Saturday, 04 February 2017 04:27

Steps taken for Welfare of Jute Workers

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In order to assess the living conditions of jute workers, a study on the Socio-Economic Conditions of Jute Mill Workers was conducted in 2015-16 by National Jute Board (NJB). The findings of the study, inter alia, indicate that 96.4% workers have electricity in their houses; that 91% of the families have piped water supply; that 99% of the workers have access to toilets; and that the mill workers have health coverage under ESI.  


Government of India provides an assured market to the jute sector under the Jute Packaging Materials Act (JPM), 1987. Under this Act, Government has mandated that 90% of foodgrains and 20% of sugar be packed in jute bags. The annual subsidy for this amounts to Rs.5,500 crores approximately. Apart from this, the National Jute Board (NJB) has been implementing several measures for the benefit of workers, artisans and small producers and for promotion of the jute industry.  These include: 


(i).     Workers’ Welfare Scheme (SulabhSauchalaya) for improvement of sanitation, health facilities and working conditions of jute mill workers.

(ii).   Incentives to Children of Jute Mill Workers for extending support to the Workers' families towards education of their children through a scholarship scheme.

(iii). Export Market Development AssistanceScheme to facilitate registered manufacturer exporters of jute products to participate in international fairs and take business delegations abroad for export promotion of lifestyle and other diversified jute products.

(iv). Retail Outlet of Jute Diversified Products Scheme for providing assistance to jute entrepreneurs for opening of outlets of jute lifestyle jute products in Metro Cities, State capitals, District Head Offices and Tourist spots; and

(v).   Focused Market Initiatives for organising and participation in Jute Fairs, National Fairs / Regional Fairs, Export oriented fairs in India & abroad to extend marketing support to the artisans, small and micro entrepreneurs:  


The above information was given by the Union Textiles Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani today, in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question. 


Saturday, 04 February 2017 04:23

Steps taken for Development of Sericulture

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Government through Central Silk Board (CSB) had implemented a Centrally Sponsored Scheme viz. ‘Catalytic Development Programme’(CDP) in various states during XII Plan period (upto 2014-15), to synergize and disseminate technologies & innovations developed by R&D units of CSB. The objective under the scheme was to incentivize investment among stakeholders to enhance production, productivity and quality of silk. The components under the CDP envisaged strengthening and creation of silkworm seed infrastructure, development of farm and post-cocoon infrastructure and creation of better marketing facilities to ensure remunerative price to primary producers.  


Consequent upon closure of CDP with effect from 2015-16, Government through Central Silk Board has been implementing a restructured Central Sector Scheme, viz.‘Integrated Scheme for the Development of Silk Industry’ for development of Sericulture industry in various states including Tamil Nadu, focusing on intervention in critical areas such as Feed, Seed, Breed, Post Cocoon Technology and Capacity Building. The scheme has the following components: 


     (a) Research & Development, Training, Transfer of Technology & IT Initiatives

     (b) Seed Organization

     (c) Coordination and Market Development

     (d) Quality Certification systems and Brand promotion & Technology up-gradation 


The above information was given by the Union Textiles Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani today, in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question.


Estimates and outlook for global yarn and fabric output signal unchanged development for Q4/2016 and a decline for Q1/2017.


The global yarn production increased in Q3/2016 quarter-on-quarter. Thereby, output in Asia and South America rose. In Europe and the USA the yarn production fell. On an annual basis, the global yarn production in Q3/2016 increased versus Q3/2015. Global yarn stocks climbed in Q3/2016 quarter-on-quarter. Yarn stocks were reduced in South America. In Asia, they increased. Year-on-year, global yarn stocks declined. Yarn orders in Europe and in South America fell quarter-on-quarter. Compared to the same quarter a year ago, yarn orders increased in South America and fell in Europe.


Global fabric production increased in Q3/2016 against Q2/2016 due to increases in Asia and South America. In contrast, Europe’s fabric production decreased. Global fabric output improved moderately year-on-year in Q3/2016. Thereby, Asian and South American output climbed moderately, while it fell in Europe. In Q3/2016, worldwide fabric stocks fell quarter-on-quarter. Fabric inventories were reduced in South America and increased moderately in Asia and North America. Year-on-year, fabric stocks declined. European and South American fabric orders decreased quarter-on-quarter. On a yearly basis South America’s fabric orders increased and Europe’s fell.


Estimates indicate an unchanged global yarn and fabric production for Q4/2016.


The globaloutlook for yarn and fabric production signals a decline for Q1/2017.

In Q3/2016, global yarn production increased by 3.4% quarter-on-quarter. Thereby, Asian yarn output strengthened by 3.7% quarter-on-quarter and by 2.6% in South America. In Europe and North America it fell by 13.3% and 1.4%, respectively. Global yarn output increased by 3.7% in Q3/2016 versus Q3/2015. In Asia yarn output improved by 3.5% year-on-year and in South America by 21%. In Europe and North America yarn output declined by nearly 4% year-on-year and by 7.8%, respectively.


Global fabric production increased by over 3% in Q3/2016 against the previous quarter. While Asian and South American output grew by over 4% each, European fabric production fell by nearly 15% quarter-on-quarter. Year-on-year, global fabric output improved moderately by 0.6% in Q3/2016. Thereby, Asian production increased by 0.6% and South America’s output improved by 4.7%. Europe’s fabric output fell by nearly 7% year-on-year.


Global yarn inventories increased in Q3/2016 by 4.8% quarter-on-quarter with increases of 5.7% in Asia. In contrast, in South America inventories fell by 1.4%.  In Q3/2016, the annual percentage change of global yarn inventories recorded a decrease of nearly 6%. Thereby, European yarn stocks increased by 5% year-on-year. Asian yarn stocks, however, fell by nearly 7% annually and South American stocks diminished by 0.6%.


Worldwide fabric stocks fell by 1.4% quarter-on-quarter in Q3/2016. The major culprit was South America, where stocks were reduced by nearly 8%. In the Asia and North America fabric stocks were increased moderately. On a yearly basis, global fabric inventories in Q3/2016 decreased by 5%. Asia’s fabric stocks decreased by 0.4% annually and South America’s inventories fell by over 16%. In Europe stocks declined by over 2%, while in North America they increased by 0.8% year-on-year.


In Q3/2016, European yarn orders fell by 5% quarter-on-quarter and by 2% year-on-year. In South America they fell by over 11% quarter-on-quarter and increased by over 100% year-on-year. European fabric orders in Q3/2016 fell by nearly 10% quarter-on-quarter and by 11.5% year-on-year. South American fabric orders in Q3/2016 fell by 3% quarter-on-quarter and increased by 10% year-on-year.





As a result of an initiative launched by the Ministry of Textiles on the second National Handloom Day (7th August 2016), the traditional hand-woven products of West Bengal Handloom clusters have been transformed into high-profile fashionable fabrics. Due to the involvement of a reputed fashion designer (identified by MoU partner IMG Reliance) in training and product development, “Beyond Boundaries”, a garment range produced from the handloom products of West Bengal Handloom Clusters in Coochbehar and Udaynarayanpur, is being showcased in the Lakme Fashion Week, being held in Mumbai from February 1-5, 2017.


The engagement of the fashion designer was done under a pioneering initiative taken by the Ministry of Textiles, to engage reputed designers in handloom clusters for product development/diversification, improved marketability and better returns. MoUs were signed with IMG Reliance and other similar organizations on the 2nd National Handloom Day i.e. 7th August 2016, in Varanasi.


Ministry of Textiles has sanctioned a large number of projects for comprehensive development of handloom-concentrated blocks across the country. 273 such projects have been sanctioned with 2,30,133 weavers as beneficiaries. These include Coochbehar and Udaynarayanpur Handloom Clusters in West Bengal, which respectively cover 505 and 640 handloom weavers. Financial assistance has been provided for various interventions, including design development. In order to develop new designs/products in the clusters, an MoU was signed with a group of designers in partnership with IMG Reliance. Among them, Shri Sayantan Sarkar, Fashion Designer has come out with a range of garments, which is being showcased in the Lakme Fashion Week. It is expected that the products developed will go a long way in supporting handlooms, with the weavers getting higher wages. Mr. Sayantan Sarkar worked in association with Weavers’ Service Centre, Kolkata in Coochbehar Handloom Cluster in Coochbehar district and in Udaynarayanpur Handloom Cluster in Howrah district.


Bengal is known for its Jamdanis and Balucharis but a larger number of weavers presently produce in plain weaves and basic “Tangail” or plain weave sarees with jacquard borders or even the local towels “gamchas” and the “Lungis” which constitute a large segment in Bengal.


This initiative has introduced Linen yarn to weave the “gamchas”, colour palette was changed to pastels instead of the stark contrasting combinations and the check formation was changed to an uneven gradation according to the forecast which all of a sudden made the same weave look like an upmarket fabric with extreme drapability and also difficult to replicate in powerlooms.


Leading direct-to-garment technology platform receives upgrade for even higher reliability and reduced cost per print


Kornit Digital, (NASDAQ: KRNT), a global market leader in digital textile printingtechnology, has announced the launch of its new Avalanche R-Series with ink recirculation system.


Kornit’s Avalanche platform is the company’s flagship direct-to-garment printing system. The two most recent configurations were the Avalanche Hexa with six-color-plus white support and the Avalanche 1000 which has been designed for uncompromised speed.


Both systems arecommercially available from January 31 in a new ‘R-Series’ version, with a recirculating ink system as the primary innovation. This technology, which Kornit already uses in the Storm series, the Allegro and the Vulcan, optimizes print quality, reliability and ink efficiency of the new Avalanches. As a result, users of the Avalanche R-Series benefit from up to 20% ink savings and faster system availability after the start-up process.


The new R-Series versions will replace the current systems. The capabilities of the R-Series are also available for existing Avalanche Hexa and Avalanche 1000 installations as an upgrade, from January 31.


The Kornit Avalanche HexaR-Series includes six color channels plus white, for a wider gamut and improved spot color handling. Users can easily reproduce the true colors of licensed sports teams and accurately match corporate logos with fiery reds, warm yellows, deep blues and greens, vivid purples and many more.


Designed for the mass production of garments, Kornit’s Avalanche 1000 R-Series has dual pallet industrial production capability, and is a very robust platform designed for heavy duty use. Thanks to a unique double bridge architecture, the white and the color print phases can happen in parallel, for optimized and unique dark garment efficiency. The system generates very high speeds and excellent print quality. It prints up to 220 light and 160 dark garments per hour. The Avalanche 1000 R-Series is perfectly suited to be used all day, every day and for all volumes.


Both systems feature a print area of up to 90 x 60cm and 12cm wide pass printing. An automatic height adjustment mechanism allows printing over buttons, zippers and other protruding objects.



With the NeoPigment™ process, Kornit users benefit from the advantages of state-of-the art pigment ink technology, based on more than 1,200 installations globally and 14 years of experience. Neo Pigment™ meets the highest environmental regulations, including Oeko-Tex Standard 100and GOTS pre-approval. Suitable for printing on multiple fabric types, its versatility is unmatched. NeoPigment™ prints have an excellent hand feel, a wide gamut of bright and intense colors, as well as long-term durability and wash fastness.


“Kornit keeps innovating on all fronts,” stated Guy Zimmerman, Kornit Digital’s Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. “The new Avalanche R-Series is a great example how a proven flagship product can be optimized towards even higher print quality, reliability and cost efficiency and have noticed great reception of this new concept during the beta stage.”


About Kornit Digital


Kornit Digital (NASDAQ:KRNT) develops, manufactures and markets industrial digital printing technologies for the garment, apparel and textile industries. Kornit delivers complete solutions, including digital printing systems, inks, consumables, software and after-sales support. Leading the digital direct-to-garment printing market with its exclusive eco-friendly NeoPigment printing process, Kornit caters directly to the changing needs of the textile printing value chain. Kornit’s technology enables innovative business models based on web-to-print, on-demand and mass customization concepts. With its immense experience in the direct-to-garment market, Kornit also offers a revolutionary approach to the roll-to-roll textile printing industry: Digitally printing with a single ink set onto multiple types of fabric with no additional finishing processes. Founded in 2003, Kornit Digital is a global company, headquartered in Israel with offices in the USA, Europe and Asia Pacific, and serves customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. For more information, visit Kornit Digital at


·         Industry-appropriate orientation of product lines and services

·         Joint trend scouting with customers


Cologne - The use of thermoplastics in the electrical and electronics industry (E&E) will continue to grow strongly in the future thanks to megatrends such as Industry 4.0, LED lighting and the digital networking of building services engineering, household appliances and entertainment electronics. LANXESS’s High Performance Materials business unit – one of the world’s leading suppliers of compounds based on polyamide 6, polyamide 66 and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) with its Durethan and Pocan brands – is therefore boosting its operations for the E&E industry. A new E&E Marketing and Sales segment has been set up that pools the resources for this industry and organizes them in a more focused way. 

“Our objective is to respond faster to the wishes of our partners in the E&E industry. We also want them to have access to a wider selection of listed materials that precisely meet their technical requirements,” explains Holger Mersmann, head of the new group, setting out its strategic orientation. “Our goal is to enter into long-term partnerships with our customers where our product portfolio and technical expertise provide them with competitive advantages.”

Competence Center for technical support

The new Marketing/Sales segment is supported by an E&E Competence Center that is responsible for product and applications development. Its job is to pick up on technical trends in the market early and work with customers to turn these into market-ready products. Mersmann: “We aim to provide E&E-specific services as part of a holistic approach, where we support our customers at all stages of component development – from the first concept idea and material selection to component design, mold construction, processing and all the way to series launch.” To this end, E&E-specific services have been added to the HiAnt package, through which the business unit usually supports customers with component development. A simulation tool has already been developed, for example, that enables molded parts to be designed properly in terms of their thermal conductivity. With this tool, it is possible to investigate how the temperature of an LED component when the lamp is in operation depends on the component geometry and material. 

Global focus of activities

Organizationally, the Marketing/Sales segment and the Competence Center have a global orientation. They focus primarily on industrial applications, household appliances, LED lighting, power tools and consumer and home electronics. They have close links to the business unit’s centers for product and applications development and testing and processing technology based in all the key economic regions around the world. “This enables us to precisely meet the regional needs of global customers with development and production sites worldwide,” says Mersmann. “Our customers also benefit from our plastics being available globally in the same high quality.” 

Detailed information on Durethan and Pocan properties, applications and processing technologies for the E&E industry can be found in the High Performance Materials TechCenter at and



LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.9 billion in 2015 and about 16,700 employees in 29 countries. The company is currently represented at 55 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, specialty chemicals and plastics. Through ARLANXEO, the joint venture with Saudi Aramco, LANXESS is also a leading supplier of synthetic rubber. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World) and FTSE4Good.



For the first time, the Union Budget and Railway Budget merged together and announced as a single Budget giving importance for thrust areas.  Yet another special feature of the budget is merging planned and non-planned expenditure enabling different Ministries to get proper allocation for meeting the expenditure.  Transform, Energize and Clean India (TEC India) Vision with ten point agenda set by the Government to frame the Budget would enable the Nation not only to grow at a faster rate, but also achieve a sustained growth rate.


In a Press Release issued here today, Mr.M.Senthilkumar, Chairman, The Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) has welcomed the Union Budget 2017-18 and termed it as a growth oriented budget enabling all the manufacturing sectors to grow at a faster rate and the people of the Nation to improve their standard of living.  The objective of doubling farmers’ income, housing for one crore rural Indians, Skilling of youth by establishing 100 India International Skill Centre, Development of Infrastructure to provide end to end solution by integrating Road, Rail & Ship would greatly benefit the textile industry that is spread across the Nation says Mr.Senthilkumar. 



Mr.Senthilkumar has stated that the main demand of the Association of continuing the existing tax structure including the service tax and optional Cenvat route extended for textile industry till the GST is implemented has been considered in the Budget.  The other benefits extended such as 5% reduction in the tax for MSME industrial units, additional allocation to the banks for NPA accounts, cashless transaction, labour reform, relaxation of FDI norms by abolishing Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) would also benefit the textile industry.  The Cluster Approach for contract farming would greatly benefit the predominantly cotton based textile industry, according to SIMA Chief.



SIMA Chairman has hoped that the textiles being a mass consumption item, the Government would consider bringing the entire textile value chain under lowest slab rate of GST (currently announced as 5%) without any exemption to have proper compliance.  




For the firsttime in public, February 8th in Paris


February 8th is likely to make history in the textile industry. This is the day when the innovative Swedish company Coloreelwill unveil and demonstrate Embroline – their unique thread colouring attachment for the embroidery industry. The live demo will take place at Avantex Paris, a trade fair dedicated to high technology for the fashion industry.

The Coloreeltechnologyenableshigh-qualityinstantcolouringoftextilethreadwhile the thread is beingused in textileproduction. The firstproduct to be launchedbased on thistechnology is Embroline, a groundbreakingthreadcolouring attachment for embroiderymachines.

Embroline is a unique, stand-alonethreadcolouringunitthatcaneasily be usedwithpracticallyanyembroiderymachinewithoutanymodifications. By instantlycolouring an Embrolinebasethreadduringembroideryproduction, Embrolineenablescompletefreedom to createuniqueembroiderieswithoutany limitations in the useofcolours. Colourchanges on the threadcan be maderapidly, from one solid colour to another or gradually, to make smoothtransitions or anycolouringeffectyoucanimagine.

“Thisopensup an entirely new world for designers, embroiderymanufacturers and apparelcustomers” says Joakim Staberg, the founderofColoreel and the inventorof the technology.

The Embroline attachment offers a solution to someof the greatestchallenges in the embroideryindustry. Requiringonlyonereelofthread per embroideryhead, Embrolinewillbring the industry to a new level. The challenging handling of a large stock ofthreadreels and the tediousrethreadingof the embroiderymachinesmaysoon be nothingbutmemories. Embrolineprovides the embroidery market with a versatile solution to increaseproduction, profits and growth.

The benefitsofEmbrolineareimmense. Embroiderymanufacturerswillalwayshaveexactly the right colouravailablewhentheyneed it. The only materials requiredare the Embrolinebasethread and ink cartridges. No spoolreplacementmeans minimal wastage. The reducedneed for threadcutsmeans a minimum oflockstitches on the back of the textile and a higherembroideryqualityalongwithincreasedproduction speed.


“In addition, Embrolinecontributes to a moresustainableembroidery process”, says Joakim Staberg. Most oftoday’sthreadcolouringprocessesarequiteresource intensive. WithEmbroline, the embroiderymanufacturersonlycolourexactly the amountofthreadtheyneed for each order. Thus, no threadwaste and no dyedisposedintowastewater.

“The interest is overwhelming. Wehavealreadybeencontacted by someof the world’slargestapparelcompanies and high-end fashion brands”, says Bjarne Hammer, CEO ofColoreel. “And remember, embroidery is only the first step for us”.

ColoreelwilldemonstrateEmbroline in Paris, at the Avantex fair, booth C210, all dayFebruary 8th. A special company and product presentation will be held at Agora at 3 p.m. Read moreaboutAvantexhere.



For more information visit www.coloreel.comor contact:

Alicia Vara, Marketing Manager
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Bjarne Hammar, CEO    
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– Shri Ujwal Lahoti, Chairman, TEXPROCIL


The Government has announced the Union Budget for 2017-18 in the parliament today.

“Overall the budget is positive, wide ranging and inclusive” said Shri Ujwal Lahoti, Chairman, TEXPROCIL. 

Shri Lahoti was glad that the job creating package of the textile sector found a worthy mention in the latest Economic Survey 2016-17 which was presented by the Hon’ble Finance Minister, Shri ArunJaitley. However, the made-ups sector which is included in the package still awaits the rates on ROSL scheme (Refund of State levies). The Chairman hoped that the rates will be announced soon so that the sector could take advantage of this path breaking scheme.

The Chairman welcomed the 5% reduction in Corporate Income Tax for medium and small enterprises with 50 crores turnover. This will benefit a large number of MSMEs in the textile sector also.

Shri Lahoti appreciated that the Government will continue to take measures to boost growth as well as employment generation. He however stated that the export sector which was at the moment languishing on account of low overseas demand and rising protectionism had not found a mention in the budget.  In this connection, he appealed to the Government to restore some of the incentives relating to interest subvention for merchant exporters and cotton yarn and MEIS benefit for cotton yarns. 

He further stated that the Economic Survey 2016-17 in Chapter 7 has expressed concern on Indian exporters of garments/textiles being disadvantaged in foreign markets on account of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs).  In fact the Economic Survey has estimated that an FTA with EU and UK can lead to almost 1 lakh additional jobs being created in the garment sector apart from an increase in exports of US$ 2 billion.  If fabrics and made-up industries are also included in this calculation, the exports can easily increase to US$ 3.5 billion and an additional 1 million jobs can be created.


Considering the fact that the FTA with EU may take some time, Government should immediately consider giving an additional benefit of 3% MEIS for exports of made-ups to EU so that the adverse impact of the FTAs can be mitigated to some extent, till such time the FTA is signed.


Mr.M.B. Raghunath, President (Sales & Marketing) of Mafatlal Industries Ltd. welcomed the budget and stated that the garment sector will have a boost on long term basis due to:


1. 35% Increase in government expenditures in Rural Infrastructure Development,Rural investment and rural economic improvement will boost demand for textiles and garments.SSI & Medium Scale textiles and garment manufacturing companies will be benefitting from this.


2. Overall positive approach of Govt. will lift up the economy this the production.


3.Continuation of current Textile Policy is also good for the industry.


4.The indirect taxes are not addressed by the FM because The same will be addressed at the time of GST implementation 



Overall it is an encouraging budget with a long term vision.


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