We hope the demand continues to improve in days to come,” said Shashank Dangi, president, Morbi Parts and Clock Manufacturing Association. Nearly 18,000 people, including about 16,000 women are currently employed in about 80 units in Morbi. “Our production has reached 80% of what it used to be before the pandemic. The demand recovered with marriages happening before Diwali,” said Deepak Mehta, owner, Rikon Quartz. “The market sentiment, however, has dampened again with a spike in Covid-19 cases post Diwali. clicking here We expect demand will get a leg up if the pandemic situation remains under control in days to come,” Mehta quickly added. The Kamurta (inauspicious period) starts for a month from December 14 and NRI marriages have been postponed due to pandemic. Hence, the demand is expected to remain muted till January. Jaysukh Patel, managing director, Oreva Group, said, “We are operating at full capacity but the demand is less at 80%.