Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on Tiruppur's textile hub

Last Modified: Sun May 24 2020 08:00:45 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 1,000
    Estimated number of textile manufacturing units in Tiruppur district of Tamil Nadu that form the backbone of a key export-oriented apparel cluster taking on the might of China in this sector.
  • 40%
    Percentage of Tiruppur’s market share is from Europe with the US accounting for around 20-25%. Amid the hope that India could wrest export channels from China, Tiruppur offers a glimpse of the challenges ahead.
  • ₹26,000 crore
    Value of apparel exported from Tiruppur last financial year. Another ₹20,000 crore worth of clothes went to domestic markets across the country.
  • 900,000
    Approximate number of people dependent on the garment industry in Tiruppur.
  • 130,000
    Current migrant population working in Tiruppur as per the district administration. Of these, 68,000 live inside factories in hostels; another 30,000 live outside factories but the company takes care of the rent. The remaining 32,000 migrants are a floating population of contract workers switching jobs often. According to Viyakula Mary, the executive director of the non-governmental organization (NGO) Save, many of the migrant workforce are starving. Those living in rented rooms have no access to even the free provisions promised by the state government for lack of ration cards.
  • ₹3,800 - ₹4,000
    Average weekly earnings of the migrant labour. Reports indicate most have had no income since the COVID-19 lockdown was imposed on 25 Apr.
  • 25% - 30%
    Percentage of export orders that have already been cancelled since the start of the lockdown not just in India but in Europe and the US as well. As an additional blow, outstanding payments will be delayed, indefinitely.