Monday, 14 January 2019 07:41

TAI Awards

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.


Monday, 14 January 2019 07:24





Setting-up a business in the early 1990’s wasn’t easy for a single person all alone. Growing the business was even harder. But that did not deter Mr P Ramsubbaraj  who wanted to set-up his own business.  Mr Ramsubbaraj and his wife Mrs R Saroja Ramsubbaraj set-up their own mill – GPR Mills in Pollachi, Tamil Nadu, with 8264 spindles – in 1992.  At that time, with a limited budget he could not afford new machines.  But as he wanted the best technology, he opted for an old Truetzschler blow-room, DK 803 cards and TD 03 draw-frames.

Determined as he was and with strong business acumen, Mr Ramsubbaraj slowly developed a strong base of loyal customers by providing the best quality yarn. As the business steadily flourished and with the reputation and trust built in the market, Mr Ramsubbaraj decided to expand the mill.  In 2018, GPR Mills added a new unit of 1200 rotors spinning 6’s to 30’s Ne with an average count of 20’s Ne.  With his long years of experience with Truetzschler technology, the mills opted once again for Truetzschler machinery, comprising the latest blow-room line, 5 TC 10 cards and 3 TD 8 draw-frames for this expansion.

“I always wanted to have the latest Truetzschler machines as they are the best and probably that’s why I went on to put up a new OE unit. We are absolutely delighted with the excellent features the machines have which no other supplier could give” said Mr Ramsubbaraj.

The unit’s Technical Head Mr N Kumar observed: “The best part of having Truetzschler machines is that one can forget about maintenance hassles and concentrate on production”. He was happy that in their Truetzschler installation one can skip the breaker draw-frame passage and still get the desired quality yarn. Elimination of breaker draw-frames not only save space, but also save power and utility costs in the day to day running of the plant.

At present, the mill produces 5 tons of yarn per day. Even though currently the yarn is sold in the domestic market, the mill is also planning to export their yarn, as the quality of the yarn produced meets the demand of the international buyers.

Mr Ramsubbaraj complemented the A.T.E. team for the support provided at all times.  He was pleased to inform that all his future expansions too will have Truetzschler machines.

By: Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, USA


 Reviving textile manufacturing in the United States is getting a fresh look.


A year end discussion with Professor Eric Hequet, an internationally renowned cotton fiber quality expert at Lubbock-based Texas Tech University, threw light on why there needs to be revival in the textile manufacturing sector in the United States.


While United States’ advanced textile industry that includes nonwovens is showing steady growth and investments, conventional textile manufacturing has shown a decline since 1997. This could be identified with the consumption of cotton in domestic mills, according to Hequet. Currently the cotton consumption in domestic mills within the shores of United States ranges between 3.4 to 3.8 million bales per year.


Majority of the cotton produced in the United States is exported, about 80% of its production.


Commenting on the current international spinning scenario, Professor Hequet highlighted that the trend is towards finer yarns and ring spinning technology, while United States focuses on coarser yarns.


United States can do a better job of bringing back its textile production by focusing on high quality textiles, complete automation and improved cotton breeding programs. In speaking about improved production efficiencies, Kanti Jasani, president of Harrisburg, Pa.-based Performance and Technical Textile Consulting, emphasized the importance of less manual handling, sustainable practices and automation in the production sectors in developed economies.


Cotton breeding program needs to focus on length, enhanced length uniformity and strength according to Hequet. Today, cotton’s strength can reach 40 grams/tex, but efforts must be streamlined to go up to 50 grams/tex, stated Eric Hequet. He added that it is a bold goal but is possible. Such high strength cottons will pave way for the high productive vortex spinning. United States is still the cheapest place to produce rotor cotton yarns and these advantages must be properly capitalized. 


Having recently visited the National Institute of Cotton Research in Anyang, China, Hequet stated that China is concentrating on high quality textile products and the commodity industry is moving towards Vietnam and Bangladesh.


Skilled labor, cheap energy and the availability of high-quality cotton within its borders should encourage the United States’ textile sector to take a serious look at revitalizing its spinning and the upstream textile sector.


The GST Council in its 32nd Meeting today (10/01/2019) has taken encouraging decisions by relaxing the tax exemption limit to Rs 40 lakhs of annual turnover from the earlier cap of Rs 20 lakhs and increasing the composition scheme (without input tax credit and no recovery of taxes on output liability) limit to Rs. 1.5 crores from present Rs. 1 crore.


Shri Sri Narain Aggarwal, Chairman SRTEPC welcomes this bold step of the Government and thanked Sri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister and Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Finance Minister and Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Hon’ble Minister for Textiles for this step of raising the exemption threshold and increasing the Composition Scheme Limit which will help all the SMEs significantly. Shri Aggarwal stated that by expanding the Composition Scheme, the Government is helping the small players under the SMEs segment who are not in a position to file returns in time, which was expected by them since long.


Other industry friendly decisions taken at the GST Council’s Meeting today are:


  1.  For hilly states and those in the North East, the exemption threshold has been doubled to Rs 20 lakh.
  2. Those providing services or mixed supplies (goods and services) with a turnover up to Rs 50 lakhs will now be entitled to avail composition scheme.
  3. Service providers and those who render mixed supplies of goods and services with a turnover up to Rs 50 lakh in the informal sector will be entitled to the composition scheme under the GST regime. The composition rate for services has been put at 6%.
  4. Composition tax payers will pay tax quarterly, but file returns annually.
  5. A seven-member GoM has been formed to look into the GST on real estate.



The above exemptions and relaxations will certainly facilitate Ease of Doing Business and smooth functioning of the SMEs. This will also encourage the Members of this Council in their efforts to increase exports of Indian MMF textiles.



Mr. Sanjay Jain, Chairman, CITI welcomed the new Scheme launched by Gujarat Government for Assistance to Strengthen Specific Sectors in the Textile Value Chain. He thanked the Government of Gujarat for being prudent and excluding Ginning and Spinning Sectors as there is overcapacity and focusing on value added segments where the Country is weak i.e. Weaving, Knitting, Processing and Technical Textiles.


Chairman, CITI highlighted the fact that under the last policy by the Government of Gujarat, there has been a lot of investments in the spinning sector. However, the spinning capacity in India is already in excess with 30% exportable surplus and there is no requirement of any further investment incentives for this particular sector. He further stated that due to excess capacity in spinning segment and removal of all export incentives, the sector is facing tremendous margin pressure and a lot of NPAs are happening under spinning segment.


With the host of incentives by the Government of Gujarat in the form of interest subsidy, power tariff subsidy, the new scheme will also provide assistance in a variety of areas such as technology upgradation, environmental compliance cost and for the textile parks. This is a welcome step for Weaving, Knitting, Dyeing/Printing, Machine Carpeting, Technical Textiles, Made-ups, Composite Units and other activities in the textile value chain. It will ensure balanced growth for the Indian Textile Industry and would further ensure that subsidies are given to the needed sectors only.


Chairman, CITI appealed to other State Governments to take cue from the Centre and Government of Gujarat and ensure that it may not subsidise sectors where the Country is already surplus on capacity. He also stated that there is a need to have a country focused approach as against the State level policies which is leading to tax-payers hard earned money being used where it is not required at all and less money is getting allocated to the deficit sectors. Hence, States need to be prudent in incentivising investments by focusing on thrust areas where the States have dearth of policy support.

Monday, 14 January 2019 05:46


Please Find attached Gujarat Textile Policy 2019-2023. 


Ministry of Textiles organized Textile Show “Artisan Speak” and National Conference on Textiles “Accomplishments and Way Forward for Textiles Sector” to highlight the achievements of textiles sector in New Delhi on 5th & 6th January 2019.


The two-day event was inaugurated with a Textiles Show “Artisan Speak” – the first ever Fashion Event in the premises of Lal Qila – to celebrate India’s rich textile legacy and to honour those who have contributed to the promotion of handloom and handicraft.


At the event, the Ministry honoured seven stalwarts of the textile sector. They were awarded 'Special Recognition Awards in the Textile Sector' towards their contribution to the textile industry.  Among the awardees was Craft Revivalist and Textile Conservationist Ms. Madhu Jain, Shri Kiran B. Malali (scientist), Shri D. Ramesh Devangan (Weaver), Shri Vijaya Kumar (Scientist), Shri Suresh Kotak (Chairman, Kotak & Co), Shri Mani Chinnaswamy (MD, Appachi Cotton) and Shri Sunil Sethi (President, FDCI).


For the growth of the textiles sector, the two-day event charted out a road map for building new capabilities for sustainable and resource efficient growth of the textiles sector. 


During the program, an outreach event of the “Accomplishments and Way Forward for Textiles Sector” was inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister of Textiles, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani on January 6, 2019. On the occasion, a short film on the achievements of the Ministry of Textiles was also screened.


Hon’ble Minister of State for Textiles, Shri Ajay Tamta, Secretary Textiles, Shri Raghvendra Singh and other senior officers of the Textiles and other Ministries/ Departments of Government of India also attended the programme.


Participants from the government and industry addressed the inaugural session which was followed by panel discussions on Technical Textiles, Ease of Doing Textiles Business and Access to Global Markets and Supply Chains. CITI Chairman, Shri Sanjay K Jain was on the Ease of Doing Business Panel and he listed out important points to further improve the significant headway made over the last 4 years on this count.


Weavers, artisans, investors and corporates contributed immensely towards the achievements in the textiles sector and to express gratitude for their contribution the function concluded with an award ceremony presided over by the Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu. The Vice President conferred the awards “Thread of Excellence” on 17 persons for their outstanding contribution in the field of textiles sector. The Awardees included five young bright minds who have achieved outstanding success in Textiles and Clothing Business in recent years with the “Outstanding Young Entrepreneurs  Award’. The Outstanding Young Entrepreneurs Awardees included Shri Pathik Patel, Basil Commodities Private Ltd in Fibre category, Shri Prashant Mohota, Gimatex Industries Pvt. Ltd. in Yarn and Fabric category, Shri Shreyaskar Chaudhary, Pratibha Syntex Ltd for Garments and Made-ups, Shri Amit Kailash Khator, Khator Technical Textiles Ltd. for Technical Textiles and Ms. Mythili A, Vishwaa Apparels in Special Young Women Entrepreneur category.



The 16th Dhaka International Textile & Garment Machinery Exhibition (DTG), also known as DTG 2019, will run January 9-12 at ICCB in conjunction with the 16th Dhaka Int’l Textile & Apparel Accessories Exhibition (DitaTex) and the inaugural Bangladesh Int’l Sewing Machinery & Accessories Fair (BISMA) to showcase complete textile and garment supply chains covering different processing stages from spinning, weaving, knitting, dyeing and finishing to sewing and fabrics. The event is jointly organized by Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) and Yorkers Trade and Marketing Service Co., Ltd. In line with the exhibition scale expansion and to render better exhibition services and facilitate better visitor experiences, the show organizers have relocated DTG 2019 to International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) for the first time ever, with the new venue adjacent to an industrial zone to facilitate visits by industry professionals. The event comprises 11 exhibition halls, including four regular halls and seven temporary AC halls, with exhibits classified in accordance with textile and garment supply chains.


Global brands gathering to highlight internationalization advantage


DTG has annually kept brining world-class professional brand suppliers for Bangladesh’s textile and garment industries, and has been likened to a “mini ITMA.” This year, the show boasts the largest scale in its 16-year history, with 1, 200 brands using 1,650 booths or 30,000 sqm in space to display their latest products, up 25% on year. The event gathers brand suppliers from 37 countries and regions, including Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and USA. There are China Pavilion located in Hall 3, Hall 4 and Hall 6, Hong Kong Pavilion in Hall 1A, Korea Pavilion and Turkey Pavilion in Hall 2, and Taiwan Pavilion in Hall 1 and Hall 7. DTG visitors can access diverse distinct exhibits and strong offerings from around the world, while also enjoying one-stop procurement exchanges at the best platform for seeking ideal suppliers on a comparison basis.


Whole industrial chains on display to support complete turnkey solutions


DTG exhibits fully cover machinery equipment and accessories needed in different stages of textile and garment industrial chains, including upstream spinning, midstream weaving and dyeing, and downstream garment manufacturing segments. There are many renowned brands from the segments participating in the event, including leading spinning equipment suppliers CTMTC, LMW, MURATA, RIETER, SAURER, and TRUETZSCHLER; iconic weaving equipment brands ITEMA, PICANOL, STAUBLI, and TOYOTA; top circular knitting machinery brands LISKY, MAYER & CIE, PAI LUNG, SANTONI, and TERRO, major flat knitting machinery brands CIXING, SHIMA SEIKI, and STOLL and famous warp knitting machinery specialist KARL MAYER; noted dyeing equipment suppliers ACME, BIANCO, FONG’S, MONFORTS, SON-TECH, and THIES; and printing machinery specialists EPSON, M&R, MIMAKI, MS, OZ, SULFET. Sewing machines and fabric materials are arranged at Hall 1, Hall 1A and Hall 3, where three major exhibitor groups from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as noted international brands are gathering to showcase a variety of exhibits, including cutting machines from IMA, KURIS, and RICHPEACE; sewing machines supplied by BROTHER, PEGASUS, SIRUBA, SHING LING, TYPICAL, and ZOJE; and embroidering machines from TAJIMA. Visitors seeking to source quality garment manufacture are advised to tour these three halls first. 


Industrial upgrades driving Bangladesh to go upward further

Textile & garment industry has already become the most important sector of Bangladesh which account for over 80% of export turnover rate, making Bangladesh the second largest garment exporter of the world. According to the prediction, the amount of Bangladesh’s textile & garment export will reach USD$50 billion by 2021. As country’s textile & garment industry continues expansion, the demand for advanced machinery and technology is on the rise, several major sectors are ready to update its machinery and equipment for driving all relative industries to the next leading level.


Shuttle bus service: pre-register to get one more lucky draw ticket

Show organizers have arranged free shuttle buses from the Kuril Bishwaroad Bus Stand/ stopage pick up to the ICCB entrance to facilitate visits to the show ground. In addition, free shuttle buses running between the halls are also available in different halls, at an interval of 10 minutes and with three stops inside the ICCB. Visitors can complete online registration in advance and instantly get the latest exhibition information as well as one more lucky draw ticket onsite.


For more information about the event, please access:





Belgian firm to highlight health & wellness solutions at the Heimtextil show in Frankfurt


Devan Chemicals NV, the Ronse-based developer of finishing technologies for textiles, plans to showcase some of its latest health and wellness solutions at the upcoming Heimtextil trade show in Frankfurt, Germany.


Heimtextil, the world’s largest international trade fair for home and contract textiles, takes place this Jan. 8-11 at the Messe Frankfurt, where Devan will occupy Booth B28 in Hall 11.0.


Millions of people suffer from insomnia, insufficient sleep or other sleep disorders. Revitalising the body through sleep is vital for all. To help, Devan has now added cannabidiol, or CBD, to its R-Vital™ sleep-promoting range of microencapsulated active ingredients that enhance textiles with anti-oxidative effects. This rich CBD tincture or extract has a balancing effect that helps facilitate a good night’s sleep.


Originating from ancient civilisations in Asia, CBD-rich hemp has long been used for its positive health benefits. Devan has succeeded in encapsulating this CBD, which is extracted from hemp, a non-psychoactive type of cannabis.


Devan has applied its expertise to encapsulate active ingredients or extracts such as CBD and valerian root for use in its sleep-promoting R-Vital range of products. These can be applied to everything from bedding to sleepwear fabrics. When the skin touches the fabric, the resulting friction causes the capsules to break, releasing the ingredients to the body.


Since skin is our body’s largest organ, it is ideal for transporting these ingredients, adding comfort, care and well-being to the body while sleeping.


Argan oil from the Moroccan Desert enhances hair care


Berber women in the Moroccan dessert have harvested argan oil for the last 3,500 years, but it has only just been discovered by the rest of the world. Especially for Muslim women who wear hijabs, argan oil is an important element in their haircare.


Devan is pleased to now have added argan oil to its Health & Wellness range. Sleeping on a pillow containing argan oil capsules can help to hydrate and nourish the hair and scalp. Devan has leveraged its R-Vital range to create its own blend for specific and unique solutions, including for pillow covers, bed sheets, cover sheets and sleepwear.


Devan’s Q10 blend aids sports recovery through textiles


During the recent Performance Days fabric trade fair in Munich, a specific member of Devan’s R-Vital™ range of functional finishes –– a blend of “Ubiquinol (Q10), sea kelp and thyme oil” –– earned praise from the jury, which awarded it a “100% Jury Like” stamp. That designation means that all members of the jury selected the sample, a recognition granted to only a handful of the 1,400 applications.


The Q10 blend offers sports recovery through textiles. It reinforces the body’s antioxidants, thereby disarming damaging free-radicals and having an overall anti-aging effect. Devan collaborated on development of this product with Japanese pharmaceutical company Kaneka Corp.


Devan Chemicals is a worldwide developer of speciality chemicals, headquartered in Belgium and with offices in the UK, Portugal and the USA. The company was founded in 1977 and has a strong focus on innovation, research & development and sustainability. Devan is a leading innovator in the fields of protection (flame retardants), performance (odour control & stain release), thermoregulation (PCM’s and cooling technologies such as Moov&Cool®), health & wellness (aromatherapy, R-Vital™ and allergen control) and fibres and yarns (functional masterbatch technologies).



A.T.E. has been representing Stalam, Italy, the global leader for textile RF dryers, across much of India, except the northern region.  As a result of the successful cooperation, A.T.E. has been entrusted with the responsibility of handling the sales and service of Stalam in the northern region as well, effective from 1 January 2019, making it the exclusive agent for all of India. The business for Stalam RF dryers from the north India territory is handled by A.T.E.’s Chandigarh branch office. 


Stalam offers the widest and the most advanced range of dryers for the textile industry.  Their RF technology offers maximum benefits in terms of the quality of the finished products, reduced operating costs, high flexibility, and outstanding reliability. Over 2,000 Stalam textile RF dryers are in operation in more than 50 countries.  The range covers powers from 3 kW to 320 kW, and simple, manually operated machines to fully robotised lines complete with computerised control and supervision systems. In India alone 150 RF dryers are in operation across various textile substrates such as cotton, silk, wool, polyester, linen, jute, etc., in different package forms.



No result...