The list of potential applications of technical textiles seems almost endless. Engineers and research institutes regularly find new and more demanding areas in which the use of textiles can lead to technical progress, weight reduction, cost savings, or other benefits. In order to capture these advantages, the textiles must meet stringent requirements, resist mechanical forces such as compression or shear, withstand environmental conditions, or meet strict medical hygiene requirements. In addition, the fibres, yarns, and even finished fabrics are often subjected to chemical and mechanical processes during or throughout the entire textile manufacturing process. If the textile surface is a woven fabric, Stäubli plays an important role in the design and quality of the end product, thanks to its core competencies in shedding (dobby and Jacquard machines) and weaving preparation (drawing-in and warp-tying machines). Based on over a century of experience in the traditional textile industry and its continuous R&D activities, Stäubli constantly offers new and improved high-performance systems and solutions for processing technical textiles and other fabrics – equipment that can be individually adapted to the needs of the weaving mill. The machinery described below represents a selection from Stäubli’s broad range for technical textiles:

Magma T12 – the warp-tying solution for technical yarns 

This tying machine processes monofilaments, coarse multifilaments, PP tapes, bastfibres, coarse staple fibres and many other yarn types.

LXL/LXXL Jacquard machines for producing complex OPW (one-piece woven) airbags
These machines feature lifting motions that ensure precise shedding geometry and absolutely vibration-free movement even at high speeds. The optimally coordinated kinematics of all moving parts within the machine and the directly mounted components such as the drives enable routine weaving of very heavy fabrics. The shed opening is optimised and loads on the warp threads during weft insertion are reduced. The robust construction and uncompromising use of high-quality materials guarantee the reliability and longevity of every machine.

TF20 weaving system for complex multi-layer fabrics

Individually configurable, this system allows the production of flat and spacer fabrics, complex and very thick and/or dense multi-layer fabrics, as well with material mix, and 3D textiles.

ALPHA 500 LEANTEC for manufacturing high quality artificial turf

This specific weaving system of the Schönherr Carpet Systems product line enables the economical production of high-quality synthetic turf and greige woven carpets.




The Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) is targeting 100,000 cotton farmers this year, HajiyaA’ishaAbubakar, Nigeria’s minister of state for industry, trade and investment, conveyed recently to a stakeholders’ forum in Zaria in Kaduna state on good cotton seed production to enhance the cotton value chain in Niger state. The minister was represented by OmololuOpeewe, director of Commodities and Products Inspectorate Department (CPID) at the forum, according to a press agency. Opeewe said the cotton textile and garment (CTG) policy aimed at boosting local production and cotton processing. The ministry is currently working with the National Cotton Association of Nigeria (NACOTAN) to facilitate access to ABP. With a target yield of 1.5 metric tonnes per hectare, 300,000 metric tonnes of seed cotton will be processed by the ginning companies, while 114,000 metric tonnes of cotton lint will be available to the textile mills, the minister said in her message. The Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) will play an important role in providing good quality seeds. The National Agricultural Extension, Research and Liaison Service (NAERLS) will train the cotton farmers to supplement the actualisation of the target.



In a bid to increase Bangladesh's apparel exports to India, several garment manufacturers from the country showcased their creations during Apparel Sourcing Week in India. A flurry of activities – seminars, panel discussions, vendor workshops and open house were held during the 2-day expo touching all key aspects of the booming Indian fashion retail sector. The first edition of Apparel Sourcing Week 2019 was inaugurated by BGMEA president Siddiqur Rahman and vice president (finance) Mohammed Nasir while the principal secretary, commerce and industry, government of Karnataka, Gaurav Gupta was also present on the occasion. “India-Bangladesh relationship has grown stronger over the years and India is already a very important development partner for us besides being a vital destination for garment exports. Readymade garments today account for 84 per cent of our total exports while India on the other hand boasts of upwardly mobile and sizeable middle-class that has significant buying power. So Bangladesh can offer apparel to India at very competitive price. What’s more, our apparel manufacturing industry is one of the most sustainable in every aspect. Being a neighbouring country, we can leverage each other’s strengths and work together towards strengthening bilateral relations and business growth,” said Rahman.

“I congratulate the organisers for coming up with the Apparel Sourcing Week 2019 in Bengaluru. Bengaluru is not only a major centre for technology but also a strong manufacturing hub including apparel. Retail sector is also very strong here, and I am sure the platform of Apparel Sourcing Week would provide a win-win situation for brands and retailers while also offering new export opportunities for Bangladesh,” said Gupta, while adding that in today’s age of mutual cooperation, strong business relations between the India and Bangladesh is the need of the hour. "Bangladesh and India share a long border and a number of land customs ports, and we have geographic advantage as well as a free trade agreement through SAFTA which came into effect in 2016. But despite all these advantages our trade has not achieved the desired level so far. Apparel and textile is a promising sector to strengthen the trade relation between the two neighbouring countries," said Nasir.



India has been one of the fastest growing large economies in the world, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said, asserting that the country has carried out several key reforms in the last five years, but more needs to be done. Responding to a question on India's economic development in the last five years at a fortnightly news conference here, IMF communications director Gerry Rice Thursday said, "India has of course been one of the world's fastest growing large economies of late, with growth averaging about seven per cent over the past five years." "Important reforms have been implemented and we feel more reforms are needed to sustain this high growth, including to harness the demographic dividend opportunity, which India has," he said.



ITTA will be organizing one Day “NATIONAL INVESTORS’ CONCLAVE ON TECHNICAL TEXTILES (NICTT 2019)” jointly with Indian Texpreneurs Federation (ITF) on 24th April, 2019 at The Residency Towers, Coimbatore.

 The objective of the Conclave is to promote new Investments in Technical Textile Industry by Entrepreneurs across the country. In deliberations with many stakeholders so far, it is understood that First-time Entrepreneurs are more interested to invest in this sector and want to know the evaluation of business scope, identify right products, market potential, investment quantum, etc. The conclave will provide a platform to showcase the promising technologies, solutions, products, market, etc. by the experts in the respective fields in front of the audience of Entrepreneurs to attract them to invest. Please find enclosed 1st cut of the NICTT 2019 Brochure giving details of the event.

 1. Being the leading publisher of Journal/Magazine, we request you to extend Media Support to ITTA as you had done for our earlier events to make the event a grand success. We hope to receive your favorably response soon.

If you agree to this proposal, please send a line of confirmation. Also send your high resolution Logo (JPG/CDR format) to us. We will print it in our Brochure/ Flyer of the event.

2. For Pre-event Press coverage, we will shortly send you the Flyer & Webpage for publishing in your esteemed Journal/Magazine and uploading on your website.  



Saija Finance, a non-banking finance company (NBFC) commemorates its 10th year of improving the lives of rural women in India at an event called GARIMA. The company initiated operations in 2008 at Patna.


Bihar remains one of the poorest states in India and is home to over 120 million people. Over 60 % of the population falls in the underserved category. Bihar also did not have a successful Bank / NBFC since the formation of the state a hundred years ago. Hence both the need and the challenge to set up a successful bank in the state of Bihar. It is in this backdrop, that Mr.S R Sinha and Mrs. RashmiSinha launched the Microfinance initiative in Bihar in 2008.


On this special occasion, Mr. Sinha, CMD, Saija Finance says, “As Saija completes 10 successful years of business operations, we are well poised to become a scheduled commercial bank with a strong base in the state of Bihar. We take this opportunity to extend my sincere gratitude to over six lacs of our women clients whose creditworthiness and disciplined conduct has been the key to the success of Saija. We also sincerely thank my dedicated workforce, many of whom successfully completing 10 years at Saija. We would like to thankAccion, a global nonprofit dedicated to creating a financially inclusive world and our partner for the last ten years. Thanks to Saija’s eminent and illustrious Board members, whose monitoring and guidance have helped us create a thriving organization. We have also received strong support by way of equity, loans and grants from Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC), Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) and capital First (now IDFC First Bank) during this journey.

Congratulating Saija on this very occasion, Mr. Michael Schlein, CEO at Accion expresses, “Promoting financial inclusion in rural India is critical, and leaders like Saija, who are operating in areas of Bihar, Jharkhand, are demonstrating innovative ways to challenge geography to build a financially inclusive platform that offers services to the most vulnerable and economically active section of society,” said Michael Schlein, President, and CEO of Accion. Accion has partnered with Saija since its seed stage, and Saija’s growth, success, and focus on delivering inclusive financial services to underserved clients has made them a great Accion partner over the last decade. Congratulations to Saija on this important milestone.”

Over the last 4 years, Saija and Greenlight Planet have been instrumental in delivering clean energy access to more than 6 lakh individuals in India. From the time we began our partnership with them, we were assured that it would be a long-lasting relationship. We congratulate them on completing 10 years of operations in India and wish them all the luck for a successful future", saysMr. Sahil Khanna, Partnerships Business Leader, Asia at Greenlight Planet, a leading solar home energy company that helps Saija works towards energy inclusion for rural India.

About Saija Finance Private Limited:

SAIJA Finance Private Limited is a Non-Banking Finance Company (NBFC) formed in 2007 with a focus on providing microfinance services to the urban and rural poor, as well as micro and small businessmen in the underserved geographies of Northern & Eastern India, starting with Bihar.

The geographic regions served by SAIJA are amongst the poorest in India and also are grossly underserved by formal financial institutions. SAIJA has a membership of more than 6 lacs clients, spread across 63 districts of Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana operating with 101 branches. SAIJA was conceptualized and founded by Mr. Shashi Ranjan Sinha and Ms. Rashmi Sinha in April 2007.

As Saija enters its 11th year of operations with a record-breaking performance in all spheres of its business parameters.


(Received from NITMA)



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India is likely to get severely impacted by the effects of the global warming on the crop production and human resources, the researchers at IIT-Delhi have warned. In a 2018 study, conducted in the tropical regions for about eight months, the researchers observed the ‘crop productivity and labour efficiency’, and looked at the grid-wise quantification of climate changes across India to help policymakers adopt region-wise strategies.




Bangladesh commerce Minister TipuMunshi has again called on the United States to reinstate the generalised system of preferences (GSP) to the country. Urging the newly-appointed US ambassador Earl R Miller to Bangladesh to take initiatives in this regard at the US Trade Show 2019 recently, he said GSP suspension is not a financial loss but an image issue. The American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh (AmCham) and the US Embassy in Dhaka jointly organised the trade show, according to Bangla media reports. Munshi also urged US entrepreneurs to invest in Bangladesh taking benefit of special incentives for investors in the economic zones. Bangladesh is establishing 100 special economic zones across the country. The United States had revoked the GSP facilities on June 27, 2013, following two major industrial accidents in Bangladesh—the Tazreen Fashion fire in 2012 and the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013. The US Administration had placed a set of conditions, including improvement of the working conditions in garment factories, to revive the GSP benefit.



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