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Trade Talk | January 2017

RD Udeshi calls for major thrust on Make in India

A lot of thrust has been given to Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, said RD Udeshi, President - Polyester Chain, Reliance Industries Limited, in keynote address. This was the theme of international textile conference, held by the Textile Association (India), Mumbai Unit on December 1-2, 2016 at Hotel The Lalit, Mumbai.

“India has enough viscose and natural fibres. We are No. 1. in cotton. Then why are we lagging still behind? This is the biggest question,” tells Udeshi. He adds, “Foreign countries have started looking at India very seriously. We have enough skill available, and have enough technical people available to take care of large volumes.”

“The Indian textile industry is around $110 billion. It’s very small compared to China. Indian textile industry has been growing at a rate of 15 per cent annually. India is the second largest textile manufacturer and exporter. China is first with the market share of 40 per cent. The Government has given kept target to reach around $600 billion by 2025. Of this, textile exports is around $350 billion and total textile consumption is around $250 billion,” he adds. Udeshi says, “We are seeing little vibration in the economy and people have started thinking what next to do? This is a very ambitious target. We need to work on the right direction to reach this target. Countries like Bangladesh, Vietnam and Cambodia are becoming a manufacturing hub. They have certain advantage because of most favoured tag given by various countries.”

“India is changing a lot. Earlier people used to wear one single dress in the entire day. But now, the time is changing. People are very three to four different types of clothes in a day like morning wear, office wear, evening wear, night wear, etc. The younger generation is making this change happen. There is a definite change in buying pattern. The demand will increase in future,” says Udeshi.

Udeshi highlighted the comparative advantages and competitive strengths of India as fast emerging economy. He pointed out fibre base, modern technologies under the TUFs scheme and thrust on technical textiles. He remarked that the industries should avail of the opportunities to the best advantages to excel in the international competitive environment.

Chief Guest Ujjwal Narayan Uke, Principal Secretary (Textile), Co-operation, Marketing & Textile Department, Government of India, gave a motivational speech on Make in India and how India should adopt this initiative. Uke emphasised that industry and government should work hand in hand to achieve the super ordinate goals of the “Make in India”. He emphasised on positive vision by both industries and individual for the future growth of the country.

VC Gupte Chairman, TAI, Mumbai Unit and Convener of the Conference while giving the highlights said that “Make in India” campaign aims to facilitate investment, foster innovation, enhance skill development, protect intellectual property, and build best-in-class manufacturing infrastructure in India. The textile sector is one of major thrust areas planned in this mission providing growth drivers, FDI, investment and employment opportunities. Gupte said TAI, Mumbai Unit thought of bringing national as well as international thought makers to give their views for the success of this “Make in India” campaign.

The Textile Association (India), Mumbai Unit has set a precedent of felicitating the textile professionals for their outstanding contribution in the field of textile industry. In this Conference, the TAI, Mumbai Unit felicitated Jayantibhai Jariwala, Chairman & Managing Director, Colourtex Industries Pvt Ltd. and GT Dembla, Chairman, Precision Rubber Industries Pvt. Ltd. with “The Lifetime Achievement Awards”.

The theme of the first session was “Make in India – Textile Perspective”. In this session first paper was presented by RB Gupte, Director, MSME Development Institute, Ministry of MSME, the Government of India on “Make in India – An approach to Global Manufacturing Hub”. Dr A Raj, Senior Advisor, ZED, QUALITY COUNCIL OF INDIA presented the paper on “Journey towards Challenges –Best Practices & ZED Certification”. Dr Swapna Mishra, Director, Textile Sector Skill Council (TSC) made the presentation on “Role of Textile Sector Skill Council to support Make in India mission through Skilling in textile”.

The second session was on “Innovations in Manufacturing Technologies” were presented by eminent speakers from India and abroad. G Elango, General Manager, Textile Engineering-Processing, A.T.E. Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. presented the paper on “Eco Line” - Denim Finishing – A. Monforts, Germany”. Horst Ros, Managing Director Sales, J. Zimmer, Austria presented the paper on “Printing & Coating competence out of one hand”. Then Bhushan Zarapkar, Director - Operations, A.T.E. Envirotech Pvt Ltd presented the paper on “Advanced anaerobic technology for textile industry wastewaters”. Elliyas Mohammed, Business Development Manager (Polyester Dyes), Colourtex Industries Pvt Ltd. made the presentation on “Dyeing of Polyester fabrics using Super Critical Fluid (Carbon Dioxide) - Waterless Dyeing”. Manohar Samuel, President (Marketing & Business Development), Birla Cellulose, Grasim Industries Ltd presented the paper on “Make in India: Integrated Textile Park: Man Made Cellulose”. Parthiv Shah (Business Development Head – Global Sales), Amazon Global Selling spoke on “Enabling Manufacturers and Exporters to Sell Globally with Amazon”.

The third Session was on “Supply & Demand Chain Management”. Sanjay Soneja, Head – PSF business, Reliance Industries Limited presented the paper on “Polyester: Supporting India’s Credentials as a Textile Super-power”. Alok Kumar, Assistant Director (Insp.), Central Silk Board, Ministry of Textiles, the Government of India expressed his views on “Perspectives of Indian Silk”. Deepa Chandran, General Manager – Head of Buying and Merchandising for Brand People, Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited spoke on “Linen Fibre – Fibre based Textile”.

The theme of the fourth Session was “Industry Perceptions of Make in India”. Varun Vaid, Associate Director, Wazir Advisors Pvt Ltd presented the paper on “Global Textile Industry – A Peek in to future”.

Sumit Gupta, Deputy Director Standards Development & Quality Assurance, Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) expressed his views on “Making Organic Textiles in India - Benefits to India and way forward”. Prasad Pant, CEO, NimkarTek Technical Services P Ltd presented paper on “Global developments in sustainability and their impact on Make in India”. Manoj Purohit, Product Manager - Heating Division and VM Desai, R&D Dept., Water & Waste Treatment, Thermax Limited made the presentation on “Revolutionary technique of Thermic Fluid Heater and Textile Effluent treatment plant”.

The theme of the last session was “New Trends in Textiles Retailing & other”. Rajeev Kewlani, Antar Advisors spoke on “How DNA technology is playing a critical role in ascertaining the Textile Supply chain”. Umesh Prasad, Director, UV Textile Machines Pvt Ltd/Automha India gave the importance of “Automatic Transportation & Warehousing/Storage solutions for Textiles”. R Girish, IAS, Commissioner for Textile Development & Director Handlooms & Textiles, the Government of Karnataka gave the highlights on “State Policies of Karnataka Government - Nuthana Javali Neethi (2013-18)”. Hasmukh Jain, Vice President-Marketing, Industrial Boiler Ltd presented the paper on “The Pressure Reducing Turbine.”

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