Centre Promotes Indigenous Manufacturing of Technical Textiles

| Updated: 20 November, 2022 8:43 pm IST

India’s global strengths in traditional textiles and natural fibres have already been defined. It is the world’s second-largest producer of polyester and is now emerging as a key player in the technical textiles industry, with a market value of $ 19 billion. Technical textiles is a rapidly expanding sub-segment that is used in a variety of industries.

Ministry of Textiles in partnership with the Northern India Textile Research Association (NITRA) and Indian Technical Textile Association (ITTA) organized a full-day event “National Conclave on Technical Textiles – Protech” on November 16. Ministry of Textiles secretary Rachna Shah was the chief guest at the event.

“India’s textile industry is a major contributor to the Indian economy and India’s exports. Technical Textile is a sunrise industry with a robust growth rate of 10% annually. However, the sector is still small and there is a lot of opportunity for India to be a prominent player in the global arena,” said Rachna Shah.

She added that India is poised to emerge as a powerful destination for manufacturing and exports. However, it is the need of the hour to focus on product diversification, design, aesthetics, as well as need for training for the manpower involved.

“There is a need to focus on outcome-oriented R&D in the sector, and given ministry’s focus on R&D which is a major component of the NTTM, tremendous growth is anticipated in the coming years.. Technical Textiles industry will be a catalyst to fulfil India’s vision of Industry 4.0,” said Roop Rashi, Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India

Raj Kumar Jain, Chairman of NITRA, said that the market for Technical Textiles is expanding as the products are being used by an ever-increasing number of end users in various industries such as protective wear, agriculture, amongst others. Furthermore, with the increase in disposable income, the consumption of technical textiles is expected to increase even in retail households soon.

He highlighted that the Government of India is promoting indigenous manufacture of technical textiles to explore the global opportunities and cater to the domestic demand as well.

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