Technical Textiles is the sunrise segment of the global textile industry. With increasing competition and diminishing margins in the production of conventional textiles, textile manufacturers in industrialised countries have switched over to production of value-added technical textiles. In India the technical textile industry contributes to roughly 12% of Indian textile industry at present which is very less compared to other developing countries like China where technical textile industry accounts for around 20% of the textile sector.
PHD Chamber in the past has actively taken up issues related to Textile Industry and technological upgradation for the growth of the industry as well as socio-economic growth of the economy.
Against this backdrop and to promote usage and application areas of technical textiles,PHD Chamber in association with O/o Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India and Northern India Textile Research Association (NITRA) organised a 2 day Exhibition cum Buyer-Seller Meet on Technical Textiles on 23rd-24th March 2017 at PHD House, New Delhi.
The Exhibition was inaugurated by Air Commodre Deepak Gaur, Principal Director-Medical Services, Indian Air Force, Surgeon Rear Admiral, Joy Chatterjee, Indian Navy, Dr. Arindam Basu, Director General, NITRA; Dr. V K Kohli, Director, Regional O/o Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, Dr. V. K. Kothari, Professor - Textiles Department, IIT Delhi, Mr. Viren Mehta, Vice President- Marketing, Fibre2Fashion, Mr. Sanjay Aggarwal, Chairman, Industry Affairs Committee, PHD Chamber, Mr. Ram Poddar, Co-Chairman, Industry Affairs Committee, PHD Chamber and Mr. Vivek Seigell, Director, PHD Chamber.
Mr. Sanjay Aggarwal, Chairman, Industry Affairs Committee, PHD Chamber
Mr. Sanjay Aggarwal, Chairman, Industry Affairs Committee, PHD Chamber in his welcome address mentioned that Textile industry in India is vital for its economic growth as it generates employment in large no.s.
Mr. Aggarwal also added that the technical textile industry has been expanding proportionally in respect to the entire textile industry.
He mentioned that India’s Textile growth at present is estimated at $108 billion which is expected to rise to $220 billion by 2021.
He further added that Technical textiles accounted for around 29 per cent share of the global textile revenues.
Mr. Ram A Poddar, Co-Chairman, Industry Affairs Committee, PHD Chamber
Mr Ram A Poddar, Co-Chairman, Industry Affairs Committee, PHDCCI, said that India’s textiles sector is one of the oldest industries in Indian economy dating back several centuries.
He added that even today, textiles sector is one of the largest contributors to India’s exports with approximately 11 per cent of total exports and is labour intensive.
Dr. Arindam Basu, Director General, NITRA
Dr. Arindam Basu, DG, NITRA in his address said that Textiles have over decades evolved from being used only for protection earlier to presently focusing on aesthetics and fashion side.
He added that new fibres and technologies including Technical Textiles, have helped produce good quality textile products which are much more suitable for user.
Dr. Basu said that Technical Textiles presents a win-win situation for both industry as well as buyers. He explained that for Industry technical textiles gives higher residue and profit per unit is much more.or buyers he mentioned that Technical textiles increases efficiency as well as provide an added protection increasing the overall quality of end product.
Dr. Arindam Basu said that over last 3 years Indian Technical Textile industry has come up and many international standard products have come up in India which has led to an increase in import substitution of textiles.
Air Cdr Deepak Gaur, Principal Director-Medical Services, Indian Air Force
Air Cdr Deepak Gaur, Principal Director,Indian Air Force focused on importance of Protective and Medical textiles within the broad classification of Technical Textiles. He said that one of the most importnt thing for a medical textiles manufacturer is to reduce hospital acquired Infections as the bacteria,virus and fungi adversely affects the environment.
Air Cdr Deepak Gaur mentioned that in India there is space for both disposable as well as reusable technical textiles.
Air Cdr Deepak Gaur sais that the lack of dynamic standards is a persistent problem with repsect to Technical Textiles industry and needs to be addressed and should be done after consultations with all relevant stakeholders including centres of excellence.
He further mentioned that the Indian Defence forces including Army, Navy and Air Force aim to equip its soldiers with state of the art NBC (Nuclear Biological Chemical) warfare equipment to sustain in adverse circumstances.
Air Cdr Deepak Gaur said that Indian Air Force has suggested DRDO to tie up with foreign protective textiles manufacturers so that sophsticated and superior products can be made in India for our soldiers.
Dr. V. K. Kothari, Professor,Textiles Department, IIT Delhi
Dr. Kothari in his address highlighted the importance of Technical Textiles for India and the world .He said that the Technical Textile manufacturers in India must look a to how they can diversify their product range to areas which are more promising.
He also mentioned that Indian manufacturers must focus on innovation and developing new products to make it competitive in the market.Dr. Kothari suggested the technical textile industry to collaborate with institutions like IIT Delhi for research related oppoutnity/problems which industry would like to work upon.
Surgeon Rear Admiral Joy Chatterjee, Additional Director General-Medical Services, Indian Navy
Surgeon Rear Admiral Joy Chatterjee, Additional Director General-Medical Services, Indian Navy in his address said that requirement of textiles for the 3 defence forces of India is similar.
He mentioned that Indian Navy has 10 dedicated hospitals as compared to 12 for Indian Air Force and 140 from Indian Army. He added that level of medical care varies in these hospitals and range from small 40-50 beds to huge tertiary care hospitals of 800 beds.
Surgeon Rear Admiral Joy Chaterjee said that over decades medical practices in India have grown tremendously to the extent that they have nearly caught up with the western developed countries. Adding further he mentioned that good quality surgical drapes and dressings have contributed to this.
Surgeon Rear Admiral Joy Chatterjee said that although affordability is one of the critical factors for procurement department but honesty towards patients and customers must be a priority for the hospitals. He further explained this by citing the case of many spurious products, not only drugs but also medical disposables which have come up in the market and are of poor quality. He added that these products get passed because of their lowest bid and does not set a good precedent and suggested the Chamber to intervene appropriately.
Surgeon Rear Admiral Joy Chatterjee concluded by urging the Technical Textiles industry to collaborate with DRDO and make state of the art products for Indian Navy as the demand for no. of utility suits and clothing is huge.
Dr. V K Kohli, Director, Regional Office of Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Govt of India
Dr. V. K. Kohli in his address at the Inaugural Session highlighted the potential of Indian Textile Industry. He said that India has the capacity to produce wide variety of products which cater to both India as well as overseas markets.
He said that technical textiles are manufactured primarily for their performance and efficiency.
Dr. Kohli mentioned that market for Technical Textiles in India stood at Rs 92,499 crore in 2015-16 and is expected to grow at a 12% CAGR and reach Rs 1, 16,217 crore by 2017-18 and added that India would play a key role in shaping the global technical tectiles industry with increasing power of purchasing of indian consumers.
Dr. V K Kohli said that development and industrialization are the main drivers for the demand of Technical Textile products in a country and the demand for technical textiles is expected to stay steady during the period 2015-2020, due to a broadening application in end-use industries, such as automotive, construction, healthcare, and sports equipment etc.
He also mentioned that the Govt of India has launched many schemes like TUFS (Technological Upgradation Fund Schemes) and Amended TUFS focusing on increasing Textile Exports from India
Dr. Kohli added that the Govt of India is also setting up of India’s first integrated textile city in Andhra Pradesh