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Indian Technical Textile Industry to grow rapidly with the push from NTTM, PLI, and PM MITRA: Smt. Darshana Vikram Jardosh; A Baseline Study Report titled "Technical Textiles Industry in India launched at the CII International Conference on Technical Textiles
Mar 12, 2022

Indian market is brimming with remarkable opportunities in technical textiles and has enormous scope to grow and capture the global market on the back of the National Technical Textiles Mission, PLI, and PM MITRA schemes stated Hon’ble Minister of State of Textiles Smt. Darshana Vikram Jardosh speaking at the International Conference on Technical Textiles. She highlighted the importance of technical textiles for boosting the economy of the country and its potential to contribute to the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s Mission on ‘Atmanirbharta’ and emphasized that it is the right time to maximize investment, employment, and women’s participation in the industry.

Emphasizing on the importance of technical textiles in boosting the economy of the country, the Minister said, various flagship missions and schemes of the Government of India, including Jal Jivan Mission, Mission of Integrated Development of Horticulture, National Health Mission, National Investment Pipeline, and strategic sectors are expected to create untapped opportunities in the domestic market. The Minister urged to make wide scale application of technical textiles through integrated efforts of all the ministries and government agencies.

The Ministry of Textiles in partnership with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organized the International Conference on Technical Textiles with the theme Creating the Winning Leap in Technical Textiles. In addition, there was an exclusive CEO session chaired by Hon’ble Minister of State for Textiles. The flagship conference focused on various sessions including Growth & Investment potential in Technical Textiles, Waster material applications in technical textiles, Geo-textiles, Agro-textiles, Specialty Fibres, Protective textiles, Sports textiles, and Medical textiles.

Dr. V K Saraswat, Member NITI Aayog highlighted that research, development and innovation is crucial for attaining the USD 43 Bn Technical Textiles market by 2024-25. A plethora of factors to drive the domestic technical textiles market including rising incomes, expanding infrastructure and construction, growing healthcare, and increasing global market, among others, further added Dr. Saraswat.

R&D in technical textile projects augmented through usage of Bamboo fibres hold strong potential in India. In addition, tremendous growth opportunities and prospects will be created in the areas of Space Technology, Energy, Drones, among others, he added.

Professor K VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Advisor, Government of India highlighted the vital role of innovative solutions and R&D in driving the technical textiles market in India under its flagship programme of National Technical Textiles Mission (NTTM). He added that industry academia linkages is essential for development of indigenous technical textiles.

He further emphasized the usage of technical textiles across various application areas including agro-textiles, geo-textiles, protective-textiles in the coming five years. He added that two crucial elements to focused for further development of technical textiles are Regulations and Standards leading to expansion of innovation space, intellectual property and opportunities for industry.

Shri U.P. Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles highlighted the remarkable growth in scientific and technological innovation in fibre science and textile manufacturing processes. He added that India positioned itself as the 5th largest market with USD 20 Billion size and an annual average growth rate of 8%. With rapid industrialization, fast growth in infrastructure, increasing automobile production, rising demand from healthcare sector, increasing interest towards sports and fitness activities, awareness towards personal hygiene and sanitation; the growth of Technical Textiles in India is expected to remain sustained level for next decade.

He further added that the Government is making all efforts to promote technical textiles including mandatory use of 92 items by government organisations covering agriculture, horticulture, highways, railways, water resources, and medical applications, 100 new Indian Standards in the pipeline, and introduction of six new courses and another new 20 courses are under preparation in Technical Textiles.

In the opening remarks, Shri H K Agarwal, Member, CII National Technical Textiles Committee identified key pointers to create the winning leap in the Indian Technical Textiles sector and suggested specific measures to drive mandatory usage of technical textiles, development of technical textiles through recycled materials, and harmonization of technical textile standards and regulations in line with global best practices.


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