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Technology Options for Sustainable Textile Processing

Excerpts of Dr AV Prasad’s speech at the Conference On “Technology Options for Sustainable Growth of Indian Chemical Industry” held by UDCT Alumni Association (UAA) in Ahmedabad

Dr AV Prasad has Master’s degree in textile chemistry and a very impressive career. He started his career in the production department in Century Mills. He has been with Clariant and later with Sandoz. He grew from a technical executive to Vice President, Senior Vice President and to the Country Head in textiles. He was the Global Head of new business development handling innovation projects for alliances, joint ventures and collaborations. He has published more than hundred articles and presented more than hundred papers in major seminars.

Dr AV Prasad speaking on “Technology Options for Sustainable Textile Processing”

I would like to take you to the journey of what’s happening in textiles and what are the challenges for the textile industry. Before I get into that, I just want to make you aware about Archroma. Many people would know Sandoz quite well. Many people would know Hoechst quite well. Many people would know BASF quite well and also a lot of companies in this domain. We have gone through this acquisition process in the last 20 years and a lot of consolidation has happened in this whole process. And now we are here as Archroma having five companies in our portfolio. Overall, we got very good products in the acquisitions including lot of leather chemicals and a few products mainly for the construction industry. Continue reading Technology Options for Sustainable Textile Processing

Conference On “Technology Options for Sustainable Growth of Indian Chemical Industry” held by UDCT Alumni Association (UAA) in Ahmedabad

The UDCT Alumni Association (UAA) & the UAA Ahmedabad Chapter organised a 1-day Seminar on “Technology Options for Sustainable Growth of Indian Chemical Industry” on February 9, 2019 to celebrate the completion of 25 years of the UDCT Alumni Association (UAA)- Ahmedabad Chapter. The Silver Jubilee Seminar was held in the HT Parekh Hall of the Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA).

Prof. M.M. Sharma, a world-renowned chemical engineering scientist and Former Director of ICT, Mumbai, was the chief guest of the programme. His Keynote Address covered the topic of Innovations in Chemical Industry. Incidentally, Prof. MM Sharma was the initiator and mentor of the foundation of the UDCT Alumni Association – Ahmedabad Chapter which was inaugutated by him twenty five years ago.

Prof. G.D. Yadav, Vice Chancellor, ICT, in his address at the openning session, made a presentation on “Green Chemistry & Engineering in the Safer & Benign Manufacture of Chemicals, Materials & Energy” and highlighted the key role of ICT being played in this area. He also gave details of the ICT’s research activities and ambitious expansion plans including future ones.

Prof. G.D. Yadav, Vice Chancellor, ICT, at the openning session, with a presentation on “Green Chemistry & Engineering in the Safer & Benign Manufacture of Chemicals, Materials & Energy”

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Salient Features of the New Textile Policy 2019 announced by Gujarat Government

Preamble: New Textile Policy 2019 Gujarat

The Textiles industry is the second most important economic activity in terms of employment
generation after agriculture. lt is also one of the major sources of the country’s export earnings at
15%. lt’s share in industrial output in terms of value is estimated currently at about 7%. The whole
industry is undergoing major restructuring and technology change, and therefore, the government
both at central and state levels are considering measures to support the industry on which
livelihood of several millions of people is dependent.

Gujarat is an industrially robust state; be its geographic leverage owing to its ports or its fertile black
soil producing highest amount of cotton amongst the lndian states. Gujarat as “Manchester of the
East” as it was hailed earlier, has now established itself as the “Textile State of lndia”. Being largest
producer of Man-made Fibre, Synthetic Fabric and Denim, Gujarat contributes about 12% of the
country’s textile exports. Gujarat has the presence of the entire textiles and apparel (T&A) value chain, starting from availability of raw material, yarn production, fabric production, up to apparel and
made-ups manufacturing units. Gujarat contributes 35% to lndia’s cotton production, and in case of man-made fibre production, the state’s share is nearly 50%. Almost 30% of lndia’s mill sector
production of fabric comes from Gujarat. The state has more than 30 sanctioned textile parks, which
is second highest among all the states. Gujarat also has significant number of medium and large
textile processing houses. Moreover, Gujarat contributes about 40% ol the total fabric production
from man-made fibres and about 25 per cent of the country’s technical textiles.

Gujarat Textile Policy 2012 was operational till 3rd September 2018 and has proved to be a very
successful scheme in terms of investment and employment generation. Sectors like Ginning,
Spinning and Technical Textiles saw tremendous growth during Gujarat Textile Policy 2012.
Garmenting, as found to be deserving separate attention with regard to various catalysing factors
present in the state, has already been given a separate incentive scheme under the Gujarat Garment &Apparel Policy 2017 (October 2017).

Looking to the above, the State Government analysed the existence of all segments in the textile
value chain and identified gaps in certain segments. After careful consideration, Government has
decided to come out with a new scheme to strengthen the value chain and extend support to Textile
lndustry in the State of Gujarat.
  • The scheme called as ‘Scheme for Assistance to Strengthen Specific Sectors in the Textile Value Chain’, will be operative from September 4, 2018 to December 31, 2023.
  • The scheme requires at least 85 per cent of the total manpower of an enterprise and at least 60 per cent of supervisory and managerial staff to be domiciled in Gujarat.
  • The segments covered under the scheme include weaving, knitting, dyeing/printing, machine carpeting, technical textile, made-ups, composite units and other activities in the textile value chain such as embroidery, winding, sizing twisting and crimping.
  • Garments and apparels have been excluded from the incentives scheme under the new policy as these two sectors have been given a separate incentive scheme under the Gujarat Garment and Apparel Policy, 2017 issued in October, 2017.
  • Ginning and spinning have been removed out of the list of over eight manufacturing activities that will be eligible for incentives under various schemes.
  • The scheme provides financial assistance through credit-linked interest subsidy of 6 per cent for MSME and 4-6 per cent for large enterprises with an upper ceiling of Rs. 20 crore per annum. A separate scheme for subsidy in power tariff allows up to Rs. 3 per unit for weaving and Rs. 2 per unit for other eligible segments. The eligibility period for these benefits is five years.
  • The scheme for assistance in compliance of energy, water and environment conservation covers all existing units in operation for more than three years. The scheme provides 20% assistance on the cost of machinery with a ceiling of Rs. 30 lakh and 50 per cent assistance for audit fees with a limit of Rs. 1 lakh. The benefits can be availed once in two years during the operative period of the scheme.
  • For technology upgradation and modernisation in textile value chain, the scheme provides one-time financial assistance of up to 50 per cent of the cost with a limit of Rs. 25 lakh.
  • The State government has also extended support for setting up textile parks with financial assistance of up to 25 per cent of capital expenditure on common facilities and infrastructure with a limit of Rs. 15 crore. The park will also get financial assistance to create hostel facilities within park with minimum 100 workers domiciled in Gujarat. The developer of Park will get complete reimbursement of stamp duty paid on purchase of land required for the new Park.

Develop a culture of innovation, diversify products and tap newer markets for textile industry: Vice President

Discard outdated technology and modernize its machinery to be globally competitive; Industry to focus on innovation and value addition for improving global competitiveness; Addresses outreach event on ‘Accomplishments and Way Forward for Textile Sector’ & presents Threads of Excellence Awards

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has called upon the textile industry to develop a culture of innovation, diversify products and tap newer markets for increasing India’s exports share in the global market. He was addressing the outreach event on ‘Accomplishments and Way Forward for Textile Sector’ and presented Threads of Excellence Awards, here today. The Union Minister for Textiles, Smt. Smriti Irani, the Minister of State for Textiles, Shri Ajay Tamta and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu addressing the outreach event in New Delhi. The Union Minister for Textiles, Smt. Smriti Irani and the Minister of State for Textiles, Shri Ajay Tamta are also seen.
The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu addressing the outreach event on “Accomplishments and Way Forward for Textile Sector” and present Threads of Excellence Awards, in New Delhi on January 06, 2019.

The Vice President said that he understands that India’s export performance has been not up to expectations for a variety of reasons. He further said that it cannot be business as usual and the industry has to rise to the occasion and ensure that the share of India’s exports reach double digits from approximately 5 per cent at present. You need to diversify your products and tap newer markets, he added.

Pointing out that India enjoys a unique advantage of having abundant raw materials and presence of manufacturing in all segments of the textile value chain, Shri Naidu said the sector needs to improve supply chains, focus on research, cost optimization and scaling-up to achieve greater competitiveness and a higher share in the production and export of top items traded in global markets.

The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu presenting the Threads of Excellence Awards, at the outreach event on ‘Accomplishments and Way Forward for Textile Sector’, in New Delhi on January 06, 2019. The Union Minister for Textiles, Smt. Smriti Irani and the Minister of State for Textiles, Shri Ajay Tamta are also seen.
The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu presenting the Threads of Excellence Awards, at the outreach event. The Union Minister for Textiles and the Minister of State for Textiles are also seen.

Observing that this was the ideal time for the industry to discard outdated technology and modernize its machinery to be globally competitive, Shri Naidu said the availability of raw materials, low cost and skilled manpower was an added advantage for the Indian textile industry, which is expected to reach US$ 223 billion by 2021 from. The Vice President said that quality has to be the mainstay for India to sustain exports in the global market in the face of stiff competition from Bangladesh and Vietnam.

Referring to various measures taken by the government like allowing 100 per cent FDI and Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme to accelerate textile industry’s growth, the Vice President advised the industry to focus on innovation and value addition for improving global competitiveness of the Indian textiles and apparels. “Innovation is the key. We have to come up with innovative and exclusive products if we have to expand our footprint in the global arena”, he added. He also stressed the need for promoting waterless dyeing by adopting new technology.

The Vice President presented the Threads of Excellence Awards to various organizations and individuals who have shown their excellence in the textile industry.

Seminar at ‘Liva Studio’,Tiruppur on Thriving Indian Man Made Fibre Textiles – A Myriad of Opportunities

The Synthetic & Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council (SRTEPC), Mumbai, the apex Export Promotion Council of MMFT exporters organized a seminar on Thriving Indian Man Made Fibre Textiles – A Myriad of Opportunities on 18th December 2018 at ‘Liva Studio’,Tiruppur in association with SIMA and Grasim Industries Ltd.

The Seminar was intended to create awareness amongst the textile community in and around Tiruppur region about the prospects for further growth of Man-made fibre textiles and bring more textile manufacturers and traders as members of SRTEPC.

Mr. Murali Balkrishna, Joint Director opened the session by welcoming the gathering of about 50 guests and invited the distinguished Chief guest Mr. Durai Palanisamy, Director, Pallavaa Group & Member-Committee of Administration, SRTEPC, Mr. S. Balaraju, Executive Director, SRTEPC, Mr. D. Jayaraman, Asst. Director (Head-Spinning), SITRA, Mr. M. Natarajan, Asst. VP (Sales & Marketing), Zonal Head (Southern Region) Grasim Industries Ltd, Mr. M. Balasubramanian, Dy. Director & Officer In-Charge, Regional OTxC, Coimbatore and Mr. M. Duraisamy, Past Chairman, PDEXCIL and MD, Surya Cotton Mills Ltd. He thanked Mr. M. Natarajan for supporting the Council in its endeavor to promote manufacture and exports of MMFT in the textile cluster of Tirupur. He spoke of the need for partnership and collaboration of likeminded associations and companies to further the cause of MMFT in these clusters.

Mr. M. Natarajan presented the distinguished guests with bouquets.

Shri Durai Palanisamy, Director, Pallavaa Group & Member-Committee of Administration, SRTEPC delivering the special address.

Mr. Durai Palanisami in his Keynote Address spoke about the huge opportunity for manufacturers in the South to get into exports of MMFT. While he agreed that the domestic market is huge, he pointed out that situations like the demonetization and GST implementation which resulted in lower business in the domestic market could be offset by being present in exports and hence it is imperative to have a backup plan in place. He spoke of the high per capita consumption of textiles globally and the low consumption in India which presented a great opportunity for Indian Manufacturers and exporters. The limitations of natural fibre meant that the gap had to be filled by MMFT and its blends. He urged the audience to the benefit of the expertise of organizations such as SRTEPC and Grasim Industries.

Shri M. Natarajan, Asst. Vice President and Zonal Head South, Grasim Industries Ltd. welcoming Shri M. Balasubramaniam, Dy. Director & Officer-in-charge, Regional OTxC, Coimbatore
At Liva Studio, Tirupur from l to r Mr. D. Jayaraman, Asst. Director (Head-Spinning), SITRA; Shri Lokesh Kumar, Regional OTxC; Mr. Durai Palanisamy, Director, Pallavaa Group & Member-Committee of Administration; Mr. M. Balasubramanian, Dy. Director & Officer In-Charge, Regional OTxC, Coimbatore; Shri S. Balaraju, Executive Director, SRTEPC; Mr. M. Duraisamy, Past Chairman, PDEXCIL and MD, Surya Cotton Mills Ltd.; Shri Shankara Lingam; Shri M. Natarajan, Asst. VP (Sales & Marketing), Zonal Head (Southern Region) Grasim Industries Ltd. and Shri Murali Balkrishna, Joint Director, SRTEPC

Mr. S. Balaraju, Executive Director, SRTEPC presented the Council and its services to the audience. He delved at length on the role played by the Council to protect the domestic industry and the policy changes facilitated by the Council through its continuous and effective representations. He spoke of the refunds in GST, Duty Drawback, ROSL etc facilitated by SRTEPC to its member exporters. The Executive Director with his in-depth knowledge on MMFT briefly touched upon the current market scenario of MMFT in the world. He informed the gathering that India is the largest supplier of MMFT products in the world after China and supplies it to over 150 countries. “There is a tremendous growth in the global textile market with huge demand for MMFT products and we should take advantage of the rising demand in the overseas market” said the Executive Director. He praised SIMA, Grasim Industries Ltd. and other Clusters in the region for playing an important role in developing the MMFT sector in Southern India. “The Ministry of Textiles, Government of India has always supported and encouraged by providing necessary incentives and other benefits to help our industry to grow” conveyed by the ED. He also said that the onus now lies on the individual companies to take advantage of the myriad of opportunities and urged the guests in attendance to be part of the SRTEPC family by becoming member and take benefit of various services and initiatives undertaken by the Council to assist exporters in their development and growth. He also informed them about the activities planned for the next financial year.

Award Winners at the 74th All India Textile Conference held on 15th & 16th December 2018 at Coimbatore

Prof. (Dr.) R. V. Adivarekar, Head, Dept. of Fibres & Textile Processing Technology, U. I. C. T. has been awarded Hon. F.T.A. for his significant contribution in the academic field, Shri G. V. Aras, Director, A.T.E. Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. was conferred Service Gold Medal in recognition of his contribution and services to the textile industry and Shri R. R. Patil, CEO & Managing Director, Gokak Textiles Limited was awarded a Service Memento for his dedicated services in the activities of TAI, Mumbai Unit. The Felicitation was held during 74th All India Textile Conference held on 15th & 16th December 2018 at Coimbatore.

Prof. (Dr.) R. V. Adivarekar receiving Hon. FTA by the hands of Chief Guest Dr. T. R. Dinakaran, Chairman, Shri Ramalinga Group of Mills, T.N.
Shri R. R. Patil receiving Service Memento by the hands of Chief Guest Dr. T. R. Dinakaran, Chairman, Shri Ramalinga Group of Mills, T.N.
Shri G. V. Aras receiving the Service Gold Medal by hands of Chief Guest Dr. T. R. Dinakaran, Chairman, Shri Ramalinga Group of Mills, T.N.

The South India unit of the Textile Association (India) (TAI SIU) conducted the 74th edition of All India Textile Conference at Hotel Radisson Blu here on December 15 and 16.

The TAI organises the event every year at one of its 27 federal units. The South India unit of TAI conducted the event this year, after a gap of 25 years. The event was organised in association with SIMA, Indian Texpreneurs Federation, Tamilnadu Spinning Mills Association and Tirupur Exporters’ Association.

The focus of the conference was on competence of the spinning sector of the textile industry.

On this occasion, the organisers also honoured R Jagadish Chandran, Chairman, Premier Mills (P) Ltd with the Life Time Achievement Award and Sanjay Jayavardhanavelu, Chairman and Managing Director of Lakshmi Machine Works with the Industrial Excellence Award for their contribution and service to the textile industry.

TANTU Seminar on ‘The Art of Shirt Making’: The Countdown Begins

6th TANTU Seminar “The Art of Shirt Making”

at India International Center, Max Muller Marg, New Delhi
on 15th September 2018

The seminar on “The Art of Shirt Making”, to be held at India International Center, Max Muller Marg, New Delhi on 15th September 2018 is the sixth edition from TANTU Textile Alumni Association. Although Indian manufacturers produce some of the finest men’s shirts for domestic market, the export statistics is far from impressive. Most people talk about Bangladesh’s late surge of exports turnover overtaking India, but in respect to Men’s shirt making, Bangladesh was always ahead of India. Way back in year 2000 Bangladesh exported double the volume of men’s shirt to EU than India. Why India has poor record in shirt manufacturing? The answer is complicated…The panel discussion on Business of Shirt Making will try to find answer for same. Continue reading TANTU Seminar on ‘The Art of Shirt Making’: The Countdown Begins

Lenzing showcases TENCEL™ Intimate at Intimasia 2018

New TENCEL™ Intimate demonstrates the TENCEL™ brand essence of ‘feeling good with a natural touch’ at India’s largest lingerie and intimate wear trade show

March 19, 2018, Kochi India – The Lenzing Group (Lenzing) has introduced TENCEL™ Intimate to the India market at Intimasia 2018, the country’s largest fashion trade show dedicated to lingerie and intimate wear with the participation of over 70 local and international intimate apparel brands. Held at the Adlux International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Ernakulam, Kochi, Intimasia is committed to elevating the intimate wear business by promoting fashion, innovation and ideation. Bringing the intimate apparel industry together, the event aims to contemplate the way forward for the fastest growing sector of the textiles and apparel industry in India.

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China’s Textile and Garment Exports Totaled US$ 24.01 Billion in December 2017

According to statistics of the General Administration of Customs, in December 2017, China’s textile and garment exports amounted to about US$ 24.01 billion, seeing year-on-year rises of 2.49% and a rise of 3.90% from the previous month. Thereunto, the exports of yarn, fabrics and related products totalled US$10.16 billion, with year-on-year growth of 10.98% and a growth of 1.72% from the previous month; the exports of garment and accessories was US$ 13.85 billion, down 2.96% year-on-year, seeing an increase of 5.55% from the previous month. In 2017, China’s textile and garment exports totalled US$ 266.95 billion, growing by 1.53% year-on-year. Thereunto, the fabrics exports was US$109.77 billion, up 4.5% year-on-year; and the garment exports was US$ 157.17 billion, declined by 0.4% year-on-year.