TEXTILE 4.0 The Second Edition International Conference gets an overwhelming response from Indian Textile & Garment industry, same as the First Edition.

The Textile Association (India), Mumbai Unit has the distinction of organising the international conferences on the emerging areas of Textile Trade and industry. During March 2018, TAI Mumbai Unit organised an international conference on “Textile 4.0; a first of its kind in Asia and perhaps the second in the world to bring home the concept and its relevance to global competitiveness. During Industry 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0, the technological development were seen by leaps and bounds. The Industrial Revolution 4.0 in fact began in 2007. The new industrial revolution 4.0 is characterised by a confluence of emerging technology breakthroughs, including mobile connectivity, artificial intelligence, Internet of things, next-generation robotics, 3D printing, wearable and genetic engineering, nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology and others. These technologies, combined and connected, will transform manufacturing and production systems with unprecedented speed and scope, impacting business models, economic growth, employment and sustainability. Hence, Industry 4.0 stands for intelligent production and new business models. The aim is on increasing productivity, flexibility and efficiency. Industry 4.0 or I 4.0 is already being implemented in India, though joint ventures & collaborations.

After the successful event of March 2018, there have been queries from different parts of India to organise the Second Edition on the Textile 4.0. Since concepts were discussed in the earlier event, it was thought appropriate to take the Second Edition on the same theme with view to address implementation of it in different segment of textile and apparel value chain. This was the background for this Conference Textile 4.0 - Second Edition. It was organised on 7th February 2019 at Hotel, The Lalit, Andheri (E), Mumbai.

Inauguration function included Mr. Sanjay Jain, Chairman, CITI as Chief Guest, Dr. M. R. Ravi, IAS, Commissioner for Textiles, Government of Karnataka as Guest of Honour and Mr. Amir Sheikh, Senior Consultant, Gherzi Consulting Engineers P. Ltd as Key Note Speaker. It was graced by Mr. T. K. Sengupta, National President, TAI, Mr. Vilas Gharat, President, TAI Mumbai Unit, Mr. V. C. Gupte, Chairman, TAI Mumbai Unit, Mr. G. V. Aras, Conference Chairman, Mr. T. K. Chandra, Conference Adviser and Mr. A. V. Mantri, Hon. Secretary, TAI Mumbai Unit.

Mr. Vilas Gharat, President, TAI Mumbai Unit, welcomed the Chief Guest Mr. Sanjay Jain, President, CITI, Guest of Honour Dr. M. R. Ravi, IAS, the Commissioner for Textiles, Government of Karnataka and the Key-Note Speaker, Mr. Amir Sheikh, Senior Consultant, Gherzi Consulting Engineers P.Ltd, Speakers, sponsors and the delegates. 

Mr. V. C. Gupte, Chairman TAI and the Conference Convener briefed the retrospects of the conference held in March 2018 as preamble to the current edition of conference on the topic. He reiterated that the earlier version of our conference was to introduce the subject Textile: 4.0 and its relevance to the enhancement of competitiveness from the global perspectives. It also brought home to address some of the key challenges in terms of gaps, technology upgradation; use of IT enabled tools and robotics. His retrospects set the tone of the Conference.

Mr. G. V. Aras, Chairman of the Conference briefed the coverage of the deliberations programmed in the current version. He emphasized that the topics are so chosen that the entire supply chain starting from spinning, weaving, knitting garmenting and processing would be deliberated upon in the context of Textile 4.0. He also reiterated that the expert speakers have been requested to collate with the Indian Textile industry with similar case studies of other developed/developing countries.

Mr. Amir Sheikh, in his Key Note Address briefed the context of global competitiveness interalia Textile 4.0. He emphasized that the automation, use of internet, robotics and artificial intelligence are key factors to prudently managing the manufacturing processes to achieve higher productivity and quality of the out puts. There is necessity of synergising the machines with artificial intelligence and as such the production machines should comply with the theology of Industry 4.0 or Textile 4.0.

Dr. M. R. Ravi, Guest of Honour for the event highlighted the importance technological advancement and its interface with the industry and policy makers to achieve the envisaged goals of achieving international norms of productivity and quality.

TAI Mumbai Unit has set has set a precedent of felicitating every year, the textile professionals for their outstanding contribution and who have achieved land mark in their journey in Textile Industry. Mr. Suresh Kotak, Chairman, Kotak & Co. Ltd was bestowed with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Kotak contributed to Indian cotton Textile Industry over five decades in various capacities and contributed in the area of formulation of policies significantly.

Mr. Rahul N. Mehta, Managing Director, Creative Casualwear Pvt. Ltd. was honoured with the Industrial Excellence Award. Mr. Mehta has long distinguished career & contribution in the garment industry. His outstanding performance in terms of creativity and professional management in the garment manufacturing is recognised all over the country, he is also a trainer and motivator. The awards were given by the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour. The entire gathering greeted the awardees with standing ovation and applauds.

Mr. Sanjay Jain, Chief Guest of the function spoke the relevance of the theme of the conference and opined that TAI Mumbai Unit and CITI could jointly organise similar events in different Textile Clusters to promote the Textile 4.0 across the nation.

Mr. Mantri proposed vote of thanks to all the dignitaries and participants for having attended the conference. Further, he also thanked the sponsors, supporters and all those who have contributed significantly for the success of the event.

The first Technical Session-I covered the theme - ‘Textile 4.0- Implementation’. During this session, four papers were presented. Mr. Stefan Winter, Product Manager, Karl Meyer Digital Factory, GmbH presented on” KM.ON - Karle Meyer Digital Solutions”. He said the IT enabled system developed by Karl Meyer is made up of eight KM.ON solution categories together. The first apps and solutions cover the three areas of management, maintenance and Service. The three areas are K. Management which enables customer to look at the current production process, regardless of location and in real time. The production data is displayed on the dashboard. This helps in terms of process transparency by delivering the information and also supports decision making and planning with the valid database. Likewise, K. Maintenance supports customers in their own maintenance operation. The third category included K. Service is global and helps its customer to link with Karl Meyer. The remaining categories are being developed to support the digital factory of Karl Meyer.

Mr. Jurgan Hanel, Head of Technology Technical Textiles, A. Monforts Textilmaschonen GmbH & Co.KG presented a paper on “Textile Coating Under the influence of Internet of Things”. He initiated his talk with introduction to different types of coating machines viz; knife coating, Foam Coating and Roller Coating. Four modules of versatile coating machines including multifunctional, knife coating, rotary screen printing and magnetic roller coating were listed to address the Textile 4.0. Modular Coating “Montex Allround” having the features of Internet of things, Industry 4.0 Compliant, Fully automatic features along with artificial intelligence was presented. Further, an important finishing machine having automated control system that can facilitate compliance to Textile 4.0 was discussed in the context of Montex Allround coating machine features.

Mr. Samath Fernando, CIO, Hirdaramani Group & CEO, HONE Pvt Ltd, Sri Lanka presented a paper titled “RPA (Robotics Process Automation) and its impact to Apparel/Textile manufacturing Processes”. He discussed on use of robotics and modulation of the manufacturing processes and control of the process parameters in different stages of apparel manufacture. He stressed on control of process parameters to achieve higher productivity and quality in the apparel manufacture.

Mr. Vikas Sharan, Director-India Operations, Saurer Textile Solutions Pvt Ltd., spoke on “Sustainability in Spinning through Innovation, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT)”. He described the spinning system being supplied by Saurer with solutions for staple fibre processing from bale to yarn on sustainable management mechanism. He emphasized that the spinning systems address energy conservation, economics and ergonomics. Specifically, he illustrated the Carding machine - JSC 326, Zinser Speed Frame- 5A, Ring Spinning Frame -Zinser Impact -72 XL, Auto coner-ACX6 and Rotor Spinning system-Autocoro 9 having features to be Textile 4.0 compliant. The theology of his presentation was to reiterate developments of Saurer group to meet the challenges of Textile 4.0.

The Second Technical Session-II was devoted to the Implementation of Textile 4.0 in Garment Manufacturing.

Mr. Vikas Banduke, Vice President, Textile Engineering – Automation, A.T.E. Enterprises presented a paper on “How to make existing machines Compliant to Textile 4.0”. The paper attracted the attention of the gathering especially due to appropriate solution to approach compliance to Textile 4.0. Microprocessors and Software systems which are ‘make specific’ call for replacement with the supply from the original manufacturer/supplier. M/s A.T.E. have done inhouse R&D to replace with user friendly software incorporated to make the machines meet the requirement of the Textile 4.0. Mr. Vikas Banduke presented different case studies wherein the approach has yielded positive results proving the point that installation of new machines with high capital is not the only solution for compliance to Textile 4.0.

Mr. Felix AK Pinto, Sales Director, South Asia, South East Asia and ANZ, X-Rite Incorporated presented a paper on “Next level of Virtualisation for Textile Industry, Total Appearance Capture from X-Rite”. He initiated his talk on the journey of X-Rite in assessment of appearance and colour on a substrate with special reference to textile fabrics. With advent of microprocessors and IT enabled software, the journey has been so fascinating that it is “simply seeing is believing”. As quality assurance and decision support system in colour management, he collated how these are compliant to Textile 4.0.

Mr. Ronnie Hagin, CEO, Datatex Group presented a paper titled “Industry 4.0- Textile Reality from buzz to opportunity”. He started his deliberation with the background of Datatex as a software development and facilitation organisation since 1987. Industry 4.0 encompasses the robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of things and interface with various types of manufacturing machines. Mechanization of the operations was the first step, while automation with IT enabled systems according to him has become a reality under the Industry Revolution Textile 4.0. Some of the case studies from different parts of globe wherin his company has been part was illustrated to bring home that Industry 4.0 or Textile 4.0 is a reality not simply a buzz word.

In the last Technical Session which covered the Risk Management two papers were presented. First paper was pertaining to price fluctuation of cotton and its management and another paper was on fluctuation in dollar price and its management.

Mr. Badruddin Khan, Sr. Manager-Product Management Team, Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX) presented a paper on “Cotton Price Risk Management”. He discussed the concept of ‘commodity exchange’ in the context of different types of commodity markets including spot markets, forward markets and future Trading. He emphasized on future trading as means to manage risk of price variation within a specific time period. Transparency, security to the seller to contain with the price fluctuations, warehouse facilities, Hedging etc were illustrated with various examples based on the trading done under MCX. It was brought out that in addition to transparent system of Textile 4.0 using IT enabled Systems, MCX can be a better facilitator for trading of the commodity and manage risk especially the cotton which is a major raw material base for the textile manufacturing.

Mr. Sajal Gupta, Head- Forex & Rates, Edelweiss Securities Limited made a presentation on ‘Managing Forex Risk in Extreme Volatility’. He initiated his presentation with the impact of dollar fluctuation on the overall business operations either in export or import of goods. He introduced the concept of benchmarking through strategic price for the foreign currency. In order to contain with the currency fluctuation, he presented, Edelweiss Hedge Optimiser Model to the audience. Available hedging tools for managing the forex risk especially during extreme volatility were presented. Business ethics through transparent management of forex risk, according to him is the acceptable solution even under extremely volatile market force conditions.


Concluding Remarks

The conference was well received with attendance of over 350 participants. The cross section of participation was Pan-India. The participants opined that the theme of the international conference was quite opt and time tested for moving forward to address challenges under Textile 4.0. In this pursuit, the conference organised by TAI Mumbai Unit presented the perspectives of industry 4.0 including the international opinion, Technology, Raw material base with stringent quality requirements for automated manufacturing technology and machine design and assembly with Software enabled operations to achieve the high quality, productivity and the future consumer demand. 




Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani, laid the foundation stone of a Hastshilp Complex in New Delhi today. Minster of Textiles in her address stated that the Bhawan will be named Deen Dayal Antarashtriya Hastshilp Bhawan and awardee artisans will be allocated space for marketing their products, on rotation basis, and preference will be given to Divyang artisans.  Smriti Zubin Irani, also said that the Hastshilp Bhawan will have dormitory facilities for handicrafts artisans who will come from all across the country.    There will be a separate research wing and research will be carried out on endangered crafts and new and emerging handicrafts products and markets. 

At present different offices of handicrafts are situated at different places. The Hastshilp Bhawan, when constructed, will have 23 shops meant for artisans, one showroom for artisans from SAARC countries, one kiosk, five galleries and one conventional hall.   It will also provide better accessibility to the artisans coming from all over the country and SAARC nations.

Member of Parliament, South Delhi, Ramesh Bidhuri and Development Commissioner, Handicrafts, Shantmanu, were also present on this occasion along with handicrafts artisans.

The construction of the Hastshilp Bhawan is being undertaken by NBCC at a cost of Rs.113.56 crores. The construction will be complete in 18 months.




Celebrating its core values of diversity, inclusivity and equality, United Colors of Benetton marked the first Valentine’s Day, following the decriminalisation of Section 377 with #UnitedbyColors. Benetton’s new communication was unveiled at the iconic Linking Road store by the nation’s current rage, Vicky Kaushal in the new eclectic Spring Summer 2019 collection. Much like the brand marks the onset of Spring and all things happy with its energetic collection, this Valentine’s  Day celebrates the triumph of hope and embraces love of every kind. As an ode to the victory of Love, the Benetton stores across the country are adorned in rainbow colors.


The zest in the air was palpable as guests arrived to witness a celebration of love, miscellany and dissimilitude; values that are reflected in the brand’s Spring Summer’19 collection. Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Sundeep Chugh, CEO & MD, Benetton India said “Benetton is an all-encompassing brand and inclusivity lies at the very core of our being. 14th of February this year deserves a special celebration as it marks the victory of love, hope and persistence. At Benetton, we have always believed in the philosophy of Love is Love and Fashion for All, and this is our unique way of celebrating our philosophy with our customers – the true brand custodians.”


Infusing the evening with the right dose of style and energy was the national sensation Vicky Kaushal. Sharing his excitement on the special occasion and styled in Benetton’s latest high-on-style collectionVicky Kaushal said Benetton is the perfect example of a brand that recognises the need to be inclusive and reflects the broader changes in society. The new collection is a celebration of diversity in love with colors. I am happy & proud to be a part of this initiative by Benetton India to celebrate Love is equal for all.”


The event also marked by the reveal of United Colors of Benetton’s Spring Summer’19 collection. The collection consists of a variety of classic designs in florals, stripes, quirky tees and bold prints in an array of colors and high quality fabric. This season’s collection is all about mixing up colors and prints, with pastels making a rich recurrent story and warm shades that are reminiscent of the autumn gone by. The Spring Summer’19 collection encapsulates the essence of Italian fashion with contemporary prints, dynamic denim themes and fun soft floral prints.



About Benetton Group and United Colors of Benetton:


Benetton Group is one of the best-known fashion companies in the world, present in the most important markets with a network of about 5,000 stores. A responsible group that plans for the future and lives in the present – with a watchful eye to the environment, to human dignity, and to a society in transformation – the Group has a consolidated identity comprised of colour, authentic fashion, quality at democratic prices and passion for its work. These values are reflected in the strong, dynamic personalities of the United Colors of Benetton and Sisley brands.


United Colors of Benetton’s commitment to social issues has always been a central feature of the brand that, through its communications campaigns and collaborations with leading non-profit organizations, makes the public reflect on social issues of universal relevance.





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British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) will open six stores in India in the next two months, according to Marks & Spencer Reliance India managing director James Munson. The company opened its first store here in 2001 and in April 2008 signed a joint venture with Reliance Retail to form Marks & Spencer Reliance India. It has 71 stores across 30 Indian cities. The company opened nine stores in the last six months and would maintain that expansion pace in the next year as well, Munson told a news agency. 

It has presence in New Delhi, Amritsar, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Bhopal, Kanpur, Hyderabad and Chandigarh. Of the 71 stores here, 10 are standalone beauty and lingerie stores. A fifth of the turnover comes from outside the major metros, he said. The company sources 30 per cent of its products locally and India is a sourcing base for the wider British market as well. M&S has partnered with e-commerce players like Amazon and Flipkart and this year it is expecting 75 per cent growth in online sales, he said. However, the contribution from online to its revenues is still quite small in India, compared to the United Kingdom, he added. 


Edward Crutchley and Colovos were today announced the winners of the menswear and womenswear 2019 International Woolmark Prize, presented at a star-studded event during London Fashion Week. Crutchley was also announced the winner of the Innovation Award, celebrating the most innovative or sustainable approach to systems production, materials, textile design or product design.


The award, staged at Lindley Hall was judged by a highly esteemed panel, including Alber Elbaz, Tim Blanks, Laura Brown, Sinead Burke, Gwendoline Christie, Julie Davies, David Fischer, Colette Garnsey, Marc Goehring, Gert Jonkers, Floriane de Saint Pierre and Sara Sozzani Maino along with representatives from the International Woolmark Prize retail partner network.


“There were 12 great designers today from around the world,” explained Alber Elbaz. “It was quite wonderful to see designers from places like Korea, China and Sweden, because sometimes in fashion we think everything happens in Paris, so this was a reminder that the world is big and fashion comes from everywhere around the world.”


Menswear and Innovation Award winner: Edward Crutchley


Hailing from the UK, unisex label Edward Crutchley’s work is grounded in an innate understanding and appreciation of artisanal textiles.


“I think it speaks volumes that there is a such a clear consensus on the winner of the International Woolmark Prize this year for Menswear and Innovation,” said Tim Blanks. "I don't think there's ever been a designer like Edward Crutchley in the competition. I find the whole idea of him being a winner and the figurehead of creative innovative use of wool in the fashion industry so exciting. I can't wait to see what's going to happen."


By exploring global cultural references and aspects of material culture, Crutchley’s garments push the boundaries of form, silhouette and surface. Looking outside of traditional cultural signifiers to more sub-cultural references, Crutchley fuses a biker jacket with an 18th Century frock coat, reimagines the grungy tie-die on an American college knit with the help of the head of Kyoto Guild of Shibori Masters and references the cowboy's role within America's identity.


“This win means everything,” says Crutchley. “It has changed my life forever. It's going to change the way I design and approach everything. I'm incredibly flattered.


“All of these references come together in a collection made from 100% Merino wool. I have used a wide range of techniques that celebrate the touch of the artisan. My approach to innovation within this collection has been very much focused on artisanal skills and how these can be celebrated and used in a relevant and modern way. Every fabric I have used is exclusive and developed solely for this collection.”


Womenswear winner: Colovos


Husband and wife duo Michael and Nicole Colovos' winning womenswear collection referenced classic wool sportswear and workwear throughout history yet updated this concept with modern proportions and patterning techniques.


"Colovos’ work stood out for its quiet evidence," explained Floriane de Saint Pierre. "Its pure design aesthetics, genuine functionality and the amazing and innovative use of super-light wool, combined with the founders’ attention to sustainability, make them deserve this great award and recognition."


Sourcing innovative wool fabrications with contemporary finishes that evoke the look and feel of denim and silk; comfortable, effortless and trans-seasonal wool fabrics were created. The tailored coats, pants and skirts are made from wool that is completely traceable, washable and colour- and shrink-proof.


“Our goal was to create a luxury, modern collection with a fully sustainable proposition,” explained Michael Colovos. “We are committed to principles of zero waste in manufacturing, so all production waste and end-of-life garments will be recycled to create new fabrics, a process that uses steam, heat and citrus to breakdown the fabric waste and create a new fibre to be spun into fully recyclable yarns.”


The International Woolmark Prize


Chosen from more than 300 entrants from across the world, the 12 finalists at this year’s award were: ALBUS LUMEN – Australia; ANGEL CHEN – China; Brandon Maxwell – United States; CMMN SWDN – Sweden; Colovos – United States; DANIEL w. FLETCHER – United Kingdom; EDWARD CRUTCHLEY – United Kingdom; i-am-chen – Hong Kong; Nicholas Daley – United Kingdom; Willy Chavarria – United States; Yohei Ohno – Japan; and YOUSER – Korea.


“What I love about the International Woolmark Prize for emerging designers is that it gives a sense of stability and support and that's so missing and rare in the fashion industry - the idea of being able to further designers' careers,” said Gwendoline Christie.


Both Edward Crutchley and Colovos will each receive AU$200,000 to help support the development of their business. In addition, Crutchley will receive a further AU$100,000 for his Innovation Award win. Both winners will also receive ongoing industry mentor support, Woolmark certification for their winning collection and the opportunity to be stocked in some of the world’s most prestigious department stores and boutiques, including Boon The Shop, David Jones, Harvey Nichols, Hudson's Bay, Lane Crawford, LECLAIREUR, mytheresa.com, ORDRE, Parlour X and Takashimaya.


“The International Woolmark Prize is an award for the future leaders of the industry, an industry that is rapidly changing to meet the demands of a changing consumer, climate and resource availability,” explained The Woolmark Company Managing Director Stuart McCullough. “The level of talent we saw today from all 12 designers was exceptional. Each and every one pushed the limits of the fibre, of their design and of the manufacturers they worked with.”


The International Woolmark Prize is a unique talent development program which celebrates the world’s best emerging designers, providing them with ongoing mentorship from industry experts. This year’s entrants will join a prestigious alumni program, with 400 designers already benefitting from the award.


For the first time, the International Woolmark Prize has connected with leading industry taste-makers as ambassadors for the award and we thank Amanda Parkes, Aquaria, Colin Firth, Tony Liu and Lindsey Schuyler from Diet Prada, Casey Spooner, Christine Centenera, Laura Jackson, Susanna Lau from Style Bubble and Simon and Kirsten Lock for their support.


The Woolmark Company is pleased to have the support of Mr.Smith as the official hair partner, ELLIS FAAS as the official make-up partner directed by Michelle Dacillo and drinks by Vasse Felix for the final event. The Woolmark Company extends special thanks to the London Contemporary Choir for its performance at the final event.


The Woolmark Company has also partnered with online wholesale platform ORDRE for a third year to present online showrooms for the International Woolmark Prize winners' and finalists' capsule collections to an invitation-only retail network and will allow wholesale orders to be placed.


Download images from the 2019 International Woolmark Prize here.


About The Woolmark Company:


The Woolmark Company is the global authority on wool. Through our extensive network of relationships spanning the international textile and fashion industries, we highlight Australian wool’s position as the ultimate natural fibre and premier ingredient in luxury apparel.


The Woolmark logo is one of the world’s most recognised and respected brands, providing assurance of the highest quality, and representing pioneering excellence and innovation from farm through to finished product.


The Woolmark Company is a subsidiary of Australian Wool Innovation, a not-for-profit enterprise that conducts research, development and marketing along the worldwide supply chain for Australian wool on behalf of about 60,000 woolgrowers that help fund the company.


A government-appointed panel has recommended that the national minimum wage (NMW) be increased to Rs 375 per day across India from the existing Rs 176 or the states be categorised according to their socio-economic and labour market situation and the wage be provided in a range of Rs 342 to Rs 447. If the government accepts the proposal for region-wise minimum wage as suggested by the 'Report of the Expert Committee on Determining the Methodology for Fixing the National Minimum Wage', the wage recommended for Karnataka is Rs 414 per day or Rs 11,622 per month. Karnataka is bracketed along with Gujarat, Kerala, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. The highest wage amount — Rs 447 per day (Rs 11,622 per month) — is recommended for Delhi, Goa, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. The expert committee, headed by V VGiri National Labour Institute fellow AnoopSatpathy, has recommended the minimum wages on the basis ofConsumer Price Index on July 2018 and has taken into account the expenses on food as well as clothing, fuel and light, house rent, education, medical, footwear, transport, entertainment, durable goods and toilet articles among others.



Silver Crest Clothing Private Limited recently signed an agreement with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) to set up of a 100-crore readymade garment manufacturing unit in the state. With an annual capacity of 20.4 million units, the factory is expected to generate direct employment for over 2,250 and indirect employment for 250. The agreement was signed by APDEB chief executive officer J Krishna Kishore and Silver Crest director JeetGolcha, according to a report in a top business daily in India. Set up in 1995, Silver Crest manufactures fine tailored clothing in South Asia and high quality suits for several US brands, with a growing presence in France and UK. It has a capacity to make over four million garments per year across four units in Bengaluru and employs 7,700. Andhra Pradesh unveiled a new textile policy for 2018-23 that aims to attract investments worth Rs.15,000crore and create 2.5 lakh jobs.



Traders in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana, J&K and other states will participate in the trade bandh on February 18.

Traders' body CAIT has called for a nationwide trade bandh on Monday to express solidarity with the families of security personnel martyred in the Pulwama terror attack.In a statement, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said commercial markets will remain closed and there will be no business activity. In Delhi, all wholesale and retail markets will observe bandh on February 18.CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said during the bandh traders would observe a day long fast and take out a tribute march in their respective states. He said the body is planning to organise substantial financial assistance which will be directly given by traders to the families of martyrs.

Traders in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana, J&K and other states will participate in the trade bandh on February 18. "In the wake of China supporting Pakistan, the CAIT has decided to launch a national campaign to boycott Chinese goods,” the traders' body said. It said the Bharat Trade Bandh across the country will be peaceful and only business establishments will remain closed. Essential items and public transport have been kept out of bandh. In Delhi prominent markets including ChandniChowk, Khari Baoli, Kashmiri Gate, Chawri Bazar, Sadar Bazar, Connaught Place, Karol Bagh, Rajouri Garden, Kamla Nagar, South Extension, Lajpat Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, PreetVihar, Shahdara, Gandhi Nagar etc will be closed, CAIT said.



The 2019 International Woolmark Prize returns to London Fashion Week with an esteemed line-up of industry experts sitting on the judging panel:


  • Alber Elbaz – Designer
  • Tim Blanks – Editor-at-large, Business of Fashion
  • Laura Brown – Editor-in-Chief, InStyle
  • Sinead Burke – Contributing Editor, British Vogue
  • Gwendoline Christie - Actor
  • Julie Davies – General Manager, Processing Innovation, The Woolmark Company
  • David Fischer – Founder, Highsnobiety
  • Colette Garnsey – Chairman, Australian Wool Innovation
  • Marc Goehring – Fashion Director, 032c
  • Gert Jonkers – Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, Fantastic Man
  • Floriane de Saint Pierre – Founder, Floriane de Saint Pierre et Associés
  • Sara Sozzani Maino – Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia and Head of Vogue Talents

Retail Partner judges:

  • Laura Larbalestier – Harvey Nichols
  • Tiffany Hsu – mytheresa.com
  • Eva Galambos – Parlour X
  • Ayako Midorikawa and Keiko Kadosugi – Takashimaya
  • Kelly Wong – Lane Crawford
  • Michael Hadida – L’Eclaireur
  • Kei Lee – Boon the Shop
  • Tyler Franch – Hudson’s Bay Company


The menswear and womenswear winners will each receive AU$200,000 to help support the development of their business. They will also receive ongoing industry mentor support, Woolmark certification for their winning collection and the opportunity to be stocked in some of the world’s most prestigious department stores and boutiques. The Innovation Award winner will receive AU$100,000 as well as ongoing industry mentor support and commercial opportunities. 


The 2019 International Woolmark Prize global finalists are:



  • DANIEL W. FLETCHER - United Kingdom
  • NICHOLAS DALEY - United Kingdom
  • WILLY CHAVARRIA - United States
  • YOUSER - Korea


  • ALBUS LUMEN - Australia
  • BRANDON MAXWELL - United States
  • COLOVOS - United States
  • I-AM-CHEN - Hong Kong
  • YOHEI OHNO - Japan


  • ANGEL CHEN - China
  • CMMN SWDN - Sweden
  • EDWARD CRUTCHLEY - United Kingdom



The Woolmark Company is pleased to have the support of Mr.Smith as the official hair partner, ELLIS FAAS as the official make-up partner directed by Michelle Dacillo and drinks by Vasse Felix for the final event.


The Woolmark Company has also partnered with online wholesale platform ORDRE for a third year to present online showrooms for the International Woolmark Prize winners' and finalists' capsule collections to an invitation-only retail network and will allow wholesale orders to be placed.


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About The Woolmark Company:


The Woolmark Company is the global authority on wool. Through our extensive network of relationships spanning the international textile and fashion industries, we highlight Australian wool’s position as the ultimate natural fibre and premier ingredient in luxury apparel.


The Woolmark logo is one of the world’s most recognised and respected brands, providing assurance of the highest quality, and representing pioneering excellence and innovation from farm through to finished product.


The Woolmark Company is a subsidiary of Australian Wool Innovation, a not-for-profit enterprise that conducts research, development and marketing along the worldwide supply chain for Australian wool on behalf of about 60,000 woolgrowers that help fund the company.


Mr. Sanjay Jain, Chairman, CITI stated that globally the fibre consumption is dominated by manmade fibres having 70% share in total fibre consumption while natural fibres constitute only 30%. Contrary to the global trend, fibre consumption in India is skewed towards natural fibres, especially cotton. He said that the growth of cotton is limited owing to limited agricultural land availability and price volatility. Hence, in order to achieve the desired growth target of US$ 300 billion market by 2025 it has become important for India to focus on manmade textiles along with cotton textiles.

Mr. Rakesh Mehra, Convenor, CITI’s Sub-Committee on Man-Made Fibre & Yarn pointed out that the downstream industries in the MMF textile value chain – spinning and weaving, which is the largest employment generator in the entire value chain are facing acute stress due to high prices of domestic staple fibre relative to what our competitors get in other countries. This affects the export competitiveness of the domestic downstream MMF textile industry and also makes the industry venerable to imports of value added MMF products.


Mr Mehra also pointed out that anti-dumping duties in the beginning of the textile manufacturing chain hurt the down-stream industry. Presently, Anti-dumping Duty on PTA is Rs. 4 to Rs. 6 per kg and on VSF (Viscose Staple Fibre), the Anti-dumping duty is Rs. 12 per kg. India has huge and efficient capacities in the manufacturing of Polyester Staple Fibre and also Viscose Staple Fibre. Moreover, it may be noted that import of Manmade staple fibre in 2017-18 stood at 149 mn. kg which is less than 15% of the total manmade staple fibre consumption in India. Hence, Mr Mehra suggested that the Government may abstain from enhancing Custom Duties and levying Anti-Dumping Duties on Staple Fibres. This will allow the downstream industries along the value chain to grow.


Mr Sanjay K Jain, Chairman CITI expressed his concerns over rising imports of manmade textiles post implementation of GST. As indicated in the table below, in the post GST Regime import of Yarn, Fabrics and Garments has increased substantially.



India’s Imports of Manmade Textiles (In US$ Mn.)


Jul16- Jun 17

 Jun17- Jul 18

 % change





















Home Textile












Data Source: CITI Analysis based of DGCI&S data


Mr. Jain pointed out that the inverted duty structure in the case of MMF textiles has lead to GST paid on Capital Goods, Services & certain Inputs being added to cost in the hands of the MMF Textile buyer. These taxes are not considered for calculation of refund of input tax credits. This has made MMF Textiles costlier to the extent of such un-refunded taxes. This will restrict further expansion in MMF textile value chain. The Refund of Input credits due to Inverted Duty is a tedious task and the smaller players are unable to avail it and even those are getting refund are facing liquidity stress. These issues are also responsible for Import of MMF Yarn and Fabric becoming viable and preferred.


Mr. Sanjay Jain said that analysis of  China’s Export of MMF Textiles and Clothing indicate that share of value-added products - Fabric, Apparel and Home Textiles is 85% as against ours 65%. Fibre and Yarn constitute 7% of their total exports whereas the corresponding number in our case is 22%. Thus, it is only logical to conclude that India must concentrate on increasing exports of value-added products along the value chain. Countries like Bangladesh, Cambodia and Vietnam have made substantial gains in their exports of Apparel without really augmenting capacities in manufacturing Fibre and Yarn. The value addition will increase our export numbers and also create jobs which is required to make the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s Make in India programme successful.

Mr Jain also suggested that Government of India must enter into Free Trade Agreements with major markets like the EU, USA, Canada and Britain for the export of MMF garments and fabrics out of India. Such benefits are available to Bangladesh, Vietnam and others. Growth seen in these countries is a result of such bilateral agreements. These countries do not even have Fibre manufacturing and have concentrated on the downstream industries alone.

Further,  or the upliftment of the MMF sector, Chairman CITI requested the Government to reduce GST on MMF from 18% to 12% and GST on MMF raw material viz. PTA and MEG from 18% to 12%. Also, anti-dumping duty on PTA in the recently initiated sunset review may be discontinued. He also requested the Government to increase the import duty on MMF based spun yarn and Fabrics as huge surge of imports have been seen in this category post GST which is impacting spun yarn and fabric manufacturers in a big way.


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