Orient Craft Announces Debt-free Status, Eyes Jharkhand as Next Growth Destination

Orient Craft Announces Debt-free Status, Eyes Jharkhand as Next Growth Destination

 New Delhi, Delhi, India  Orient Craft Limited, India’s leading player in the garments manufacturing and exports industry, today announced its 100% debt-free status. It worked closely with a consortium of 11 banks, including the State Bank of India (SBI), United Bank of India (UBI), HDFC, and Yes Bank to successfully monetize its marquee land and factory assets to pay off a total debt of Rs. 850 crores. It completed the resolution of the ‘One Time Restructuring’ it underwent, post the Covid pandemic-induced financial stress. Orient Craft’s efforts in voluntarily monetizing its non-mortgaged assets, and paying all dues in toto without seeking any haircut or waivers were lauded by members of the banking consortium.

Orient Craft is now free from Non-Performing Asset (NPA) status and is focussed on re-building its business under the leadership of its founder, chairman & MD, Sudhir Dhingra. Orient Craft will continue its legacy in garment manufacturing and export, under a new avatar, now housed in Ranchi (Jharkhand). This setup is a large world-class, state-of-the-art, and one of its kind in the country. It is a fully integrated manufacturing campus with a 3.5 lacs sq. ft. production facility, housing 2500+ machines working on double shift (effectively 5000+ machines), supported by in-house integrated services such as embroidery, washing, and printing, capable of delivering Rs. 1200 crores in annual revenue.

Talking about his focus on the growth of Orient Craft, Sudhir Dhingra, Founder, Chairman & MD shared, “The recent fulfillment of our financial commitments to banks and to all other business stakeholders has offered a vital fillip to our business. At Orient Craft, we have always been guided by strong business ethics focused on long-term partnerships with financial institutions and trade alike. With financial stress now behind us, we see immense growth opportunities in the coming years”. It is an opportune moment when the garment exports industry is at the cusp of multi-decade growth. “In the post-covid world, global fashion brands are looking to increase sourcing from India, Sudhir added.” The recent Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Australia, and the imminent FTA with the UK, and European Union will also open business growth opportunities.

After its presence in India for over five decades, the Indian garment exports industry size is only $16 billion** of the total $1.36 trillion global garment market***. With structural shifts and additional regulatory support, India is well-positioned to double its size to $30 billion by 2027****. Orient Craft, through its new facility in Ranchi (Jharkhand), aims to gain a lion’s share of this opportunity.

In 2024, the textile and garment industry in India contributes approximately 2.3% to the country’s GDP*. The Government of India has ambitious plans for the textile industry with an aspiration is to secure a larger share of the global textile market, targeting an increase in exports from $45 billion to $100 billion. Orient Craft understands the opportunity, this focus, brings to players in the industry, and is investing in modern infrastructure and skilled talent to meet these aspirations.

Rabindra

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