By  on December 31, 2018

TIRUPUR, India — Over the last 20 years, this small town in southern India has grown from a nondescript hamlet to become the country’s knitwear capital, providing more than a quarter of the nation’s garment export revenues. Home to more than 5,000 garment factories — mostly small to medium-size — the city is a sourcing base for both Indian retailers and global brands, including Puma and Gap.

But in the last year, Tirupur has seen an 8 percent decline in production and the industry’s executives have been forced to examine ways to ensure its future.

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