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National Conclave on Technical Textiles and Curtain Raiser of Technotex 2019


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National Conclave on Technical Textiles and Curtain Raiser of Technotex 2019

FICCI jointly with Ministry of Textiles is organizing National Conclave on Technical Textiles and Curtain Raiser of Technotex 2019 on 29th January 2019 at 9:30 am in The Taj Mahal Palace, Apollo Bunder Colaba, Mumbai. Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Hon’ble Minister of Textiles, Government of India, has kindly agreed to address the delegates during the Conclave. Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation Minister have also been requested to address the delegates. The programme will also witness the release of HSN Codes for Technical Textiles in separate category. Other prominent speakers are Mr V K Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog , Shri Raghvendra Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles and Dr. Anup Wadhawan, Commerce Secretary.

The Conclave would have panel discussions on Import Substitution & Enhancing Domestic Manufacturing Capacities; Benefits of Standardization & Adopting Best Global Practices; Mandatory Technical Textiles Codes for New India; Investment Opportunities in Technical Textiles Sector and Research & Development in Technical Textiles. CEOs, Senior Representatives of Departments Defence, Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Housing and Health & Family Welfare shall also be participating and addressing the delegates.

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Honb'le Minister for Textiles, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani:

"Government of India's Initiatives in Technical Textiles & Notification of HSN Codes for Technical Textiles" released by the Textiles Minister.

“Under the aegis of Ministry of Textiles, for the first time in the history of India, we have dedicated to the nation 207 HSN codes for technical textiles. I see this as a function of unleashing the potential of not only technical textiles but also of an industry which impacts both our farm life and our space pursuits. This decision alone can enable the sector to grow to a market size of 2 lakh crore rupees by 2020-2021”. This was stated by the Union Textiles Minister Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, at the National Conclave on Technical Textiles, jointly organized by the Ministry of Textiles and FICCI, in Mumbai today. Stating that the notification is a milestone which is significant for the industry, the Minister thanked the industry who have guided and inspired the Government in this initiative.

To monitor the data of import and export and in order to provide any fiscal support to the technical textile sector, the first step was to recognize and notify separately the technical textiles items spread from chapter 1 to 99 of HSN classification book. In absence of clear classification of technical textiles, there was confusion and many genuine manufactures were not getting various incentives being allowed to technical textile sector by Central and State Governments. To fulfill the long-standing demand of industry to declare Technical Textile items as separate category, Government of India has notified 207 HSN Codes as Technical Textiles. This step will give a major boost to the Technical Textile sector in India and it is expected that this step of Government will act as a catalyst for achieving the Market Size of Technical Textiles up to Rs.2.00 lakh crore by 2020-21.

The job-giving potential of the technical textiles sector is huge; every Rs. 1 crore investment generates 70 jobs, said the Minister. She said that this will lead to growth in sectors such as research, education and facilities such as testing labs as well. Partnership between agrotech companies and Krishi Vigyan Kendras can be very impactful, noted the Minister. She cited a McKinsey Global Institute report, according to which application of agricultural technologies can help close to 90 million farmers by 2025.

Speaking of the historic initiative of Ayushman Bharat, the Minister said that the government is poised to unleash close to 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres across the country. These will be in need of medical textiles. Given standardization and need for quality control, our domestic manufacturers can compete and contribute to the medtech segment, said the Minister.

The Minister informed that a committee has been constituted to give recommendations for R&D plan for the future growth of the technical textile industry and specifically for preparing a way forward for high performance specialty fibres in India. Noting that imported specialty fibres is one of our biggest challenges, Smt. Irani said that India is well-poised to ensure that the technology is affordable, we being the affordable innovators of the world.

Smt. Irani announced that an Innovation Centre for Technical Textiles will be set up at the national capital next month, with industry support. She said that steps like this can help us go beyond the 2 lakh crore target for the sector.

Wishing the best for the deliberations and debate for the day, the Minister hoped that the way forward that is determined the contribution during the Conclave will be a milestone not only for the technical textiles industry but also for the future of India and the Indian economy.

The event was also a curtain raiser for TechnoTex 2019, to be held in August 2019.

More than 200 industry and government delegates from various segments of technical textiles attended the event.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Shri Raghavendra Singh said that the government is taking a number of steps for the technical textiles sector; the sector is given importance at the highest level. There are many more measures in the offing, such as giving weightage to technical textiles in government tenders. He added that the Ministry has initiated the latest technical textiles baseline survey to estimate the industry size. He said that its an Interesting Time for Technical Textiles.

Member, NITI Aayog, Dr. V K Saraswat addressed the participants and said that standardization of technical textiles products is important and notification of HSN Codes for these items was a major step in that direction. He emphasized that we need to encourage indigenous manufacturing of technical textiles and also check the import of sub-standard items. He also said that incentives for Technical Textile Industry from Government can play a major role in boosting the sector.

Immediate Past President, FICCI, Mr Rashesh Shah said that the focus on technical textiles by Government of India complements well with the Prime Minister's vision of New India where we are looking at the development of next generation infrastructure. Mr. Shah thanked the Textiles Minister for notifying HSN Codes for the 207 technical textiles items; he said it would help in giving due recognition to the sector.  

Executive Director, Reliance Industries Ltd,, Mr Nikhil Meswani said that technical textiles is a fast growing segment globally, growing at 6% - at double the growth rate of polyester segment. It has the potential to achieve a size of US $ 34 billion in next few years in India and also achieve a growth of 20% per annum. He also requested to Niti Aayog to look upon for making Technical Textile Products for some sectors mandatory by Government.

Also speaking at the programme was CEO & Jt MD, Welspun India Ltd., Ms. Dipali Goenka who highlighted the potential of technical textiles in India. India continues to be a bright spot in the world and is estimated to become the third largest economy by 2030; she said it can leverage its strength in fibres and yarns for the growth of technical textiles sector.

Dr.V.K.Saraswat during Panel discussion on Administrative Consolidation of Technical Textiles, which was moderated by Mr. Siddharth Zarabi, Executive Editor, BTVI (Business Television India), said that, There is need to stop manufacturing of low quality products immediately, if we delay this process, we will lose the global opportunities. He emphasized on Ecosystem of availability of Products which are at par with Global Standards, then only Government can curb the Import of Technical Textile Products. He also said that Industry associations, academia & CoEs shall come up with collaborative R&D and Government is ready to support. He asserted that there shall be no compromise in Standards of products, parity with Global Standards is must, if we can't exceed and while designing Standards, we shall focus on the complete process and not only the final product. 

During Panel Discussion on Benefits of Standardization & Global Best Practices, Ms. Fatima Mahdi, Senior Anchor, BTVI (Business Television India) with her  amazingly witty and fiery style asked relevant questions from Panel Members regarding Ensuring The Standardization, Role of Stakeholders, Cost of Standardization, Global Best Practices & Credibility of Standards & Products.

Dr. J.K.Gupta, Scientist D, BIS, in his address for above discussion said that Bureau of Indian Standards is the only Authority to design National Standards. He said that BIS has done 313 standards for Technical Textiles and  approximately 100 Standards on Technical Textile Products are under process. He also said that India is a signatory to Global Best Practices and we have to prepare Standards based on parity with Global Standards within a timeline and transparent manner. He also suggested that Industry Associations shall constitute parallel expert panels to provide their inputs to BIS Committees on behalf of their respective Industry.

Mr. Rohan Patodia, Co-Chairman, FICCI Textiles Committee and President, Prime Hi-Tech Textiles, in his address for above panel, said that Quality is the only parameter to fight competition of Cheaper & Substandard products. He said Standards create a benchmark so that minimum quality requirements of the products are met. He emphasized the need of Building workforce with training & knowledge imparting of Standards and processes.

During Panel Discussion on Mandating Technical Textiles for New India, Mr. Vikram Oza, Bureau Chief, BTVI (Business Television India) asked from Panel Members about why making products Mandatory is necessary & Environmental hazards of nonwoven fabrics.

Mr. Anup Rakshit, Executive Director, ITTA, replied in the above discussion that various sectors like Healthcare, Building Contractors compromise in the quality of Protective & Preventive Wear Products for cost cutting, without thinking of the cost of Human Capital. Once, the Government makes it mandatory for certain sectors to buy only Quality Standard products, they will be bound to follow suit and we are asking which whole world is doing from as early as 1970, to protect Human Lives. 

Mr. Basant Lohia, Managing Director, Tarasafe International Ltd., during above panel discussion said that Awareness of safety of people is necessary before making Quality Standard Products mandatory. He said Government & Industry Associations shall come up with Awareness Campaigns at mass level and manufacturers shall also look for the availability of right products at right prices.

Another Panel Discussion on Investment Opportunity in Technical Sector was moderated by Ms. Fatima Mahdi, Senior Anchor, BTVI (Business Television India) where she asked from Panel Members about Curation, Return opportunities for Investors, Efforts by Government, Incentives for Investor & Innovation.

Mr. Pramod Khosla, Chairman & Managing Director, Khosla Profil Pvt. Ltd., said that Investors shall think for Domestic as well as Global sales before investing, they shall think out of the box and must not remain limited to run of the mill products. Investors need to have passion, aptitude and right technical knowledge. He asserted the need of Manufacturing of Machinery of Technical Textiles to be produced in India.

Mr. Mohan Kavrie, Managing Director, Supreme Nonwovens, said that Investors shall deeply study the market and analyse the data before investing. He said that now is the time to stop discussing about the potential of Technical Textiles in India, that is there and well proven. He suggested for Baseline surveys of market with authentic data from reliable sources which can provide a deep insight of the sector before proceeding for investments.

Mr. Kehsav Chandra, Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce, said that Government shall not indulge in the manufacturing processes of various Technical Textile Sectors, rather Government shall handhold the Industry. He asserted that showcasing about the hazards associated with use of substandard products before making the products mandatory. He also said that while discussing Technical Textiles, we must take care for not to go plastic all the way to save environment. 

During the last Panel Discussion moderated by Mr. Devang Khakhar, Director, IIT-Mumbai on Research & Development in Technical Textiles, Prof. Vijay Raghvan, Principal Scientific Adviser of the Government of India, through Video Conference said that we shall look for fundamental problems like CoEs, academia are not aware with the reality & ecosystem of the market, Industry sector does not have that much capital for R&D. He suggested to push human engagement and CoEs, Academia, Regulatory Bodies & Industry associations along with consumers shall build a common platform to discuss upon problems and finding solutions with collaborative efforts.

Dr. Prakash Vasudevan, Director, SITRA, in his address said that SITRA is already engaged in R&D of not only products related to Medical Textiles but also in R&D of testing equipment. He asserted the need of Industry participation to boost the R&D Process.

Dr. U.K.Gangopadhyay, ED, SASMIRA, Dr. Arindam Basu, Director General, NITRA also updated their achievements in R&D for Geo-textile & other Technical Textile Sectors.

The conclave was concluded by closing remarks & vote of thanks by Mr. Rohan Patodia, Co-Chairman, FICCI Textile Committee and President, Prime HiTech Textiles.

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