Skilled Manpower Shortage, a Growing Worry!

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Entire Indian wood panel & plywood, decorative laminates, doors, WPC/PVC, furniture and kitchen manufacturing sectors are adding to their production capacity year on year. Report says that more than 200 plywood presses are being added in ply, MDF and Particle manufacturing capacity is growing, HPL and WPC on the same way apart from addition of various next generation engineered doors units. Furniture and kitchen sectors are also expanding their production capacity etc but all are ignoring a big issue. Do the companies know that how and from where would they find skilled manpower for smooth running of their operation. Data suggests that the entire wood panel, decorative and PVC sector are making big losses may be in tune of 300-400 cr annually due to shortage of skilled manpower and lacking of able technical heads. Increasing production of B-grade materials, growing overhead cost and under utilization of installed capacity is good enough to justify the numbers.

Ply Reporter study finds that Plywood and Laminate industry requires approx. 1500 chemists for their operation but the industry is having around 450 chemists. IPRITI and FRI are training not more than 100 technical people every year among them just 30 percent candidates remain as technical people involved in production in this industry. Besides chemists, the sector also requires approx. 25000 technical operators for running presses, peeling machines, sanding machines, finishing and other purpose. BSMR survey suggests that entire wood panel, HPL, LPL, Doors, WPC/PVC requires thousands of trained and skilled manpower for smooth functioning of operation and maintain their growth.

 

Data suggests that the entire wood panel, decorative and PVC sector are making big losses may be in tune of 300-400 cr annually due to shortage of skilled manpower and lacking of able technical heads. Increasing production of B-grade materials, growing overhead cost and under utilization of installed capacity is good enough to justify the numbers. If not, your crores and crores of investment will be under utilized, led to halt your further growth.

 

Government, Skill Development Council and Industry Associations should take this issue on priority if they want further growth in their industry and product application. They should raise their manufacturing environment standard and approach B. Tech colleges, offer training of basic of their manufacturing technique and employ them. The Present Body like IPIRTI and FRI should also expand their presence, create awareness to attract more students for learning. There is an immediate need to open their training centres in Lucknow, Yamunanagar, Gandhidham and Perumbavoor to keep the industry depending on these institutions. HPL, WPC and Furniture related industry and their Associations should also work in same direction to generate more skilled people. If not, your crores and crores of investment will be under utilized, led to halt your further growth.

This, January 2018 issue, is very much important for entire wood panel industry and trade, because it presents forecast for whole 2018 titles as ‘POSSIBILITIES OF 2018’, a well research analysis on the future of Plywood, Timber, Market, Demand- Supply, HPL, MDF & PB, WPC & PVC, Decorative Veneers, ACP etc. It is fact that we print such analysis every year in January issue, which has been striking 90-95 % similarity with actual happenings in fact. The Ply Reporter is only Wood Panel trade magazine, which work hard to publish such reports on basis of its extensive survey and deep research work. Besides, the issue has lots of market updates, product information, new launching, trade happenings etc.


Wishing all of you a happy and prosperous New Year 2018 !

Rajiv Parashar
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