Web Exclusive | March 2017
Textile mills buoyant over mercerised cotton
From being the traditional hub of man-made fabric (MMF) hub, Surat’s textile sector is now weaving yet another success story. Around 20 textile dyeing and printing mills in the city have turned to processing high-end mercerised cotton fabrics, which are in high demand in southern and northern parts of the country and have a strong export potential.
Industry sources said more than 20 lakh m of unfinished cotton fabrics from Bhiwandi and Ahmedabad are dumped on a daily basis in the textile processing mills of city’s Pandesara, Palsana and Sachin industrial areas for mercerisation. The textile mills have been doing job work for traders in Bhiwandi and Ahmedabad.
The South Gujarat Textile Processors' Association (SGTPA) President Jitu Vakharia, who has installed a mercerised cotton processing plant in his factory at Pandesara, says, “Though the cotton fabric processing is at a nascent stage, but I foresee it growing rapidly in the next few years. Surat’s textile mills offer best rates for job work and we have a range of colour choices as well.”