Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, will present at China Interdye 2017 some of its most innovative technologies, under the motto: “Colors enhanced, performance enhanced, sustainability enhanced”. True to its long-term commitment to sustainability and innovation, Archroma will present solutions that combine performance, cost optimization and responsible textile production. With a heritage of more than 120 years, Archroma is in the position to offer solutions for enhancing colors, performance and sustainability globally.


Drawing on its extensive formulation and technical know-how in dyestuff and pigments, Archroma will showcase at China Interdye some of its latest innovations:

Optisul® C dyes – Optisul® C dyes for casualwear enable manufacturers to expand their color horizons with a new range of six dyes especially designed to produce colors in continuous dyeing processes, as well as on coating and printing. These affinity-free, sulfide-free(1) dyes, suitable for GOTS(2) and bluesign®(3) approval, can be combined with each other to obtain collections of garments suitable for wash-down treatments in a wide array of easily achievable and reproducible soft colors.

ADVANCED DENIM technology – When employing Archroma’s ADVANCED DENIM technology, based on “Denim-Ox” and “Pad/Sizing-Ox” dyeing processes, users can reduce water consumption and wastewater by up to 92%, eliminate up to 63% of the usual cotton waste, and save up to 30% in energy costs compared to traditional Indigo processes. Archroma estimates that the use of this technology allowed savings of about 700 million liters of water in 2012 alone. Just imagine how much water could be used if more manufacturers would join the ADVANCED DENIM revolution.

Metal-free acid dyes – Metal-free acid dyes – Archroma has introduced a wide range of Nylosan® S and Lanasyn® F metal-free(1) dyes aimed at meeting the wet and light fastness levels typically needed for the creation of bright and beautiful  colors on polyamide and wool, without compromising on ecological requirements. The Nylosan® S dyes exhibit excellent build properties on polyamide, polyamide microfiber, polyamide/elastomeric blends, polyamide/cotton blends and on wool.

The range also incorporates AOX and metal-free(1) ternary elements including Nylosan® Orange S-3R, Nylosan® Red S-3B, Nylosan® Navy S-3G and Nylosan® Blue-black S-3R which achieve exceptionally high wet fastness levels in deep, muted shades including navy, dark brown, olive and blacks. Nylosan® Brilliant Red S-3R is also AOX and metal-free(1) and produces deep, vibrant red shades with very high wet fastness levels. As well as being metal-free(1), the Nylosan® S range also meets Oeko-Tex(4) 100 and is bluesign®(3) approved.


By offering a constant flow of eco-advanced and innovative new process and functional chemicals, Archroma provides solutions that combine performance, safety and low impact on resources.

‘Zero add-on’ formaldehyde solution for finishing – Fixapret® Resin WFF is a novel, “zero add-on” formaldehyde finishing system for no-iron performance. Its anti-wrinkle finish shows good performance and benefits compared to other such offerings, including strong, flexible fiber bonding, abrasion resistance, durable wearing and whiteness. With Fixapret® Resin WFF, consumers can enjoy end-products that look good, while saving on precious resources and being gentler on the skin.

SmartRepel® Hydro – SmartRepel® Hydro supports the increasing adoption of eco-advanced materials and production processes by textile producers and brand owners. This new range is Archroma’s nature-friendlier protection that keeps cotton, polyester and polyamide textiles dry. The unique technology offers exceptional, durable water repellency and is not based on fluorine. SmartRepel® Hydro produces a soft hand feel and outstanding breathability – the perfect long-lasting, high-performance finish for weatherproof garments.

EarthColors - This new range of dyes is created from agricultural waste: almond shells, saw palmetto, rosemary leaves, etc. They can be used to provide rich red, brown and green colors to denim and casualwear. The information about the individual batches of color and the garments production route is available to brand owners to be put on hang tags to be attached to each item of clothing and accessed using Near Field Communications (NFC), a sophisticated and consumer friendly technology incorporated into smartphones. With EarthColors, Archroma helps brand owners and textile mills by letting the consumer know how the colors of their clothes are made, and where the raw materials come from.


For all of us, inner beauty matters just as much as outer beauty. Brand owners and retailers around the world are taking action to evaluate the environmental impact of textile treatment, dyeing and finishing processes in response to consumer concerns.

Archroma’s engagement in favor of a more sustainable textile industry is deeply rooted in everything it does. In 2012, after more than two years of development, the company launched a game-changing service called ONE WAY. ONE WAY is designed to demonstrate to textile manufacturers, brands and retailers that it is possible to bring together the dual objectives of ecology and economy. The tool provides a fast, measurable and reliable approach to the selection of chemical product and resource-saving process solutions.

We are constantly improving this tool. In 2014, Archroma added its portfolio of ZDHC MRSL-compliant(5) chemicals and dyes to the ONE WAY sustainability calculation tool. ONE WAY has received industry recognition with the 2013 ICIS Best Business Innovation Award(6).

“At Archroma,” notes Robert Liu, Head of Textile Sales & Marketing China, at Archroma: “we continuously challenge the status quo in the deep belief that we can make our industry sustainable, and we do this using the strong foundation of an expertise built over more than 120 years. We are very excited to meet customers, brands, retailers and consumers in Shanghai, and show them how Archroma can support them in the needs and challenges they face on their own markets.”

Visit Archroma on Stand A 100 at China Interdye 2017 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center from April 12-14.








The Fabric Suppliers’ Association (FSA) has organized its 20thedition of “Textrade Fair”on 3rd& 4th May 2017 at Hotel Orchid Ecotel, near Santacruz airport, Mumbai. FSA has booked 3 floors with 80 stalls of exhibitors. “Textrade Fair” will present a golden opportunity to showcase fabric creativity, design innovation, splash of colours and fashion extravanza for the seasons in 2017.


20th edition of “Textrade Fair” will display collection of fabrics for  ‘winter 2017’  consumption of garment industry. The Fair will display shirting & suiting fabrics for menswear, which will include cotton fabrics, linen, polyester – cotton etc. The range of fabricsdisplayed  will be meant  for casuals, formals and party wear. The Fair will also display the latest international trend, developments & fashion forecast for 2017. Besides fabric, a few  sample garments will be also on display to represent the feel, texture and look of the final product.


“Textrade” is B2B fair, supported by The Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI). Only garment manufacturers, retailers and fashion designers will be permitted to visit the fair. The entry will be free of charge after mandatory registration. Around 10,000 footfalls are expected during the fair.


Mr. ChainroopBanthia, President of the Fabric Suppliers’ Association stated that this is the  right moment to consider a strategy to increase domestic per capita consumption of cloth which was 22.87 square metres in 1991 -92 to present level of  26 square metres and it  can be further enhanced if all hurdles are removed. Goods & Service Tax (GST) will be applicable from 1st July 2017. Textiles and apparels should be kept at the lowest slab of GST, which could be 5%.



FSA is celebrating its 10th year. FSA is the only association in India representing the wholesale fabric suppliers to the entire garment industry of India. FSA has been arranging Two ‘Textrade’ fabric fairs every year in Mumbai. FSA has been also organizing seminars & workshops for the benefits of  its members. FSA has also constituteda arbitration panel for resolving disputes for  its members.


Mr. ChainroopBanthia is the President of FSA and Mr. PawanBarasia is the Vice President. Mr. Nilesh Shah is Hon. General Secretary and Mr. Anil Tanna is the Joint General Secretary. Other Managing Committee Members include Sanjay Gala, YashSomaiya, HarshadGathani, JayeshSheth, I.G. Goyenka and KalpeshBadani.






India ITME-2016 was held in NESCO from 3rd -8th Dec.2016. The India ITME-2016 Exhibition was planned and executed as a complete business, educational and cultural interactive event representing industry as well as our country and its potential in all aspect.



India ITME-2016 was an outstanding live demo of machinery over 6 day period with

  • ž  Total Electricity consumption                   - 17 MW
  • ž  Utilities consumption                              - air-152 & water -36
  • ž  Total exhibition Area utilized                   -  147000 sq.m


The exhibition covered the entire textile machinery value chain spanning from spinning, weaving, knitting, braiding, yarn dyeing, printing, processing, garmenting, finishing, technical textiles & other accessories.  Visitors from 72 countries witnessed extensive range of new machineries, new launches & new technology advancement.  Such a mammoth event where 2000 + machinery needs to moved & placed & set up with 7 days & run live for 6 days, then dismantle & moved out is full of risk at every step. The risks of accidents, injury, fire, damage to equipment are high.  Preparation & planning with extensive detailing for every activity is a must.


India ITME Society is a 40 year old industry body organizing one of the largest Textile Machinery Exhibition in India and amongst the top exhibitions internationally. In India, no other industrial exhibition of such volume and size is being handled by such a small team of 11 staff.



Various measures are taken by ITME team to ensure safety & to handle a crises situation successfully:


It is a necessary to pay extensive attention towards safety of the exhibitors, visitors and the equipments and machinery on ground. As organizer, India ITME Society, detailes emergency plan prepared prior to the event. Over period of 1 year, prior to the event joint vendors meet are organized every quarter and each service provider is asked to prepare and present safety plans for their own staff and service. Safety briefing for service providers are arranged along with interactions with Mumbai police department, traffic & fire dept. In all the service providers meetings, the venue owners are invited to attend & participate.  This ensures that the constraints of the venue & the guidelines from the venue team are also taken into consideration before finalizing the plan. A final master plan is prepared by compiling every body’s safety concern in mind and separate plan are prepared for pre event dates and during the dates.    Emergency evacuation plan is posted at the various strategic locations throughout the venue apart from being provided in the visitor guide & exhibitor guide.


The exhibition staff such as utility service staff, hall managers, housekeeping staff, Security personnel, Fire Brigade, and help desk staff are given briefing for safety evacuation prior to the event to ensure that every staff knows the procedure and shall be able to reduce panic and help the exhibitors & visitors in case of a emergency. The safety measures such as fire engine, doctor and ambulance, traffic management team baggage scanners are a must.  The left luggage counters, the check in procedure, staff entry, catering staff entry, temporary staff entry and exit is incorporated into the system after extensive discussions with state police.


Every entry into the exhibition area is secured & every personnel within the exhibition area are accounted for. CC TV surveillance cover the exhibition area entirely. The luggage scanners also installed at all entry points of the exhibition. It is important to ensure safe environment for both exhibitors and visitors both within exhibition & in the immediate outside area such as entrance gates, parking area & service roads. 



Apart from the regular police dept. large numbers of additional traffic wardens are engaged to ensure smooth traffic flow from both domestic and international airports towards the venue as well as provide assistance to the international visitors in finding directions etc.



A separate police chowky was set up inside the venue to ensure speedy as well as facilitate for filing any complaint by a visitor or exhibitor in a priority basis without losing time.


All the exhibition staff and the key service staffs are provided with specific uniform so that the visitor or exhibitor can easily identify the staff and approach for help. Every equipment used on the ground such as port lifts, or cranes are marked and assigned with service providers name, again for quick and easy identification in case of any emergency.



The traffic flow and movement inside exhibition venue is planned in detail to ensure smooth movement of personnel and vehicles not only within the exhibition venue but also at the entry/ exit point and connecting roads outside the exhibition grounds. 



Micro Planning, training, preparation of human resources, detailed schedules and standard operation procedures are a must to the success of any event.  It is important to leave no stone unturned to ensure safety of man and machine and reduce the risk factor to the minimal. 



It is my pleasure to share my 38 years of experience and learning from trial and error with the industry today.  The most important element in all the preparation is team work and absolute sync with colleagues and service partners.


Shekhar Shridhankar

Joint Director


India ITME Society



For the 5th time, Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF) & the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) are forming the Taiwan Pavilion jointly with Taiwan Export Promotion Project (TEPP) at Technotex 2017, which will be held in Mumbai from April 12-14, 2017, at the Bombay Convention Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai. The Taiwan pavilion will display Taiwan’s latest in technical, functional and eco-friendly textiles with quality products showcasing pioneering technologies.


Exploring bigger business opportunities with the launch of their new Smart Technology Textile, this year 8 new companies producing high-end innovative technical, functional, performance and industrial textiles and accessories will be showcasing their products along with others. Indian buyers will be introduced to the new “Smart Technology Textile” and will be able to meet leading Taiwanese manufacturers and suppliers of functional and eco textiles and source from them.


The Taiwanese textile industries have been long time leaders in the development of environment friendly concepts and in recycled polymer and polymer blends. From yarns for apparel, industrial and sport accessories, recycled yarns are growing in importance and are a core part of the Taiwan textile industry.Taiwan’s technical textiles are technically far superior due to the industry’s dedicated focus on innovation through the development of high value-added materials and products by focusing on R&D and advanced technology.


“The Indian technical textile industry has witnessed a significant growth of 16% from 2001-10, and is expected to grow at the rate of 20% to touch US$ 30 billion over the next five years from around US$ 23.6 billion currently. Taiwan is one of the very few countries who can fulfil India’s requirements as Taiwan’stextilesector is the leader in technology innovations and manufacturers in the world with a strong research & development segment. Technotex India is a perfect platform to explore business opportunities under this sector in India” said Ms. Judy Yang, Vice-President, Taiwan Textile Federation


She further added, “India is a very dynamic market with a lot of potential and scope for Taiwanese companies to expand their export market. Taiwanese technical and functional textile companies are keen to penetrate their products in India with the growing demand and consumption of technical textiles. The multiple industries and sectors Taiwan is focusing on are Sports goods and Apparel, Rainwear, Outdoor Tents and Canopies, Automotive, Defence, Police, Fire Departments, Protective and Safety Products, Non-woven Disposables, Luggage & Footwear, etc.”


Visit the Taiwan Pavilion to source the finest of functional and technical textile products at Technotex-2017.



  • Taiwan Pavilion at Technotex-Mumbai
  • Hall V, Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Goregaon (East), Mumbai-63
  • Dates: 12-14 April, 2017
  • Timings: 12.30 pm to 5 pm




Visit Archroma in Hall 3.0, Booth B33, at Messe Frankfurt in May


Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, will be displaying its broad portfolio of solutions for textile mills and nonwoven manufacturers at Techtextil 2017, in Frankfurt, Germany, from May 9-12.


Featured highlights at the show will include:

 Color, with high-performance Printofix® TF pigment preparations;

 Fire protection, with Archroma's non-halogenated Pekoflam® range;

 Repellency & release, from PFOA-free* C6 chemistry Nuva® N to its Smartrepel® Hydro range that is not based on fluorine; and

 Coating package solutions, combining Appretan®, Lurapret® and Texapret® polymers together with Archroma's color and finishing specialties.


“These products reflect Archroma’s commitment to delivering responsible products and solutions, and underscore our key principle as a company that we continuously challenge the status quo in the deep belief that we can make our industry sustainable,” stated Miquel Vila, Head of Technical Service, Brand & Performance Textile Specialties, EMEA.


At the booth, Archroma will highlight in particular the following solutions and innovations:



Archroma will be displaying its Printofix TF high-performance pigment preparations for outdoor applications. These are mainly suited for synthetic fabrics that are specifically developed for sunshades, camping tents, umbrellas and industrial applications where other dyes cannot meet the very high requirements of light and weather fastness. Printofix TF pigment preparations are easy to handle and allow the creation of colors that can resist light, weather, ozone or heat.



Archroma made a commitment back in 2011 to use only non-halogenated technologies for its global range of Pekoflam products. This range is ideally suited to help customers face today’s ecological challenges and fulfill ever stricter safety regulations, regardless of the application.


The company’s non-halogenated portfolio includes select products that are assessed for compliance to labels such as GOTS or OEKO-TEX(1) Standard 100 and that are in line with today’s global requirements for industrial and consumer safety.




Archroma's innovative next-generation fluorochemical alternative is PFOA-free* C6


Nuva N supporting the switch away from long-chain fluorotelomer products that may contain PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid). These products provide long-lasting and excellent repellency and release effects, are easy to handle and non-sensitive regarding compatibility with other finishing chemicals. They allow covering the full spectrum of repellency and release needs in technical textile applications.


Smartrepel Hydro, meanwhile, is Archroma’s nature-friendlier protection that keeps cotton, polyester and polyamide textiles dry. The unique technology offers exceptional, durable water repellency and is not based on fluorine. Smartrepel Hydro produces a soft hand feel and outstanding breathability – perfect for any weatherproof garment.



Polymer-based coating technology can be used to apply functional additives on the surface of fabrics. Archroma's portfolio of water-based, solvent-free polymers – Appretan, Lurapret and Texapret – allow handle and surface adaptations, from soft to hard, elastic to rigid, hydrophilic to hydrophobic, heat sealable to highly durable, impermeable to breathable, with low or no formaldehyde content.


They also can be combined with finishing specialties, such as Pekoflam fire retardants, Nuva N and Smartrepel release and repellence solutions, and Sanitized(2) antimicrobial products. These products allow for more sustainable, tailor-made coating solutions for applications such as technical textiles, automotive, nonwoven, personal protective equipment and sportswear.


With its diverse selection of advanced, sustainable and customizable solutions, Archroma is ideally positioned as the system supplier of choice for textile mills and nonwoven manufacturers.


As Miquel Vila puts it: “Visit us at Techtextil to learn more about products that offer cutting-edge functionality while also being safer and more environmentally friendly. It's our nature!”



To provide more opportunities for exhibitors to promote their high-quality products and new technologies, TPF 2017 has lined up several product and technical presentations. The 2017 Shanghai International Digital Printing Industry Fair (TPF 2017) will be held from April 19-21, 2017 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC). More than 230 companies will showcase their innovative new technologies and products at the fair. Workshops on different varied related topics will give attendees an opportunity to gain knowledge about digital printing and its development, as well as market insights and design trends. The focus will be on top trending topics of digital printing, such as applications of digital printing, ink technology, print head technology, design software and printing design trends. Industry specialists will share their viewpoints to help companies stay competitive.


Line up of Concurrent Activities at TPF


April 19 begins with a speech by Tansy Fall, WTiN, Editor Digital Textile titled’ The Global Digital Textile Print Market’ the speech will focus on global market growth trends and key technologies driving the digital textile industry. It covers differences between regional markets and looks at 2017 growth predictions. This will be followed by a technical presentation by Lubrizol. A Digital Design Master Class will be organised by Walan College. This will focus on pattern Design and fashion industry and live painting communication by Chiara Caimi, Anteprima Disgeni Srl. Followed by ‘Chinese Pattern Designer Training and Practice and Live Painting Communication’ by Kim Namwon, Pattern Designer from Korea; Deputy General Manager & Creative Director, Zhejiang Walan Culture & Creative Co. Through this training students can experience the importance of creative hand-painted.


The next session will be on ‘Breaking the traditional concept, to achieve a multi-purpose digital application of new technology’ by Steven Zhou, MIMAKI, TA Sales Division Manager. This presentation would focus on achieving a multi-purpose digital printing technology through digital design and digital printing. This will be followed by a seminar ‘Reshape Pattern and Design New Future’ by Guoping Yu, GM, Zhejiang Walan Cultural Creativity Co Ltd.


On the same day at the technical presentation area (N5), Michele Riva, Sales & Marketing Director, EFI Reggiani will speak on ‘Drivers for change in textile’. This will be exploring the digital textile ecosystem. This will be followed by a talk on the topic ‘Filtration Knowledge You should Know in The Textile Ink’ by Mark Chen, Senior Sales Manager, Hangzhou Cobetter Filtration Equipment. This will help in answering queries such as: Do you know how to produce and check the pure water used in the textile ink and mill base; do you know the causation which causes the printing problem and the filtration solution; and do you know the basic filtration knowledge you should know when you design the ink jet printer ink root? Followed by Jim Lee, International Marketing Director, China Glaze Group Application speaking on Digital Textile Pigment Inks this will highlight major application areas of digital textile pigment inks.


Technical presentations


Day-2 begins at the Technical Presentation Area (N5), with ‘Textile In-jet Printing Standard Implementing’ by National Standardization Technical Committees. It will comprise of Inkjet Ink for Digital Textile Printing in four parts – Part 1: Reactive Dye Ink by Guosheng Qin, Manager Director, Hongsam Digital Science & Technology, Part 2: Disperse Dye Ink by Yongzhong Tian, Manager Director, Zhuhai Print-Rite New Materials Corporation Ltd; Part 3: Acid Dye Ink by Chunxue Wang, Chairman, Shandong Limei Jetink Technology; and part 4: Pigment Ink by Guosheng Qin, Manager Director, Hongsam Digital Science & Technology.


This will be followed by workshop on the ‘The Technology of Digital Ink & Digital Print Head’ by Tim Philips, Managing Director, IMI Europe/Founder; Director, Catenary Solutions. The talk will review latest advances in inkjet technology from around the world which are being applied to digital textile printing. These include new generation advanced thin film print heads, single pass high speed printing systems, and pigmented inks. In each case, the challenges address by the technology will be reviewed, the technology advances from major vendors discussed and the opportunities that this opens up will be presented. It will be followed by panel discussion.


Simultaneously the workshop area (N4) will hold a workshop on demands & applications of digital textile printing by Tansy Fall, Editor Digital Textile, WTiN. Fall will talk about digital textile trends and applications. The workshop would focus on retail trends driving digital textile applications and would look at the potential for more technical finishes in relation to a drive for sustainability in the textile industry. A panel discussion will be hosted post this session with leaders from dying factories, designers, fabric manufactures, etc. There will also be digital textile printing software workshop.


Shanghai International Digital Printing Industry Exhibition (TPF)


The 8th Shanghai International Digital Printing Industry Exhibition, hosted by UBM China and Shanghai Longyang, will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Center for three consecutive days from April 19 to 21.


Highlights of TPF 2017

Ø About 230 leading exhibitors from the digital printing industry

Ø Connecting all important points in the supply chain

Ø Design Pavilion’ for the first time, to help accelerate development of original design

Ø China Digital Textile Conference (CDTC)

Ø  Buyers Mission & Business Matching

Ø  Workshop & Technical Presentation

Ø  Insightful Concurrent Programs



The exhibition will lay out the latest and perfect digital printing machines and matching ink, nozzles, software and so on. Also on the agenda are numerous forums and one to one business negotiations... Wonderful not to be missed!





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









The USTER®TESTER 6-C800is ready for the most demanding technical textiles applications


 The amazing diversity of technical textiles applications is matched by the wide variety of quality characteristics needed in the raw material used – so filament yarn producers know they must work to the most stringent specifications and standards. Quality failings, especially in the critical parameter of yarn evenness, can be expensive, but the USTER®TESTER 6-C800 provides fast, accurate testing to the tightest tolerances, protecting filament producers against customer complaints and claims.


Raw materials for technical textiles cover a wide range of end-uses and performance requirements. Viscose fibers, for instance, are found in lightweight blouses as well as in wire cording and high-speed car tires. Polyester, common in low-price clothing, is also transformed in special high-tech versions, for sophisticated sportswear and outdoor clothing. Countless other examples of technical applications for filament yarns span sectors such as medical, industrial, transport, engineering and protective clothing.


Despite this variety of products, there is one fundamental requirement which is common to all: the absolute need for yarn evenness, measured to close tolerances, to ensure that the functional and aesthetic properties of the finished article achieve the high quality standards that customers demand.


Reliable test results

Efficient testing routines and the right testing equipment are the key to avoiding customer dissatisfaction, quality claims and the loss of future business for filament producers.


Evenness testing has to combine reliability, accuracy and speed. The USTER®TESTER 6-C800 is specially designed for filament yarn testing, to meet these criteria perfectly. At its heart is the new Capacitive Sensor, providing more accurate and reliable test results than ever before.


Typically, filament yarns show a CVm value around 1, so that even small deviations in evenness are likely to cause noticeable defects in the fabric. The increasing complexity of applications and performance standards – with fabrics needing to protect against water, wind, cold, heat, and even bullets – means that evenness is an absolute requirement.



For this vital parameter, spinners have for decades been depending on the USTER CVm value, now recognized as the defining global standard for evenness.


The USTER®TESTER 6-C800combines reliability with top speed operation. All modelsoperate at the test speed of 800 m/min. Running on the automatic setting, the high sample throughput rategives even better detection of quality exceptions. The result is lower labor costs and improved control of quality for the business.


See it at Techtextil

The latest USTER®TESTER for filament yarn will be presented at Techtextil 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany, the leading global showcase for technical textiles. The USTER display (Hall 6.1, booth B65) will present the production optimization and quality assurance benefits to show visitors.


As well as the advantages already described, the USTER®TESTER 6-C800offers three new unique features to help yarn producers increase efficiency and improve quality.The measurement of interminglings is an innovation saving time and preventing variations in subsequent fabric appearance. An automatic twist scan facility has been developed, assist filament quality monitoring by making twister settings easier. And the Knowledge Based System (KBS) quickly traces the cause of a quality problem on the spinning machine, with no need for extra settings or input from the machine supplier, via a single click on the spectrogram display.


Expertise inside

Built-in knowledge now comes as standard for USTER® instruments, along with the renowned Swiss accuracy. The sophisticated sensor technology in the USTER®TESTER 6-C800is rooted in continuous R&D aimed at higher performance and extended applications – echoing progress in the technical textiles yarns themselves. The new Capacitive Sensor empowers filament yarn producers with the expertise to deliver right-first-time quality, no matter how demanding and innovative the application. It creates a chain of customer satisfaction, from USTER to its customers, and on to the customer’s customers…



About Uster Technologies Ltd.

The Uster Group is the leading high-technology instrument manufacturer of products for quality measurement and certification for the textile industry. The Group provides testing and monitoring instruments, systems and services that allow optimization of quality through each individual stage of textile production. This includes raw textile fibers, such as cotton or wool, all staple fiber and filament yarns, as well as downstream services to the final finished fabric. The Uster Group provides benchmarks that are a basis for the trading of textile products at assured levels of quality across global markets. The Group’s aim is to forward know-how on quality, productivity and cost to the textile industry.


The Group is headquartered in Uster, Switzerland and operates through a worldwide Market Organization complemented by Technology Centers. It has sales and service subsidiaries in the major textile markets and Technology Centers in Uster (Switzerland), Knoxville (USA) and Suzhou (China).



·         Business unit Advanced Industrial Intermediates expands production capacities for intermediates

·         Investment program scheduled for completion by 2020


Specialty chemicals company LANXESS continues to target growth. During the next three years, its business unit Advanced Industrial Intermediates will be investing some EUR 100 million in expanding production facilities for chemical intermediates. Around EUR 40 million each will be invested in the Leverkusen and Krefeld-Uerdingen sites in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The rest will be used to expand the facilities in Brunsbüttel (federal state of Schleswig-Holstein), and Antwerp (Belgium). The expansion project is scheduled for completion by 2020.


“Organic growth is a key success factor as new LANXESS heads forward. This investment program accompanies the dynamic development of our customers and their sectors. A high proportion of the planned new capacities is already backed by customers’ orders. At the same time, we are also strengthening our sites,” said Hubert Fink, member of the Board of Management of LANXESS AG.


At the Krefeld-Uerdingen site, the plan is to expand production facilities for trimethylolpropane, hexanediol,  benzylalcohol and menthols to accommodate growing demand on global markets.

Trimethylolpropane and hexanediol are important for products in the automotive, furniture and construction industries, for example.

Benzylalcohol is used in a broad range of applications e.g. Construction, Soap, Coatings, Seals & Adhesives, Agro and Pharma Besides Krefeld-Uerdingen, Lanxess manufactures Benzylalcohol at its Nagda site in India.

“Benzylalcohol is one of the key products in the business unit Advanced Industrial Intermediates’ portfolio where LANXESS holds global market leadership positions. We service customer demands around the world from our production sites at Krefeld-Uerdingen in Germany and Nagda in Madhya Pradesh, India”, said Mr. Neelanjan Banerjee, Senior Executive Director, LANXESS India Private Limited and Senior Vice President, Business Unit-Advanced Industrial Intermediates (AII).


Synthetic menthol is a key component of many aromas and pharmaceutical products. LANXESS had already started gradually increasing the capacities for these products in recent years. Now the company is planning new expansion measures. Construction work is set to commence during the coming year.


At the Leverkusen site capacity expansion for special amines is scheduled to start this year. Special amines are mainly used as intermediates for further processing and ultimately in the automotive sector.


LANXESS will considerably increase the capacity of the MEA plant at Brunsbüttel in the course of the year and will invest up to EUR 15 million for this purpose. The abbreviation MEA stands for 2-methyl-6-ethylaniline, which is required mainly as a precursor for crop protection herbicides.


At the Kallo/Antwerp site in Belgium, LANXESS will be investing a mid-single digit euro million figure to expand its production capacities for rubber chemicals.


Aromatics network hallmark


The Advanced Industrial Intermediates business unit employs around 2,100 workers and is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality industrial chemicals. Aromatic compounds play a prominent role in the product range. The aromatics network forms the core of production and is regarded as the largest of its kind worldwide.


LANXESS’s high-quality intermediates are primarily used in the manufacture of agrochemicals, polymers, paints, coatings and pigments. Further important applications include cosmetics, flavorings, fragrances, fuel additives, lubricants, tires, technical rubber goods and construction chemicals.


The business unit is part of LANXESS’s Advanced Intermediates segment, which recorded sales of around EUR 1.74 billion in fiscal 2016.




LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.7 billion in 2016 and about 16,700 employees in 25 countries. The company is currently represented at 54 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.

The Techtextil and Texprocess are being held from 9 to 12 May 2017 at the Frankfurt trade fair grounds. The Texprocess is the leading international trade fair for the garment-manufacturing and textile-processing industry; the Techtextil for technical textiles and nonwovens. Exhibitors at the Techtextil are presenting their new products under the slogan “Connecting the Future”. Groz-Beckert will be at the Techtextil presenting its comprehensive product portfolio and service offering in the areas of Knitting, Weaving, Felting, Carding and Sewing in hall 3.0 at booth F03.


In Knitting, Groz-Beckert is presenting its product portfolio for the technologies circular knitting, warp knitting and flat knitting, as well as customer-specific solutions. With system solutions from a single source, the company is responding to more stringent requirements for wear, load capacity of key components and the workability of different materials. Increased market penetration in warp knitting and the processing of materials such as metal and glass-fiber in flat-knitting mills call for custom-tailored solutions.


The Weaving department is presenting its comprehensive range of products for weaving preparation and weaving accessories at the Techtextil. A highlight of the portfolio is the PosiLeno® leno system, which boosts efficiency by up to 100 percent. Moreover, an acrylic weaving machine mock-up, the WeavingLoom, will provide insight into the operation of heald frames, healds, warp stop motions and drop wires. The jacquard heald is also demonstrated using the WeavingLoom. Made of mono wire, this product facilitates not only high densities but also a particularly gentle workmanship. In combination with the innovative thread eye, which is glued into the mono wire instead of welded, Groz-Beckert provides for uniform fabric quality and high machine efficiency.


The Weaving product portfolio is complemented by a comprehensive and worldwide service offering distinguished by expert knowledge and intensive application advice. Scores of affiliated companies in all major textile centers and a far-reaching network of representatives warrant our all-round technical service.


With its product area Felting the company puts its contribution to the nonwovens industry on display. The service life and rust resistance of felting and structuring needles have been, and are, important issues in nonwoven manufacturing. Now, Groz-Beckert is presenting its latest innovation: Groz-Beckert® dur. The patented manufacturing process of the needles in combination with a new base material improves resistance to corrosion with up to 30 percent longer service life. Moreover, the staple fiber needle punch line inaugurated in March in the Technology and Development Center at company headquarters in Albstadt is going to be presented. As a development partner, with this facility Groz-Beckert is expanding its service offering in the field of application advice.


For Spunlance customers, Groz-Beckert is presenting another new product with its HyTec® jet strips. As well as improved handling properties, the innovative jet strips also feature significantly higher hardness, which has a positive effect on all mechanical properties such as scratch resistance, bending strength and service life.


The Carding department's focus at the Techtextil 2017 is on improved performance and on raw material savings and is presenting the high-performance worker and doffer wires SiroLock® and EvoStep®. EvoStep® card clothing features a unique slanted step undercut on the tooth front. In this area the working angle is significantly more pronounced than in conventional worker and doffer wires.

Compared to EvoStep® card clothing, which aims to reduce raw material consumption, the focus of SiroLock® card clothing is on boosting performance of the roller card via high delivery rates and nonwoven weights.


Presenting the Quality Management INH (Ideal Needle Handling) at this year’s Techtextil, the area of Sewing is waving the banner of process optimization. The patented process provides support in the handling of sewing machine needles during the entire sewing operation and has recently also been offering a digital solution to document needle breakage: the Smart INH. The documentation system consists of two pieces of software, a mobile app and a browser, thereby facilitating the digital saving and storage of data sets as potential evidence. The Mobile Lab will be another Sewing highlight. It allows material samples to be examined and analyzed directly at the Groz-Beckert booth.


About Groz-Beckert


Groz-Beckert is the world’s leading provider of industrial machine needles, precision parts and fine tools, as well as systems and services for the production and joining of textile fabrics. Its products and services support the fields of knitting, weaving, felting, tufting, carding and sewing. Founded in 1852, the company employed almost 7,700 people and generated a turnover of around €665 million in 2016. Groz-Beckert is present with agencies, production and distribution subsidiaries in more than 150 countries around the world.

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