Samsonite Global :
Started in 1910 by Jesse Shwayder.
It was the first company to use metal in its luggage.
Quickly adapted to the changing needs of people.
Samsonite Group is one of the world's largest and
most recognized designers and distributors in the
Samsonite - Nashik Plant:
Started its operations in 1996.
Also known as Samsonite South Asia.
Area – 730,000 square feet
Occupancy – 200,000 square feet
Satisfies 40% demand for the Asian Market.
Good connectivity with the major cities.
‘To become one of the worlds' most highly regarded
premium lifestyle travel brands.’
Tag Line: 'Life's a Journey‘
◦ American Tourister
◦ Timberland (bags only)
◦ Hartmann Luggage
Two methods for outer case production:
Injection molding & Compression Molding
Molten plastic (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) forced into
a mould cavity. Cooled & solidification into desired
shape. Pressure created using hydraulic rams
Aesthetic look & fast
Compression Moulding :
Thermoplastic sheet (PP CURV
sheet- from Hungary) is heated
(2500C-3000C) & pressed
between two mould halves
In Vacuum Compression
moulding, with the help of
suction, shapes are given to the
3 random samples out of 100
are checked for strength, by
dropping a pointed iron rod
from the height of 1 meter.
Top & Bottom Shell
PVC Strip Stitching Full Handle & wheel
Top & Bottom Joining
& Wheel Alignment
Moving line assembly was used
Rollers were used to push the bags from one
station to another after completion of work
Workers multi-skilled: As they would be rotated
among the various assembly functions every
Quality Tests: A demonstration of the following
quality tests was arranged:
Handle Tests: 3500 Times: Tested by giving jerks to
the handle for 3500 times in a loaded condition.
The Drop Test: -AT 0.9m: Dropping the bag 18 times
on the ground at all corners and sides at atmospheric
temperature from 0.9 m height.
( Done at -12 degree C for export to regions with
extreme climatic conditions)
Quality Tests on Random
The Tumble Test: 50 Revolutions & Obstacles:
Tumbling the bag in a tumbler at 50 cycles in a loaded
The Lock Test: Push & Release Cycles: Locks’
durability is checked by operating the lock for 15000
cycles in one go continuously.
Wheel Test: 32 KMs - Wheel is been carried for 32
kms in a loaded condition to check the wear and tear
Quality Tests on Random
Packaging of finished goods into cartons is
Unique bar-coding is kept as per the regional
destination and kept in the finished goods
Final quality check of the packaged goods is
Loading of the packaged goods into vehicle and
vehicle is sent to the respective distribution
The plant is ISO 9001-2000 Certified.
Inventory Turns = 12 per year.
◦ 30 Days: For Imported Raw Material
◦ 2 Days: For Local/Domestic Material
There was a reference on unique best practices as
◦ Bar coding system for inventory
◦ Automated material handling
◦ Heavy duty racks
◦ Unilateral flow system in manufacturing