Successful test: New reverse osmosis (RO) membrane elements from LANXESS with ASD feed spacers have undergone a trial in Germany’s largest industrial water treatment plant. More than 50,000 cubic meters of water are needed every day for pulp manufacturing at Zellstoff Stendal GmbH, Arneburg, and this is treated using reverse osmosis and ion exchange resins. The new grades impressed with their performance and consistently high level of rejection.Optimized for applications in brackish water, these Lewabrane-branded elements are characterized by very low energy consumption (LE = low energy) and high fouling resistance (FR = fouling-resistant).

 

“The outstanding results of our ASD products in benchmark tests with other manufacturers at one of the largest pulp manufacturers in Europe once again underline the extraordinary quality of our products,” says Alexander Scheffler, responsible for LANXESS’s global membrane business.

 

CONSISTENTLY GOOD PERFORMANCE

One year ago, Zellstoff Stendal launched a project to test LANXESS’s newly developed Lewabrane ASD range of membrane elements. This involved installing conventional reverse osmosis (RO) elements with a standard feed spacer and FR elements with LANXESS’s new ASD spacer in parallel in a single pressure vessel. Feed spacers are essential components for spirally wound membrane elements. They are made of polymer material and are optimized to ensure constantly good performance for a wide range of raw water compositions and various process parameters. The LANXESS spacers have a special “netting” that reduces biological growth and particle fouling by minimizing dead zones. The netting has an alternating strand design (ASD) of thin and thick filaments, which is what gives the spacer its name.

 

Frank Gorges, plant technician for water treatment at Zellstoff Stendal GmbH in Arneburg, was excited about the result: “We were very impressed by the performance of the ASD membrane elements from LANXESS. We test a lot of products in our plant and hardly any of them have been able to provide such consistently high results throughout an entire year.”

 

Successful test: New reverse osmosis (RO) membrane elements from LANXESS with ASD feed spacers have undergone a trial in Germany’s largest industrial water treatment plant. More than 50,000 cubic meters of water are needed every day for pulp manufacturing at Zellstoff Stendal GmbH, Arneburg, and this is treated using reverse osmosis and ion exchange resins. The new grades impressed with their performance and consistently high level of rejection.Optimized for applications in brackish water, these Lewabrane-branded elements are characterized by very low energy consumption (LE = low energy) and high fouling resistance (FR = fouling-resistant).

 

“The outstanding results of our ASD products in benchmark tests with other manufacturers at one of the largest pulp manufacturers in Europe once again underline the extraordinary quality of our products,” says Alexander Scheffler, responsible for LANXESS’s global membrane business.

 

CONSISTENTLY GOOD PERFORMANCE

One year ago, Zellstoff Stendal launched a project to test LANXESS’s newly developed Lewabrane ASD range of membrane elements. This involved installing conventional reverse osmosis (RO) elements with a standard feed spacer and FR elements with LANXESS’s new ASD spacer in parallel in a single pressure vessel. Feed spacers are essential components for spirally wound membrane elements. They are made of polymer material and are optimized to ensure constantly good performance for a wide range of raw water compositions and various process parameters. The LANXESS spacers have a special “netting” that reduces biological growth and particle fouling by minimizing dead zones. The netting has an alternating strand design (ASD) of thin and thick filaments, which is what gives the spacer its name.

 

Frank Gorges, plant technician for water treatment at Zellstoff Stendal GmbH in Arneburg, was excited about the result: “We were very impressed by the performance of the ASD membrane elements from LANXESS. We test a lot of products in our plant and hardly any of them have been able to provide such consistently high results throughout an entire year.”

 

FALL IN ENERGY CONSUMPTION

 

After one year, the elements were removed and taken to the applications laboratory LANXESS operates in Bitterfeld for an “autopsy”. Compared to a standard element, there was hardly any increased pressure drop along the element when using the ASD grades. This indicates less blockage from fouling or biological growth.
Computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations had previously indicated that RO elements with ASD feed spacers would indeed be capable of achieving higher performance levels than standard grades. Furthermore, the tendency toward fouling in the element is reduced. “As we calculated, using the new elements reduces energy requirements while at the same time increasing service lives,” says Dr. Jens Lipnizki, head of Technical Marketing Membranes in the Liquid Purification Technologies (LPT) business unit at LANXESS.

 

 

The 6th edition of HGH India witnessed a significant rise in the number of visitors

  

Mumbai, July 2017:  HGH India 2017, 6th annual edition of the trade show for Home Textiles, Home Décor, Houseware, and Gifting received an overwhelming response from the trade visitors and the industry. 30,700 trade visitors, primarily retailers, distributors and institutional buyers from 462 cities and towns across India attended this trade show to source home products for their business and discover upcoming home fashion trends for 2017-18. This latest edition of HGH India witnessed a 22% rise in the number of visitors, proving the growing popularity of the trade show amongst serious buyers. Over 500 exhibitors from 30 countries unveiled their innovations and new collections at HGH India 2017.

 

 

Dr. Kavita Gupta, I.A.S, Textile Commissioner, Government of India, inaugurated the event and commented saying, “I think HGH India is doing a tremendous job for Home Textile, Home Décor, Homeware & Gifting industries. There is a distinct growth in this trade fair and I can see high Vibrancy & Buoyancy in the whole environment here. I am sure that trade buyers will also be very impressed with the innovative & wide range of products on display.”

 

The Guest of Honor Consulate General of Turkey, H. E. Mr. Erdal Sabri Ergen shared his optimistic views on the business potential that India offers in the home décor and houseware industry. HGH India 2017 became the first major trade show for the Indian market post the implementation of GST, which directly connected retailers with brands, manufacturers & importers. The large number of visitors attending the event and their industry lookout confirmed that the entire industry is looking at GST reform in a positive way. With its professional and businesslike environment, HGH India proved to be a platform for the exhibitors to connect with high potential Indian trade buyers and channel partners to explore this rapidly emerging market.

 

Dipali Goenka, Managing Director, Welspun Global Brands Ltd. commented, “We have launched our new SPACES logo and the new collection for autumn/winter seasons at HGH India because this show has become an integral part of our marketing process and an important event on SPACES annual calendar.”

 

Mr. Onder, the President of the Turkish Houseware Association, said, “HGH India 2017 is a very well organized show as far as I have seen. They have 16 Turkish companies participating. A very well organized event and even in the monsoon season, they have done a tremendous job. I congratulate them heartily. We are aiming to comeback in 2018 with our Textile and Kitchenware companies and are looking forward to future editions of HGH India for expanding our Indian Market.”

 

Mr.Ajay Talwar, Assistant Vice President - Buying & Merchandising (Non Food), Max Hyper Market, shared his views saying, “I have been coming to HGH India for 4-5 years now and it’s growing over the period of time. We are also getting new suppliers and new articles, which we always look for. This is one of the largest fairs in India for Houseware. We are able to meet and are exposed to most of the suppliers over here at one place.”

 

HGH India 2017 presented home fashion and lifestyle trends for 2017/18 for the Indian market under the theme “across time”. Conceptualized and implemented by the internationally renowned design studio Sahm + Permantier, these trends reflect our roots in the past as well as our current life and traces to the future. The Trend Book “across time” encompassing these trends provides clear direction to the entire value chain in Indian home products industry as well as consumers in terms of colours, designs, materials, and styles. Manufacturers, brands, retailers, and professionals in the home business can apply these trends across categories like home textiles, furnishings, home décor, houseware and gifts. An elaborate trends pavilion helped visitors not only understand these trends better but also enabled them to see their actualization and source them for their business needs.

 

 

Arun Roongta, Managing Director, Texzone Information Services Pvt. Ltd., organizers, HGH India, said, “With the positive and optimistic response year after year from the trade visitors, buyers and domestic as well as international exhibitors alike,  we feel even more responsible towards the home products industry globally .  HGH India has always focused on being a trade show for business networking and Indian market growth. Consistent increase in quality trade buyers and exhibitors indicate growing potential of the Indian market and HGH India’s ability to connect with it in a focussed manner. We are developing HGH India as an important forum, which helps transform innovations and ideas into business opportunities.”

 

HGH India 2017 had largest ever international participation showcasing products from Turkey, Italy, UK, France, Spain, Greece USA, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, China, Australia and many others.

 

HGH India 2017 witnessed several new product launches and innovations from leading Indian and international brands and manufacturers. Wall coverings industry announced the formation of their ‘Wallcovering Association of India’ at HGH India 2017. Textile Commissioner Dr. Kavita Gupta launched ‘HTA Indoors’ Magazine for Home Textile Association of India. Welspun Global Brands Ltd used the trade show to launch a new logo for their brand ‘SPACES’. Several market leaders and high profile brands shared their trade schemes and business plans with their current and prospective dealers and distributors across India.

 

National and international players in product categories like bed & bath linen, furnishing fabrics, floor coverings & carpets, mattresses, table & kitchen linen, wall papers, blinds and window dressings, home décor accessories, fragrances & spa products, handicrafts, artefacts, gifts, cookware, tableware, kitchenware and general houseware found HGH India a useful platform to expand their distribution network.

 

 

 

The next edition of HGH India is scheduled from 3rd to 5th July 2018 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. 

 

Ø  Aurajet can run low GSM paper starting from 45 GSM, thus bringing down production cost 

Ø  Aurajet achieves maximum speed of 34 sq. metres

Ø  Helps in reducing cost by using less ink and offers perfect colours

 

India's biggest wide format digital printer and also a winner of several awards in the last few months, ColorJet India Ltd is launching the Aurajet dye sublimation textile printer at the upcoming textile technology trade show Gartex 2017, which runs from July 29-31, 2017 in hall no. 14, stall no. 75. Alongside, Colorjet will also showcase the recently launched TXF digital textile printer along with its best selling model, the Vastrajet.

 

The Made-in-India Aurajet, which is running successfully in Australia, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia and other parts of world, is the perfect choice for dye sublimation users as it can easily run low GSM paper starting from 45 GSM which will help in reducing the cost by using less ink and offering perfect colours.

 

The sturdy industrial built of the Aurajet helps in ensuring that the machine runs for years and years, while achieving maximum speed of 34 sq. metres, thereby providing huge production runs. It comes with advanced feed and a take-up system for precise paper movement. The Aurajet is bundled with COLORGATE RIP to give vibrant colours and also comes with new CB100 inks, for best results in sportswear, apparel and home furnishing applications.

 

ColorJet is also showing its tech loaded digital textile printer, the TXF, which has been manufactured incorporating the latest technology, which imparts the printer with the power to print brilliantly and flawlessly, with reduced maintenance.

 

The printer can achieve print resolutions of up to 1,440dpi and is best suited when it comes to sampling and short runs, particularly suitable for fashion designers and home textiles applications.  TXF is available to work with Reactive inks for printing onto natural fabrics and also Disperse inks for printing onto polyester fabrics.

 

The TXF printer which is equipped with industrial printheads gives variable dot control for achieving smooth gradations and is also belt driven, which makes it suitable for printing fabrics including bulky textured materials, thinner fabrics and also stretchable fabric materials such as knits.

 

The state-of-the-art and efficiently engineered Vastrajet printer is a commercial grade entry level digital textile printer, which meets the normal daily requirements of a textile printing house, while being suitable for a variety of fabrics like cotton, silk, wool, polyester and their blends, including for stretchable and normal fabrics.

 

The structure of the Vastrajet is excellently designed to handle high speed production and precise dot placements, while the proprietary AIVC technology ensures high precision printing. The high speed is achieved through specially designed jetting controls to optimize printheads performance, to match the high jetting frequency.

 

About ColorJet India Ltd:

ColorJet India Ltd, the largest manufacturer of digital inkjet printers in India markets its products in 14 countries worldwide. Founded in 2004, the company maintains its operations via two manufacturing facilities and sales offices spread across seven countries, which include India , China, Bangladesh , UAE and Sri Lanka,. To-date, ColorJet has installed and implemented over 4,000 of its printing solutions and products across 315 cities around the world backed by a strong 278 member team, of which almost 100 are in technical related functions.

 

For more information please visit www.colorjetgroup.com

 

 

 

India Couture Week (ICW) 2017 will begin from July 24, 2017. ICW 2017 is an amalgamation of handcrafted luxury, diaphanous silhouettes, and a combination of glamour with poise as we bring to life engaging stories through a melange of hues.

 

 The week-long fashion event will witness participation of 14 designers from across the country in New Delhi. ICW by Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI). Anita Dongre and Manish Malhotra are the Indian fashion designers to showcase their creationsduring this event. Designer Anita Dongre will present her collection on July 29, 2017 while Manish Malhotra is the closing designer for ICW 2017.

 

 

 

Anita Dongre's Couture'17 collection 'Tree of Love' is a homage to the Bishnoi tribe of the Thar in Rajasthan. The key motif of the collection finds its inspirational roots in ‘khejri’ – a super species of trees that withstands the harshest climate conditions and flourishes to remain evergreen.

 

 

There will have been no punishment for being honest says Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani 


Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani terms GST as a “Great step towards Transparency” 

 
The Union Minister for Textiles and Information & Broadcasting Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani says that no one can harass a person who wants to come into formal economy through GST Addressing a seminar on ‘GST – a Tool for Inclusive Growth’ organised in Ahmedabad today, the Minister said past transactions are not to be checked under this system. There will be no punishment for being honest. 


Smt. Irani said if government agencies or officer will ask about past transactions or harasses anyone, direct action will be taken against them. The Minister asked traders and business persons to draw attention of MPs and central ministries, if any such incident occurs. She said that GST is not just ‘Good and Simple Tax’ but it also a ‘Great step towards Transparency’. “Beauty of the GST is it is a Destination tax and it gives money back through Tax credit”, she added. 


Textiles minister said that implementation of GST is an historic event and we are proud to be a witness of such historic event. She said that all parties came on a single platform in GST council for its successful implementation. 


The Minister said that no one wants to be a Tax evader, if the system is transparent and simple. She said and that this is the change that the Union Government is bringing in, under the leadership of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. “Government has taken a number of pro poor steps in its three (3) years, to make system more transparent and simpler through Jan Dhan Yojana, Mudra Yojana, Direct benefit transfer etc. and GST is also a part of this.”, she added. 


Smt. Irani along with other government officers gave answers of the queries raised by traders and businessmen. Minister assured them that for those who want to remain honest; there is no reason to be worried. 


The Minister of State for Women and Child Welfare of Government of Gujarat, Smt Nirmala Wadhwani, Members of Parliament Shri Paresh Rawal, Dr. Kirit Solanki and several other dignitaries were also present on this occasion. 

 

 

AEPC has proposed to the Ministry of Finance for the continuation of Rebate of State Levies (RoSL) Scheme post GST implementation and inclusion of other state levies not subsumed in the GST.  The Council has also requested for a drawback for central taxes outside the GST purview besides full accumulated input GST Tax Credit.

 

In a presentation made before the drawback committee, AEPC apprised the committee about the instance of embedded blocked taxes which the Industry is facing in central taxes. The  committee was also apprised about the new levies like intra company stock transfers, GST on job work, etc. which has been imposed in the GST regime but not being factored in earlier announced drawback rates, will lead to cost escalation, specially in the transitionary phase. 

 

Commenting on AEPC's presentation to the drawback committee, Mr. Ashok G Rajani, Chairman Apparel Export Promotion Council said, “Garment Industry welcomes GST as a move to unify the national economy, but this should not be at the cost of the growth of the apparel sector. For the vast number of SMEs in this sector, for whom this whole taxation system and procedures are new, a longer transitionary phase would have helped. I hope that the government keeps a sympathetic view towards the demands of the Industry. The GST has diluted most of the FTP benefits that the industry was availing so far besides putting a huge pressure on the working capital. It is now important that all the taxes - direct and indirect are reimbursed under the drawback and ROSL benefits. "

 

In its submission to the drawback committee, AEPC has also made a request for exempting samples   from GST to buying agents / buyers within India or abroad as sending samples to  buying agents / buyers within India  is a prerequisite for  getting  business.

 

About Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) 


Incorporated in 1978, AEPC is the official body of apparel exporters in India that provides invaluable assistance to Indian exporters as well as importers/ international buyers who choose India as their preferred sourcing destination for garments. In recent years AEPC has worked tirelessly in integrating the entire industry - starting at the grass root level of training the workforce and supplying a steady stream of man power to the industry; identifying the best countries to source machinery and other infrastructure and brokering several path breaking deals for its members and finally helping exporters to showcase their best at home fairs as well as be highly visible at international fairs the world over. With AEPC's expertise and all the advantages that India has, it makes for a truly win-win situation - Indian exporters grow stronger each year in their achievements, skills and proficiency, while international buyers get superior solutions for their garment imports.

 

 

Web site: http://www.aepcindia.com/

 

Monday, 24 July 2017 07:01

Innovation Pathway for Textile Sector

 

By: Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, USA

 

Five tenets of innovation will enable textile sector to develop as a value-added sector.

 

Practical experience and lessons learned from twenty-five years of experience in specialty textile chemicals industry has helped Ganesh Srinivasan, Director of Innovation at Bengaluru, India based Resil Chemicals to develop high-tech products involving a myriad of collaborations from around the world.

 

In an interview with this scribe in Resil Chemicals’ campus at Bommasandra, Bengaluru, Ganesh Srinivasan, articulated five principles of innovation, which his company practices. These involve: 1) customer focus; 2) creating new products based on customer expectations; 3) utilize collaborations from all corners to achieve results; 4) communication with stake holders and 5) community involvement.

 

Resil, whose annual revenue is about US$ 30 million, produces 15,000 tons of specialty chemicals catering to textiles, pharma and agriculture sectors. In fact, it has about 500 formulations related to textiles.

 

A valuable asset, which Resil has is, its vast network of collaborators in India and abroad. These collaborations have turned laboratory research into commercial products quickly. One such example is its collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi that has resulted in a cost effective silver particulate technology for antimicrobial textiles. A tie-up with Acticell of Austria has resulted in eco-friendly denim finishing technology.

 

Resil’s clients include key global brands such as Wrangler, Van Heusen, etc.

 

 

Ganesh opines that the textiles sector should focus on collaborative R and D to move forward.

 

Thursday, 20 July 2017 08:07

DMAI HONORS HUNTSMAN TEXTILE EFFECTS

 

Awards for excellent performance in exports of dyestuffs and pollution control by a large scale unit

 

Huntsman Textile Effects has been named winner in the 2016 Dyestuff Manufacturers Association of India (DMAI) Awards. Huntsman bagged two awards in recognition of its ‘Excellent performance in exports of Dyestuffs by a large scale unit and ‘Excellent performance in Pollution Control by a Large Scale Unit’. The accolade is presented for outstanding contribution in supporting environment, health and safety and sustainability for the textile industry.

 

The awards were presented at the 67th Annual General Meeting of DMAI in Mumbai. Huntsman Textile Effects received the awards based on criteria such as innovation, creativity, development and quality.

 

“We are honored to receive the prestigious awards and are grateful to be recognized again this year,” said Nipun Soni, Site Manager for Huntsman Textile Effects’ Baroda plant. “This acknowledgement reaffirms Huntsman Textile Effects’ focus on innovation and continuous improvement in safety and hazard controls to meet industry demands. We continue to draw on the expertise of our people and established processes in product stewardship.”

 

Winners of the DMAI awards 2016 were determined by judging panel from chemical, pharma, dyes and dye intermediates manufacturing industries, among others. The DMAI ceremony was held in Mumbai on July 7, 2017.

 

This is the second consecutive year Huntsman Textile Effects has been presented DMAI Awards. Last year Huntsman was presented with awards for ‘Excellent Performance in Exports of Dyestuffs by Large Scale unit. Huntsman Textile Effects also won the award in the category for ‘Excellent Performance in Safety & Hazard’s Control by a Large Scale unit’.

 

About Huntsman:
Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals with 2016 revenues of approximately $10 billion. Our chemical products number in the thousands and are sold worldwide to manufacturers serving a broad and diverse range of consumer and industrial end markets. We operate more than 100 manufacturing and R&D facilities in approximately 30 countries and employ approximately 15,000 associates within our 5 distinct business divisions including the Pigments and Additives division which it intends to IPO as Venator Materials Corporation. For more information about Huntsman, please visit the company's website at
www.huntsman.com.

About Huntsman Textile Effects:

Huntsman Textile Effects is the leading global provider of high quality dyes and chemicals to the textile and related industries. With operations in more than 90 countries and seven primary manufacturing facilities in six countries (China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Mexico and Thailand), Huntsman Textile Effects is uniquely positioned to provide prompt and expert technical service wherever our customers are based. Sustainability, innovation and collaboration are at the heart of what we do. We use cutting edge technology to develop solutions and create innovative products with intelligent effects such as durable water repellents, color fastness, sun protection or state-of-the-art dyes which reduce water and energy consumption. For more information about Huntsman Textile Effects, please visit www.huntsman.com/textile_effects.

 

Social Media:

Twitter: twitter.com/Huntsman_Corp

Facebook: www.facebook.com/huntsmancorp

 

LinkedIn:www.huntsman.com/textile_effects

 

On the occasion of World Youth Skill Development Day, Apparel Training and Design Centre (ATDC) in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Chandigarh, observed the day. A seminar titled ‘Youth and Skill Development’ was organized to mark the day at Seminar Hall, RGNIYD, Chandigarh, Smt. Asha Jaswal, Hon'ble Mayor - Chandigarh was the Chief Guest for the event.

 

The objective of the seminar was to deliberate and reflect upon issues and challenges related to skill development in India. The seminar also provided the opportunity for the Skill Service Providers, academicians and practitioners to share their experiences, showcase best practices and innovations as well as chart out future roadmap for development.

 

Smt. Asha Jaswal, Hon'ble Mayor threw light on the significance of new schemes; highlighting the need of intervention of these as it will bring growth and skill development. She suggested that every household would generate income through skill learning and employment and also may get into entrepreneurship. She also praised the MCC (Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh) for its tireless efforts in bringing about a change in the lives of many.

 

On the occasion, Roopali Shukla, Advisor, ATDC- TOT Academies & Regional ATDCs said: “Skill development is the need of the hour. A larger proportion of India’s youth will become employable by giving them requisite skills for the jobs. Since newer technologies are evolving it is imperative to provide quality training to youth. It is important to train them well and equip them for a better tomorrow. ATDC as always with its latest strategies & techniques is well poised to train the professionals in the right direction”.

The panel discussion on ‘Decoding the Skill Development Agenda’ deliberated upon ways to inculcate skills in the youth. This session was cheered by Mr. Vivek Trivedi, Social Development Officer, Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh.

 

Mr. Stanzin Dawa, Regional Director, RGNIYD RC, Chandigarh, emphasized on Skill being essential for Startups and for its sustainability; and also spoke on the relevance of ‘Make in India’

 

Among other dignitaries who graced the occasion were Mr. Arun Sharma, Senior Assistant Director Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Mr. Rajat Bhatnagar, State Engagement Officer, National Skill Development Corporation, Dr. J.S. Saini, Professor, National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR), Chandigarh, Mr. Ripneet Singh, Industrial Coordinator, Thapar University, Patiala, and Mrs. Seema Chawla, Subject Expert, Punjab Education Board, Punjab.

 

By giving the presentation on NSDC: its implementation structure and strategy being adopted by NSDC, Mr. Rajat Bhatnagar spoke about RPL also.

 

The Skill India campaign, which was launched by the PM on World Youth Skill Day aiming to curb unemployment by enhancing apparel related skills of the youth, completed two years on 15 July, 2017.  ATDC has been instrumental in contributing the skilled workforce by imparting training in apparel sector to over 2 lakh youth till date.

 

 

About ATDC

 

Apparel Training & Design Centre (ATDC) has emerged as India’s Largest Quality Vocational Training provider for the Apparel Sector with over 200 directly – run ATDCs including 65 ATDC-Vocational Institutes spread across 23 states, 86 cities and about 150 districts PAN-India. ATDC is a unique organization offering Shop Floor, Supervisory and Managerial Level training courses i.e. 3 months to 3 years duration programs or 300 hrs to 3000 hrs ranging from NSQF level 01-03 to 05-07.  ATDC has a vast pool of over 500 Faculty Resources with a range of expertise and domain skills covering most critical areas of textile apparel value chain. 

 

 

 

 

Cotton Sowing Report as on 13/07/2017

State wise Arrivals

Central Agri Ministry

(Lakh hact.)

 

2017-18

2016-17

Punjab

03.850

02.560

Haryana

06.560

04.980

Rajasthan

04.900

03.680

Gujarat

19.900

13.650

Maharashtra

31.360

29.910

M. P.

04.880

05.000

A.P.

02.850

02.030

Telengana

13.650

09.410

Karnataka

02.410

03.100

Tamilnadu

00.050

00.030

Other

01.340

00.970

Total

91.750

75.320

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic Market Summary:

 

Starting from mid-June, most textile mills had reduced their cotton procurement to maintain minimum inventory before the Goods and Services Tax (GST) came into force on 1st July 2017.Since then, the mills have not been able to cover mush cotton due to various reasons.

 

 

1)     Because of insufficient rains in many cotton growing centres of India (parts of Gujarat, M.P., Maharashtra, Telangana, A.P., Karnataka, etc), the sellers were not very keen to off load quality cotton stocked in ware houses. As a result, prices of good quality varieties ruled stronger.

 

2)     Fall in yarn demand since March has weakened the mills purchasing capacity. The situation has worsened post GST as the yarn prices have fallen by Rs 5 to Rs 8 per kg in many counts.

 

 

3)     Mills with lower reserves/lower cotton stocks and high interest burden have started facing cash losses.

 

All of the above may compel some of the mills to cut down on production if the current situation does not improve. Prospects for the new season 2017-18 seem good as of now, but the last quarter of season 2016-17 is going to be very challenging for the mills as the physical cotton stocks in India are quite low. This may put substantial pressure on the closing stocks which is estimated by some supplier groups to be as low as 2-3 million bales.

 

The USDA estimates regarding India’s closing stock are a matter of debate and controversy, In 2015-16, USDA estimated ending socks at 14 million whereas it was actually 3.3-4.3 million bales. Even in 2016-17, USDA has ignored the facts and estimated the ending stocks at 15.67 million bales. Either it is an overlooked error, which is quite unlikely, or it is something more serious and sinister.  COTTONGURUTM would like to ask a simple question to the USDA statisticians, where is the cotton?

 

 

Yarn: EAR Cotton Yarn Update: It is striking how share of Indian cotton yarn in the Chinese monthly imports has come down! From being supplier of 37% of total cotton yarn imports in June 2015, India is now supplying only 8.5%! India is now the third largest supplier of cotton yarn to China, Vietnam being the top supplier capturing 42% of the Chinese market followed by Pakistan at 19% and just above Uzbekistan 7.8%!

 

Readymade Garment (RMG): Matter of concern for India

 

In overall textile trade globally, India has a share of merely 5%, against China’s 39%. In the sub-segment of synthetic fibres, India’s share is just 2%, against China’s 66%.Bangladesh’s garment exports exceeded India’s in absolute terms back in 2003. Today it exports more than $35 billion worth of garments, twice that of India. Even late starter Vietnam overtook India in 2011, and now exports garments worth $32 billion. The fact that these two smaller nations have preferential access to the European Union and US markets is not the only reason to justify their huge lead over India. Their growth in exports has been at 20% per year, against India’s 8%.

 

International Market Summary:

 

 

US:

In 2017, total cotton planted is estimated at 12.1 million acres, 20% above last year. Upland area is estimated at 11.8 million acres, up 19% from 2016. American Pima area is estimated at 252,000 acres, up 30% from 2016.

 

Pakistan:

 

Cotton has been sown on 6.778 million acres against the target of 7.68 million acres. Thus, Pakistan has missed the cotton sowing target by a wide margin of 12 % in the current crop season. Uncertainty of cotton prices, increased sugarcane cultivation in the cotton areas, and shortage of water in cotton sowing areas were some of the main factors responsible for failure to meet the target.

 

 

Cotton crop prospects for the current season (2017-18) are not very bright and the production is expected to remain at around 13 million bales as against the target of 14.04 million bales. The government revised the cotton production target downward and set it at 14.04 million bales for 2017-18, after missing the production target of 14.1 million bales for 2016-17 by around 25 %.

 

 

 

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