With the market expanding, even the sector is getting more organised. Besides employing people, it is also looking towards the use of more machines and tech upgradation. But unlike in the service segment, the Indian cleaning sector is yet to make strides in the manufacturing sector. “Over the past three to four years, the sector has registered more than 20 percent growth. In case of cleaning equipment manufacturing, 10-15 percent growth is being witnessed. We have to invest in research and development to come up with machines suited for Indian conditions and it needs investment. Not much thrust is seen in manufacturing of cleaning equipment as of now, though it might grow as the sector grows in size,” says Shashank Sinha, Marketing Head of Eureka Forbes.
Although Nilfisk, Karcher and other international companies have a presence in the Indian cleaning equipments sector, industry insiders say that even these foreign companies are not focusing much on India, thus presenting a scope for indigenous manufacturing in the sector.
Puneet Mishra, Director of Comac India, points out that as the cleaning sector is expected to grow, in the future even the cleaning equipment and machines manufacturing segment might see growth. While a long-time strategy is needed for giving a fillip to equipment manufacturing, training unskilled workers is the immediate problem to be addressed by the industry, as there are no training institutes or organisations right now for skilling in the sector.