growing in management and workers. We have an offer for joint venture from renowned USA Company and there is a possibility of starting a joint venture in 2015.
What needs to be done by the Government of India to boost construction sector growth?
Government of India is trying to promote the work safety in Industries including construction. It is estimated that unsafe working conditions is one of the leading causes of death and disability among India’s working population. Govt. of India is very serious to take measures promoting safety in work place. In fact, Govt. of India has published white paper on formulation of regulations in respect of Safety Industrial Work Wear and Safety Gloves. Government wants to promote occupational health and safety services amongst the workers and believe that every worker has the right of access to occupational health and safety services, irrespective of the sector of the economy, size of the company or type of assignment and occupation. Considering the above factors and Govt. Policy, It will boost the demand of safety products in construction sector.