MOTHI SPINNER Riding the viscose wave
The Textile magazine|February 2021
With world-class infrastructure and a dedicated team, Mothi Spinner has become a name to recon in the Indian textile industry. From its humble beginnings in 2001, Mothi is today a brand recognised for its consistent quality, product innovation and service to its customers. Mothi is an inspiring success story of a few young entrepreneurs from the hinterlands of India, who dreamt of setting up a small spinning unit, and the rest as they say is history.

Tamil Nadu has always been a spinning powerhouse in the country. Around 51% of the country’s spinning is supposed to happen here. Whenever the term spinning is used in conjunction with Tamil Nadu, people always think about cotton. But is it limited only to cotton? ‘No’ is the answer for there is a pocket in the state where viscose rules. The Pallipalayam region, comprising parts of Erode as well as adjoining Namakkal districts, is what we are talking about. The region is known for its viscosefocused textile mills. One company that has made a distinct mark in this domain is Mothi Spinner Private Limited.

With its stringent quality standards and focus on innovation, it has been gradually adding to its list of clients, both in India and overseas. With world-class infrastructure and a dedicated team, Mothi Spinner has become a familiar name across the textile industry. The establishment of the company makes for a fascinating read. It is the brainchild of five friends, who are now the directors of the company. All five of them had their own individual weaving units and were therefore dealing with yarn suppliers on a regular basis.

However, they were not satisfied with the quality of the yarn they were able to get in the market. This set them thinking. They decided to set up their own spinning unit. The result was the establishment of Mothi Spinner Private Limited. As the directors had their own weaving units to look after, they were in search of a competent professional to take care of the spinning unit. Luckily, they were able to get a dedicated professional in the form of K Sampath, the present day Vice President of the company. Sampath, a BTech in Textile Engineering, was an industry veteran, having had stints with reputed spinning mills across the country, when he joined Mothi Spinner as Factory Manager.

Blessed with impressive technical prowess and man management skills, he quickly charted his way up the ranks. His unwavering efforts have been the driving force behind the company touching new heights. We caught up with K Sampath at the company’s plant and got to find from him about the success story. In a detailed interview, he dwelt on a variety of topics including the company’s establishment, its focus on viscose, support from Birla Cellulose, strategies to deal with the corona virus pandemic and future plans, among others. Here are the edited excerpts.

The Roots

Our first query, but naturally, was about the early days of the company. “We started off with around 16,000 spindles. Remember that the five directors of the company, since they had their weaving units, were dealing with yarn and yarn suppliers, day in and day out. They were aware of the market trends. Their inputs helped us a lot. We grew gradually. Today we have a spindle capacity of around 1.8 lakhs across our four units. Our spindle capacity is expected to go up pretty soon as we have expansion plans lined up for the near future,” he informs. As mentioned earlier, the Pallipalayam region is known for being a nerve centre for viscose-based products. While there are several mills here, Mothi Spinner has emerged as a leading player.

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