Monday, 03 April 2017 03:58

Union Textiles Minister launches PowerTex India

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The Government has launched PowerTex India, a comprehensive scheme for powerloom sector development, simultaneously at over 45 locations in the country. Launching the scheme in Bhiwandi, Thane district, Maharashtra, the Union Textiles Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani said that Bhiwandi will be known for resurgence in Powerloom sector. Recalling that the powerloom sector alone employs over 44 lakh people, the Minister said that the scheme will especially benefit small powerloom weavers.
The comprehensive scheme has the following components:
  • In-situ Upgradation of Plain Powerlooms
  • Group Workshed Scheme (GWS)
  • Yarn Bank Scheme
  • Common Facility Centre (CFC)
  • Pradhan Mantri Credit Scheme for Powerloom Weavers
  • Solar Energy Scheme for Powerlooms
  • Facilitation, IT, Awareness, Market Development and Publicity for Powerloom Schemes
  • Tex Venture Capital Fund
  • Grant-in-Aid and Modernisation & Upgradation of Powerloom Service Centres (PSCs)

Launch of PowerTex India 

On the occasion, the Union Textiles Minister and Chief Minister of Maharashtra launched PowerTex India helpline for any assistance in this regard. PowerTex India van was also flagged off for publicity of PowerTex scheme across the country.

The Minister and CM interacted with various locations like Malegaon, Ichalkaranji and Kolhapur in Maharashtra; Surat, Gujarat; Bhagalpur, Bihar; Erode, Tamil Nadu; Bengaluru, Karnataka; Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh; and others through video conference, as PowerTex India scheme was launched nationwide.



TXF printer offers speeds of up to 24 sq. metres per hour on five passes & four colours

Primarily for fashion designers and those with requirement of short runs and sampling

TXF prints on all types of fabrics like polyester, cotton, silk, viscose, rayon or wool


ColorJet India Ltd, India's largest manufacturer of digital printers is launching its tech loaded digital textile printer, the TXF at FESPA Hamburg 2017, which runs May 8-12, 2017, in hall B5, stall no. G62. ColorJet has manufactured the digital printer incorporating the latest Japanese technology, which imparts the printer with the power to print brilliantly and flawlessly, with reduced maintenance.


The printer offers speeds of up to 24 square metres per hour on five passes and four colours, and 60 square metres per hour on two passes and four colours. The printer can achieve print resolutions of up to 1,440dpi and is best suited when it comes to sampling and short runs, particularly suitable for fashion designers and home textiles applications.


The TXF printer which is equipped with Epson printheads gives variable dot control for achieving smooth gradations and is also belt driven, which makes it suitable for printing fabrics including bulky textured materials, thinner fabrics and also stretchable fabric materials such as knits.


The digital printer is apt for printing with Pigment inks which can print practically on any type of fabric including polyester, cotton, silk, viscose, rayon or wool. Pigment printing has an advantage as the fabric does not necessarily require pre- or post-treatment, thereby saving on production times and reducing water pollution.


The TXF is also available to work with Reactive inks for printing onto natural fabrics and also Disperse inks for printing onto polyester fabrics.


"ColorJet introduced this entry level digital textile printer, primarily for fashion designers and home textiles applications. Since the printer is apt for printing with all inks, whether Pigment, Reactive or Disperse, all types of fabrics, including polyester, cotton, silk, viscose, rayon or wool can be printed which opens huge avenues for different applications," Mr Pavan Gupta at ColorJet India Ltd said.


ColorJet India is also a recipient of several awards, a few of which include the ‘Rising Star of Asia’ 2016 award in the digital inkjet printer manufacturer category at the Indo-ASEAN Global Investment Summit held in Bangkok and was also acknowledged as ‘India’s Largest Manufacturer of Wide Format Digital Printers’ at the annual 6th Imaging Solution Awards Night held in New Delhi, India.


About ColorJet India Ltd:

ColorJet India Ltd, the largest manufacturer of digital inkjet printers in India markets its products in 14 countries worldwide. Founded in 2004, the company maintains its operations via two manufacturing facilities and sales offices spread across seven countries, which include India , China, Bangladesh , UAE and Sri Lanka. To-date, ColorJet has installed and implemented over 4,000 of its printing solutions and products across 315 cities around the world backed by a strong 278 member team, of which almost 100 are in technical related functions.


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Indian powerloom sector accounts for 80% of the woven fabric production, 60% of the total fabric production and provides direct jobs to 63 lakh people especially the people below the poverty line, rural masses and women folk.  The powerloom sector has around 25.2 lakh looms.  This sector predominantly meets the clothing needs of the entire population in the country apart from fetching sizable forex earning directly and indirectly.  Hence the competitiveness of the textile industry across the value chain greatly depends upon the performance of the powerloom sector.  Therefore, both the Central and State governments have been giving importance for the growth and the sustenance of this sector.


During the last seven years, the powerloom sector has been facing numerous challenges on account of sluggish global and domestic market conditions.  Though the capacity has increased by 12% during the last seven years, the fabric production has increased only by 2.4%.  The GST Plus agreement entered by Pakistan with EU during 2013-14 had huge impact on the powerloom fabric exports from India due to 9.6% duty advantage given for Pakistan.  In addition, the high production cost, labour shortage, transport cost, 5% State VAT, mass closure of dyeing units, exorbitant cost of modern technology machines, high cost of manmade fibre, hank yarn obligation, Handloom Reservation Act, etc., continue to be major challenges faced by the powerloom sector.  Though the Central Government has already extended numerous schemes including TUF subsidy, subsidy for conversion of non-automatic looms, semi-automatic looms, yarn bank facility, etc., the powerloom sector continuous to struggle.  Against this background, the powerloom sector and The Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) have been demanding the Central Government to announce a special scheme for the powerloom sector.  Now the unique scheme has been announced through Power Tex India.


In a Press Release issued here today, Mr.M.Senthilkumar, Chairman, SIMA and also the former Chairman of PDEXCIL who has been making concerted efforts for strengthening powerloom sector’s competitiveness during the last three decades, has thanked the Hon’ble Union Textile Minister, Smt Smriti Zubin Irani for considering most of the proposals of the powerloom sector and SIMA and launching Power Tex India Scheme at Bhiwandi, Maharashtra and also in all powerloom centres across the Nation including Erode through Video Conference.  He said that the components of the Power Tex India Scheme include In-situ Upgradation of plain powerlooms, group work shed scheme, yarn bank scheme, common facility centre, Pradhan Manthri Credit Scheme for powerloom weavers, Solar Energy Scheme for Powerloom, Facilitation, IT, awareness, market development and publicity / powerloom scheme, Tex Venture Capital Fund and Grant-in-Aid and modernization and Upgradation of powerloom service centre.  He has added that other schmes for powerlooms are Amended Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme, Modified Comprehensive Powerloom Cluster Development Scheme, Universal Insurance Coverage Scheme and Integrated Skill Development Scheme. Mr.Senthilkumar immediately after attending the launch function at Erode, which was inaugurated by Smt Pushpa Subrahmanyam, IAS., Additional Secretary, Ministry of Textiles has stated that the Scheme would greatly benefit the powerloom sector to improve its competitiveness in the global market and also enable the sector to supply quality fabrics at a competitive rate to the garmenting and made-up sector.  He has stated that the Central Government has been continuously announcing special schemes for garment exports, made-ups exports and now for the powerloom sector.  He has highly appreciated the solar power plant scheme for powerlooms by giving 50 to 90% subsidy with the lower cap for the powerlooms connected to the grid and higher benefit for the powerlooms that go off the grid.  He has stated that this would give a great relief to the State governments especially Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu that account over 75% of the powerlooms in the country to reduce their power subsidy commitment and also enable the powerloom sector to be self-reliant.


            Mr.Senthilkumar has stated that the benefits under Mudra Yarn Banking Scheme shall provide interest free corpus fund of maximum Rs.200 lakhs per   Yarn Bank.  He has also appreciated the Pradhan Manthri Credit Scheme for powerloom weavers that provide 20% margin money with a ceiling of Rs.1.00 lakh, interest subvention at the rate of 6% both for working capital and term loan upto Rs.10 lakhs for a maximum period of five years.  He has further appreciated the assistance given for women entrepreneurs under Stand Up India Scheme by providing 25% margin money subsidy with a ceiling of Rs.25.00 lakhs.  He has also appreciated the Texventure Capital Fund Scheme where financial assistance is provided up to Rs.3.00 crores invested under SIDBI Venture Capital Fund Scheme. He has thanked the Government for enhancing the benefit for conversion of non-automatic looms to semi-automatic looms, shuttleless looms, increasing the subsidy for group work shed scheme etc.  He has stated that announcement of Rs.2 crore subsidy for developing common infrastructure facilities such as dormitory, training, processing, etc., would enable the powerloom clusters to produce value added products.



            Mr.Senthilkumar has appealed to all the powerloom weavers to fully utilize the various benefits announced under Power Tex India Scheme and meet the fabric demands of the downstream sectors and remain globally competitive.



Rupee hardened by 6% while currencies in competing countries depreciating.

·         Industry already reeling under higher input costs due to rise in cotton prices


 The Indian apparel industry has been duly recognized as the largest employment generator, specially for the marginalized, unskilled and women in the country, providing jobs to 10.5 crore persons, directly and indirectly. Each Rs.100 crores of apparel production generates Rs.30 crores of labour income.


 The industry was very hopeful after the Special package offered to it in June 2016, where significant financial and investment incentives were offered, besides critical labour flexibilities, with the aim to generate 100.3 lakhs additional jobs and USD 30.04 bn additional exports. Despite Govt.’s intentions and support to the industry, exports are hardly picking up. The primary reason is strong rupee and depreciation of currencies of our competing countries like China, Bangladesh and Vietnam.


 The following chart will indicate behavior of rupee which is not in sync with path adopted by our competitors :









Last 12/18 months




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Last 3/5 months


Chinese Yuan got depreciated by 13%, Bangladesh Taka by 6% and Vietnam Dong by 7% whereas India’s Rupee got hardened by almost 6% over the last 3-5 months. China got highest FDI during this period and still they resorted to depreciate Chinese Yuan just to protect their exports and employment. Other countries started taking recourse to depreciating their respective currencies during the last one- and- a- half year whereas Indian Rupee got appreciated, against the prevailing trend.


“The growing cotton prices and rupee appreciation is not only going to nullify the intended impact of the package, but also weaken India’s position against our competitors, if left unchecked”, warned Mr Ashok Rajani, Chairman AEPC.  Cotton prices have increased by 24.7 per cent on an average, across all categories in the last one year. In fact some categories have seen hike of up to 35%.


 “Exporters are not able to book orders due to over-valued rupee as apparel exports are highly price – sensitive. According to RBI REER, rupee was over-valued by 18% in Feb 2017 and now it is almost 20% It calls for a carefully considered strategy and more pragmatic approach to arrest the rise of Rupee in overall interest of export endeavour and boosting employment in our country. Also, I request Govt to fast track the roll out of the Special package with full reimbursements of the ROSL claims and implementation of the  optional PF provision provided in the Package.”, said Mr Rajani.


 About Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC)


Incorporated in 1978, AEPC is the official body of apparel exporters in India that provides invaluable assistance to Indian exporters as well as importers/ international buyers who choose India as their preferred sourcing destination for garments. In recent years AEPC has worked tirelessly in integrating the entire industry - starting at the grass root level of training the workforce and supplying a steady stream of man power to the industry; identifying the best countries to source machinery and other infrastructure and brokering several path breaking deals for its members and finally helping exporters to showcase their best at home fairs as well as be highly visible at international fairs the world over. With AEPC's expertise and all the advantages that India has, it makes for a truly win-win situation - Indian exporters grow stronger each year in their achievements, skills and proficiency, while international buyers get superior solutions for their garment imports.



Ever since the invention of sticking plaster, plaster casts and operating-theatre apparel, the textile industry has made an important contribution to the healthcare business. From the dialogue that has gone on between the two sectors, we can, in future, expect high-tech “replacement parts”, rehabilitation technology, and functional textiles with built-in, self-activating emergency alarms for the elderly.


The increased interconnection between these fields will be demonstrated at Techtextil, the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, which will be held from 9-12 May in Frankfurt. Expectations are high for new fibre-based products that can be used in medical treatments and therapeutic care, on the one hand, and for revenue potential, on the other, organisers report.

Nonwovens for medical uses: ITV Institut für Textil- und Verfahrenstechnik Denkendorf. © Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Jean-Luc Valentin

Trade and professional visitors involved in the medical and health-care business can look forward to a range of new fibre-based research findings, together with the solutions that derive from them, in the Medtech section at Techtextil. Areas of application include hospitals, rehabilitation and care institutions and / or the care of the elderly in their homes.


Potential for high-tech fibres in 2020


In terms of the medical and healthcare business, fibres are becoming an increasingly important focus for German textile research. Current development projects are showing that models to be found in the world of plants and animals are not only being replicated in the laboratory, but, in joint work with other research disciplines, clinics and industry, they are laying the groundwork for new operative possibilities.


“First and foremost, the human body will tolerate fibres and they will have adaptable properties in terms of rigidity and resorbability. Some of them will be new types of product, covering implants and therapeutic aids that can be individually adjusted to suit the individual patient,” said Dr Klaus Jansen from ‘Forschungskuratorium Textil’, the umbrella brand for German textile research.


Medical textiles


Things that have, for the most part, not yet progressed beyond the laboratory stage at textile research establishments in Dresden, Aachen and around Stuttgart, will, in just a few years, undoubtedly find their way into clinical practice, organisers report.


Examples here might be textile dressings with built-in sensors, new kinds of bronchial stent and portable artificial lungs with core elements made from textiles. Fibre-based innovations are of huge importance for an ageing generation – above all, in situations where clothing with smart-textile components can measure vital parameters and environmental influences and channel the data in the right direction.


Permanent healing signals from the wound


Three research institutes – the Institute of Textile Machinery and High-Performance Materials Technology (ITM) and the Institute of Solid State Electronics (IFE) at the Technical University of Dresden, as well as the Textile Research Institute for Thuringia-Vogtland (TITV) in Greiz – have developed miniaturised, textile-based sensors for the continuous monitoring of chronic wounds and demonstrated their efficacy. It is hoped that they will make it possible to record complex physiologically and chemically relevant factors.



As part of an initial research project, embroidery techniques were used to create modular networks of sensors applied to textile and non-textile substrates. The modular networks were then connected to create functional monitoring systems. Textile-based sensoric networks like this can be incorporated in dressings around wounds, so as to record real-time physiological parameters, providing objective data that might indicate any disruption to the healing process. Such continuous monitoring, say the researchers, also makes it possible to gain a better understanding of the relationship between the relevant parameters surrounding the wound.



By: Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, USA

(Lubbock, USA, March 27, 2017)-The demand for cotton is strong, which will be reflected in increased plantings.


High level of optimism was evident in Lubbock at the Plains Cotton Growers’ (PCG) meeting, this past Friday.


At least, 15% increase in acreage is expected against last year, this planting season in Texas. High Plains of Texas with 41 cotton-growing counties will see 15 to 20% increase in cotton planting this spring compared to last year.


Given the yield, quality of the crop and the price levels, cotton is the best crop in High Plains against food grains. High Plains has seen enhancement of quality in the recent crops with low bark, improvement in micronaire, which drive up cotton production, as there is demand for quality cotton world over. The importance of quality cotton with less contamination is a need felt by Indian cotton spinners. This may the reason; exporters like Australia are taking a serious look at Indian market, which itself is a leading producer of cotton.


Last year, High Plains of cotton planted 3.68 million acres of upland cotton, which is expected to go up this year. Steve Verett, Executive VP of PCG stated, growers are indicating an increase of cotton plantings for 2017, especially in our northern high plains region. Many of PCG’s members plant a various mixture of crops and we support their seeking the mix that is most efficient and profitable for their individual operation, added Verett.


The main reason for increased interest in cotton is the growing demand for cotton. Price fluctuations with synthetics and increase in general demand for cotton are major drivers. This season’s (October 16 –September 17) India’s crop is not what it was expected earlier, which also has aided more interest in cotton in the High Plains of Texas and elsewhere.


Of course, weather will be a major driver on what the yields will be for the 2017 crop in Texas, the leading cotton producing state in the United States. Large range modeling hits that good weather patterns in May to June period, that may be beneficial to cotton said, Matt Ernst, Fox34 chief meteorologist in Lubbock.



All pointers are pointing in the right direction for cotton and surely, demand is leading the charge for more cotton.




Text Box: PhotoBarry-Wehmiller is using this tagline to describe their new initiative, BW Packaging Solutions, launched recently at Pack Expo in November:


“The names you know. The service you trust. Multiplied.”



“We are more than the sum of our parts,” said Carol O’Neill, Barry-Wehmiller’s Group President, Packaging. “We offer a legacy of quality and service that is more powerful because of our collective capabilities and experience.”


Barry-Wehmiller was founded in 1885 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Through a blend of people- focused leadership with disciplined operational strategies and purpose-driven growth, today the company is a combinations of almost 90 acquisitions that have made it a €2.4+ billion organization with more than 11,000 team members worldwide.


BW Packaging Solutions companies have a wide footprint in the packaging industry. Businesses under that platform banner include Barry-Wehmiller’s Accraply, BW Container Systems, Hayssen Flexible Systems, Pneumatic Scale Angelus, Synerlink and Thiele Technologies divisions. Within those divisions, however, are many brands familiar to the European market – Arcil, Hema, DairyPak, Hudson-Sharp, Rose Forgrove, Schib, Mateer, Sandicare, Simionato, Dosil, Dinieper, Slidell, Ambec, Fleetwood, Goldco, Wyard, SYMACH, Harland, Stanford, Graham, Sleevit, Trine and many more.


Each BW Packaging Solutions business – and their corresponding brands – has a long, rich legacy in their respective spaces with global sales and service. Through their combined reach, BW Packaging Solutions is able to provide services to a wide range of industries, including: food and beverage, personal care, container manufacturing, pharmaceutical and medical devices, household products, paper products and textiles, industrial and automotive, and converting, printing and publishing.


“BW Packaging Solutions is the team of people from across Barry-Wehmiller who are committed to tapping the best of our collective insights to benefit companies seeking solutions to their packaging challenges, “ O’Neill said. “Whether the need is to design and build a new line or to identify and purchase equipment that will improve efficiency, flexibility and throughput, this team is a resource to companies large and small.”


BW Packaging Solutions will have a number of machines on display, as well as representatives from each company, at the interpack international trade show in Dusseldorf, May 4-10, at Hall 6 Booth D62.


For further details about BW Packaging Solutions, visit:





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By: Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, USA


Getting involved and being active participants are a few traits that are needed to push the cotton, textile and related sectors forward.


Mr. Larry Combest, former Chairman of the US House Agriculture committee while reminiscing about his long experience in the United States’ Congress provided some value suggestions that are needed for people in any industry, in particular cotton sector.


Getting involved in the causes that affect the industry, by being very specific about problems and reasoning with policy makers will help to move the industry forward, said Mr. Combest.


Yesterday, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce hosted Salute to Ag Luncheon as part of National Ag Day celebration in Lubbock. In that event, Mr. Combest and his associate, Tom Sell of Lubbock- based Combest, Sell & Associates explained to farmers, academics and agribusiness people, some ways to accomplish bigger tasks such as passing farm bill legislation. Mr. Combest was the architect of the 2002 farm bill, who put together the bipartisan support for the bill, which provides the necessary support structure for production agriculture.


Lubbock is the epicenter of cotton production and research and has a thriving agribusiness such as insurance and lending agencies. Murvat Musa, Executive Director of Lubbock-based Reese Technology Center stated ”cotton's importance to the West Texas region goes beyond economics. It's truly embedded in the culture and is vital for future generations and the prosperity of families that have been providing cotton to the world.”


Trade is important stated, Mr. Combest. Echoing this sentiment, Tom Sell stated that United States produces more than it can consume and hence fair trade deal is important.


Getting to know people, putting alliances together and having a collective voice such as Chambers of Commerce are needed, at times when there are severe competitions for resources.

Governments around the world need to support research and programs to boost production, given many uncertainties that exits in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors.


Obviously, proposed reductions in U.S. agriculture department’s budget is ringing some alarm bells among researchers and producers.


In addressing this issue, Steve Verett, Executive Vice President of Lubbock-based Plains Cotton Growers aptly stated that U.S. Presidents’ budget is a blueprint that hints about the priorities of the administration. However, the proposed cuts to USDA are troubling as they represent significant reductions to programs such as agricultural research and the delivery of programs through the Farm Service Agency.



Verett, who has been with Plains Cotton Growers since 1997, practices on a daily basis, those traits that were expressed by the Congressman to be essential tools to thrive in the cotton industry. Verett embodies the spirit of hard working farmers of West Texas, who believe in shared responsibility, fair trade and good civic and professional ethics.


·           LANXESS develops innovative technology to recycle leftover leather

·           Resource-efficient manufacturing of leather chemicals

·           Joint project with INVITE research institute and HELLER-LEDER tannery

·           Investment volume of approx. five million euros

·           Funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

·           Pilot plant scheduled to be taken into operation in mid-2017


Cologne – Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is leading a research and development project to investigate an innovative technology for a new recycling concept in leather manufacturing. Under the title “Resource-efficient manufacturing of leather chemicals” (ReeL), LANXESS Leather business unit is working with the Leverkusen-based research institute INVITE to develop a modular pilot plant that can use shavings previously disposed in most cases and organic biomass to create “X-Biomer” brand retanning agents for manufacturing leather. The manufacturing equipment is designed for use directly on-site at the tanneries. The feasibility tests are set to take place with the third project partner, HELLER-LEDER GmbH Co. KG tannery in Hehlen, Lower Saxony.


“As one of the largest manufacturers of chemicals for the leather industry, we consider the sustainability of these processes to of particular importance to us,” says Luis López-Remón, head of the Leather business unit at LANXESS. “Our goal with this project is to highlight how production waste during leather manufacture can be recycled directly in the tannery, thus significantly improving the sustainability profile compared to the conventional production of retanning agents in centralized production facilities located far away from the tanneries.”


In this way, a tannery would be able to automatically and largely independently manufacture enough retanning agents, such as the
X-Biomer range offered by LANXESS, to meet part of its own needs. “I feel this approach is an extremely promising step toward an even more sustainable production concept,” says Dr. Dietrich Tegtmeyer, head of the project at LANXESS. “First of all, ‘in situ’ and ‘just in time’ production save an enormous amount of logistics and packaging resources and on top of that there is no need to dispose the production waste as it can serve as raw material for the retanning chemicals required.”


The joint project has a total investment volume of around five million euros and was launched in January 2016. Almost half of this investment is provided by a grant from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) which runs for three years. LANXESS is currently working on adapting and optimizing procedures in its Leverkusen laboratory to perfect the chemical recycling process. The INVITE research institute is primarily responsible for planning and constructing the pilot plant. To test the innovative production concept under real conditions, one of these plants will be completed in April 2017, and after some cold commissioning tests to check the process control technology, it will go into feasibility operations at HELLER-LEDER in mid-2017.


So far, the modular plant concepts designed by INVITE were primarly developed to achieve technological process improvements and flexible, continuous production processes. In this project the benefits of the concept’s application as decentralized production concept for a mature industry come to the fore for the first time. “For us, this project idea is an important step toward opening up a broader application spectrum,” says Armin Schweiger, Managing Director of INVITE. “We also see the ReeL project as a significant boost to technology.”



Complete recycling without emissions


A medium-sized tannery produces between one and two metric tons of shavings a day. Using a production plant, e.g. leased from LANXESS, the company could manufacture a comparable volume of liquid X-Biomer directly on site. Every trace of the waste is recycled, leaving no residue, and without generating any emissions.


Tegtmeyer: “The goal of the project is to be able to offer X-Biomer to the tanner at a similar cost to the procurement of conventional retanning agents. The lack of logistics outlay should, for example, offset the higher production costs for the design. Piloting is being carried out to verify this concept model. In addition, the project will most certainly benefit sustainability.”


The project is receiving funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of its “r+Impuls – Innovative Technologien für Ressourceneffizienz – Impulse für industrielle Ressourceneffizienz” (r+Impulse – innovative technologies for resource efficiency – impetus for industrial resource efficiency). This program supports projects that are bringing innovative technologies and products out of the laboratory and into commercial use.



The Leather business unit is part of LANXESS’s Performance Chemicals segment, which recorded sales of EUR 2.1 billion in fiscal 2016.


The cotton price which was ruling around Rs.38,000/- to Rs.39,000/- per candy of 355 kgs during the beginning of the cotton season for the bench marked variety of Sankar-6, is currently ruling around Rs.43,500/- to Rs.44,000/- resulting in an increase of Rs.5000/- to Rs.6000 per candy depending upon the staple length and quality of cotton.    The cotton price that has been increasing steeply till the end of February, has become firm during the last 20 days.  As the gap in the international and domestic prices has narrowed down, now imported cotton appears to be atractive due to better yarn realization, productivity and quality.



The Cotlook A index that prevailed around 79 cents during October has increased to 87 cents. Currently there is no much difference between domestic and imported cotton prices.  Hence, the import contracts of cotton are gaining momentum.  There is a significant increase in cotton crop size in Australia, expected to be around 45 lakhs as against 28 lakh bales achieved last year and 18% increase in crop size at US.  Since China has restricted its imports, global cotton position is very comfortable.



            In a Press Release issued here today, Mr.M.Senthilkumar, Chairman, The Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) has stated that the spinning mills need not be panic as cotton position both in domestic and global markets are very comfortable. He has stated that the cotton production in India for the season 2016-17 might be around 342 to 345 lakh bales as against 351 lakh bales estimated by the Cotton Advisory Board at its meeting held on 24.10.2016. 



SIMA Chief has said that the cotton arrival as on March 20, 2017 was around 250 lakh bales as against 260 lakh bales arrived during the same period last year. He has added that CAB had estimated the cotton imports as 17 lakh bales and  felt that it might touch 30 lakh bales during the end of the season if the present trend of import continues.  He further said that the mill consumption might be around 295 lakh bales as against 303 lakh bales estimated by CAB as the average count becomes finer. He has said that the exports might be only around 40 lakh bales as against 50 lakh bales estimated by CAB as the Indian cotton price is not currently attractive in the international market.  He has felt that the exports contracted so far might be only around 30 lakh bales. He has said that currently India has contracted for around 15 lakh bales of cotton imports from West Africa and US. He has opined that the prices might ease once the Australian cotton arrives the market in May. Considering all these facts, Mr.Senthilkumar has stated that the cotton supply position in India is very much comfortable and therefore, suggested the spinning mills to avoid panic buying. 



            While mentioning about CCI’s commercial activities of cotton, SIMA Chairman has thanked the Hon’ble Union Minister for Textiles and CCI for limiting CCI purchase to only around 1.05 lakh bales as against their original plan of 15 lakh bales and continue to maintain their supply only to the spinning mills.  He has advised the mills to avoid quoting higher price than the floor price for CCI cotton and thereby avoid further increase in the cotton prices.  Mr.Senthilkumar has appealed to all the ginning units to avoid any adulteration and ensure supply of least trash and contamination free quality cotton as the industry and the Union government have been planning to brand Indian cotton and its textile products.



            Mr.Senthilkumar has stated that the higher cotton price prevailed during the peak cotton season has greatly helped the cotton farmers to realize attractive prices and much higher income than any other cash crop and strongly felt this would considerably increase the area under cotton in the forthcoming season if the monsoon favours.


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