The Department of Handlooms and Textiles, Government of Tamil Nadu and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International School of Textiles and Management (SVPISTM) jointly organised a series of workshops for the establishment of technical textiles activity. The workshops include three phases where the first phase is on the various segments of technical textiles, product development, manufacturing process and market. The second and third phase comprises of planning and execution of business plan in technical textile sectors respectively.
The existing and budding textile entrepreneurs in and around Tamil Nadu were the target audience. The establishment of Technical Textile Wing was held at Sardar Vallabhai Patel International School of Textiles & Management (SVPITM), Avinashi road, Coimbatore on March 10, 2018.
A sectorial programme on medical textiles was scheduled during April 5-8, 2018. Around 80 participants from various districts in Tamil Nadu took part in the programme. Inauguration was done by Dr KG Bakthavathsalam, Chairman – KG Hospital, Coimbatore and Dr Prakash Vasudevan, Director – The South India Textile Research Association (SITRA), Coimbatore.
Bakthavathsalam emphasised on need for medical textiles in India because the product market in India is flourishing due to the population density. He also stated that the participants should focus on cost effective and innovative product without compromise in quality.
Dr Vasudevan felicitated the gathering and stated that new entrepreneurs can start their business in medical textiles by implementing the standards and the resources available in SITRA. He added that the Government has sanctioned Rs 24 crore for establishment of COE in medical textiles in the past years.
The participants underwent both theoretical and practical training in the medical textiles sector which also included industrial visits. Sessions on products, technology, manufacturing process, machines, standards, market demand and marketing strategy were part of the workshop.