·         Noble initiatives for the future of children of masons and contractors engaged in building construction work.

·         Unique initiative for students of around 26 districts of western Madhya Pradesh including Indore, so that the houses of the house-makers could get illuminated. 

·         Raised and resolved the slogan of "Make education your tool, shape children's future with Birla Uttam"

 

A noble, and revolutionary initiative, was launched by the great and renowned entrepreneur family, Mangalam Cement Limited (Birla Uttam)for the education and bright future of the children of masons and contractors working in the construction sector, on March 13, 2019, Wednesday in Indore, under the banner of its initiative, UttamSikshaPahal.

Based on the marks and qualifications, scholarships, worth a total of Rs. 4, 37, 000, were awarded to 27 meritorious students, selected from the list of thousands students of almost 26 districts of western Madhya Pradesh, which includes Indore, Bhopal, Shajapur, Pachaur, Mandsaur, Neemuch, Ujjain.

Mr.KaushaleshMaheshwari, President, Sales and Marketing- Mangalam Cement Limited, honoured every selected high school and Intermediate student by giving a cheque of Rs. 11,000, and Rs. 21,000 respectively.

Reiterating the slogan and resolution of "Make education your tool, shape children's future with Birla Uttam" Mr.KaushaleshMaheshwarisaid, "This series of service will continue in future too, and with this unique initiative, the the light of education would illuminate the homes of our fellow contractors and masons."

During theprogramme, Mr.G.S. Rathore, General Manager - Sales and Marketing, Mr.Rajesh Kalla, D.G.M. Western Madhya Pradesh, Mr.Ram Gupta, Mr.Vikrant Pareek, Mr.Deepanshu Jain,DP & Sons, sales promoter from Indore, dealers from Western Madhya Pradesh, all sales prompters and chief executives of the company were present.

 

 

In early 2018, Thiruvananthapuram-based startup Genrobotics joined hands with the Kerala government to deploy a spider-shaped robot named Bandicoot to clean sewers and manholes in the city. The robot’s mechanical arms reached inside the manhole and reportedly cleaned out the sludge in a few minutes, a task that earlier required three people and several hours of hard labour. Bandicoot is just a case in point. Governments and enterprises are increasingly turning to robots to save time, manpower and cost. Around 3,412 new industrial robots were installed in India in 2017— an increase of 30% over the 2,626 units that were installed in 2016, claims the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) report published in January, 2019. While the automotive industry has seen the highest adoption, the demand for robots is growing in general industry as well.

 

 

Reliance Industries Ltd plans to grow the number of low-cost Reliance Trends fashion stores across India to 2,500 from 557 over the next five years and integrate them with its online business, two people briefed on the plans said. The expansion, which has not been reported before, is the latest move by the conglomerate's billionaire owner Mukesh Ambani to grab a dominant share of Indian consumer spending in a struggle with rivals, particularly e-commerce giants Amazon.com Inc and Walmart Inc's Flipkart.Reliance's plans to diversify into e-commerce and expand in fashion come on the heels of India's new foreign investment curbs that have dealt at least a temporary blow to Amazon and Flipkart.Prime Minister NarendraModi's government in December modified foreign direct investment rules for e-commerce, barring online retailers from selling products via vendors in which they have an equity interest, and also from making deals with vendors to sell exclusively on their platforms.Ambani, Asia's richest man, founded Reliance Retail Ltd in 2007 to transform his petroleum behemoth into a consumer-facing conglomerate.

 

 

 

The Cotton Council International (CCI) displayed US cotton-rich apparel created with innovative technology at the recently held Premiere Vision expo, the global event for fashion professionals, in Paris. CCI and Supima exhibited jointly in one large cotton pavilion to display innovation in technologies, fabric blends, performance, design, and fashion. Additionally, the booth gave visitors a closer look at US cotton’s sustainability, quality, transparency and premium value, as well as its ongoing Cotton USA sourcing programmes that match US cotton buyers and suppliers throughout the supply chain, according to CCI. Trade visitors from all around the world had a chance to learn about a study that found cotton microfibers to be the most biocompatible, or environmentally-friendly, when compared to rayon, polyester, and blended fabrics. Visitors also got a sneak peak of the new US cotton trust protocol, a new farm-level initiative that enables US growers to commit to best management practices for sustainability and strive for continuous improvement. Sustainability and innovation are two standout benefits of US cotton. What’s New in Cotton initiative lets us demonstrate our commitment to pushing the industry forward. We debuted this platform at Première Vision first and we were looking forward to returning with even more exciting innovations. We want this programme to be an inspiration to the textile industry, motivating new thinking and driving innovation. Our partners have developed remarkable technologies utilising US cotton,” CCI executive director Bruce Atherley said. Brands and retailers visiting the booth also learned how joining the Cotton USA licensing programme can help their company capitalise on US cotton’s sales benefits and streamline their sourcing.

A recent global study indicated the Cotton USA Mark is preferred by a 4-1 margin over a 100 per cent cotton label. Furthermore, nearly 2/3 of consumers said they would be willing to pay more money for products with the Cotton USA Mark. Première Vision represents one of the world’s largest exhibitions of apparel, fabric and yarn manufacturers, providing a venue for Cotton USA to promote US cotton and its global marketing and licensing programme. International brands and retailers visited the pavilion, including Burberry, Zara, H&M, Lacoste, Esprit, American Eagle, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Tesco, Balenciaga, Raymond, M&S, Levi’s, Puma, Landmark, Chico’s, Grupo Uribe, Alcott, Carven, Topitop, KappAhl, Bestseller Group, New Balance, Calvin Klein, Lands’ End, and Loewe. Around 21 Cotton USA-licensed manufacturers from Austria, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Turkey displayed their products at Première Vision, adding visibility to US cotton. 

 

 

 

The Silk Mark Organisation of India (SMOI) recently set up nine testing centres in prime retail hubs in Bengaluru to ensure silk quality. The organisation has introduced `Silk Mark’, a system to quickly and conveniently test the purity of silk by trained personnel. The instant tests do not disturb the structure of the garments and will cost Rs. 20 per test. Consumers can benefit from purity tests like flame test and microscopic test, and an invoice and a sample test report are given after the test, a press release from SMOI quoted K M Hanumantharayappa, chairman, Central Silk Board (CSB) and SMOI, as saying.SMOI, a registered society under the Karnataka Society Act 1960, is an initiative of CSB and the ministry of textiles. The Silk Mark labels are in the form of paper hangtags and sew-in labels.

 

 

The United States and Europe are major markets of organic apparels for Indian textile manufacturers.

With the word ‘organic’ trending as a USP in markets across the globe including urban Indiaapparel manufacturers are switching a percentage of their production to organic following gradual rise in consumer demand. The United States and Europe are major markets of organic apparels for Indian textile manufacturers. Anticipating a bullish market for organic apparels that is growing at around 10 per cent annually, textile units are gradually increasing production for organic and sustainable products with eyes set on both overseas and local niche market, HS Jha, corporate HR head at a leading textile mill in Pithampur said, “Demand for organic apparels is growing gradually from our customers. We have witnessed an increase of around 12 per cent in demand for organic apparels from our customers.” Jha said every year they are increasing procurement of organic cotton from farmers to meet increasing demand. The textile company has adopted over 30,000 organic cotton farmers to supply to them. There are a handful of textile units in the region that manufacture organic apparels. Madhya Pradesh is fourth largest producer of cotton in the country.

According to apparel manufacturers, India is a niche market for organic clothes but countries like Europe and US are rapidly switching to organic, especially in women and kidswear. Amidst the growth, there are problems too. Despite increasing demand in overseas market, resistance by brands in increasing prices for organic products is hitting margins of manufacturers. Ashok Akade, technical vice-president at a textile mill said, “In our company, 30 per cent of manufacturing has been shifted to organic and sustainable fibre because market is there but margins have squeezed because international brands do not want to increase prices wherein cost of organic manufacturing is higher than normal clothes.”According to industry experts, cost of manufacturing organic apparels is about 5 per cent higher than normal due to higher cost of procurement, certification and other charges. They said high competition from other manufacturing countries and negligible scope to hike prices in international market is hitting profitability of textile mills. 

 

 

 

 

The Textile Ministry has launched a comprehensive Scheme for the development of the knitwear sector under PowerTex India. The scheme will help to enhance production in Surat based warp knitting sector. With the installed capacity of over 1,000 machines, Surat has emerged as a warp knitting sector. The annual turnover of warp knitting sector in the city is pegged at Rs1,000 crore.

According to Synthetic & Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council (SRTEPC), knitted fabrics contribute 27% of the total fabric production in the country and 15% of them are exported. The New scheme for knitting and knitwear sector would mostly benefit MSME, which comes under decentralized sector and that it would give a major fillip to employment generation in the kitting sector in the country.

SRTEPC chairman Narain Aggarwal said, The objective of the scheme is to set up new service centres on PPP model by industry associations, modernization and upgradation of existing power loom service centres. It would also help group workshed scheme, yarn bank, common facility centre, Pradhan Mantri credit scheme etc. The MSME units involved in knitting sector in Surat and across the country will be benefited.

The yarn bank scheme for knitting and knitwear units will provide an interest-free corpus fund of a maximum of up to Rs 2 crore. The Bank would enable small knitting and knitwear units to purchase the yarn at wholesale rate and in large quanitites. The warp knitted fabrics are extensively used for sportswear, lingerie, shoes, car seat covers and mattresses along with technical textiles like automobile filtration, lining and pocketing mesh.


 

 

 

"The government has launched the industry’s first fashion forecasting lab service with the help of NIFT in New Delhi. This service is based on the premise that fashion is a dynamic industry which depends on seasonal trends and forecast. As Surat is a hub of saree, the entrepreneurs of the city should get benefit of this lab to create an indigenous fashion forecasting service." Textile  minister Smriti Irani appeals textile community after inauguration of the Rs 300 crore Karanj Textile Park here on last week.

Irani said, Till now, the textile industry was dependent on the international fashion trend forecasting. The aim of the new centre is to find Indian fashion trends. With the help of fashion forecasting center service, Surti textile entrepreneurs could contribute hugely to such initiative under VisionNXT. The centre will use data generated from the industry, retailers and its own alumni and analyse them using artificial intelligence platform to identify trends across the country.

Irani also appreciated the environment concerns at the textile parks in South Gujarat where the country’s first zero liquid dicahrge (ZLD) has been set up at the Gujarat Eco Textile Park (GETP) at Palsana under the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) scheme of the Central Government. The waste water from CETP plant in Palsana will be recycled through the ZLD plant project where more than 92% of the quantity will be recycled and sent to park members for process requirement.

 

 

The Production in Surat-based synthetic textile industry will remain down upto three months starting from mid March. As thousands of migrant workers head home for festival of Holi, the shortage of  workers in textile industry becomes a major worry. The industry will take a production hit of more than 30% due to shortage of manpower. Beside Holi, this year the upcoming general elections has its repercussions on the industry. Workers who usually go on leave for Holi tend to return by last week of March or first week of April. However, according to textile industry sources, many of the workers are not likely to return before May leading to acute labour shortage.

The total workforce employed by fabric manufacturing, weaving and processing units in the textile industry in Surat stands at around eight lakh., most of which hail from states like Orissa, Bihar, UP and Maharasthra, among others, are on an exodus to their homes. "The fabrics production is already down by 30 per cent. More than 2 lakh workers have gone on leave for Holi. But this year is different. With general elections coming up, workers have hinted they won't return before May since they want to stay back for voting," said Sameerbhai, a Powerloom unit owner in Udhna Industrial area of the city.

Sources said, already 20-30 per cent of labourers have left while more are expected to leave in the coming days. The labour shortage also comes at a time when the industry, which markets fabric as well as ready made garments including sarees and dress materials, is in the middle of heavy orders for the upcoming marriageseason. By the time of elections, industry players fear almost 50 per cent workers to be on leave. Apart from voting in elections, the workforce is also likely to extend their leaves for the wedding season which falls in the month of April-May in their respective home states.


 

 

Vietnamese textile-garment export turnover reached $4.89 billion in the first two months of this year, up 19 per cent year-on-year, according to the ministry of industry and trade (MoIT). Products witnessing significant export growth included fabrics made from natural fibres at 14 per cent, fabrics from synthetic fibres at 14 per cent and apparel at 11 per cent. The positive performance was attributed to many firms receiving orders for the first six months of this year or even the entire year. According to a news agency report. Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Textile and Garment-Embroidery Association Pham Xuan Hong said the prospects of the domestic textile and garment industry seemed quite positive this year because of adequate external orders. 
The industry is projected to generate $40 billion from exports by the end of this year, up 10.8 per cent year-on-year, according to the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS). The industry’s trade surplus was expected to reach $20 billion this year. In 2018, export turnover of garments and textile products reached more than $36 billion, marking a year-on-year rise of 16 per cent. 

                                                                                                

 

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