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Web Exclusive | August 2018

RIL, Arvind partner to manufacture R|Elan

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has forged a partnership with Ahmedabad-based Arvind Ltd to manufacture co-branded R|Elan high performance fabrics. The partnership is a part of RIL’s Hub Excellence Partners (HEP) programme. RIL has organised an HEP meet to launch R|Elan fabric 2.0, fabrics made from speciality engineered fibres for denim and other woven fabrics. The event was attended by senior officials of textile industry, and their response to R|Elan fabrics was very encouraging.

As part of this partnership, Arvind will provide a high standard quality fabric and RIL will ensure timely delivery of R|Elan high-quality performance technologies to Arvind.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Reliance on R|Elan range of denim fabrics. The partnership will open up opportunities for Arvind to create quality products in line with the latest trends. This co-branding effort re-affirms our vision to offer products that are aesthetically pleasing, technologically advanced and, most importantly, sustainable,” said Aamir Akhtar, CEO – Denims, Arvind Ltd.

As an industry leader and a pioneer, RIL is always looking at ways to help create value-added, easy-care and more comfortable fabrics for the benefit of common man.

Using its ongoing R&D and extensive expertise in fibre reengineering, RIL has created a portfolio of speciality fabrics branded R|Elan that enhance the performance attributes in all apparel segments such as active wear, denim, formal wear, casual and ethnic wear. These fabrics are created with active participation of HEP programme partners spread across the various textile centres of India.

Gujarat is a key State for RIL as it has initiated HEP programme in Ahmedabad and Surat. The textile and apparel manufactures will be key beneficiaries as RIL will share its experience, knowledge and technology to manufacture high performance R|Elan fabrics in these cities. The R|Elan co-branding exercise will bolster RIL’s foothold in Rs 2,25,000 to Rs 2,50,000 crore Indian apparel industry having almost equal share of menswear and womenswear.

R|Elan is an umbrella brand from the house of RIL, which encompasses range of new age fabrics. R|Elan is a blend of art and smart, with fabrics that provide enhanced aesthetics, performance and comfort. Through this RIL aims to fulfil the needs of all consumers, across all apparel segments like active wear, denim, formal wear and womenswear. R|Elan is fabric 2.0 – a next generation fabric for today’s demanding consumer.

Along with strengthening R|Elan as a brand, RIL is also creating robust fibre-to-fabric value chain to ensure that these innovations match the commercial expectations of fashion brands. After intensive primary and secondary research, Reliance has decided to focus on six key growth engines through its specialty R|Elan fabrics made out following technologies namely R|Elan Kooltex - used in making active wear apparels, R|Elan FreeFlow - used in manufacturing sarees and dress material, R|Elan FreeFlow finds its way in western and ethnic wears, R|Elan SuperSoft - used in shirting, R|Elan GreenGold the textile made out of the greenest fibres in the world, manufactured by recycling used PET bottles that finds its way in trousers and denim, while R|Elan SuperBlack - used in suiting.

R|Elan fabrics score over regular fabrics in a number of different ways such as enhanced breathability, dry feel and anti-odour. They also feature vibrant colours, excellent drape and hand feel and are completely easy care. All these properties are inherent and permanent for the life of the garment giving assured comfort and confidence to the end consumer.

R|Elan fabric for sustainable apparel are among the most eco-friendly in the world. With increasing consumer demand for specific higher performance apparels the opportunities for strong R|Elan adoption is gaining traction and RIL is committed to provide one of the best solutions to the fabrics and apparel manufacturers keeping in mind the end consumer’s aspirations.

In the total Rs 2,00,000 Rs 2,50,000 crore apparel industry, active wear segment has 10-15 per cent or Rs 2,500 crore market share, while ethnic wear and sarees, the largest apparel sub-segment, commands Rs 60,000 crore share and the denim segment is worth Rs 20,000 crore, expected to grow at 14 per cent CAGR till 2020.

In order to satisfy the increasing consumer demand for higher functionality, Reliance has undertaken a project to create awareness among fabric manufacturers, apparel brands and retailers while creating a fully integrated supply chain to support it. This will ensure brand delight as well as increased value at every level of the textile value chain.

RIL has partnered with 32 textile players that are equipped to produce new-age fabrics using R|Elan technologies. RIL is providing latest know how, specifications and expert consultation support to these players to enhance and sustain quality of textile to be supplied to apparel manufacturers. This strong pan-India network will provide assurance to apparel brand owners and retailers of streamlined production, timelines and standard quality.

R|Elan products will thus provide consumers next generation fabrics that are in line with the latest fashion trends while also fulfilling their lifestyle needs. RIL’s efforts will give consumers the assurance that if there is R|Elan on the outside, there is something special on the inside.

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