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Indian textiles industry is one of the largest and oldest in the country. The sector showcases rich cultural heritage and traditional designs blend with modernity, making its products popular across the globe. India has diverse presence of natural and manmade fibres and the entire value chain exists in the country.

Indian textiles industry is one of the largest and oldest in the country. The sector showcases rich cultural heritage and traditional designs blend with modernity, making its products popular across the globe. India has diverse presence of natural and manmade fibres and the entire value chain exists in the country. The sector is closely linked with agriculture for its raw material requirements such as cotton, jute and silk etc.

In the last five years, the sector has shown an average growth of 6%. The sector contributes 2% to India’s GDP, 10% to manufacturing production and 13% to country’s export earnings. It is a labour intensive sector and generates huge employment both for skilled and unskilled labour. The sector directly employs more than 45 million people and hence is regarded as one of the largest employment generating sectors in the nation after agriculture. India exports large amount of textiles and garments currently standing at $36.6 billion.


FICCI's Engagement

FICCI Textiles Committee works towards the holistic development of textiles industry in India. The objective of the committee is to work along with various stakeholders representing wide variety of sub-sectors of textiles industry like cotton, man-made, wool, silk, handlooms, Jute, handicrafts, apparels and technical textiles etc. Apart from major policy issues such as high cost of power and logistics, ground water extraction and availability of raw materials, FICCI has been actively involved with Government regarding various issues related to GST and Foreign Trade Policy for the sector. The Committee has been working closely with states too to help them out with their textiles policy particularly in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

FICCI has been at the forefront of facilitating knowledge sharing in various segments of textiles and apparels industry. The committee has been at the forefront of Policy advocacy for the sector and has given detailed inputs for the National Textiles Policy and has worked very closely with the West Bengal Government for the formulation of their Textiles Policy.

Lack of standards has been a serious impediment for development of the technical textiles sector in the country. FICCI has been working closely with Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for formulation of standards on technical textiles. FICCI jointly with Ministry of Textiles and BIS has been organising National Conclave on Standards for Technical Textiles.

Team Leader

Chetan Bijesure

Assistant Secretary General

Timeline

2023
May
Event

FICCI Closed Door Discussion on Textiles & Apparels with Mr. Manish Singh, Principal Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh

Apr
Event

Meeting of FICCI Textiles and Technical Textiles Committee

Event

Interactive Meeting with Smt. Rachna Shah, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India

Feb
Press Release

Indian technical textile industry can aim to reach $200 billion market by 2047: Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Textiles, GoI

Press Release

Future of Indian textile sector closely linked with growth of technical textile industry: Darshana Vikram Jardosh, MoS, Textiles & Railways, GoI

2022
Dec
Event

Make in Odisha Conclave'22: Sectoral Session Department of Handloom, Textile & Handicraft

Jun
Press Release

Govt to focus on Research & Development under National Technical Textiles Mission: Upendra Prasad Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles

Event

5th National Conclave on Standards for Technical Textiles

2021
Sep
Press Release

FICCI welcomes PLI for Textile sector

Mar
Press Release

Technical clothing requirements for armed forces likely to be included in negative import list; keen to procure indigenised techno textiles: General Bipin Rawat

Event

Technotex 2021

Jan
Press Release

Product Development, Digitalization, Niche products & world class R&D institutions way forward to reposition India in Global Textile value chain: Textile Industry Experts

Event

FICCI TAG 2021 - 12th annual Textile and Apparel Conference: Repositioning Indian Textiles and Strategizing for Growth in the Post-COVID World

2020
Sep
Event

GLOBIZ: Global Textile & Home Furnishing Expo

Jul
Event

FICCI-MoT Forum on Technical Textiles

2019
Aug
Press Release

Government looking at mandatory use of technical textiles in over 90 areas, 40 new HSN codes in Technical Textiles soon - Textile Secretary Ravi Capoor at Technotex-2019

Study

Technical textiles: Growth engine of Indian textiles sector

Event

Technotex India 2019

Jun
Press Release

FICCI textiles industry delegation submits agenda to Minister of Textiles Ms Smriti Zubin Irani

Feb
Press Release

Govt. likely to bring mandatory standards for technical textiles items where Indian standards are developed: Secretary-Textiles Mr Raghvendra Singh

Event

4th National Conclave on Standards for Technical Textiles

Jan
Press Release

Notification of HSN Codes for 207 technical textile Items a major growth booster for the sector: Textiles Minister Smriti Irani Technical Textiles estimated to grow to Rs 2 lakh cr. by 2021

Event

National Conclave on Technical Textiles and Curtain Raiser of Technotex 2019

Press Release

FICCI suggests housing scheme for women garment workers in cities Grant of higher FAR in existing factories merits consideration

Press Release

First-ever Indian Standard on Bullet Resistant Jacket released to help speed up procurement, testing of materials & reduce import dependence

Event

Release of Indian Standard on Bullet Resistant Jacket

2018
Aug
Event

India Pavilion at Apparel Textile Sourcing - Canada

Press Release

FICCI welcomes hike in Custom Duty on Textile Products

Jul
Press Release

FICCI Welcomes Government's Multifaceted Measures to Address Textiles Industry Problems

Press Release

Khadi to boost India's economic growth & generate employment- Suresh Prabhu

Jun
Press Release

TECHNOTEX 2018 concludes with 1160 B2B meetings, 51 G2B and 230 International reverse buyer-seller meets

Event

Technotex 2018

May
Press Release

Foreign companies must invest in India's growing Technical Textile - Anant Kumar Singh

2017
Nov
Press Release

FICCI Welcomes the Draft Textiles Policy of UP Government

Event

3rd National Conclave on Standards for Technical Textiles

Aug
Press Release

Over 95 companies showcase Indian textiles at Textillegprom in Moscow

Jan
Event

1st North East Investor's Summit

Press Release

Need to address issue of lack of manpower in technical textiles sector: Smriti Irani

Event

Curtain raiser of TECHNOTEX-2017

2016
Sep
Study

Knowledge Paper on Global Shifts in Textile Industry & India's Position

Aug
Event

FICCI Celebrates 2nd National Handloom Day

Jul
Event

A delegation from FICCI calls on Smt Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister of Textiles,Government of India

Jun
Press Release

FICCI comments on the Cabinet's approval for a special package for the Textile Sector

Apr
Study

Knowledge Paper on Technical Textiles: Towards a Smart Future

Event

TECHNOTEX-2016

Jan
Event

Invest Karnataka 2016: Global Investors Meet, Textiles Investors Meet

2015
Oct
Press Release

Germany's Partnership for Sustainable Textiles: Incentivizing the Indian textile supply chain

Aug
Press Release

FICCI Textiles Committee meets FM Jaitley

Policy

FICCI Note on Pressing Issues of India Textiles Industry

Event

FICCI Textiles Committee Calls-on Sri Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, Government of India

Jul
Event

A Road Show on Andhra Pradesh Textile Park Investment

Jun
Press Release

FICCI seeks adequate release of cotton by CCI for Textiles Industry

Apr
Event

Conference on Strategy for Making India a Global Leader in Textiles and Apparels

2014
Nov
Event

FICCI-TAG 2014 Conference

Oct
Event

VASTRA 2014

Aug
Event

Interactive Session with Shri Sanjay Kumar Panda, Secretary,Textiles

Jul
Policy

FICCI's Suggestions to Mr Santosh Gangwar, Minister for Textiles

Event

FICCI Delegation meets Santosh Gangwar, Minister for Textiles

Apr
Event

Goods and Service Tax (GST) Roadmap for the India Textiles Sector

Feb
Event

2nd National Seminar on Standards for Technical Textiles

Jan
Press Release

FICCI calls for enabling labour laws to boost textile & clothing industry and raise India's share in world exports

2013
Nov
Policy

FICCI's Suggestions for National Textiles Policy 2013

Oct
Event

Seminar on Indian Textiles and Technical Textiles Industry: Challenges & Strategies for Competitiveness in Southern States

May
Press Release

FICCI Welcomes West Bengal's Textiles Policy

Jan
Study

Investor Guide for Technical Textiles

Event

TECHNOTEX 2013

2012
Dec
Press Release

FICCI Submits West Bengal's Textiles Policy-2022 to the Chief Minister - A 20 Point Agenda for Reviving Textiles in the State

Policy

FICCI's Suggestions for West Bengal's Textiles Policy - 2022

Nov
Event

VASTRA 2012 - An International Textile and Apparel Fair

Aug
Event

Conference on Application and Commercialization of Natural Fibres Composites

Mar
Event

Buyer Seller Meets on Technical Textiles

2011
Nov
Study

Compendium on Standards on Technical Textiles

Event

Seminar on "Role of Standards in Promotion of Technical Textiles"

Study

Report on Technical Textiles for Technotex 2011

Aug
Event

TECHNOTEX-2011

Mar
Event

Good Design is Good Business

Jan
Press Release

Rs 200 Crore Technology Mission on Technical Textiles Launched

2010
Nov
Event

Stimulating Investments in Technical Textiles: Meditech & Geotech

Oct
Study

Analysis on Market Linked Focus Product Scheme for Indiaas Apparel & Made-Ups Sector

Aug
Policy

FICCI Suggestions for the R&D Policy of Indian Textiles Sector

Jul
Study

Study on India's Textiles and Clothing Exports to EU & US

Jun
Press Release

FICCI Moots R&D Policy for Indian Textiles Industry

Apr
Study

Study on R&D Policy for Indian Textiles Industry

Mar
Event

Conference on ''German Technology for Indian Textiles''

Press Release

Regulatory Framework to Boost Growth of Technical

Event

Conference on ''German Technology for Indian Textiles''

Feb
Event

Workshop on "Opportunities for Women entrepreneurs in Textiles Industry"

Jan
Press Release

FICCI Demands Continuation of Stimulus Package for Textiles in 2010

Press Release

Need to reorient policy goals and entire production system

Event

Conference on "Emerging Global Trends & the Way Forward for Indian Textiles Industry"

2009
Sep
Event

Geotech : Workshops on Strengthening Government- Industry- Consumer Partnership in Technical Textiles

Event

Agrotech : Workshops on Strengthening Government- Industry- Consumer Partnership in Technical Textiles

Event

Protech : Workshops on Strengthening Government- Industry- Consumer Partnership in Technical Textiles

Event

Meditech : Workshops on Strengthening Government- Industry- Consumer Partnership in Technical Textiles

Jan
Study

Report on Applications of Technical Textiles in Indian Defence

2008
Nov
Study

Study on Slowdown in Indian Textiles Sector

Events

May, 2023

FICCI Closed Door Discussion on Textiles & Apparels with Mr. Manish Singh, Principal Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh

May 15, 2023,

Apr, 2023

Meeting of FICCI Textiles and Technical Textiles Committee

Apr 27, 2023,

Interactive Meeting with Smt. Rachna Shah, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India

Apr 03, 2023,

Dec, 2022

Make in Odisha Conclave'22: Sectoral Session Department of Handloom, Textile & Handicraft

Dec 02, 2022, Bhubaneswar

Jun, 2022

5th National Conclave on Standards for Technical Textiles

Jun 10, 2022,

Mar, 2021

Technotex 2021

Mar 17, 2021, Virtual Platform

Jan, 2021

FICCI TAG 2021 - 12th annual Textile and Apparel Conference: Repositioning Indian Textiles and Strategizing for Growth in the Post-COVID World

Jan 15, 2021, Virtual Platform

Sep, 2020

GLOBIZ: Global Textile & Home Furnishing Expo

Sep 16, 2020, Virtual Platform

Can India Become Hub of Medical Textile: Healthcare and Hygiene Products postponed

Sep 11, 2020, Virtual Platform

Jul, 2020

FICCI-MoT Forum on Technical Textiles

Jul 29, 2020, Virtual Platform

Aug, 2019

Technotex India 2019

Aug 29, 2019, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Feb, 2019

4th National Conclave on Standards for Technical Textiles

Feb 21, 2019, FICCI, New Delhi

Jan, 2019

National Conclave on Technical Textiles and Curtain Raiser of Technotex 2019

Jan 29, 2019, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Release of Indian Standard on Bullet Resistant Jacket

Jan 10, 2019, FICCI, New Delhi

Aug, 2018

India Pavilion at Apparel Textile Sourcing - Canada

Aug 20, 2018, Toronto,Canada

Jun, 2018

Technotex 2018

Jun 28, 2018, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Nov, 2017

3rd National Conclave on Standards for Technical Textiles

Nov 02, 2017, FICCI, New Delhi

Jan, 2017

1st North East Investor's Summit

Jan 29, 2017, Shillong

Curtain raiser of TECHNOTEX-2017

Jan 17, 2017, FICCI, New Delhi

Aug, 2016

FICCI Celebrates 2nd National Handloom Day

Aug 07, 2016, FICCI, New Delhi

Jul, 2016

A delegation from FICCI calls on Smt Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister of Textiles,Government of India

Jul 14, 2016, New Delhi

Apr, 2016

TECHNOTEX-2016

Apr 21, 2016, Mumbai

Jan, 2016

Invest Karnataka 2016: Global Investors Meet, Textiles Investors Meet

Jan 28, 2016, FICCI, New Delhi

Aug, 2015

FICCI Textiles Committee Calls-on Sri Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, Government of India

Aug 01, 2015, New Delhi

Jul, 2015

A Road Show on Andhra Pradesh Textile Park Investment

Jul 03, 2015, Surat, Gujarat

Apr, 2015

Conference on Strategy for Making India a Global Leader in Textiles and Apparels

Apr 07, 2015, FICCI, New Delhi

Nov, 2014

FICCI-TAG 2014 Conference

Nov 18, 2014, Hotel The Lalit, Mumbai

Oct, 2014

VASTRA 2014

Oct 29, 2014, Jaipur

Aug, 2014

Interactive Session with Shri Sanjay Kumar Panda, Secretary,Textiles

Aug 14, 2014, FICCI, New Delhi

Jul, 2014

FICCI Delegation meets Santosh Gangwar, Minister for Textiles

Jul 02, 2014, FICCI, New Delhi

Apr, 2014

Goods and Service Tax (GST) Roadmap for the India Textiles Sector

Apr 16, 2014, FICCI, New Delhi

Feb, 2014

2nd National Seminar on Standards for Technical Textiles

Feb 25, 2014, Mayfair Banquets, Worli, Mumbai

Oct, 2013

Seminar on Indian Textiles and Technical Textiles Industry: Challenges & Strategies for Competitiveness in Southern States

Oct 01, 2013, Hyderabad

Jan, 2013

TECHNOTEX 2013

Jan 17, 2013, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

Nov, 2012

VASTRA 2012 - An International Textile and Apparel Fair

Nov 22, 2012, Jaipur

Aug, 2012

Conference on Application and Commercialization of Natural Fibres Composites

Aug 07, 2012, FICCI Federation House, New Delhi

Mar, 2012

Buyer Seller Meets on Technical Textiles

Mar 28, 2012, FICCI, Federation House, New Delhi

Nov, 2011

Seminar on "Role of Standards in Promotion of Technical Textiles"

Nov 30, 2011, FICCI, Federation House, New Delhi

Aug, 2011

TECHNOTEX-2011

Aug 25, 2011, Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon East, Mumbai

Mar, 2011

Good Design is Good Business

Mar 04, 2011, New Delhi

Nov, 2010

Stimulating Investments in Technical Textiles: Meditech & Geotech

Nov 18, 2010, New Delhi

Mar, 2010

Conference on ''German Technology for Indian Textiles''

Mar 11, 2010, Mumbai

Conference on ''German Technology for Indian Textiles''

Mar 08, 2010, New Delhi , Federation House

Feb, 2010

Workshop on "Opportunities for Women entrepreneurs in Textiles Industry"

Feb 23, 2010, Bangalore

Jan, 2010

Conference on "Emerging Global Trends & the Way Forward for Indian Textiles Industry"

Jan 06, 2010, New Delhi

Sep, 2009

Geotech : Workshops on Strengthening Government- Industry- Consumer Partnership in Technical Textiles

Sep 23, 2009, New Delhi

Agrotech : Workshops on Strengthening Government- Industry- Consumer Partnership in Technical Textiles

Sep 18, 2009, New Delhi

Protech : Workshops on Strengthening Government- Industry- Consumer Partnership in Technical Textiles

Sep 15, 2009, New Delhi

Meditech : Workshops on Strengthening Government- Industry- Consumer Partnership in Technical Textiles

Sep 01, 2009, New Delhi

Chair

Mr Rajinder Gupta

Chairman
Trident Group

Co-Chair

Mr. Man Mohan Singh

Chief Marketing Officer
Aditya Birla Group, Birla Cellulose, Pulp & Fibre Business
Grasim Industries Limited

FICCI Suggestions for the R&D Policy of Indian Textiles Sector

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The Hindu Business Line |

$23-b market for technical textiles by 2027: Report

Business Standard |

COVID-19 has opened up new vistas for Indian Textile Industry in global markets

Ravi Capoor, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, stated that COVID-19 has affected the global market conditions but has also opened up new vistas for the Indian textile industry to gain market share of China in the developed world, especially the EU and the US. Addressing the inaugural session of the three-day 'GLOBIZ - Global Textile & Home Furnishing Expo', organized by FICCI, Capoor said that this is the most promising time for the textile industry in India due to strong consumption in the domestic market as well as the growing demand for exports. Various countries are looking at Indian markets and it's the time to gear up supply chains, quality and deliver at the promised schedules, which will enable India to become a market leader, he added.

Capoor also urged the industry to work towards tapping the unexplored global markets. All stakeholders including FICCI should plan a huge outreach program in new areas like the LAC, Japan etc. There are challenges in the apparel industry, but the home furnishing sector has the potential to almost double its exports within two years, he noted.

Business World |

Opportunity for textile industry to grab chinese share in developed market: Secretary, Textiles

Ravi Capoor, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, said that COVID-19 has affected the global market conditions but has also opened up new vistas for the Indian textile industry to gain market share of China in the developed world, especially the EU and the US.

Addressing the inaugural session of the three-day ‘GLOBIZ – Global Textile & Home Furnishing Expo’, organized by FICCI, Capoor said that this is the most promising time for the textile industry in India due to strong consumption in the domestic market as well as the growing demand for exports.

“Various countries are looking at Indian markets and it’s the time to gear up supply chains, quality and deliver at the promised schedules, which will enable India to become a market leader,” he added.

Capoor also urged the industry to work towards tapping the unexplored global markets. “We are concentrated on few markets only. We should expand in the markets where India was never present and virtual Shows like GLOBIZ help to do that. This is the time for the textile industry to increase its market share and take advantage of the international markets,” he added.

Capoor further said that all stakeholders including FICCI should plan a huge outreach program in new areas like the LAC, Japan etc. “There are challenges in the apparel industry, but the home furnishing sector has the potential to almost double its exports within two years,” he noted.

Elaborating on the government’s plan to promote the sector, Capoor shared that the Textile Ministry is planning a ‘Textile India Fair’ which will be the largest virtual fair globally, with over 30,000 buyers expected from different countries.

Rudra Chatterjee, Chair, FICCI West Bengal State Council & Chairman, Obeetee Group said the demand for home textile has not abated. He said that as we look at the online sales platform, the meaning of B2B and B2C has changed as the manufactures can directly ship their products to the customers which require new logistics and design capabilities, and needs to be developed by the industries.

He further said, India has the technological and product capability to host an international trade fair as mentioned by the Textile Secretary. Chatterjee also urged the government to partner with the industry to train the weavers, especially in the category of handmade carpets and textiles.

Dilip Chenoy, Secretary General, FICCI, said, we want to continue our association with the ministry of textile and support the textile industry and we expect to increase research in this area which will provide us with a more meaningful edge globally.

KNN |

COVID-19 offers opportunities for Indian Textiles industry to grab Chinese share in developed world market: Secretary, Textiles Ministry

COVID-19 has affected the global market conditions but has also opened up new vistas for the Indian textile industry to gain market share of China in the developed world, especially the EU and the US said, Ravi Capoor, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Govt of India.

Addressing the inaugural session of the three-day 'GLOBIZ - Global Textile & Home Furnishing Expo', organized by FICCI, Capoor on Wednesday said that this is the most promising time for the textile industry in India due to strong consumption in the domestic market as well as the growing demand for exports.

"Various countries are looking at Indian markets and it's the time to gear up supply chains, quality and deliver at the promised schedules, which will enable India to become a market leader," he added.

Capoor also urged the industry to work towards tapping the unexplored global markets.

"We are concentrated on a few markets only. We should expand in the markets where India was never present and virtual Shows like GLOBIZ help to do that. This is the time for the textile industry to increase its market share and take advantage of the international markets," he added.

He further said that all stakeholders including FICCI should plan a huge outreach program in new areas like the LAC, Japan etc.

"There are challenges in the apparel industry, but the home furnishing sector has the potential to almost double its exports within two years," he noted.

Elaborating on the government's plan to promote the sector, Capoor shared that the Textile Ministry is planning a 'Textile India Fair' which will be the largest virtual fair globally, with over 30,000 buyers expected from different countries.

The Economic Times |

India to organize world's largest virtual fair for textiles

India is organizing the world’s largest virtual fair for textiles with around 5,000 sellers and 30,000 buyers across the globe. Textiles secretary Ravi Capoor on Wednesday said the government is planning a Textile India Fair and looking for an Indian platform for the same.

“India is planning a Textile India Fair. We are organizing the largest virtual fair in the globe with 4,000-5,000 sellers and 25,000-30,000 buyers across the globe,” Capoor said at GLOBIZ- Global Textile & Home Furnishing Expo event organised by FICCI, adding that the government is looking for an Indian platform for the fair.

He said while India has competition in apparel, home furnishings and textiles sector has the potential to double exports in two years and asked industry to plan a huge outreach programme to expand the country’s exports to new markets such as Japan, CIS and Latin America.

“80% of our exports go to 5-6 markets and we are focused on a few markets which is good but we need to expand to newer markets… We can move to new areas when the chips are down for major suppliers,” he said.

Capoor said orders are coming in for Indian textiles sector and it is about how industry meets the supplies and adheres to delivery schedules.

In the April-August period, India’s exports of cotton yarn, fabrics, made-ups, handloom products, man-made yarn, fabrics and made-ups, readymade garments, jute products, handicrafts and carpets were $8.7 billion.

Financial Express |

Modi govt to link 50 lakh artisans, weavers to GeM portal: Smriti Irani

Union minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday said that the government e-marketplace (GeM) portal will onboard 50 lakh artisans and weavers of the country, a move aimed at commercialisation of their potential. She said the Ministry of Textiles has data including Aadhaar of close to 50 lakh artisans and weavers.

“We are in the process of ensuring that these 50 lakh artisans and weavers now migrate to the GeM portal where governments across the country can procure directly from them,” Irani said. She said the Textiles Ministry is also working in collaboration with the NIC (National Informatics Centre) to ensure setting up of a platform which can help commercialise the potential of artisans and weavers and there can be a direct sale to the citizens of India.

“These are artisans and weavers who will be authenticated in terms of the output that they have of skill and craft by the Ministry of Textiles,” Irani said. The Minister of Textiles and Women and Child Development was addressing members from the FICCI Ladies Organisation through a virtual platform.

Financial Express |

Big push for artisans, weavers on anvil; govt to enable sale of goods on Amazon of public procurement

Technology for MSMEs: To enable government buying from traditional weavers and artisans online, Textiles Ministry is looking to connect 50 lakh such weavers and artisans with the public procurement portal – Government eMarketplace (GeM). Textiles minister Smriti Irani in an online interaction organized by industry body FICCI on Tuesday said that the move can enable the government to directly procure goods from them. The minister added that the government is jointly working with the National Informatics Centre “to ensure that we have a platform which can help commercialize the potential of our artisans and weavers and there can be a direct sale to the people of India.”

Irani’s comments echoed similar move suggested by the Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in February this year. The minister had said that the artisans and craftsmen showcasing their products at the government’s Hunar Haat programme will soon get listed on the GeM portal. Hunar Haat is organized by the government across India to boost artisans and weavers and sell their products.

GeM portal was set-up by the Commerce Ministry back in August 2016 to enhance transparency and efficiency in the public procurement process. The portal has over 3.86 lakh sellers selling more than 17.71 lakh products with a transaction value of Rs 54,147 crore, as per the details available on the website. The central government had earlier this year made the purchase of 20 per cent products of handloom origin from Khadi and Village Industries Commission, other including weavers with Pehchan Cards, mandatory for central government departments.

Along with the government, India’s leading e-commerce companies – Flipkart and Amazon have also launched programmes to support artisans, craftsmen etc. While Flipkart had launched Samarth programme last year to help artisans, handicraft makers, and weavers sell on its platform, Amazon is enabling them to sell globally through its Global Selling Program.

The Hindu Business Line |

Textile Ministry to help 50 lakh weavers, artisans to sell online

The Textiles Ministry has collected information, including Aadhaar card details, of close to 50 lakh weavers and artisans and is working to help them target a larger consumer base by collaborating with the Government’s e-Market portal and the National Informatics Centre, Textiles Minister Smriti Irani said.

“We are in the process of ensuring that the 50 lakh weavers and artisans now migrate to the GeM portal where governments across the country can procure directly from them,” Irani said at an interactive virtual session organised by FICCI Ladies Organisation on Tuesday.

GeM is the national public procurement portal for efficient and transparent procurement of goods and services by Central and State government organisations and has over 44,000 registered buyers.

Additionally, in the Ministry “we are working in collaboration with NIC to ensure that we have a platform which can help commercialise the potential of our artisans and weavers and there can be a direct sale to the citizens,” the Minister said. “They will be authenticated in terms of the output that they have of skill and craft by the Ministry of Textiles,” she added.

Irani said the Covid-19 crisis demonstrated the technological and entrepreneurial skills of the textiles industry where the taskforce constituted about 70 per cent women. She said while India was not manufacturing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) suits at all before March this year, in the past two months it became the second largest manufacturer in the world. “The fact that the turnaround time and adaptation of technology was done in record speed is a testimony not only to Indian entrepreneurial skills but also technological skills,” she said.

To check the migration of workers from rural to urban areas, entrepreneurial abilities have to be generated at the grass root level, the Minister said. “We have to create economic opportunities and infrastructure in the rural belt,” she added.

Outlook |

Centre to link 50 lakh artisans, weavers to GeM portal: Irani

Union minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday said that the government e-marketplace (GeM) portal will onboard 50 lakh artisans and weavers of the country, a move aimed at commercialisation of their potential.

She said the Ministry of Textiles has data including Aadhaar of close to 50 lakh artisans and weavers.

"We are in the process of ensuring that these 50 lakh artisans and weavers now migrate to the GeM portal where governments across the country can procure directly from them," Irani said.

She said the Textiles Ministry is also working in collaboration with the NIC (National Informatics Centre) to ensure setting up of a platform which can help commercialise the potential of artisans and weavers and there can be a direct sale to the citizens of India.

"These are artisans and weavers who will be authenticated in terms of the output that they have of skill and craft by the Ministry of Textiles," Irani said.

The Minister of Textiles and Women and Child Development was addressing members from the FICCI Ladies Organisation through a virtual platform.

Press Trust of India |

Centre to link 50 lakh artisans, weavers to GeM portal: Irani

Union minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday said that the government e-marketplace (GeM) portal will onboard 50 lakh artisans and weavers of the country, a move aimed at commercialisation of their potential.

She said the Ministry of Textiles has data including Aadhaar of close to 50 lakh artisans and weavers.

"We are in the process of ensuring that these 50 lakh artisans and weavers now migrate to the GeM portal where governments across the country can procure directly from them," Irani said.

She said the Textiles Ministry is also working in collaboration with the NIC (National Informatics Centre) to ensure setting up of a platform which can help commercialise the potential of artisans and weavers and there can be a direct sale to the citizens of India.

"These are artisans and weavers who will be authenticated in terms of the output that they have of skill and craft by the Ministry of Textiles," Irani said.

The Minister of Textiles and Women and Child Development was addressing members from the FICCI Ladies Organisation through a virtual platform.

India Education Diary |

Govt to soon connect 50 lakh weavers and artisans with GeM portal - Smriti Irani

Ms Smriti Irani, Minister of Textiles and Women & Child Development, Government of India today said that the government is in the process of connecting 50 lakh Indian weavers and artisans with GeM portal so that governments across the country can directly procure from them.

Addressing an interactive session organised by FICCI FLO Bangalore Chapter, Ms Irani said, “Additionally, we are working jointly with the NIC to ensure that we have a platform which can help commercialize the potential of our artisans and weavers and there can be a direct sale to the people of India.”

She further added that these artisans and weavers will be authenticated in terms of the output based on their skill and craft by the Ministry. “The future lies in ensuring that the segregation in our supply chains are positioned to find a solution from the technology,” added Ms Irani.

Highlighting the opportunities during COVID-19, she said that there is an opportunity to build and reconstitute the systems that now can be gender friendly. Entrepreneurial opportunities need to be generated microscopically at the grassroots level, said Ms Irani.

“For a nation as diverse as ours, to ensure that there is no mass migration to just few urban centres, we need to create not only economic opportunities but also infrastructure in the rural belts of our country. Today, with this challenge comes an opportunity of not only mapping the skills of our workers across the country, but also ingrain in them the technological solutions which can better their living prospects especially empowering them financially,” said Ms Irani.

Ms Jahnabi Phookan, National President, FLO said, “My first task at FLO, as I joined the office this May, has been to commission a multi-state field study on the COVID-19 impact on women’s livelihoods in key sectors like Agriculture and allied sectors, Handloom & Handicrafts, MSMEs and Tourism. FLO would like to seek partnership with both your ministries to act upon the findings of the study. At the grassroots level, FLO has taken up the mission for each of its Chapters to adopt a village and work for women-led enterprises. FLO wants to work towards skilling and upskilling the rural women as well as migrant women workers returning to their fold.”

Ms Jyotika Kapoor, Chairperson, FLO Bangalore Chapter said that the best thing that has survived in the pandemic is creativity. “Creativity gives a lot of hope and positivity and it can empower many people to think out of the box. One can explore and reinvent,” she added.

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Centre to link 50 lakh artisans, weavers to GeM portal: Irani

Union minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday said that the government e-marketplace (GeM) portal will onboard 50 lakh artisans and weavers of the country, a move aimed at commercialisation of their potential. She said the Ministry of Textiles has data including Aadhaar of close to 50 lakh artisans and weavers.

'We are in the process of ensuring that these 50 lakh artisans and weavers now migrate to the GeM portal where governments across the country can procure directly from them,' Irani said. She said the Textiles Ministry is also working in collaboration with the NIC (National Informatics Centre) to ensure setting up of a platform which can help commercialise the potential of artisans and weavers and there can be a direct sale to the citizens of India.

'These are artisans and weavers who will be authenticated in terms of the output that they have of skill and craft by the Ministry of Textiles,' Irani said. The Minister of Textiles and Women and Child Development was addressing members from the FICCI Ladies Organisation through a virtual platform.

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Centre to link 50 lakh artisans, weavers to GeM portal: Smriti Irani

Union minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday said that the government e-marketplace (GeM) portal will onboard 50 lakh artisans and weavers of the country, a move aimed at commercialisation of their potential. She said the Ministry of Textiles has data including Aadhaar of close to 50 lakh artisans and weavers.

“We are in the process of ensuring that these 50 lakh artisans and weavers now migrate to the GeM portal where governments across the country can procure directly from them,” Irani said.

She said the Textiles Ministry is also working in collaboration with the NIC (National Informatics Centre) to ensure setting up of a platform which can help commercialise the potential of artisans and weavers and there can be a direct sale to the citizens of India.

“These are artisans and weavers who will be authenticated in terms of the output that they have of skill and craft by the Ministry of Textiles,” Irani said.

The Minister of Textiles and Women and Child Development was addressing members from the FICCI Ladies Organisation through a virtual platform.

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Big push for artisans, weavers on anvil; govt to allow sale of products on Amazon of public procurement

Technology for MSMEs: To enable government buying from traditional weavers and artisans online, Textiles Ministry is looking to connect 50 lakh such weavers and artisans with the public procurement portal – Government eMarketplace (GeM). Textiles minister Smriti Irani in an online interaction organized by industry body FICCI on Tuesday said that the move can enable the government to directly procure goods from them. The minister added that the government is jointly working with the National Informatics Centre “to ensure that we have a platform which can help commercialize the potential of our artisans and weavers and there can be a direct sale to the people of India.”

Irani’s comments echoed similar move suggested by the Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in February this year. The minister had said that the artisans and craftsmen showcasing their products at the government’s Hunar Haat programme will soon get listed on the GeM portal. Hunar Haat is organized by the government across India to boost artisans and weavers and sell their products.

GeM portal was set-up by the Commerce Ministry back in August 2016 to enhance transparency and efficiency in the public procurement process. The portal has over 3.86 lakh sellers selling more than 17.71 lakh products with a transaction value of Rs 54,147 crore, as per the details available on the website. The central government had earlier this year made the purchase of 20 per cent products of handloom origin from Khadi and Village Industries Commission, other including weavers with Pehchan Cards, mandatory for central government departments.

Along with the government, India’s leading e-commerce companies – Flipkart and Amazon have also launched programmes to support artisans, craftsmen etc. While Flipkart had launched Samarth programme last year to help artisans, handicraft makers, and weavers sell on its platform, Amazon is enabling them to sell globally through its Global Selling Program.

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Centre to link 50 lakh artisans, weavers to GeM portal: Irani

Union minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday said that the government e-marketplace (GeM) portal will onboard 50 lakh artisans and weavers of the country, a move aimed at commercialisation of their potential. She said the Ministry of Textiles has data including Aadhaar of close to 50 lakh artisans and weavers

"We are in the process of ensuring that these 50 lakh artisans and weavers now migrate to the GeM portal where governments across the country can procure directly from them," Irani said. She said the Textiles Ministry is also working in collaboration with the NIC (National Informatics Centre) to ensure setting up of a platform which can help commercialise the potential of artisans and weavers and there can be a direct sale to the citizens of India. "These are artisans and weavers who will be authenticated in terms of the output that they have of skill and craft by the Ministry of Textiles," Irani said. The Minister of Textiles and Women and Child Development was addressing members from the FICCI Ladies Organisation through a virtual platform.

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Centre to link 50 lakh artisans, weavers to GeM portal: Smriti Irani

Union minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday said that the government e-marketplace (GeM) portal will onboard 50 lakh artisans and weavers of the country, a move aimed at commercialisation of their potential. She said the Ministry of Textiles has data including Aadhaar of close to 50 lakh artisans and weavers.

"We are in the process of ensuring that these 50 lakh artisans and weavers now migrate to the GeM portal where governments across the country can procure directly from them," Irani said.

She said the Textiles Ministry is also working in collaboration with the NIC (National Informatics Centre) to ensure setting up of a platform which can help commercialise the potential of artisans and weavers and there can be a direct sale to the citizens of India.

"These are artisans and weavers who will be authenticated in terms of the output that they have of skill and craft by the Ministry of Textiles," Irani said.

The Minister of Textiles and Women and Child Development was addressing members from the FICCI Ladies Organisation through a virtual platform.

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UP to create 1.1 million jobs; amend textile, tourism, pharmaceuticals industry policies

Amidst the incursion of three million migrant workers in the post-lockdown scenario of the Covid-19 pandemic, the UP government is scheduling to amend the policies of several labor-intensive industries for restarting industrial activities and creating mass employment. The policies in the anvil for the process of reboot and proposed amendment are UP Food Processing Policy 2017, UP Milk Policy 2018, UP Tourism Policy 2018, UP Hand-loom, Power loom, Silk Textile and Garmenting Policy 2017 as well as the UP Pharmaceutical Industry Policy 2018.

Yesterday, the Adityanath-led government had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with four industry chambers for providing employment to approximately 1.1 million migrant workers. The MoUs were signed with Indian Industries Association (IIA), FICCI, Laghu Udyog Bharati (LUB) and National Real Estate Development Council (Naredco), withholding the mandate of generating 300,000; 300,000; 250,000 and 250,000 jobs respectively.

As of now, the state has finalized the skills mapping of 1.8 million migrants, who have been found to be owning workmanship in diverse sectors viz. real estate, textile, electronics, electrical, farming, machine tools, paramedics etc. The CM of UP has instructed for speedy clearances to the food processing proposals, so that they could be set up speedily and enriching the farm value chain. Also, he has stressed upon encouraging the dairy sector by solidifying the dairy committees at the local level. “We have to create a robust dairy supply chain and the farmers need to be provided with high quality mulch cattle.”

As more than 1 Lakh migrant workers return to their city, travelling on about 1,550 Shramik Special trains, it becomes a dire situation for the state to look after their prospects of possible developmental opportunities.

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UP to amend textile, tourism policies to reboot industry, create jobs

Amid the influx of three million migrant workers from other states following covid-19 lockdown, the Uttar Pradesh government is planning to amend the policies of several labour-intensive industries for rebooting industrial activities and creating mass employment.

These industries include food processing, textile, dairy, tourism, handloom, and pharmaceutical.

UP chief minister Adityanath has asked officials to fine-tune the existing policy framework to make it more “dynamic and competitive” so that lockdown-hit industrial activity is reenergised for job creation.

Presiding over a review meeting at his official residence in Lucknow yesterday, Adityanath asserted that appropriate amendments to the existing policies be made to suit the contemporary needs, especially in the backdrop of the covid-19 challenge.

The policies on the anvil for the proposed amendment include UP Food Processing Policy 2017, UP Milk Policy 2018, UP Tourism Policy 2018, UP Handloom, Powerloom, Silk Textile and Garmenting Policy 2017 and UP Pharmaceutical Industry Policy 2018.

He has instructed for speedy clearances to the food processing proposals, so that they could be set up speedily and enriching the farm value chain.

“The maize crop is grown in abundance in the Western and Central parts of UP. Therefore, corn based food processing industries be promoted in such regions,” he said adding banana chips units could be encouraged in the Kushinagar region of Eastern UP.

Besides, the CM stressed upon spurring the dairy sector by strengthening the dairy committees at the local level. “We have to create a robust dairy supply chain and the farmers need to be provided with high quality milch cattle.”

Yesterday, the Adityanath government had signed memoranda of understanding (MoU) with four industry chambers for providing employment to nearly 1.1 million migrant workers. The MoUs were signed with Indian Industries Association (IIA), FICCI, Laghu Udyog Bharati (LUB) and National Real Estate Development Council (Naredco), which have the mandate of generating 300,000; 300,000; 250,000 and 250,000 jobs respectively.

The government will share the migrants’ database with these chambers, so that the workers could be absorbed in different industrial, real estate and manufacturing units depending upon their vocational skills and experience, especially the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME).

So far, the state has completed the skills mapping of 1.8 million migrants, who have been found to be possessing workmanship in varied segments viz. real estate, textile, electronics, electrical, farming, machine tools, paramedics etc.

“Till now, these people were contributing towards the development of other states, now we will harness their skills for building a New Uttar Pradesh,” the CM had said on the occasion.

Recently, the state had announced the setting up of a Migration Commission ‘Kaamgar/Shramik (Sevayojan evam Rozgar) Kalyan Aayog’ for facilitating jobs and social security to the workers. The state will integrate district level employment exchanges with the Commission.

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RBI slashes repo rate: Big relief to small businesses but more support needed; move to revive demand, say industry bodies

The RBI's announcement to slash repo rate to the lowest levels since 2000 is expected to give the much-expected relief to the small businesses besides boosting the demand, according to industry bodies.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), in a surprise move on Friday, cut key interest rates by 40 bps to 4 percent in a bid to revive the economy which has adversely been hit by coronavirus pandemic.

The industry bodies said that more support will be required on an ongoing basis both from the RBI and government to stimulate economic growth amid the COVID-19 pandemic, reported PTI.

The central bank slashed the benchmark interest rates and extended the moratorium on repayment of loans for three months till 31 August to ramp up support for the economy which is likely to contract for the first time in over four decades.

The benchmark repurchase (repo) rate was cut by 40 basis points to 4 percent, the lowest since the benchmark came into being in 2000, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said.

CII Director General Chandrajit Banerjee said the RBI should also consider extending this moratorium to NBFCs for their repayment to banks, without which the NBFCs sector is facing acute distress.

"Another move the RBI should consider is to allow one-time restructuring of loans to relieve stressed businesses. Group exposure limit for lenders to corporates to 30 per cent from 25 per cent is a welcome move too, as it is expected to help banks meet the borrowing requirements of the private sector," Banerjee stated.

FICCI President Sangita Reddy said, "With the outlook for economic growth being very uncertain and RBI itself admitting that GDP growth in the current fiscal will be negative, FICCI feels that more support will be required on an ongoing basis both from RBI and government and we shall remain engaged and keep providing feedback on behalf of Indian industry to the policymakers and regulator."

Mandar Pitale, Head - Treasury at SBM Bank (India), said the accommodative stance by the central bank is a further indication that it will not shy away from fiddling with interest rates going ahead, depending on the data.

"With job losses mounting and economic activity showing little signs of improvement due to the raging coronavirus scare, the move to extend the loan moratorium period should provide respite to individuals and small businesses,” Pitale added.

Assocham President Niranjan Hiranandani said, “RBI's third presser since the lockdown is a continued effort to increase private consumption and provide liquidity access to all sectors hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures will help revive demand crippled by the lockdown.”

Rate cut benefit should be passed on to customers: Realty sector

Real estate developers said the RBI needs to take more steps, such as one-time debt restructuring of builders loan, to provide relief to the industry which has been hit badly by the lockdown.

The RBI needs to ensure that banks pass on the benefits to customers, they said. The industry hailed the extension in the moratorium on loan repayment but felt it was not enough.

"The advantages extended by the RBI through reducing the repo rates are not being passed on by the banks to the customers. The series of reduction in policy rates will help all sectors including real estate which is hit by the contraction in demand and liquidity squeeze caused by the COVID-19, said CREDAI national chairman Jaxay Shah.

"However, we are hoping for quick transmission of these actions in banks' respective lending rates," he said.

Textile bodies welcome RBI decision

Indian Texpreneurs Federation (ITF) on Friday thanked the RBI for extending loan moratorium to six months which would help textile industries manage cash flow towards re-starting businesses during the post-COVID-19 times, reported PTI.

Conversion of deferred interest as a one-year term loan would also help the companies manage the liquidity and speed up the revival process because every rupee is important now to streamline post-COVID business operations, ITF convenor Prabhu Dhamodaran said in Combatore, Tamil Nadu.

Tirupur Exporters Association (TEA) also thanked RBI for reduction of the policy repo rate by 40 basis points from 4.40 percent to 4 percent with immediate effect.

Repo rate cut progressive: SICCI

The Southern India Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) said that RBI's announcement to cut repo rates and extend moratorium is ''progressive'' and focuses more on developmental and regulatory policy measures, reported PTI.

RBI slashing of repo rates by another 40 basis points from 4.4 percent to 4 percent and simultaneous reduction of reverse repo rate to 3.35 percent would ease liquidity, said R Ganapathi, president of SICCI, dubbed as one of the oldest trade bodies in Chennai.

"The rate cut will not only send out positive signals but will also compel banks to lend more", he said.

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Health, travel, apparel sectors disappointed

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"Investment in large scale facilities, new technologies and manufacturing excellence is the way forward for Indian textile industry"

“Global textile and apparel industry is going through disruptive times. Buyers are looking to diversify beyond China and opening opportunities for other countries. However, China is still disrupting the global value chain and investing in emerging manufacturing destinations like Vietnam, Bangladesh, Ethiopia etc. on a large scale and also building smart factories that will give them a competitive advantage. In order to compete globally and win in the disruptive times, India needs to adopt manufacturing excellence and service orientation,” as per a FICCI – Wazir Advisors Textile industry report on ‘Winning in Disruptive Times’ released at FICCI TAG 2020 annual seminar in Mumbai.

“India comprises a large fragmented industry and hence it is important for large anchor players to engage with smaller players and integrate the supply chain for bringing efficiencies. Further Indian companies need to adopt latest technologies and build smart factories that are digitally enabled with the value chain. Skilling of middle and top management is also important so that they are geared to follow best practices and build efficient and service oriented business. Indian domestic market is also growing and needs to be serviced with agility,” said Prashant Agarwal, Co-Founder and Joint MD, Wazir Advisors while giving a presentation on the report.

Report also stressed upon Government’s policy intervention to help in neutralizing cost disadvantage with global competitors and also help build infrastructure to produce large scale manufacturing zones with focus on manufacturing excellence and sustainability.

Indian industry has become cautious in investing due to global disruptions. We need to have better risk taking capabilities and ability to speedily align with emerging mega trends to remain in the business opined a panel of CEOs during the conference.

RD Udeshi, President – Polyester Chain, Reliance Industries Ltd stressed upon the product delivery time and quality and finishing of product as per the international standard to remain competitive in the global market and companies should focus on value addition and skill development. He also said that Indian textile industry can have advantage over its competitors like China, Bangladesh, and Vietnam etc with the manufacturing excellence and scale of the factories.

Rahul Mehta, Managing Director, Creative Garments Pvt Ltd was of the opinion that Indian companies should stop being scared of scaling up and start manufacturing clothes closer to the place of raw material and cheaper labour instead of being close to the place of market.

Agility, speed and transparency is the key to win in disruptive times said Rajendra K. Rewari, Executive Director and CEO, Morarjee Textiles Ltd. He also said that we should bring young talent in the business in this disruptive time and to attract this talent we have to change the system of our business and make our industry more remunerative.

Earlier in the opening session, Sanjay Katkar, Deputy CEO, MIDC shared opportunities for Textile Industry in Maharashtra and SP Verma, Joint Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textile; Govt. of India said that Indian companies should integrate market intelligence and IT in their processes more efficiently and utilize Textile Centre of Excellence to its full capacity.

The theme of the TAG 2020 conference is very contemporary. In these disruptive times it’s important that the industry experts discuss the issues and challenges and seek possible solutions to overcome those. TAG conference offered an excellent platform for giving a clear roadmap in that perspective said GV Aras, Director, ATE Enterprises Ltd during a panel discussion.

With innovation, technology, versatile fibre availability and ample manpower resources, India should aim to be superior quality producer in the world said Anil Nair, President, Shubhalakshmi Polyester Ltd during a panel discussion.

Vikas Sharan, Director, India Operations, Saurer Textile Solutions Pvt Ltd applauded the TAG 2020 conference and said that relevant topics on surviving through disruptive times, sustainability, size and scale of business, investments and interventions for winning the global race, were deliberated by industry’s stakeholders with active participation by the audience.

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Indian textile sector needs large units, new tech: report

Investment in large-scale facilities, new technologies and manufacturing excellence are the way forward for the Indian textile industry, according to a textile report titled ‘Winning in Disruptive Times’ by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Wazir Advisors. Global textile and apparel industry is going through disruptive times, it noted.

Buyers are looking to diversify beyond China and opening opportunities for other countries. However, China is still disrupting the global value chain and investing in emerging manufacturing destinations like Vietnam, Bangladesh and Ethiopia on a large scale and also building smart factories that will give them a competitive advantage, the report said.

India needs to adopt manufacturing excellence and service orientation to compete globally and win in the disruptive times, said the report released at the TAG 2020 conference in Mumbai last week.

India comprises a large fragmented textile industry and therefore, it is important for large anchor players to engage with smaller players and integrate the supply chain for bringing efficiencies. Further Indian companies need to adopt latest technologies and build smart factories that are digitally enabled with the value chain, a FICCI press release quoted Prashant Agarwal, co-founder and joint managing director of Wazir Advisors, as saying while giving a presentation on the report.

The report also stresses on the government’s policy intervention to help in neutralising cost disadvantage with global competitors and also help build infrastructure to produce large scale manufacturing zones with focus on manufacturing excellence and sustainability.

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India mulls mandatory use of tech textiles in 90+ areas

India is in the process of finalising 40 new harmonised system of nomenclature (HSN) codes for technical textiles in a few months, textiles secretary Ravi Capoor recently said. Speaking at a technical textile meet in Mumbai, he said HSN codes for 207 items have been established and mandatory use of technical textiles in over 90 areas is under discussion.

Highlighting the potential of this sector in India, Capoor told the TECHNOTEX 2019-Technical Textiles: Technologies, Markets and Investments' meet that the global technical textiles market is around $200-250 billion with a very high compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) and India is still not in the forefront in terms of annual growth rate of the sector, according to a release from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce ad Industry (FICCI).

He emphasised the need to have private sector participation in government's research system with a time-bound output strategy.

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The government will develop 40 new HSN codes for the technical textile sector

Textile Minister Ravi Capoor said on August 29 that the government is developing 40 new Technical Textiles Harmonized System (HSN) codes for the technical textile industry, which will be finalized soon.

“We have built HSN code for 207 projects, but a large number of projects still do not have any specific category of code. Another 40 such HS code listings are under consideration, and we will have special in the next few months. Code, "Capoor said in 'TECHNOTEX 2019 Technical Textiles: Technology, Markets and Investments'.

Developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO), the HS Code is a multi-purpose international product nomenclature that describes the types of goods transported.

Capoor further stated that technical textiles are the country's sunrise industry, and that the country must establish a time-limited research ecosystem for institutions in the technical textile sector.

“On a global scale, the technical textile market is about $20-25 billion, with a compound annual growth rate, and India is still at the forefront of the industry's annual growth rate. The private sector needs to participate in the government's research system. a time-bound output strategy," he added.

VTI Saraswat, a member of NITI Aayog who attended the meeting, said there is a need to develop a coordinated approach between stakeholders and the government to drive the industry.

“We need to build an umbrella organization to better coordinate between the industry, the R&D center and the government,” he added.

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Government looking at mandatory use of technical textiles in over 90 areas, 40 new HSN codes in technical textiles soon

Mr Ravi Capoor, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles said that government is in the process of finalizing 40 new Harmonized System of Nomenclature (HSN) codes for technical textiles sector in coming months. Speaking at the 'TECHNOTEX 2019 - Technical Textiles: Technologies, Markets and Investments', Mr Capoor said that the government has already established HSN codes for 207 items, yet a large number of items are still not under any specific category of codes. "Another list of 40 such HS codes have been under consideration and in next few months we will have dedicated codes for 40 such items," he said.

Mr Capoor stressed on the mandatory use of technical textiles in over 90 areas, which the government is currently discussing. He further highlighted that 'technical textiles' is the sunrise industry of the country and we have to create an ecosystem for time-bound research in the institutions for technical textiles segment.

Highlighting the potential of this sector in India, Mr Capoor said that globally the technical textiles market is around US$ 200-250 billion with a very high CAGR and India is still not in the forefront in terms of annual growth rate of the sector. He emphasized on the need to have private sector participation in government's research system with a time-bound output strategy.

Dr V K Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog highlighted the factors contributing to the growth of this sector which includes rising consumer awareness, usage and improvement in the overall process innovation. Dr Saraswat also highlighted the need for establishing a coordinated approach between various stakeholders and the government to boost the sector. "We need to have an umbrella organization for better coordination between the industry, R&D centers and government," he said.

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Govt to develop 40 new HSN codes for technical textiles sector

The government is developing 40 new Harmonized System of Nomenclature (HSN) codes for technical textiles sector, which will be finalised soon, Textiles secretary Ravi Capoor said on August 29.

"We have already established HSN codes for 207 items, yet a large number of items are still not under any specific category of codes. Another list of 40 such HS codes have been under consideration and in next few months we will have dedicated codes for them," Capoor said here at the 'TECHNOTEX 2019 Technical Textiles: Technologies, Markets and Investments'.

HS codes was developed by the WCO (World Customs Organization) as a multipurpose international product nomenclature that describes the type of good that is shipped.

Capoor further said that technical textiles is the sunrise industry of the country and the country has to create an ecosystem for time-bound research in the institutions for technical textiles segment.

"Globally the technical textiles market is around USD 200-250 billion with a very high CAGR and India is still not in the forefront in terms of annual growth rate of the sector. There is a need to have private sector participation in government's research system with a time-bound output strategy," he added.

NITI Aayog member V K Saraswat, who was present on the occasion, said there is a need for establishing a coordinated approach between various stakeholders and the government to boost the sector.

"We need to have an umbrella organisation for better coordination between the industry, research and development centers and the government," he added.

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Centre to develop 40 new HSN codes for technical textiles sector

The government is developing 40 new Harmonized System of Nomenclature (HSN) codes for technical textiles sector, which will be finalised soon, Textiles secretary Ravi Capoor said on Thursday.

"We have already established HSN codes for 207 items, yet a large number of items are still not under any specific category of codes. Another list of 40 such HS codes have been under consideration and in next few months we will have dedicated codes for them," Capoor said here at the 'TECHNOTEX 2019 Technical Textiles: Technologies, Markets and Investments'.

HS codes was developed by the WCO (World Customs Organization) as a multipurpose international product nomenclature that describes the type of good that is shipped.

Capoor further said that technical textiles is the sunrise industry of the country and the country has to create an ecosystem for time-bound research in the institutions for technical textiles segment.

"Globally the technical textiles market is around $200-250 billion with a very high CAGR and India is still not in the forefront in terms of annual growth rate of the sector.

There is a need to have private sector participation in government's research system with a time-bound output strategy," he added.

NITI Aayog member V K Saraswat, who was present on the occasion, said there is a need for establishing a coordinated approach between various stakeholders and the government to boost the sector.

"We need to have an umbrella organisation for better coordination between the industry, research and development centers and the government," he added.

Devdiscourse |

Govt to develop 40 new HSN codes for technical textiles sector

The government is developing 40 new Harmonized System of Nomenclature (HSN) codes for technical textiles sector, which will be finalised soon, Textiles secretary Ravi Capoor said on Thursday. "We have already established HSN codes for 207 items, yet a large number of items are still not under any specific category of codes. Another list of 40 such HS codes have been under consideration and in next few months we will have dedicated codes for them," Capoor said here at the 'TECHNOTEX 2019 Technical Textiles: Technologies, Markets and Investments'.

HS codes was developed by the WCO (World Customs Organization) as a multipurpose international product nomenclature that describes the type of good that is shipped. Capoor further said that technical textiles is the sunrise industry of the country and the country has to create an ecosystem for time-bound research in the institutions for technical textiles segment.

"Globally the technical textiles market is around USD 200-250 billion with a very high CAGR and India is still not in the forefront in terms of annual growth rate of the sector. There is a need to have private sector participation in government's research system with a time-bound output strategy," he added.

NITI Aayog member V K Saraswat, who was present on the occasion, said there is a need for establishing a coordinated approach between various stakeholders and the government to boost the sector. "We need to have an umbrella organisation for better coordination between the industry, research and development centers and the government," he added.

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India to add 40 new HSN codes for technical textile sector

India will add 40 new Harmonized System of Nomenclature (HSN) codes for technical textiles sector in coming months to its existing 207 HSN codes, said a government official Thursday.

The codes will further facilitate in monitoring import export data and in providing fiscal support to the technical textile sector.

"Globally, the technical textiles market is around 200-250 billion US dollars with a very high compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) and India is still not in the forefront in terms of annual growth rate of the sector," said Ravi Capoor, Secretary of Ministry of Textiles here.

Indian government is currently discussing the mandatory use of technical textiles in over 90 areas, he said while speaking at an industry event on - Technical Textiles: Technologies, Markets and Investments.

In India, technical textile industry is largely import dependent with several products like specialty fiber or yarns, medical implants, sanitary products, protective textiles, webbings for seat belts, etc. being mostly imported, according to an industry report released on the occasion.

Indian technical textile industry is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 20 percent to 28.7 billion US dollars by 2020-21 from 16.6 billion US dollars in 2017-18, the industry report said.

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Govt looking at mandatory use of technical textiles in over 90 areas, Textiles Secretary

Mr Ravi Capoor, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles today said that government is in the process of finalisng 40 new Harmonised System of Nomenclature (HSN) codes for technical textiles sector in coming months.

Speaking at the ‘TECHNOTEX 2019’, Mr Capoor said that the government has already established HSN codes for 207 items, yet a large number of items are still not under any specific category of codes. ”Another list of 40 such HS codes have been under consideration and in next few months, we will have dedicated codes for 40 such items,” he said.

Mr Capoor stressed on the mandatory use of technical textiles in over 90 areas, which the government is currently discussing. He further highlighted that ‘technical textiles’ is the sunrise industry of the country and we have to create an ecosystem for time-bound research in the institutions for technical textiles segment.

Highlighting the potential of this sector in India, Mr Capoor said that globally the technical textiles market is around USD 200-250 billion with a very high CAGR and India is still not in the forefront in terms of annual growth rate of the sector. He emphasised on the need to have private sector participation in government’s research system with a time-bound output strategy.

Dr V K Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog highlighted the factors contributing to the growth of this sector which includes rising consumer awareness, usage and improvement in the overall process innovation.

Dr Saraswat also highlighted the need for establishing a coordinated approach between various stakeholders and the government to boost the sector. ”We need to have an umbrella organisation for better coordination between the industry, R&D centers and government,” he said.

Mr Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Textile Committee and CMD, Ginni Filaments Ltd said that Industry-led R&D efforts will boost the technical textiles sector. He further said local value-addition needs to be promoted so that the import dependency is reduced.

Kaktus Media |

Kyrgyz delegation takes part in the largest textile exhibition in India

Today, on August 29, the 8th India's largest international exhibition and conference on technical textiles Technotex-2019 began its work in Mumbai.

With the assistance of the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in India, the event was attended by representatives of domestic enterprises specializing in the production of textile products for the production of clothing, sports and eco-textiles, as well as the Iness fashion house.

The leaders of the Kyrgyz manufacturing companies Ademi Fashion Trends, Cool Bros, Velvet, ACTIS, Aruu Fashion and Iness took part in the official opening ceremony of the exhibition, as well as in thematic sessions to familiarize themselves with the Indian experience in developing the textile industry and building business contacts with potential Indian and foreign enterprises participating in the event.

In total, delegates from 21 countries take part in the international exhibition.

The 8th India's largest international exhibition and conference Technotex-2019 is organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) with the support of the Ministry of Trade and Industry of India.

akya6ap |

Kyrgyzstan takes part in textile exhibition in India

Today, on August 29, the 8th India largest international exhibition and conference on technical textiles , Technotex-2019, began its work in Mumbai .

With the assistance of the Embassy of Kyrgyzstan in India, the event was attended by representatives of domestic enterprises specializing in the production of textile products for the production of clothing, sports and eco-textiles, as well as Iness fashion houses.

The leaders of the Kyrgyz manufacturing companies Ademi Fashion Trends, Cool Bros, Velvet, ACTIS, Aruu Moda and Iness took part in the official opening ceremony of the exhibition, as well as in thematic sessions to familiarize themselves with the Indian experience in developing the textile industry and building mutually beneficial business contacts with potential Indian and foreign enterprises participating in the event.

In total, delegates from 21 countries take part in the international exhibition.

The 8th India's largest international exhibition and conference Technotex-2019 is organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) with the support of the Ministry of Trade and Industry of India.

Financial Express |

Textile boost: Govt eyes use of technical textiles mandatory in these many areas, to bring new HSN codes

The government on Thursday said that it is in the process of finalizing 40 new Harmonized System of Nomenclature (HSN) codes for technical textiles sector in coming months even as it has already set up HSN codes for 207 items. “Another list of 40 such HSN codes have been under consideration and in the next few months we will have dedicated codes for 40 such items,” Ravi Capoor, secretary, Ministry of Textiles said. “It is a great beginning because technical textile applications are very physical such as defence, medical, fire retardant, roads, railways, infrastructure etc. For example, bullet-proof jackets are made of ‘Kevlar’ fabric with certain standards which if not met can let bullet penetrate the fabric. So standards are very critical for manufacturing of technical textiles,” T.K. Sengupta, President, The Textiles Association (India) told Financial Express Online.

HSN code is a globally accepted product description and coding system. The minister, speaking at an industry event, also stressed on the government’s plans to make use of technical textiles in over 90 areas mandatory. Technical textiles is a “sunrise industry” and there is a need for an ecosystem for time-bound research in the institutions for technical textiles segment, the minister highlighted in a statement, adding that the global market size of technical textiles is around $200-250 billion with a ‘very high’ CAGR. However, India lags with respect to the annual growth rate of the sector.

The development comes amid the slowdown in demand in textiles that is putting the survival of its MSMEs in jeopardy. “The textiles industry is going down for the last 1.5-2 years performing well below its capacity but the government is not bothered about it. Since there is very poor demand, MSMEs are finding it tough to survive and curtailing their workforce. In such case, skill development is the secondary thing,” Sengupta had said earlier.

The industry currently has a gap of 16 lakh trained skilled workers, Capoor had said earlier this month even as the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had approved the formation of Samarth from FY18 to FY20 called as a “placement oriented programme” for meeting the skill requirements of the textiles sector. The scheme has targeted training 10 lakh youth by 2020 across spinning and weaving in the organized sector, with a projected outlay of Rs 1300 crore.

Moreover, the disparity in GST rates has also been irking the sector. “Prices for making cotton yarn is higher due to which those buying yarn and making fabric are finding it very expensive. So there is poor demand. GST is 18 per cent for synthetic fibre and when the yarn is made the GST is 12 per cent while for making fabric it is 5 per cent. So there is the abnormality of GST,” Sengupta had said adding that $16-17 billion worth annual garment exports of India are lower than countries like Bangladesh that exports garments worth $30 billion.

Nonetheless, Dr V K Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog stressed on having an umbrella organization for better coordination between the industry, R&D centres and government.

United News of India |

Govt looking at mandatory use of technical textiles in over 90 areas, Textiles Secretary

Mr Ravi Capoor, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles today said that government is in the process of finalisng 40 new Harmonised System of Nomenclature (HSN) codes for technical textiles sector in coming months.

Speaking at the 'TECHNOTEX 2019', Mr Capoor said that the government has already established HSN codes for 207 items, yet a large number of items are still not under any specific category of codes. 'Another list of 40 such HS codes have been under consideration and in next few months, we will have dedicated codes for 40 such items,' he said.

Mr Capoor stressed on the mandatory use of technical textiles in over 90 areas, which the government is currently discussing. He further highlighted that 'technical textiles' is the sunrise industry of the country and we have to create an ecosystem for time-bound research in the institutions for technical textiles segment.

Highlighting the potential of this sector in India, Mr Capoor said that globally the technical textiles market is around USD 200-250 billion with a very high CAGR and India is still not in the forefront in terms of annual growth rate of the sector. He emphasised on the need to have private sector participation in government’s research system with a time-bound output strategy.

Dr V K Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog highlighted the factors contributing to the growth of this sector which includes rising consumer awareness, usage and improvement in the overall process innovation.

Dr Saraswat also highlighted the need for establishing a coordinated approach between various stakeholders and the government to boost the sector. 'We need to have an umbrella organisation for better coordination between the industry, R&D centers and government,' he said.

Mr Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Textile Committee and CMD, Ginni Filaments Ltd said that Industry-led R&D efforts will boost the technical textiles sector. He further said local value-addition needs to be promoted so that the import dependency is reduced.

SME Times |

Textiles industry delegation submits agenda to Irani

Delegation of FICCI Textiles Committee met Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister for Textiles and Women and Child Development recently and impressed upon her to launch a special mission for synthetic fibre and textiles value chain to make Indian industry competitive in the global trade which is predominantly done in the man-made fibre (MMF)-based items.

Global textile markets are swiftly shifting from exports of cotton yarn to manmade fibres. Hence, India must take urgent steps to keep pace with the global markets by increasing production and exports of MMF based products.

India's per capita consumption of Man-made Fibre is around 3.0 kg, whereas the world per capita consumption is 12 Kg. There is a wide gap and tremendous opportunity for enhancing the consumption of MMF based textiles and clothing in India.

Government needs to announce a MMF Textile Mission for giving thrust to development of Synthetic and Specialty fibres in India by making the value chain competitive and providing raw materials at competitive prices, said FICCI.

This mission mode approach with specific time bound targets will help India to garner higher export share in global markets and new employment opportunities across India.

Other important issues raised by the FICCI delegation were need for simplification of GST rates for the entire textile value chain (one rate for the entire textile value chain), rising imports of garments from Bangladesh and need for separate housing scheme for garment workers in the cities.

Currently, due to different GST rates in the textiles value chain refund accumulates due to inversion. Collapsing all these rates into a single rate of 12% does not build up input tax credit, does not lead to refund of input tax credit which would imply less paperwork and less applications for the industry, noted FICCI.

Further, garment imports from Bangladesh have increased almost by 82% in 2018-19 vis-a-vis 2017-18 (from US $ 200 million to US $365 million) pointed out FICCI.

Imported garments have got 12-15% advantage vis-a-vis domestic garments in the post GST period. FICCI suggested that under the SAFTA agreement only those goods should be exempted from custom duty, whose raw material is also manufactured by SAFTA countries.

Yarn and fabric forward rules of origin are required under SAFTA to ensure any duty free garment import is made up of yarn or fabric from within the SAFTA countries only.

To increase the employment of women workers in garment sector, FICCI suggested to increase the deduction under IT Act Section 80JJAA for women work force from present 30% to 60% per annum threshold.

IT Act Section 80JJAA provides deduction in respect of employment of new employees drawing emoluments up to Rs 25,000 per month (explanation- At present, under section 80-JJAA of the Act, a deduction of 30% is allowed in addition to normal deduction of 100% in respect of emoluments paid to eligible new employees who have been employed for a minimum period of 240 days during the year.

The minimum period of employment is relaxed to 150 days in the case of apparel industry). This would encourage employers to employ women work force which is now constrained by social and statutory conditions

FICCI also requested the Minister to come out with a Worker Housing scheme for apparel sector in the cities. The need for such a scheme arise from the growing difficulties faced by women garment workers due to lack of safe and conveniently located accommodation in cities.

Also, to arrest and increase the declining female workforce ratio in the country, it is important to have such a scheme for the women workers in and around cities, noted FICCI.

clipper28 |

Minister Smriti Irani spells out measures to boost textile sector, know more

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.

Speaking about the potential of agricultural textiles, the Minister said that it has been proven that the income of a farmer who uses agrotech goes up by 60% – 70%. She said that the contribution of agrotech is at the forefront of the Prime Minister’s desire to double farmers’ income. Technical textile industry can proudly say that we help those who feed us, said the Minister.

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.

Underlining the steps taken by the Government for promotion of technical textiles, the Textiles Minister said that 530 prototype samples in technical textiles have already been developed within the sphere of the Ministry in the past four years; 8 Centres of Excellence have been set up at a cost of 140 crore rupees; 22,000 Indians have been trained in technical textiles in the past 3-4 years; about 650 conclaves and seminars at ground level have been organized; 11 incubation centres have been set up; 40 geotextile projects for roads, water reservoirs and slope stabilization have been undertaken; steps have been taken to ensure that farmers embrace agrotech through demonstrations at 54 agrotech demonstration centres; and kits have been distributed kits on using agrotech in day-to-day working.

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.

sify finance |

Technical textiles sector estimated to grow to Rs 2 lakh crore by 2020-21

Technical textiles are a booming sector with a potential to grow to the size of Rs 2 lakh crore by 2020-21, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani said on Tuesday.

"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," she said at a national conclave jointly organised by the Ministry of Textiles and industry body FICCI.

"This decision alone can enable the sector to grow to a market size of Rs 2 lakh crore rupees by 2020-21," she said adding that job-giving potential of the technical textiles sector is huge. "Every Rs 1 crore investment generates 70 jobs," she said.

Irani said an innovation centre for technical textiles will be set up in the national capital next month with industry support.

To monitor the data of import and export and in order to provide the financial support to the technical textile sector, the first step was to recognise and notify separately the technical textiles items spread from Chapter 1 to 99 of HSN classification book.

In the absence of a clear classification of technical textiles, there was confusion and many genuine manufactures were not getting various incentives being allowed to technical textiles sector by the Central and the state governments.

Speaking about the potential of agricultural textiles, Irani said that it has been proven that the income of a farmer who uses agrotech goes up by 60 to 70 per cent. She said that the contribution of agro-tech is at the forefront of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s desire to double farmers’ income.

The minister cited a McKinsey Global Institute report according to which application of agricultural technologies can help close to 90 million farmers by 2025.

Business Standard |

Technical textiles sector estimated to grow to Rs 2 Lakh crore by 2020-21

India's Technical Textiles sector is estimated to grow to Rs. 2 lakh crore by 2020-21 noted the Union Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani, at the National Conclave on Technical Textiles, jointly organized by the Ministry of Textiles and FICCI, in Mumbai yesterday. Under the aegis of Ministry of Textiles, for the first time in the history of India, the government has dedicated to the nation 207 HSN codes for technical textiles. This decision alone can enable the sector to grow at a massive pace in coming years.

Speaking about the potential of agricultural textiles, the Minister said that it has been proven that the income of a farmer who uses agrotech goes up by 60% - 70%. She said that the contribution of agrotech is at the forefront of the Prime Minister's desire to double farmers' income. Technical textile industry can proudly say that we help those who feed us, said the Minister.

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.

sify finance |

Technical textiles sector estimated to grow to Rs 2 lakh crore by 2020-21

Technical textiles are a booming sector with a potential to grow to the size of Rs 2 lakh crore by 2020-21, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani said on Tuesday.

"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," she said at a national conclave jointly organised by the Ministry of Textiles and industry body FICCI.

"This decision alone can enable the sector to grow to a market size of Rs 2 lakh crore rupees by 2020-21," she said adding that job-giving potential of the technical textiles sector is huge. "Every Rs 1 crore investment generates 70 jobs," she said.

Irani said an innovation centre for technical textiles will be set up in the national capital next month with industry support.

To monitor the data of import and export and in order to provide the financial support to the technical textile sector, the first step was to recognise and notify separately the technical textiles items spread from Chapter 1 to 99 of HSN classification book.

In the absence of a clear classification of technical textiles, there was confusion and many genuine manufactures were not getting various incentives being allowed to technical textiles sector by the Central and the state governments.

Speaking about the potential of agricultural textiles, Irani said that it has been proven that the income of a farmer who uses agrotech goes up by 60 to 70 per cent. She said that the contribution of agro-tech is at the forefront of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s desire to double farmers’ income.

The minister cited a McKinsey Global Institute report according to which application of agricultural technologies can help close to 90 million farmers by 2025.

Mumbai News Network |

HSN Codes for Technical Textiles

“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.

- from the booklet titled "Government of India's Initiatives in Technical Textiles & Notification of HSN Codes for Technical Textiles" released by the Textiles Minister today
Speaking about the potential of agricultural textiles, the Minister said that it has been proven that the income of a farmer who uses agrotech goes up by 60% - 70%. She said that the contribution of agrotech is at the forefront of the Prime Minister’s desire to double farmers’ income. Technical textile industry can proudly say that we help those who feed us, said the Minister.

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.

Underlining the steps taken by the Government for promotion of technical textiles, the Textiles Minister said that 530 prototype samples in technical textiles have already been developed within the sphere of the Ministry in the past four years; 8 Centres of Excellence have been set up at a cost of 140 crore rupees; 22,000 Indians have been trained in technical textiles in the past 3-4 years; about 650 conclaves and seminars at ground level have been organized; 11 incubation centres have been set up; 40 geotextile projects for roads, water reservoirs and slope stabilization have been undertaken; steps have been taken to ensure that farmers embrace agrotech through demonstrations at 54 agrotech demonstration centres; and kits have been distributed kits on using agrotech in day-to-day working.

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 are attending 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.

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.

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.

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.

SME Times |

Govt to give major boost to technical textiles Sector: Irani

Union Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani on Tuesday said that the government will give big boost to the technical textiles sector.

Speaking at the National Conclave on Technical Textiles, jointly organized by the Ministry of Textiles and FICCI, in Mumbai, Irani said “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, she added.

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 fulfil 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, said the Textiles Minister.

India Education Diary |

Government to Give Major Boost to Technical Textiles Sector: Textiles Minister Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani

“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.

– from the booklet titled “Government of India’s Initiatives in Technical Textiles & Notification of HSN Codes for Technical Textiles” released by the Textiles Minister today

Speaking about the potential of agricultural textiles, the Minister said that it has been proven that the income of a farmer who uses agrotech goes up by 60% – 70%. She said that the contribution of agrotech is at the forefront of the Prime Minister’s desire to double farmers’ income. Technical textile industry can proudly say that we help those who feed us, said the Minister.

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.

Underlining the steps taken by the Government for promotion of technical textiles, the Textiles Minister said that 530 prototype samples in technical textiles have already been developed within the sphere of the Ministry in the past four years; 8 Centres of Excellence have been set up at a cost of 140 crore rupees; 22,000 Indians have been trained in technical textiles in the past 3-4 years; about 650 conclaves and seminars at ground level have been organized; 11 incubation centres have been set up; 40 geotextile projects for roads, water reservoirs and slope stabilization have been undertaken; steps have been taken to ensure that farmers embrace agrotech through demonstrations at 54 agrotech demonstration centres; and kits have been distributed kits on using agrotech in day-to-day working.

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 are attending 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.

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.

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.

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.

ANI News |

Technical textiles sector estimated to grow to Rs 2 lakh crore by 2020-21

Technical textiles are a booming sector with a potential to grow to the size of Rs 2 lakh crore by 2020-21, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani said on Tuesday.

"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," she said at a national conclave jointly organised by the Ministry of Textiles and industry body FICCI.

"This decision alone can enable the sector to grow to a market size of Rs 2 lakh crore rupees by 2020-21," she said adding that job-giving potential of the technical textiles sector is huge. "Every Rs 1 crore investment generates 70 jobs," she said.

Irani said an innovation centre for technical textiles will be set up in the national capital next month with industry support.

To monitor the data of import and export and in order to provide the financial support to the technical textile sector, the first step was to recognise and notify separately the technical textiles items spread from Chapter 1 to 99 of HSN classification book.

In the absence of a clear classification of technical textiles, there was confusion and many genuine manufactures were not getting various incentives being allowed to technical textiles sector by the Central and the state governments.

Speaking about the potential of agricultural textiles, Irani said that it has been proven that the income of a farmer who uses agrotech goes up by 60 to 70 per cent. She said that the contribution of agro-tech is at the forefront of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s desire to double farmers’ income.

The minister cited a McKinsey Global Institute report according to which application of agricultural technologies can help close to 90 million farmers by 2025

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FICCI suggests housing scheme for women garment workers in cities

FICCI has suggested to Ministry of Textiles the need for a housing scheme in cities for garment workers, especially women. The need for such a scheme arises from the growing difficulties faced by women garment workers due to lack of safe and conveniently located accommodation in cities.

According to FICCI, it was important to have such a scheme for women workers in and around cities to arrest and increase the declining female workforce ratio in the country.

As availability of land is a major issue in the cities, FICCI suggested that in case industry has suitable land, it could offered by the government by giving higher FAR (Floor Area Ratio) for worker housing/hostel purposes. If industry does not have a suitable land, the local administration could be involved in the project and may be requested to offer suitable land or gam panchayat land within the vicinity of 10 kms of the metro periphery. Such land may be free of cost or with a nominal lease for the industry. Alternatively, suitable hostel with 500 to 1,000 beds may be constructed with the help of the PWD Department and after construction, it could be handed over to Industry body/NGO for running it on a no-profit basis.

Female employment in the garment industry is the highest in India compared to other sectors and it stands at 70 per cent of total workforce. One of the main difficulties faced by such women is lack of safe and conveniently located accommodation. India's female participation in the workforce was 37 per cent a decade ago which has now come down to 27 per cent. The textile and apparel industry is the only sector which can give formal employment after giving training of two months. It does not require higher qualification for getting enrolled for training. Even illiterate and semi-literate can be absorbed after short training.

The garment sector poses certain issues which need to be addressed to arrest any further decline in women participation rate in workforce. The issues centre around two factors, namely migration and attrition. Mostly workers migrate from one state to another in search of employment and particularly where there is concentration of textile and apparel units. Such centres are visible in and around metros located in NCR, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu, etc.

Creation of such facilities in and around these centres and the upcoming centres will go a long way in building and sustaining confidence of workforce, particularly migrant female workers, who are reluctant to migrate to faraway places.

Many other states are also trying to attract Textile and Apparel units by offering attractive incentive schemes due to its higher employment potential with low investment. Migration brings its own problems like separation from families, new environment, new cities, new culture and food habits, safety and security arising out of lack of proper accommodation etc.

Although many workers would wish to continue their jobs in metros, they soon give up and return back to their roots. This results in heavy attrition of 8-10 per cent per month and industry and country has to bear heavy cost by losing skilled workforce. This can be arrested by devising suitable schemes for providing safe and suitable hostel accommodation to such migrant workers. As industry depends mostly on migrant workers, it is imperative to look into the housing/hostel issues.

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FICCI suggests housing scheme for women garment workers in cities

FICCI has suggested to Ministry of Textiles the need for a housing scheme in cities for garment workers, especially women. The need for such a scheme arises from the growing difficulties faced by women garment workers due to lack of safe and conveniently located accommodation in cities.

According to FICCI, it was important to have such a scheme for women workers in and around cities to arrest and increase the declining female workforce ratio in the country.

As availability of land is a major issue in the cities, FICCI suggested that in case industry has suitable land, it could offered by the government by giving higher FAR (Floor Area Ratio) for worker housing/hostel purposes. If industry does not have a suitable land, the local administration could be involved in the project and may be requested to offer suitable land or gam panchayat land within the vicinity of 10 kms of the metro periphery. Such land may be free of cost or with a nominal lease for the industry. Alternatively, suitable hostel with 500 to 1,000 beds may be constructed with the help of the PWD Department and after construction, it could be handed over to Industry body/NGO for running it on a no-profit basis.

Female employment in the garment industry is the highest in India compared to other sectors and it stands at 70 per cent of total workforce. One of the main difficulties faced by such women is lack of safe and conveniently located accommodation. India's female participation in the workforce was 37 per cent a decade ago which has now come down to 27 per cent. The textile and apparel industry is the only sector which can give formal employment after giving training of two months. It does not require higher qualification for getting enrolled for training. Even illiterate and semi-literate can be absorbed after short training.

The garment sector poses certain issues which need to be addressed to arrest any further decline in women participation rate in workforce. The issues centre around two factors, namely migration and attrition. Mostly workers migrate from one state to another in search of employment and particularly where there is concentration of textile and apparel units. Such centres are visible in and around metros located in NCR, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu, etc.

Creation of such facilities in and around these centres and the upcoming centres will go a long way in building and sustaining confidence of workforce, particularly migrant female workers, who are reluctant to migrate to faraway places.

Many other states are also trying to attract Textile and Apparel units by offering attractive incentive schemes due to its higher employment potential with low investment. Migration brings its own problems like separation from families, new environment, new cities, new culture and food habits, safety and security arising out of lack of proper accommodation etc.

Although many workers would wish to continue their jobs in metros, they soon give up and return back to their roots. This results in heavy attrition of 8-10 per cent per month and industry and country has to bear heavy cost by losing skilled workforce. This can be arrested by devising suitable schemes for providing safe and suitable hostel accommodation to such migrant workers. As industry depends mostly on migrant workers, it is imperative to look into the housing/hostel issues.

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FICCI calls for fresh worker housing scheme for textiles, garment workers

In India, jobs don't come to people. People go to jobs -- some states have the supply of labour while other states the demand. The textiles industry underlines this phenomena. Workers from many eastern states of India migrate to the south to work in garment factories. However, attrition is very high, particularly among the women workforce, because the country lacks decent worker housing. The blue-collar workforce is often pushed to staying in slums.

Industry body FICCI, last week, came up with suggestions for a fresh "Worker Housing Scheme for Textiles and Garment Workers".

Female employment in the garment industry, the scheme document states, is the highest in India compared to other sectors and it stands at 70 per cent of total workforce. "Migration brings its own problems like separation from families, new environment, new cities, new culture and food habits, safety and security arising out of lack of proper accommodation etc. Although many would wish to continue their jobs in metros, they soon give up and return back to their roots. It results in heavy attrition of 8 to 10 per cent per month and industry and country has to bear heavy cost by losing skilled workforce," the document adds.

FICCI's suggestions on worker housing include financial and operating models. Here are a few highlights:
  1. Financing construction of the worker hostel could be shared between three parties - the central government, the states and union territories, and the implementing agencies (firms in garment/apparel sector). That sharing ratio could be 70:15:15. For the North Eastern and Himalayan States, the ratio suggested is 80:10:10.

  2. The Ministry of Textiles must be made responsible for budgetary control and administration of the scheme at the central level. The ministry may transfer the funds to the consolidated funds of the state governments. Funds could be released in three instalments, in the ratio of 50:40:10 based on the progress of the construction.

  3. Workers entitled to accommodation/hostel facilities ideally shouldn't have gross income that exceeds Rs. 30,000/- consolidated per month. The period of stay could be specified by the operator or the garment industry but should not be more than five years.

  4. In case the industry has land, higher FAR for worker housing/hostel could be granted. When the industry doesn't hold land, the local administration involved in the project may be requested to offer suitable land or the gram panchayat land within the vicinity of 10 Kms of metro periphery.

  5. Hostels with 500 to 1000 beds could be constructed with the help of the PWD Department. Post construction, the hostel could be handed over to an industry body or an NGO for running it on a no-profit basis.

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Industry body FICCI on Friday said it has proposed to the textiles ministry coming up with a housing scheme in cities for workers, especially women, in garment factories.

“The need for such a scheme arises from the growing difficulties faced by women garment workers due to lack of safe and conveniently located accommodation in cities,” the chamber said in a statement.

As availability of land is a major issue in the cities, FICCI suggested that in case the industry has suitable land, it could be offered by the government by giving higher FAR (floor area ratio) for worker housing/hostel purposes.

“If the industry does not have suitable land, the local administration could be involved in the project and may be requested to offer suitable land,” it said.

SME Times |

FICCI for housing scheme for women garment workers

Industry body FICCI has suggested to Ministry of Textiles the need for a housing scheme in cities for garment workers, especially women.

The need for such a scheme arises from the growing difficulties faced by women garment workers due to lack of safe and conveniently located accommodation in cities, FICCI said in a press statement.

According to FICCI, it was important to have such a scheme for women workers in and around cities to arrest and increase the declining female workforce ratio in the country.

As availability of land is a major issue in the cities, FICCI suggested that in case industry has suitable land, it could offered by the government by giving higher FAR (Floor Area Ratio) for worker housing/hostel purposes.

If industry does not have a suitable land, the local administration could be involved in the project and may be requested to offer suitable land or gam panchayat land within the vicinity of 10 kms of the metro periphery, it said.

Such land may be free of cost or with a nominal lease for the industry. Alternatively, suitable hostel with 500 to 1,000 beds may be constructed with the help of the PWD Department and after construction, it could be handed over to Industry body/NGO for running it on a no-profit basis.

Female employment in the garment industry is the highest in India compared to other sectors and it stands at 70 per cent of total workforce. One of the main difficulties faced by such women is lack of safe and conveniently located accommodation.

India's female participation in the workforce was 37 per cent a decade ago which has now come down to 27 per cent.

The textile and apparel industry is the only sector which can give formal employment after giving training of two months. It does not require higher qualification for getting enrolled for training. Even illiterate and semi-literate can be absorbed after short training.

The garment sector poses certain issues which need to be addressed to arrest any further decline in women participation rate in workforce.

The issues centre around two factors, namely migration and attrition. Mostly workers migrate from one state to another in search of employment and particularly where there is concentration of textile and apparel units.

Such centres are visible in and around metros located in NCR, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu, etc. Creation of such facilities in and around these centres and the upcoming centres will go a long way in building and sustaining confidence of workforce, particularly migrant female workers, who are reluctant to migrate to faraway places, said FICCI.

United News of India |

Textile Ministry should launch housing scheme for women workers: FICCI

Industry body FICCI has suggested to the Textiles Ministry the need for a housing scheme in cities for garment workers, especially women to arrest and increase the declining female workforce ratio in the country.

The need for such a scheme arises from the growing difficulties faced by women garment workers due to lack of safe and conveniently located accommodation in cities.

As availability of land is a major issue in the cities, FICCI has suggested that in case industry has suitable land, it could offered by the government by giving higher Floor Area Ratio(FAR) for worker housing/hostel purposes.

If industry does not have a suitable land, the local administration could be involved in the project and may be requested to offer suitable land or gam panchayat land within the vicinity of 10 km of the metro periphery. Such land may be free of cost or with a nominal lease for the industry.

Alternatively, suitable hostel with 500 to 1,000 beds may be constructed with the help of the PWD Department and after construction, it could be handed over to Industry body/NGO for running it on a no-profit basis.

Female employment in the garment industry is the highest in India compared to other sectors and it stands at 70 per cent of total workforce. One of the main difficulties faced by such women is lack of safe and conveniently located accommodation.

According to the FICCI, India's female participation in the workforce was 37 per cent a decade ago which has now come down to 27 per cent. The textile and apparel industry is the only sector which can give formal employment after giving training of two months. It does not require higher qualification for getting enrolled for training. Even illiterate and semi-literate can be absorbed after short training.

The garment sector poses certain issues which need to be addressed to arrest any further decline in women participation rate in workforce. The issues centre around two factors, namely migration and attrition. Mostly workers migrate from one state to another in search of employment and particularly where there is concentration of textile and apparel units. Such centres are visible in and around metros located in NCR, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Creation of such facilities in and around these centres and the upcoming centres will go a long way in building and sustaining confidence of workforce, particularly migrant female workers, who are reluctant to migrate to faraway places, it added.

Many other states are also trying to attract Textile and Apparel units by offering attractive incentive schemes due to its higher employment potential with low investment. Migration brings its own problems like separation from families, new environment, new cities, new culture and food habits, safety and security arising out of lack of proper accommodation.

Although many workers would wish to continue their jobs in metros, they soon give up and return to their roots. This results in heavy attrition of 8-10 per cent per month and industry and country has to bear heavy cost by losing skilled workforce.

This can be arrested by devising suitable schemes for providing safe and suitable hostel accommodation to such migrant workers. As industry depends mostly on migrant workers, it is imperative to look into the housing/hostel issues.

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Women Garment Workers in Cities Need a Housing Scheme:FICCI

FICCI has suggested to Ministry of Textiles the need for a housing scheme in cities for garment workers, especially women. The need for such a scheme arises from the growing difficulties faced by women garment workers due to lack of safe and conveniently located accommodation in cities.

According to FICCI, it was important to have such a scheme for women workers in and around cities to arrest and increase the declining female workforce ratio in the country.

As availability of land is a major issue in the cities, FICCI suggested that in case industry has suitable land, it could offered by the government by giving higher FAR (Floor Area Ratio) for worker housing/hostel purposes. If industry does not have a suitable land, the local administration could be involved in the project and may be requested to offer suitable land or gam panchayat land within the vicinity of 10 kms of the metro periphery. Such land may be free of cost or with a nominal lease for the industry. Alternatively, suitable hostel with 500 to 1,000 beds may be constructed with the help of the PWD Department and after construction, it could be handed over to Industry body/NGO for running it on a no-profit basis.

Female employment in the garment industry is the highest in India compared to other sectors and it stands at 70 per cent of total workforce. One of the main difficulties faced by such women is lack of safe and conveniently located accommodation. India???s female participation in the workforce was 37 per cent a decade ago which has now come down to 27 per cent. The textile and apparel industry is the only sector which can give formal employment after giving training of two months. It does not require higher qualification for getting enrolled for training. Even illiterate and semi-literate can be absorbed after short training.

The garment sector poses certain issues which need to be addressed to arrest any further decline in women participation rate in workforce. The issues centre around two factors, namely migration and attrition. Mostly workers migrate from one state to another in search of employment and particularly where there is concentration of textile and apparel units. Such centres are visible in and around metros located in NCR, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu, etc. Creation of such facilities in and around these centres and the upcoming centres will go a long way in building and sustaining confidence of workforce, particularly migrant female workers, who are reluctant to migrate to faraway places.

Many other states are also trying to attract Textile and Apparel units by offering attractive incentive schemes due to its higher employment potential with low investment. Migration brings its own problems like separation from families, new environment, new cities, new culture and food habits, safety and security arising out of lack of proper accommodation etc.

Although many workers would wish to continue their jobs in metros, they soon give up and return back to their roots. This results in heavy attrition of 8-10 per cent per month and industry and country has to bear heavy cost by losing skilled workforce. This can be arrested by devising suitable schemes for providing safe and suitable hostel accommodation to such migrant workers. As industry depends mostly on migrant workers, it is imperative to look into the housing/hostel issues.

Business Standard |

Devise housing scheme for garment workers, especially women: FICCI to govt

Industry body FICCI Friday said it has proposed to the textiles ministry coming up with a housing scheme in cities for workers, especially women, in garment factories.

"The need for such a scheme arises from the growing difficulties faced by women garment workers due to lack of safe and conveniently located accommodation in cities," the chamber said in a statement.

As availability of land is a major issue in the cities, FICCI suggested that in case the industry has suitable land, it could be offered by the government by giving higher FAR (floor area ratio) for worker housing/hostel purposes.

"If the industry does not have suitable land, the local administration could be involved in the project and may be requested to offer suitable land or gram panchayat land within the vicinity of 10 km of the metro periphery. Such land may be free of cost or with a nominal lease for the industry," it said.

Alternatively, it said, a suitable hostel with 500 to 1,000 beds may be constructed with the help of the PWD department and after construction, it could be handed over to industry body/NGO for running it on a no-profit basis.

Female employment in the garment industry is the highest in India compared to other sectors and it stands at 70 per cent of total workforce, the chamber said.

It observed that the garment sector poses certain issues which need to be addressed to arrest any further decline in women participation rate in workforce. The issues centre around two factors, namely migration and attrition.

"Although many workers would wish to continue their jobs in metros, they soon give up and return back to their roots. This results in heavy attrition of 8-10 per cent per month and industry and country has to bear heavy cost by losing skilled workforce. This can be arrested by devising suitable schemes for providing safe and suitable hostel accommodation to such migrant workers," FICCI said.

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Devise housing scheme for garment workers: FICCI to Textiles minister

Industry body FICCI Friday said it has proposed to the textiles ministry coming up with a housing scheme in cities for workers, especially women, in garment factories. "The need for such a scheme arises from the growing difficulties faced by women garment workers due to lack of safe and conveniently located accommodation in cities," the chamber said in a statement.

As availability of land is a major issue in the cities, FICCI suggested that in case the industry has suitable land, it could be offered by the government by giving higher FAR (floor area ratio) for worker housing/hostel purposes.

"If the industry does not have suitable land, the local administration could be involved in the project and may be requested to offer suitable land or gram panchayat land within the vicinity of 10 km of the metro periphery. Such land may be free of cost or with a nominal lease for the industry," it said.

Alternatively, it said, a suitable hostel with 500 to 1,000 beds may be constructed with the help of the PWD department and after construction, it could be handed over to industry body/NGO for running it on a no-profit basis.

Female employment in the garment industry is the highest in India compared to other sectors and it stands at 70 per cent of total workforce, the chamber said.

It observed that the garment sector poses certain issues which need to be addressed to arrest any further decline in women participation rate in workforce. The issues centre around two factors, namely migration and attrition.

"Although many workers would wish to continue their jobs in metros, they soon give up and return back to their roots. This results in heavy attrition of 8-10 per cent per month and industry and country has to bear heavy cost by losing skilled workforce. This can be arrested by devising suitable schemes for providing safe and suitable hostel accommodation to such migrant workers," FICCI said.

The Times of India |

Devise housing scheme for garment workers, especially women: FICCI to textiles min

Industry body FICCI Friday said it has proposed to the textiles ministry coming up with a housing scheme in cities for workers, especially women, in garment factories.

"The need for such a scheme arises from the growing difficulties faced by women garment workers due to lack of safe and conveniently located accommodation in cities," the chamber said in a statement.

As availability of land is a major issue in the cities, FICCI suggested that in case the industry has suitable land, it could be offered by the government by giving higher FAR (floor area ratio) for worker housing/hostel purposes.

"If the industry does not have suitable land, the local administration could be involved in the project and may be requested to offer suitable land or gram panchayat land within the vicinity of 10 km of the metro periphery. Such land may be free of cost or with a nominal lease for the industry," it said.

Alternatively, it said, a suitable hostel with 500 to 1,000 beds may be constructed with the help of the PWD department and after construction, it could be handed over to industry body/NGO for running it on a no-profit basis.

Female employment in the garment industry is the highest in India compared to other sectors and it stands at 70 per cent of total workforce, the chamber said.

It observed that the garment sector poses certain issues which need to be addressed to arrest any further decline in women participation rate in workforce. The issues centre around two factors, namely migration and attrition.

"Although many workers would wish to continue their jobs in metros, they soon give up and return back to their roots. This results in heavy attrition of 8-10 per cent per month and industry and country has to bear heavy cost by losing skilled workforce. This can be arrested by devising suitable schemes for providing safe and suitable hostel accommodation to such migrant workers," FICCI said.

Devdiscourse |

FICCI calls for housing scheme focused on garment workers, especially women

Industry body FICCI Friday said it has proposed to the textiles ministry coming up with a housing scheme in cities for workers, especially women, in garment factories. "The need for such a scheme arises from the growing difficulties faced by women garment workers due to lack of safe and conveniently located accommodation in cities," the chamber said in a statement. As the availability of land is a major issue in the cities, FICCI suggested that in case the industry has suitable land, it could be offered by the government by giving higher FAR (floor area ratio) for worker housing/hostel purposes.

"If the industry does not have suitable land, the local administration could be involved in the project and may be requested to offer suitable land or gram panchayat land within the vicinity of 10 km of the metro periphery. Such land may be free of cost or with a nominal lease for the industry," it said. Alternatively, it said, a suitable hostel with 500 to 1,000 beds may be constructed with the help of the PWD department and after construction, it could be handed over to industry body/NGO for running it on a no-profit basis.

Female employment in the garment industry is the highest in India compared to other sectors and it stands at 70 per cent of the total workforce, the chamber said. It observed that the garment sector poses certain issues which need to be addressed to arrest any further decline in the women participation rate in the workforce. The issues centre around two factors, namely migration and attrition. "Although many workers would wish to continue their jobs in metros, they soon give up and return back to their roots. This results in heavy attrition of 8-10 per cent per month and industry and country have to bear heavy cost by losing a skilled workforce. This can be arrested by devising suitable schemes for providing safe and suitable hostel accommodation to such migrant workers," FICCI said.

Financial Express |

India gets its own Standards for Bullet resistant jackets; to supply the jackets to South East Asia

The first-ever Indian Standard (IS) on Bullet Resistant Jacket for protection against small arms and ammunition for the defence, paramilitary and police forces was released today.

As has been reported by the Financial Express Online earlier, after a long time India will have its own Standard for Bullet Proof Jackets (BPJ): IS17051:2018, which has now been finalized. The standard prescribes minimum requirements of bulletproof jackets against small arms & their evaluation procedures.

IS 17051-2018 specifies five size designations based on chest/bust girth- XS (72-80 cm), S (above 80-88), M (above 88-96), L (above 96-104), XL (above 104-112). And shall be designed ergonomically to minimize restrictions of movement, which has been ensured by conducting field tests by personnel.

It also includes optional requirements of Quick release system, Dynamic weight distribution system and high buoyancy jackets and covers physical requirements like protection area of Soft armour panel (SAP) (Front, back, groin, neck, collar etc ) and Hard armour panel (HAP), (Front, Back and side for 360 degree protection), maximum aerial densities of BR panels and total weight of jacket. It also specifies six threat levels faced by Indian Army and Para military (Level 1 to 6).

The standard has been adopted by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) after the draft finalised by the Textiles Protective Clothing Sectional Committee was approved by the Textile Divisional Council.

The adoption of the standard is considered as a milestone in setting minimum performance requirements of bullet resistant jackets and screens their supply so that only acceptable quality reaches the user.

The standard has been customised to Indian needs and would eventually lead to reduction in fatal casualties to the security forces wearing such jackets. Until now, the bullet proof jackets and helmets being provided to the Indian security forces is based on the NIJ III+ Standard, which refers to ballistic resistance of a body armour.

At a meeting jointly organised by industry body Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and BIS, Prof K Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, said that the action now would be on addressing the queries and concerns of industry by BIS and DRDO labs and equipment and methodologies for testing the standard which falls into the broader category of technical textiles.

The challenge is reducing the weight of the jacket from 10.5 kg to 6 kg in consonance with scientific criteria. And the IS for bullet resistant jackets is expected to help in speeding up procurement by the user agencies and in testing of materials. The standard should be adopted in all procurement orders of the security forces.

According to Surina Rajan, Director General, BIS, said, “Our work begins now as we have the indigenous capacity to go to the next level, i.e. use of lighter material for jackets. The standard could become a base to supply the jackets to South East Asia where the requirements are similar to India’s.”

The new standard may not be uniform for different security forces operating in different types of terrain. Therefore, standards have to be dynamic and change with the change in conditions, Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO, pointed out.

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First-ever Indian Standard on Bullet Resistant Jacket released

The first-ever Indian Standard (IS) on Bullet Resistant Jacket for protection against small arms and ammunition for the defence, paramilitary and police forces was released here today at a meeting jointly organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

The standard has been adopted by BIS after the draft finalised by the Textiles Protective Clothing Sectional Committee was approved by the Textile Divisional Council.

The adoption of the standard is considered as a milestone in setting minimum performance requirements of bullet resistant jackets and screen their supply so that only acceptable quality reaches the user. The standard has been customised to Indian needs and would eventually lead to reduction in fatal casualties to the security forces wearing such jackets.

Prof. K VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, said that the action now would be on addressing the queries and concerns of industry by BIS and DRDO labs and equipment and methodologies for testing the standard which falls into the broader category of technical textiles.

He said that the challenge was reducing the weight of the jacket from 10.5 kg to 6 kg in consonance with scientific criteria.

Ms Surina Rajan, Director General, BIS, said that the IS for bullet resistant jackets will help in speeding up procurement by the user agencies and in testing of materials. The standard should be adopted in all procurement orders of the security forces, she added. “Our work begins now as we have the indigenous capacity to go to the next level, i.e. use of lighter material for jackets”.

Ms Rajan said that the standard could become a base to supply the jackets to South East Asia where the requirements are similar to India’s.

Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO, said that the new standard marks a good beginning and hoped that the Indian security forces adopt the standard expeditiously.

He said the new standard may not be uniform for different security forces operating in different types of terrain. Therefore, standards have to be dynamic and change with the change in conditions. He added that the standard has been developed and there is now a need for more independent testing labs.

Mr Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Textiles Committee and CMD, Ginni Filaments Ltd., said that it was a matter of great pride for the country to have its own standard for bullet resistant jacket, something which continues to be primarily the domain of the developed countries. He said that the new standard would benefit the security forces and enable the domestic industry to fulfil their requirements and provide quality products. This would also enable uniform texting protocol and help in further enhancing the safety of security personnel.

The meeting was also addressed by Dr. Manjit Singh, Director, Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL); Mr J K Gupta, Scientist ‘D’, BIS and Mr Vaibhav Gupta, Co-Chair, FICCI Homeland Security Committee and Director, MKU.

Canton Caller |

Free trade pacts hamper India‘s efforts to curb Chinese textile imports

China is exporting textiles to India through Bangladesh to get around a tax jolt on imports, undermining New Delhi’s efforts to support local manufacturers, industry sources said.

Earlier this week, India doubled the import tax on more than 300 textile products to 20 per cent, marking the second tax jolt on textiles in as many months.

This is aimed at providing relief to the country’s domestic textile industry, which has been hit by cheaper imports. India’s total textile imports jumped by 16 per cent to a record $7 billion in the fiscal year to March 2018. Of this, about $3 billion were from China.

Textiles are India’s second largest job provider directly employing nearly 51 million people and accounting for 5 per cent of India’s gross domestic product (), and 13 per cent of its export earnings.

Industry officials said textile raw material from China is coming into India via Bangladesh, which has a free-trade agreement with India giving it access to the country’s $100 billion textile market.

“Duty free fabric from China is coming to Bangladesh, getting converted and landing into India at zero duty,” Sanjay Jain, president of Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) told Reuters.

Industry bodies argue that India’s latest action is not enough to protect domestic garment manufacturers which are facing fierce competition from China and Bangladesh.

Imports of clothing accessories and apparel from Bangladesh – the world’s second largest exporter of ready-made garments -rose over 43 per cent to $200.9 million during the year ended March 2018, according to Indian government data.

“Import trends suggests 40 to 50 per cent of the garments were made with Chinese fibre,” said an Indian broker who did not want to be named. It is crucial to estimate affirmatively how many garments imported in India were produced with fibre sourced from China, he said.

India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are among the signatories of the South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) that created a in the South Asian region.

Shipments of edible oils coming into India are also being designated as duty free under the regional free-trade pact, circumventing an import tax jolt.

‘RULE OF ORIGIN’

Trade bodies, which expect textile imports from Bangladesh to rise extraordinary, have asked the government to introduce a rule of origin for duty free imports. Competition from China is forcing some businesses, such as polyester production facilities, to run idle, prime to job losses, they said.

“Under the SAFTA agreement and trade agreement with Bangladesh, only those goods should be exempted from custom duty, whose raw material is also manufactured by one of the SAFTA countries,” Dilip Chenoy, head of The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) said in a letter dated July 25 to a senior official in the government’s textile ministry.

Kavita Gupta, India’s textile commissioner told Reuters: “The textile ministry has proposed a ‘Fabric Forward Policy,’ where duty free access to garments will be provided if the fabric is sourced from India. The policy is in discussion stage.”

Rising imports sent India’s trade deficit with China in textile products (finished garments) to a record high $1.54 billion in 2017-18, alarming industry officials as India had been until recently a net exporter of textile products to China.

There is a 10 per cent price difference on average between textile products made in India and those made in China, according to FICCI. The unit value of some Chinese products such as stockings, blouses and baby garments cost far less than produced in India.

Global Trade |

Local entrepreneur brings "Magic" back to Miami Apparel industry

Serial entrepreneur Jason Prescott believes in the future of Miami – so much so, that the Los Angeles native packed up his family last year and moved to the city, where he launched Florida’s first ever international apparel and textile show.

Now, Prescott and his team – with expanding offices in Aventura – are gearing up for the second act of his show, called Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami (ATSM) 2019, which is set to take place May 20–22 at the Mana Wynwood Convention Center. The largest apparel and textile sourcing show in the Southern U.S. and Latin America, ATSM is focused on global trade and poised to bring thousands of out-of-state and international visitors to the Magic City.

Not only is Prescott producer of ATSM – and its sister shows in Toronto (Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada) and Germany (Apparel Textile Sourcing Germany) – but he’s also CEO of JP Communications Inc., the highly successful publisher of the leading online international trade platforms TopTenWholesale.com and Manufacturer.com.

His long-time industry expertise has enabled him to connect with the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textile and Apparel (CCCT), the largest textile and apparel trade agency in the world, which supports the production of ATSM. He has also attracted the participation of dozens of other apparel and textile organizations – from some 15 countries – all of which will have a presence at the May show.

“We at ATSM are so grateful for the support of all our international partners, and our community and business partners in South Florida, each of whom has been instrumental in helping us make this show a success and with whom we look forward to growing,” said Prescott said.

ATSM 2019 event – which presents three days of networking, seminars and fashion shows and connects Southeastern U.S., the Americas and the Caribbean to the production world of apparel, textile, and fashion – will host more than 300 international and domestic manufacturing companies exhibiting a wide range of products and process solutions in the field of manufacturing and sourcing services. The 2019 event is expected to double in size from this year’s inaugural show.

Prescott, through this one-of-a-kind show, has brought $2 million in investment to Miami and boosted local tourism by attracting thousands of out-of-state and international visitors. He has awarded dozens of projects to local contractors and has brought hundreds of Chinese and other global manufacturers and respected industry experts to do business and revive “Magic” in the Magic City.

In addition to CCCT, the show’s impressive list of international partners includes: Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) , Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), Wool and Woolens Export Promotion Council (WWEPC), Export Promotion Bureau of Bangladesh (EPB), Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers Exporters Association (BGMEA), VESTEX Guatemala, Export and Investment Promotion Organization of El Salvador (PROESA) and PRO MEXICO.

Local supporters include Moishe Mana of Mana Wynwood, City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Miami Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez,Commissioner Dale Holness from Broward County, Commissioners Jose “Pepe” Diaz and Audrey M. Edmonson from Miami Dade County, Dr. Shanjie Li, Executive Chief Economist and CEO of Miami-based American Da Tang Group, as well as organizations such as the Greater Miami Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development, the Port of Miami, the City of North Miami, Port Everglades, Florida East Coast Railway, the Fashion Business Association of America, Fashion Group International, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Beacon Council, the City of North Miami, Enterprise Florida and Miami International University.

According to Manny Mencia, Senior Vice President of International Trade and Development for Enterprise Florida: “The apparel sector remains very important to Florida’s international economy. In 2017, nearly $8 billion in apparel trade flowed through Florida ports and airports.”

“The Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami Show will bring a large number of domestic and international industry decision makers to our community, and promote Florida as a premier destination for the industry and stimulate the local economy,” he said.

Textile World |

Apparel and textile sourcing show announces major expansion for 2019 as industry sees resurgence

Following the success of its inaugural show this past spring, Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami (ATSM) has announced its return to Miami in 2019, double in size and bringing thousands of out-of-state and international visitors to the Magic City.

Produced by JP Communications Inc., ATSM 2019 will take place May 20-22 at the Mana Wynwood Convention Center. The show — which has attracted the attention and support of manufacturers and industry partners across the globe — has received a $2 million investment infusion to support its growth from JP Communications and the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textile and Apparel (CCCT), a textile and apparel trade agency.

The 2019 event — which presents three days of networking, seminars and fashion shows and connects the Southeastern United States, the Americas and the Caribbean to the production world of apparel, textile, and fashion — will host more than 300 international and domestic manufacturing companies exhibiting a wide range of products and process solutions in the field of manufacturing and sourcing services.

“We at ATSM are so grateful for the support of all our international partners, and our community and business partners in South Florida, each of whom has been instrumental in helping us make this show a success and with whom we look forward to growing,” said Jason Prescott, CEO of ATSM.

In addition to CCCT, international partners include Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), Wool and Woolens Export Promotion Council (WWEPC), Export Promotion Bureau of Bangladesh (EPB), Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers Exporters Association (BGMEA), VESTEX Guatemala, Export and Investment Promotion Organization of El Salvador (PROESA) and PRO MEXICO, among many others.

Local supporters include Moishe Mana of Mana Wynwood, City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Miami Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Commissioner Dale Holness from Broward County, Commissioners Jose “Pepe” Diaz and Audrey M. Edmonson from Miami Dade County, Dr. Shanjie Li, Executive Chief Economist and CEO of Miami-based American Da Tang Group, as well as organizations such as the Greater Miami Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development, the Port of Miami, the City of North Miami, Port Everglades, Florida East Coast Railway, the Council of International Fashion Designers, Fashion Group International, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Beacon Council, the City of North Miami, Enterprise Florida and Miami International University.

“The Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami Show will bring a large number of domestic and international industry decision makers to our community, promote Florida as a premier destination for the industry and stimulate the local economy,” said Manny Mencia, senior vice president of International Trade and Development for Enterprise Florida, which has committed its promotional support for 2019. “The apparel sector remains very important to Florida’s international economy. In 2017, nearly $8 billion in apparel trade flowed through Florida ports and airports.”

CCCT Chairman Cao Jiachang said the 2019 show will see participation from popular branded companies from across Asia in addition to a wide range of suppliers and products. “These are all highly successful, leading apparel brands in China, looking for U.S. partners to represent them in America and help grow their brands globally,” he explained.

Prescott added that “this is an unprecedented opportunity for buyers in the U.S. and Latin America to source and negotiate licensing rights with these never-before-seen innovative brands.”

“Thousands of top buyers from more than 40 countries are expected to attend ATSM 2019 to source, connect and develop lasting relationships with qualified international and domestic suppliers,” he said, citing as examples ATSM notable buyers from Kate Spade, HSN, Perry Ellis, Zara, Gap Inc., Chico’s, Macy’s, Disney, Zumba, Fountainbleau, Hard Rock, Royal Caribbean, Levi’s and Westgate Resorts.

ATSM 2019 highlights include:
  • Conference and Educational Sessions featuring industry experts who will cover fashion trends, new technology applications such as AI and 3D printing, sourcing tips, sustainability, eCommerce strategy, international trade policy, marketing techniques and much more.
  • A Special runway presentation showcasing local up-and-coming fashion talent, established South Florida designers and what’s hot from the exhibition floor.
  • Matchmaking Services provided by TopTenWholsale.com and Manufacturer.com to help connect interested buyers with suppliers, many of whom accept small orders.
  • New Sourcing Markets Pavilion displaying more than 100 unique products from emerging markets including Inner Mongolia, East Africa, India, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan and more.
  • LATAM Markets Pavilion featuring hundreds of unique products from emerging markets in Latin America, including Mexico, Columbia, Peru and Honduras.
  • Streetwear Pavilion showcasing a curated collection of streetwear — a dominating industry trend that has taken over the men’s market — with brands such as Lil Wayne’s Young Money and Trukfit collections.
  • Fabric & Trim Section presenting a large selection of all that’s trending in fabrics and trims.
  • Swim & Resort Section, a brand new area showing the latest active wear, athleisure, resort and swimwear.
Categories will include finished apparel for men, women and children that range from leisure, formal, denim, active, swim, intimates and performance. Also featured will be homewares and linens, hardware and textiles that include cotton, knits, yarns, leather, synthetic and blends.

The one-of-a-kind show brings together inspirational leaders and respected industry experts from the apparel, manufacturing, retail and affiliated business industries to educate, network and share market intelligence, discuss pressing topics and engage in conversations that energize the flow of global commerce.

The Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami show is free to attend for those who pre-register at http://www.appareltextilesourcing.com.

Business Standard |

New export-oriented industrial policy to focus on textile, leather sectors

The proposed industrial policy, currently being prepared by the commerce and industry ministry, may have special provisions for manufacturing in the textile, leather sectors to leverage growth, and focus on spreading out export hubs across the country which are currently getting concentrated in a few states.

It will also tie in existing government initiatives and serve as a focal point for various industry-wise policies. “It will absorb the 2011 national manufacturing policy and focus on technological issues of Industry 4.0, apart from furthering the government’s push of the Digital India initiative,” a senior Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) official said.

While the government had floated an initial discussion paper on the proposed industrial policy in August 2017, it has not yet released a final draft of the policy in the public domain. The commerce and industry ministry had back then announced this final draft will be put out by January 2018.

“We will follow the due process and release a detailed draft. We are currently weighing the inputs from other ministries and stakeholders,” a senior DIPP official said. The initial document focused on the creation of jobs, the promotion of foreign technology transfer, the growth of micro, small, and medium enterprises, and the establishment of a goal to attract $100 billion foreign direct investment annually.

It will also have a special focus for sectors such as apparel and footwear in which India maintains a manufacturing edge, albeit one that is slipping. “Despite India being one of the largest exporters in both sectors, manufacturing jobs in Bangladesh, Indonesia, and several African countries are seeing an increase, while in India we are seeing a slowdown in growth. So, the policy will have special provisions to boost these sectors,” a senior DIPP official said.

The $36-billion textile export sector, the third-largest foreign exchange earner for India after petroleum products and gems and jewellery, clocked only 0.75 per cent growth in 2017-18, after a contraction in the past two years. On the other hand, outbound trade of leather articles rose 3.46 per cent to $2.42 billion, recovering from the contraction witnessed in 2016-17.

The proposed policy may also act on the suggestion of successive Economic Surveys over the past three years which have repeatedly pointed to a slowdown in low skilled jobs in neighbouring China. India will also aim to seize millions of jobs, lower down the value chain, that are shifting out of China to other developing nations as Beijing makes adjustments to its own industrial policy under the pressure of growing basic wages and greater specialisation in high-end manufacturing, the official added.

Export-led growth

The policy is also expected to reaffirm the government’s belief in export-led growth and as a result will have an extensive impact on overall trade norms, with ease in trade and diffusion of export hubs among the government’s top priorities, a commerce department official pointed out.

Earlier this year, the Economic Survey pointed out that the five states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana account for a whopping 70 per cent of India’s exports. “The Centre plans to stop this ghettoisation of exports through incentives as well as channel digital technology to extend exports from rural and traditionally backward areas,” he added.

Domestic procurement push

A further push for adopting mandatory domestic procurement norms by the government may also be there in the policy. The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry had suggested back in February that state governments should also adopt these norms.

Currently, the Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India) Order 2017, that came into effect back in June last year, stipulates that only local suppliers will be eligible for all government goods purchases less than an estimated ~5 million. A further list of 90 items is currently being drawn up to be placed under the mandatory category in preferential procurement.

The current industrial policy was framed back in 1991, the government led by P V Narasimha Rao essentially junked the previous licence raj. But critics have said the policy was hastily prepared at a time when the economy was battling an economic crisis. Back then, large fiscal deficits had a spillover effect on the trade deficit culminating in a serious external payments crisis.

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Rising garment imports from Bangladesh a concern: FICCI

Welcoming the Union government’s decision to increase basic customs duty to 20 per cent on 328 textile items, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has said that the issue of rising garment imports from Bangladesh remains an area of concern for the industry. India gives full exemption of basic customs duty for Bangladesh.

The Government of India has doubled import duty on 328 textile products to 20 per cent from the earlier 10 per cent under Section 159 of the Customs Act, 1962, in order to provide a boost to domestic manufacturing. This list of 328 items is in addition to the 50 textile products on which the government had doubled import duty last month.

The move is very much in the direction to encourage domestic manufacturing and will give a further relief to domestic textile and carpet manufacturers, said Shishir Jaipuria, chairman, FICCI Textile Committee.

“The measures taken by the government in last few months for the textiles sector have been very encouraging and given confidence to the domestic textile industry that has been reeling under the pressure of growing competition and rising cost,” said Jaipuria in a FICCI press release.

“This has also given us the hope that the government will address the issue of rising garment imports from Bangladesh, which remains an area of concern for the industry, due to full exemption of basic custom duty from Bangladesh,” he added.

Jaipuria stated that the garment and carpet industry was under immense pressure after implementation of GST. A substantial drop in import duty was observed after implementation of the GST, which has encouraged cheaper imports.

The Indian Textile |

FICCI welcomes hike in custom duty on textile products

FICCI welcomes the increase in basic custom duty on several textile items. The move is very much in the direction to encourage domestic manufacturing. Increase in import duty on over 300 textile items to 20 per cent will give a further relief to domestic textile and carpet manufacturers, said Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Textile Committee.

Jaipuria added, “The measures taken by the Government in last few months for the textiles sector have been very encouraging and given confidence to the domestic textile industry that has been reeling under the pressure of growing competition and rising cost.”

“This has also given us the hope that the Government will address the issue of rising garment imports from Bangladesh, which remains an area of concern for the industry, due to full exemption of basic custom duty from Bangladesh,” noted Jaipuria. He stated that the garment and carpet industry was under immense pressure after implementation of GST. After GST, substantial drop in import duty was observed which has encouraged cheaper imports.

Business Standard |

Hike in Custom Duty on Textile Products in direction to encourage domestic manufacturing: FICCI

FICCI welcomes the increase in basic custom duty on several textile items. The move is very much in the direction to encourage domestic manufacturing. Increase in import duty on over 300 textile items to 20% will give a further relief to domestic textile and carpet manufacturers, said Mr. Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Textile Committee. Mr. Jaipuria added, "The measures taken by the Government in last few months for the textiles sector have been very encouraging and given confidence to the domestic textile industry that has been reeling under the pressure of growing competition and rising cost." "This has also given us the hope that the Government will address the issue of rising garment imports from Bangladesh, which remains an area of concern for the industry, due to full exemption of basic custom duty from Bangladesh," noted Mr. Jaipuria.

Mr. Jaipuria stated that the garment & carpet industry was under immense pressure after implementation of GST. After GST, substantial drop in import duty was observed which has encouraged cheaper imports.

Myiris |

Govt doubles import duty on over 300 textile items

FICCI welcomes the increase in basic custom duty on several textile items. The move is very much in the direction to encourage domestic manufacturing. Increase in import duty on over 300 textile items to 20% will give a further relief to domestic textile and carpet manufacturers, said Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Textile Committee.

Jaipuria added, "The measures taken by the Government in last few months for the textiles sector have been very encouraging and given confidence to the domestic textile industry that has been reeling under the pressure of growing competition and rising cost."

"This has also given us the hope that the Government will address the issue of rising garment imports from Bangladesh, which remains an area of concern for the industry, due to full exemption of basic custom duty from Bangladesh," noted Jaipuria.

Jaipuria stated that the garment & carpet industry was under immense pressure after implementation of GST. After GST, substantial drop in import duty was observed which has encouraged cheaper imports.

smc online |

Hike in Custom Duty on Textile Products in direction to encourage domestic manufacturing: FICCI

FICCI welcomes the increase in basic custom duty on several textile items. The move is very much in the direction to encourage domestic manufacturing. Increase in import duty on over 300 textile items to 20% will give a further relief to domestic textile and carpet manufacturers, said Mr. Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Textile Committee. Mr. Jaipuria added, The measures taken by the Government in last few months for the textiles sector have been very encouraging and given confidence to the domestic textile industry that has been reeling under the pressure of growing competition and rising cost. This has also given us the hope that the Government will address the issue of rising garment imports from Bangladesh, which remains an area of concern for the industry, due to full exemption of basic custom duty from Bangladesh, noted Mr. Jaipuria. Mr. Jaipuria stated that the garment & carpet industry was under immense pressure after implementation of GST. After GST, substantial drop in import duty was observed which has encouraged cheaper imports.

SME Times |

FICCI hails hike in custom duty on textile products

Industry body FICCI has welcomed the increase in basic custom duty on several textile items., terming the move as very much in the direction to encourage domestic manufacturing.

Increase in import duty on over 300 textile items to 20% will give a further relief to domestic textile and carpet manufacturers, said Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Textile Committee.

Jaipuria added, "The measures taken by the Government in last few months for the textiles sector have been very encouraging and given confidence to the domestic textile industry that has been reeling under the pressure of growing competition and rising cost."

"This has also given us the hope that the Government will address the issue of rising garment imports from Bangladesh, which remains an area of concern for the industry, due to full exemption of basic custom duty from Bangladesh," noted Jaipuria.

Jaipuria stated that the garment & carpet industry was under immense pressure after implementation of GST. After GST, substantial drop in import duty was observed which has encouraged cheaper imports.

United News of India |

FICCI hails hike in custom duty on textile products

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on Wednesday welcomed the increase in basic custom duty on several textile items.

The move is very much in the direction to encourage domestic manufacturing. Increase in import duty on over 300 textile items to 20 per cent will give a further relief to domestic textile and carpet manufacturers, said FICCI Textile Committee Chairman Shishir Jaipuria.

He said the measures taken by the Government in last few months for the textiles sector have been very encouraging and given confidence to the domestic textile industry that has been reeling under the pressure of growing competition and rising cost.

webindia123 |

FICCI welcomes hike in Custom Duty on Textile products

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on Wednesday welcomed the increase in basic custom duty on several textile items.

The move is very much in the direction to encourage domestic manufacturing. Increase in import duty on over 300 textile items to 20 per cent will give a further relief to domestic textile and carpet manufacturers, said FICCI Textile Committee Chairman Shishir Jaipuria.

He said the measures taken by the Government in last few months for the textiles sector have been very encouraging and given confidence to the domestic textile industry that has been reeling under the pressure of growing competition and rising cost.

''This has also given us the hope that the Government will address the issue of rising garment imports from Bangladesh, which remains an area of concern for the industry, due to full exemption of basic custom duty from Bangladesh,'' he said, according to an official release here.

The garment & carpet industry was under immense pressure after implementation of GST, he said, adding that after GST, substantial drop in import duty was observed which has encouraged cheaper imports.

fibre2fashion.com |

Apparel Textile trade show begins August 20 in Canada

In the midst of the US-China trade dispute, hundreds of Chinese companies willing to do business with the Canadians will make their way to the Apparel Textile Sourcing (ATS) in Canada. A first-of-its-kind showcase of top brands from China, 'Avenue ATS' will be unveiled at the three-day apparel and textile trade show beginning August 20, 2018.

More than 5,000 visitors including apparel and fashion executives, influencers, designers, retailers, importers, wholesalers, merchandisers, buyers and suppliers are expected to attend the international exhibition. Keynote speakers at the event include some of North America’s leading apparel and textile industry experts, ready to hone in on what the US-China trade issues mean for Canadians and potential repercussions for the sector.

Of the expert speakers, Bob Kirke, executive director, Canadian Apparel Federation, will provide a Canadian trade policy update on strengthening relationships with global markets, including China, which represents more than 40 per cent of Canadian apparel imports. Julia K Hughes, president, US Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), will speak about the United States Trade Policy Update and the Impact on NAFTA and TPP. Jeff Streader, global industry veteran and private equity partner, will share insight into the ompact of artificial intelligence and digital disruption on the global supply chain. Sun Jiwen, minister counsellor, economic and commercial counsellor’s office of the embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada, will head a panel on China’s Changing Role as a Front-runner in the Global Textile and Apparel Supply Chain.

"Canadians will learn all there is to know about succeeding in the country’s apparel and textile industry, and hear about China’s commitment to free trade with Canada and incentives for Canadian brands to work with China and other countries globally," said Jason Prescott, CEO of JP Communications, ATSC producer.

"These are all highly successful, leading apparel brands in China, looking for partners to help grow their fashions globally. This is an unprecedented opportunity for Canadians to get first dibs on local market rights, with the support of experienced international industry players," Prescott added.

"This is a not-to-be missed event for anyone wanting to make global industry connections. Nowhere else in Canada can you find this kind of opportunity for international apparel networking and product displays under one roof, without having to travel overseas," he explaimed.

ATSC is supported by many international governments and associations, headed by the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textile and Apparel (CCCT) and the Bangladesh High Commission on behalf of the Export Promotion Bureau and the Bangladesh Garment and Manufacturers Export Association. The event is also supported by the Taiwan Textile Association, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), India’s Apparel Export.

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India to display textile trends at Canada, expand business

A delegation from the Indian textile industry will display the latest trends at the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show, featuring more than 500 international exhibits, beginning August 20. The 3-day fair will open scope for foreign direct investment (FDI), with Indian firms quick to innovate and adapt to the fast-changing demands of the industry.

"We are thrilled to announce that 40 established, new and emerging businesses will be featured in the show’s new India Pavilion, which will showcase trending Indian apparel, textiles and accessories,” said Jason Prescott, CEO of JP Communications, ATSC producer.

The India Pavilion will be organised and managed by Comnet Exhibitions Pvt Ltd. (CEPL), India’s leading trade promotion organisation that connects Indian exporters to a world of trade opportunities at international trade fairs across the globe.

"With abundant availability of raw materials, such as cotton, wool, silk, and jute, as well as a skilled workforce, India offers a favourable market for global retail brands," Chandrika Behl, CEPL director, emphasising that Indian exhibitors are looking forward to forging strong relationships with Canadians.

“The industry is one of the largest contributors to India’s exports, with approximately 11 per cent of total exports worth $41.4 billion," Behl added

CEPL – with support from the Indian department of commerce under the ministry of commerce and industry, the federation of Indian chambers of commerce and industry (FICCI), the apparel export promotion council (AEPC) and the wool and woollens export promotion council (WWEPC) – will assist textile and apparel businesses to connect with international companies, sign deals and develop trading and export opportunities at the trade show.

"Everyone loves Indian textiles and apparel for their fine craftsmanship and traditional opulence," Behl added, explaining that the industry boosts exports, creates jobs and helps to promote the Indian cultural identity globally. "For the past 30 years, CEPL has encouraged, educated and assisted the Indian textiles and apparel industry to take on the world by providing access to new markets. Canada is the next destination for the ‘Made in India’ marque that has become synonymous with style and quality."

India is one of more than 20 countries participating in ATSC, including other South Asian countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal. The show will also feature hundreds of exhibits from China as well as a display of offerings from China’s top 10 brands. New fashion innovations from countries such as the Ukraine, Switzerland, Spain, the UK, Turkey, the US and Canada will also be on display.

SME Times |

FICCI hails multifaceted measures for textiles sector

Industry body FICCI has welcomed the recent multi-faceted measures taken by the government to address the problems of the textile industry.

Reacting to recent positive measures to promote the textile industry, FICCI said that increase in import duty on 76 textile items from 10% to 20% and GST reduction on carpets and handicraft items have given a big relief to domestic textile, carpet and handicraft manufacturers, said Mr. Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Textile Committee.

FICCI Textile Committee chairman Shishir Jaipuria said, "It is heartening to see the multifaceted steps taken by the Government in last few days for addressing problems of various segments of textiles and handicraft industry. We thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Mr. Piyush Goel and Textiles Minister Smriti Irani for the much-needed timely support for the industry."

Jaipuria stated that garment & carpet industry was under immense pressure after implementation of GST. After GST, substantial drop in import duty was observed which has encouraged cheaper imports. It is also worth noting that total imports of textiles and garments increased in 2017-18 (USD 7 billion) by 16% in comparison to 2016-17 (USD 6 billion). Total import of garment alone increased by 30% in 2017-18 in comparison to 2016-17.

Jaipuria further said that imports from Bangladesh is an area of concern for the industry. Due to full exemption of basic custom duty from Bangladesh and also due to lack of regional cumulation clause under the treaty, third countries' raw material and fabrics are getting benefitted indirectly. Imports from Bangladesh has increased by 44% in 2017-18 in comparison to 2016-17.

It is suggested that Government may consider imposition of regional cumulation clause in Rules of Origin on the countries that have FTAs with India to safeguard garment industry further as cheaper fabric of third countries enter India through these countries.

The FICCI official also felt the need to increase the import duty on MMF spun yarn as import of MMF yarn-based fabric also increased sharply after GST implementation. FICCI is hopeful that Government will take further steps to address unresolved issue.

KNN |

Honey exports are highest among Khadi and Village Industries products

With increase in sale of Khadi Industries products during the last 2 years, honey has been on the top list of exports among other khadi products.

This was informed by Minister of State (I/C) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Giriraj Singh in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.

He said honey has been the highest exports grosser with Rs. 13349.03 and 13627.15 lakh in 2016-17 & 2017-18.

He informed the members of Rajya Sabha that the sale of Khadi and Village Industries (KVI) products has increased during the last two years registering the sale of Rs. 52138.21 crore in 2016-17 and Rs. 59098.04 crore in 2017-18.

The Minister said Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) is engaged in promoting and developing Khadi and Village Industries through Khadi and Village Industries Institutions, State Khadi and Village Industries Boards (KVIBs) and District Industries Centre (DIC) in the country.

The KVIC does not export khadi products directly, rather the products being exported by Khadi and Village Industries units or through merchants exporters, Singh informed the members.

He said seventeen items worth Rs. 26,938.74 lakh were exported by KVI units in 2016-17 and Rs. 27,500 Lakh in 2017-18.

These products are exported to European, Asian and North American countries, Singh pointed.

Besides, Minister informed the House that assistance is provided under the Market Promotion and Development Assistance (MPDA) scheme to the eligible KVI Institutions for participation in international exhibitions and trade fairs held abroad.

He said they are provided space rent upto Rs 1.25 Lakh and air fare upto Rs.1.00 lakh and also given monetary incentives for participation in domestic & international exhibitions at State and National levels.

Financial assistance is also provided to exporters participating in International Trade Fairs held in India like India International Trade Fair (IITF), New Delhi, where stall rentals are subsidized for exporting institutions, Minister added.

Further he highlighted the other initiatives for the promotion of exports globally which includes the tie up with premier export institutions like Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Federation of Indian Export Organization (FIEO), CII and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), World Trade Centre (WTC) and Trade Promotion Council of India.

Also, a MoU was signed between KVIC and Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail Ltd., Raymond and Arvind Mills for sale of Khadi fabric in the country and abroad, said Singh.

In a landmark step, KVIC has applied for registration of “Khadi” as a Word mark and “Khadi India” as a Trade Mark in the IPR Act at the National Level.

It has also filed an online application for registering “Khadi” as a trade mark under International bureau in European Union and other countries, Singh added.

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FICCI hails govt's steps to address textile industry woes

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has welcomed the recent multi-faceted measures taken by the government to address the problems of the textile industry. The government has recently hiked import duty on several textile products, while the GST Council decided to refund input tax credit to fabrics, and reduced GST for carpets.

“Increase in import duty on 76 textile items from 10 per cent to 20 per cent and GST reduction on carpets and handicraft items have given a big relief to domestic textile, carpet and handicraft manufacturers,” said Shishir Jaipuria, chairman, FICCI Textiles Committee.

Jaipuria stated that the garment and carpet industry was under immense pressure after implementation of GST. “After GST, substantial drop in import duty was observed which has encouraged cheaper imports. It is also worth noting that total imports of textiles and garments increased in 2017-18 ($7 billion) by 16 per cent in comparison to 2016-17 ($6 billion). Total import of garment alone increased by 30 per cent in 2017-18 in comparison to 2016-17.”

However, imports from Bangladesh is an area of concern for the industry, said Jaipuria. Due to full exemption of basic customs duty from Bangladesh and also due to lack of regional cumulation clause under the treaty, third countries’ raw material and fabrics are getting benefitted indirectly. Imports from Bangladesh have increased by 44 per cent in 2017-18 in comparison to 2016-17.

“The government may consider imposition of regional cumulation clause in Rules of Origin on the countries that have FTAs with India to safeguard garment industry further as cheaper fabric of third countries enter India through these countries,” he suggested.

He also felt the need to increase the import duty on MMF spun yarn as import of MMF yarn-based fabric also increased sharply after GST implementation.

Hindustan Samachar |

FICCI welcomes govt's multifaceted measures to address textiles industry problems

Welcoming the recent multi-faceted measures taken by the government to address the problems of the textile industry, Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Textile Committee has said that increase in import duty on 76 textile items from 10% to 20% and GST reduction on carpets and handicraft items have given a big relief to domestic textile, carpet and handicraft manufacturers. Jaipuria added, “It is heartening to see the multifaceted steps taken by the Government in last few days for addressing problems of various segments of textiles and handicraft industry. We thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Piyush Goel and Textiles Minister Smriti Irani for the much-needed timely support for the industry.” He stated that garment and carpet industry was under immense pressure after implementation of GST. After GST, substantial drop in import duty was observed which has encouraged cheaper imports. It is also worth noting that total imports of textiles and garments increased in 2017-18 (USD 7 billion) by 16% in comparison to 2016-17 (USD 6 billion). Total import of garment alone increased by 30% in 2017-18 in comparison to 2016-17. Jaipuria further said that imports from Bangladesh is an area of concern for the industry. Due to full exemption of basic custom duty from Bangladesh and also due to lack of regional cumulation clause under the treaty, third countries’ raw material and fabrics are getting benefitted indirectly. Imports from Bangladesh has increased by 44% in 2017-18 in comparison to 2016-17. It is suggested that Government may consider imposition of regional cumulation clause in Rules of Origin on the countries that have FTAs with India to safeguard garment industry further as cheaper fabric of third countries enter India through these countries. Jaipuria also felt the need to increase the import duty on MMF spun yarn as import of MMF yarn-based fabric also increased sharply after GST implementation. FICCI is hopeful that Government will take further steps to address unresolved issue

smc online |

GST reduction on carpets & handicrafts - A big relief to domestic textile industry, says FICCI

FICCI welcomes the recent multi-faceted measures taken by the government to address the problems of the textile industry. Increase in import duty on 76 textile items from 10% to 20% and GST reduction on carpets and handicraft items have given a big relief to domestic textile, carpet and handicraft manufacturers, said Mr. Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Textile Committee.

Mr. Shishir Jaipuria added, It is heartening to see the multifaceted steps taken by the Government in last few days for addressing problems of various segments of textiles and handicraft industry. We thank Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Mr. Piyush Goel and Textiles Minister Ms. Smriti Irani for the much-needed timely support for the industry.

Mr. Jaipuria stated that garment & carpet industry was under immense pressure after implementation of GST. After GST, substantial drop in import duty was observed which has encouraged cheaper imports. It is also worth noting that total imports of textiles and garments increased in 2017-18 (USD 7 billion) by 16% in comparison to 2016-17 (USD 6 billion). Total import of garment alone increased by 30% in 2017-18 in comparison to 2016-17.

Mr. Jaipuria further said that imports from Bangladesh is an area of concern for the industry. Due to full exemption of basic custom duty from Bangladesh and also due to lack of regional cumulation clause under the treaty, third countries' raw material and fabrics are getting benefitted indirectly. Imports from Bangladesh has increased by 44% in 2017-18 in comparison to 2016-17.

It is suggested that Government may consider imposition of regional cumulation clause in Rules of Origin on the countries that have FTAs with India to safeguard garment industry further as cheaper fabric of third countries enter India through these countries.

Mr. Jaipuria also felt the need to increase the import duty on MMF spun yarn as import of MMF yarn-based fabric also increased sharply after GST implementation. FICCI is hopeful that Government will take further steps to address unresolved issue.

Business Standard |

GST reduction on Carpets & Handicrafts - A Big relief to domestic textile industry, says FICCI

FICCI welcomes the recent multi-faceted measures taken by the government to address the problems of the textile industry. Increase in import duty on 76 textile items from 10% to 20% and GST reduction on carpets and handicraft items have given a big relief to domestic textile, carpet and handicraft manufacturers, said Mr. Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Textile Committee.

Mr. Shishir Jaipuria added, "It is heartening to see the multifaceted steps taken by the Government in last few days for addressing problems of various segments of textiles and handicraft industry. We thank Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Mr. Piyush Goel and Textiles Minister Ms. Smriti Irani for the much-needed timely support for the industry."

Mr. Jaipuria stated that garment & carpet industry was under immense pressure after implementation of GST. After GST, substantial drop in import duty was observed which has encouraged cheaper imports.

It is also worth noting that total imports of textiles and garments increased in 2017-18 (USD 7 billion) by 16% in comparison to 2016-17 (USD 6 billion). Total import of garment alone increased by 30% in 2017-18 in comparison to 2016-17.

Mr. Jaipuria further said that imports from Bangladesh is an area of concern for the industry. Due to full exemption of basic custom duty from Bangladesh and also due to lack of regional cumulation clause under the treaty, third countries' raw material and fabrics are getting benefitted indirectly. Imports from Bangladesh has increased by 44% in 2017-18 in comparison to 2016-17.

It is suggested that Government may consider imposition of regional cumulation clause in Rules of Origin on the countries that have FTAs with India to safeguard garment industry further as cheaper fabric of third countries enter India through these countries.

Mr. Jaipuria also felt the need to increase the import duty on MMF spun yarn as import of MMF yarn-based fabric also increased sharply after GST implementation. FICCI is hopeful that Government will take further steps to address unresolved issue.

IIFL |

FICCI welcomes governments multifaceted measures to address textiles industry problems

FICCI has welcomed the recent multi-faceted measures taken by the government to address the problems of the textile industry. Increase in import duty on 76 textile items from 10% to 20% and GST reduction on carpets and handicraft items have given a big relief to domestic textile, carpet and handicraft manufacturers, said Mr. Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Textile Committee.

Mr. Jaipuria stated that garment & carpet industry was under immense pressure after implementation of GST. After GST, substantial drop in import duty was observed which has encouraged cheaper imports. It is also worth noting that total imports of textiles and garments increased in 2017-18 (USD 7 billion) by 16% in comparison to 2016-17 (USD 6 billion). Total import of garment alone increased by 30% in 2017-18 in comparison to 2016-17.

Mr. Jaipuria further said that imports from Bangladesh is an area of concern for the industry. Due to full exemption of basic custom duty from Bangladesh and also due to lack of regional cumulation clause under the treaty, third countries raw material and fabrics are getting benefitted indirectly. Imports from Bangladesh has increased by 44% in 2017-18 in comparison to 2016-17.

Textile World |

Fashions, Fabrics and Textiles from around the world to be showcased in Toronto August 20-22

Want to know what’s trending in the world of fashion across the globe? The Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show will unveil to the Canadian market the latest and greatest in apparel from 20 countries August 20-22, 2018, in Toronto.

From a “Made in Ukraine” showcase introducing eight Ukrainian designers and manufacturers, to a display of offerings from China’s top 10 brands and the newest fashion innovations from countries such as Switzerland, Spain, the U.S., the U.K., India, Turkey, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal, to Canadian-made futuristic clothing that diagnoses and treats health conditions, ATSC will present a three-day apparel and textile extravaganza at the Toronto International Centre.

Highlights of the event include more than 500 international exhibits, three days of seminars and panels, and a spectacular fashion show on August 21 at noon, spotlighting one-of-a-kind designs from established and up-and-coming Canadian designers, including internationally-popular Narces of Toronto. Nikki Wirthensohn Yassemi, Narces designer and creative director, learned tricks of the trade from her mother, who worked with esteemed British tailor Victor Edelstein, renowned for creating some of Princess Diana’s most iconic gowns.

“This is a not-to-be missed event for anyone wanting to make connections and do business with fashion, apparel and textile contacts across the globe,” said Jason Prescott, CEO of JP Communications, ATSC producer and North America’s leading publisher of B2B global trade platforms TopTenWholesale.com and Manufacturer.com.

“Nowhere else in Canada can you find this kind of opportunity for international apparel networking and product displays under one roof, without having to travel overseas.”

More than 5,000 visitors are expected to attend over the three-day event – now in its third year – including apparel and fashion executives, influencers, designers, retailers, importers, wholesalers, merchandisers, buyers and suppliers. A unique on-site business matchmaking service will be offered to bring overseas suppliers and contacts together with interested Canadian show attendees.

“As an example, China’s top 10 brands – being featured under the Brand China umbrella – have unique designs and innovations to offer and are eager to do business with Canadians,” Prescott said. “These are top, high-quality Chinese brands that are hugely popular in China and looking for Canadian representatives to import and distribute their products in a big way in this market – it’s an unprecedented opportunity.”

New to this year’s event is the addition of the China Brand Show, coming to Canada for the first time as part of ATSC and adding categories such as accessories, giftware, home electronics, footwear, luggage and housewares and general merchandise.

ATSC is supported by many international governments and associations, headed by the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textile and Apparel (CCCT) and the Bangladesh High Commission on behalf of the Export Promotion Bureau and the Bangladesh Garment and Manufacturers Export Association. The event is also supported by the Taiwan Textile Association, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), India’s Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) and TFO Canada, experts in trade for developing countries.

Registration – which includes a three-day pass to both the exhibits and conference sessions – is free of charge. For more information or to register for the show, visit http://www.appareltextilesourcing.com/canada/

KNN |

Ministry of textiles needs support to promote usage of technical textiles: Textile Commissioner

In a bid to realize full potential of technical textile sector, this sector is being promoted at the highest level by the government. Ministry needs support to promote usage of technical textiles, said Dr Kavita Gupta, Textile Commissioner

She was speaking at the inaugural session of TECHNOTEX 2018-an International Exhibition & Conference on Technical Textiles jointly organized by FICCI and the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.

“This sector is being promoted at the highest level, by no less than our Prime Minister himself. He has taken keen interest and has informed all the ministries to do best possible to promote technical textile,” said Gupta.

Further, she added that geo-textiles in railways and highways have been mandated for the usage of technical textile.

With 12 segments of technical textiles and a market size of Rs 1,16,000 crore, India only accounts for 3% of global technical textile production, she pointed.

Comparing India with Germany, she further pointed that in Germany where technical textile contributes 50-60% its contribution in India is only 12%.

CMD of Supreme Group Mohan Kavrie emphasized on the need to have planned approach towards technical textile to bring new technology, products and innovation.

Addressing the gathering, Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Textile Committee and CMD, Ginni Filaments said, “Government has special focus on technical textiles and has announced various flagship schemes and future looks promising. We want to pass on the benefits to the consumers.”

The dignitaries also released BIS Standards, knowledge report on the sector and Exhibition Directory during the event.

SME Times |

Technical textiles industry to grow at 20%: Top official

The technical textiles industry is projected to grow at 20 percent year-on-year and the segment’s potential is largely untapped in the country, a senior government official said.

"We see huge growth potential for the technical textile industry in India. With 12 segments of technical textiles and a market size of Rs 1,16,000 crore it is projected to grow 20 percent per annum," Textile Commissioner Kavita Gupta said here.

India only accounts for 3 percent of global technical textile production. As compared to countries like Germany where technical textile contributes 50-60 percent, In India, this contribution is only 12 percent, she said.

After inaugurating TECHNOTEX 2018 – an International Exhibition and Conference on Technical Textiles jointly organised by FICCI, Gupta said that technical textiles are being promoted at the highest level by the government so that full potential of this critical segment could be realised.

She said that ministry needs the support of industry to promote usage of technical textiles.

Shishir Jaipuria, chairman, FICCI Textile Committee and chairman and managing director of Ginni Filaments in his welcome address said, “Government has special focus on technical textiles and has announced various flagship schemes and future looks promising. We want to pass on the benefits to the consumers.”

Nearly 168 exhibitors from 39 countries including China, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam and USA are participating in Technotex. A total of 225 international buyers will be taking part in reverse buyer-seller meet and 7000 visitors are expected at the two-day event.

SME Times |

TECHNOTEX 2018 concludes with 1160 B2B meetings

The seventh edition of TECHNOTEX-2018 today concluded in Mumbai. Technotex, a show on technical textiles was organized by FICCI jointly with the Ministry of Textiles from 28-29 June 2018.

Technotex 2018 was inaugurated by Dr. Kavita Gupta, Textile Commissioner, Govt. of India on Thursday in the presence of Mr. Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Textile Committee and CMD, Ginni Filaments Ltd.; Mr. Mohan Kavrie, CMD, Supreme Group; Mr. Mahim Jain, DDGW, BIS and Mr. Prashant Aggarwal, Joint MD, Wazir Advisors.

This year's theme of Technotex 2018 was 'Technical Textiles: Transforming India, Building infrastructure for a New India.'

Each year, TECHNOTEX attracts participants, visitors and other key decision makers from a diverse section of the technical textile industry, with the aim to provide innovative solutions, identifying new business opportunities and create a congenial environment for growth.

The two-day conference and exhibition was attended by 350 delegates and over 7000 visitors.

The event showcased products from various 12 sub-sectors of technical textiles such as Agrotech, Buildtech, Clothtech, Geotech, Hometech, Indutech, Medtech, Mobiltech, Oekotech, Packtech, Protech, Sporttech, technical textiles equipment and machinery, raw materials and textile manufacturing services.

With participation from 39 countries, the event had total 168 exhibitors. The event also had participation from various states including Gujarat, Telangana, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh while Maharashtra was the host state.

TECHNOTEX provides a common platform for interaction amongst stakeholders from across the global technical textile value chain.

It provides a gateway to the technical textile arena and bridges the gap between buyers and sellers by facilitating B2B (Business-to-Business) and G2B (Government-to-Business) meetings.

This year, a total of 1160 B2B meetings and 51 G2B took place and 230 international buyers took part in reverse buyer-seller meets.

Business League |

Technical textiles to grow at 20%: Textile Commissioner

The technical textiles industry is projected to grow at 20 percent year-on-year and the segment’s potential is largely untapped in the country, a senior government official said here.

“We see huge growth potential for the technical textile industry in India. With 12 segments of technical textiles and a market size of Rs 1,16,000 crore it is projected to grow 20 percent per annum,” Textile Commissioner Kavita Gupta said here.

India only accounts for 3 percent of global technical textile production. As compared to countries like Germany where technical textile contributes 50-60 percent, In India, this contribution is only 12 percent, she said.

After inaugurating TECHNOTEX 2018 – an International Exhibition and Conference on Technical Textiles jointly organised by FICCI, Gupta said that technical textiles are being promoted at the highest level by the government so that full potential of this critical segment could be realised.

She said that ministry needs the support of industry to promote usage of technical textiles.

Shishir Jaipuria, chairman, FICCI Textile Committee and chairman and managing director of Ginni Filaments in his welcome address said, “Government has special focus on technical textiles and has announced various flagship schemes and future looks promising. We want to pass on the benefits to the consumers.”

Nearly 168 exhibitors from 39 countries including China, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam and USA are participating in Technotex. A total of 225 international buyers will be taking part in reverse buyer-seller meet and 7000 visitors are expected at the two-day event.

Business Standard |

Technical textiles to grow at 20%: Textile Commissioner

The technical textiles industry is projected to grow at 20 per cent year-on-year and the segment's potential is largely untapped in the country, a senior government official said here.

"We see huge growth potential for the technical textile industry in India. With 12 segments of technical textiles and a market size of Rs 1,16,000 crore it is projected to grow 20 per cent per annum," Textile Commissioner Kavita Gupta said here.

India only accounts for 3 per cent of global technical textile production. As compared to countries like Germany where technical textile contributes 50-60 per cent, In India, this contribution is only 12 per cent, she said.

After inaugurating TECHNOTEX 2018 - an International Exhibition and Conference on Technical Textiles jointly organised by FICCI, Gupta said that technical textiles are being promoted at the highest level by the government so that full potential of this critical segment could be realised.

She said that ministry needs the support of industry to promote usage of technical textiles.

Shishir Jaipuria, chairman, FICCI Textile Committee and chairman and managing director of Ginni Filaments in his welcome address said, "Government has special focus on technical textiles and has announced various flagship schemes and future looks promising. We want to pass on the benefits to the consumers."

Nearly 168 exhibitors from 39 countries including China, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam and USA are participating in Technotex. A total of 225 international buyers will be taking part in reverse buyer-seller meet and 7000 visitors are expected at the two-day event.

The Hindu Business Line |

Technical textiles industry to grow at 20%: Commissioner

The technical textiles industry is projected to grow at 20 per cent year-on-year and the segment’s potential is largely untapped, a senior government official said here.

“We see huge growth potential for the technical textile industry in India. With 12 segments of technical textiles and a market size of ₹1,16,000 crore, it is projected to grow 20 per cent per annum,” Textile Commissioner Kavita Gupta said here.

India accounts for just 3 per cent of global technical textile production. As compared to countries like Germany where technical textile contributes 50-60 per cent, in India, the contribution is only 12 per cent, she said. Inaugurating TECHNOTEX 2018 — an International Exhibition and Conference on Technical Textiles jointly organised by FICCI — Gupta said technical textiles are being promoted at the highest level by the government in order to realise the full potential of the critical segment.

She said the Ministry needs the support of industry to promote usage of technical textiles.

Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Textile Committee and Chairman and Managing Director of Ginni Filaments, in his welcome address said, “The Government has special focus on technical textiles and has announced various flagship schemes and future looks promising. We want to pass on the benefits to the consumers.”

Nearly 168 exhibitors from 39 countries, including China, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam and USA, are participating in Technotex. A total of 225 international buyers will be taking part in the reverse buyer-seller meet and 7,000 visitors are expected at the two-day event.

Moneycontrol |

Technical textiles to grow at 20%: Textile Commissioner

The technical textiles industry is projected to grow at 20 percent year-on-year and the segment's potential is largely untapped in the country, a senior government official said here.

"We see huge growth potential for the technical textile industry in India. With 12 segments of technical textiles and a market size of Rs 1,16,000 crore it is projected to grow 20 percent per annum," Textile Commissioner Kavita Gupta said here.

India only accounts for 3 percent of global technical textile production. As compared to countries like Germany where technical textile contributes 50-60 percent, In India, this contribution is only 12 percent, she said.

After inaugurating TECHNOTEX 2018 - an International Exhibition and Conference on Technical Textiles jointly organised by FICCI, Gupta said that technical textiles are being promoted at the highest level by the government so that full potential of this critical segment could be realised.

She said that ministry needs the support of industry to promote usage of technical textiles.

Shishir Jaipuria, chairman, FICCI Textile Committee and chairman and managing director of Ginni Filaments in his welcome address said, "Government has special focus on technical textiles and has announced various flagship schemes and future looks promising. We want to pass on the benefits to the consumers."

Nearly 168 exhibitors from 39 countries including China, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam and USA are participating in Technotex. A total of 225 international buyers will be taking part in reverse buyer-seller meet and 7000 visitors are expected at the two-day event.

Outlook |

Technical textiles to grow at 20%: Textile Commissioner

The technical textiles industry is projected to grow at 20 per cent year-on-year and the segment's potential is largely untapped in the country, a senior government official said here.

"We see huge growth potential for the technical textile industry in India. With 12 segments of technical textiles and a market size of Rs 1,16,000 crore it is projected to grow 20 per cent per annum," Textile Commissioner Kavita Gupta said here.

India only accounts for 3 per cent of global technical textile production. As compared to countries like Germany where technical textile contributes 50-60 per cent, In India, this contribution is only 12 per cent, she said.

After inaugurating TECHNOTEX 2018 - an International Exhibition and Conference on Technical Textiles jointly organised by FICCI, Gupta said that technical textiles are being promoted at the highest level by the government so that full potential of this critical segment could be realised.

She said that ministry needs the support of industry to promote usage of technical textiles.

Shishir Jaipuria, chairman, FICCI Textile Committee and chairman and managing director of Ginni Filaments in his welcome address said, "Government has special focus on technical textiles and has announced various flagship schemes and future looks promising. We want to pass on the benefits to the consumers."

Nearly 168 exhibitors from 39 countries including China, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam and USA are participating in Technotex. A total of 225 international buyers will be taking part in reverse buyer-seller meet and 7000 visitors are expected at the two-day event.

Business Standard |

Taiwan Textile Federation to promote sustainability at Technotex India Exhibition

The Taiwan Textile Federation and the Bureau of Foreign Trade would be forming the Taiwan Pavilion for the 6th year at Technotex India Exhibition which will be held in Mumbai from 28th-29th June 2018. Technotex India is organized by the Ministry of Textiles and FICCI.

Exploring new partnerships and business opportunities in the growing technical textiles sector of India, this year 10 leading Taiwanese companies producing innovative technical, functional, performance and industrial textiles and accessories will be showcasing their high-end products along with others at the Taiwan Pavilion @ Technotex India Exhibition. This will be an excellent opportunity for Indian buyers of "Smart Technology Textiles" to network with the Taiwanese suppliers here in India.

Taiwan is one of the very few countries who can fulfill India's requirements as the Taiwan textiles sector is the leader in technology innovations and manufacturing in the world with a strong research and development segment. Targeting the growing Indian technical textile industry, which is expected to grow at a rate of 20 percent annually to touch USD 30 billion over the next five years, Technotex India is a perfect platform to explore business opportunities under this sector in India.

Fashion as part of a function and eco-friendly and sustainable textiles are important factors in the growing apparel industry across major markets. Thanks to a surge in global demand for sustainability, technological, innovation and new functionalities textiles. Taiwan's textile manufacturers are surfing the wave by catering to the wellness generation, getting the production more cost-effective and going greener.

Mr. Sean Tsai of Taiwan Textile Federation said, "Technotex is an important platform for us to showcase and promote Taiwan's strength in technical as well as functional textiles amongst the Indian buyers across various industry verticals. India has a huge potential for us and we are looking forward to build new contacts and explore business opportunities in the Indian technical textiles market as well as other sectors such as sports apparel, outdoor gear and wear, home textiles and medical and healthcare sectors. We invite all to come and meet us at Technotex India 2018.

Taiwan News |

Taiwan cos to showcase products at Technotex India Exhibition

Ten Taiwanese companies producing innovative technical, functional, performance and industrial textiles, and accessories will be showcasing their high-class products at the Taiwan Pavilion at Technotex India Exhibition, to be held in Mumbai from June 28 to June 29, 2018.

This is the sixth year that the Taiwan Textile Federation and Taiwan's Bureau of Foreign Trade will be forming the Taiwan Pavilion at Technotex India.

The trade show is organized by the India's Ministry of Textiles and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

This will be an excellent opportunity for Indian buyers of "Smart Technology Textiles" to network with the Taiwanese suppliers here in India, as the Indian technical textile industry is expected to grow at a rate of 20 percent annually to touch US$ 30 billion over the next five years.

Sean Tsai of Taiwan Textile Federation said "Technotex is an important platform for us to showcase and promote Taiwan's strength in technical as well as functional textiles amongst the Indian buyers across various industry verticals. India has a huge potential for us and we are looking forward to build new contacts and explore business opportunities in the Indian technical textiles market as well as other sectors such as sports apparel, outdoor gear and wear, home textiles and medical and healthcare sectors. We invite all to come and meet us at Technotex India 2018."

Business Wire India |

Taiwan Textile Federation will be promoting sustainability, technological innovation and new functional textiles at the Taiwan Pavilion @TECHNOTEX 2018 Mumbai

The Taiwan Textile Federation and the Bureau of Foreign Trade would be forming the Taiwan Pavilion for the 6th year at Technotex India Exhibition which will be held in Mumbai from 28th-29th June 2018. Technotex India is organized by the Ministry of Textiles and FICCI.

Exploring new partnerships and business opportunities in the growing technical textiles sector of India, this year 10 leading Taiwanese companies producing innovative technical, functional, performance and industrial textiles and accessories will be showcasing their high-end products along with others at the Taiwan Pavilion @ Technotex India Exhibition. This will be an excellent opportunity for Indian buyers of “Smart Technology Textiles” to network with the Taiwanese suppliers here in India.

Taiwan is one of the very few countries who can fulfil India’s requirements as the Taiwan textiles sector is the leader in technology innovations and manufacturing in the world with a strong research & development segment. Targeting the growing Indian technical textile industry, which is expected to grow at a rate of 20% annually to touch US$30 billion over the next five years, Technotex India is a perfect platform to explore business opportunities under this sector in India.

Fashion as part of a function and eco-friendly and sustainable textiles are important factors in the growing apparel industry across major markets. Thanks to a surge in global demand for sustainability, technological, innovation and new functionalities textiles. Taiwan’s textile manufacturers are surfing the wave by catering to the wellness generation, getting the production more cost-effective and going greener.

Mr. Sean Tsai of Taiwan Textile Federation said, “Technotex is an important platform for us to showcase and promote Taiwan’s strength in technical as well as functional textiles amongst the Indian buyers across various industry verticals. India has a huge potential for us and we are looking forward to build new contacts and explore business opportunities in the Indian technical textiles market as well as other sectors such as sports apparel, outdoor gear and wear, home textiles and medical and healthcare sectors. We invite all to come and meet us at Technotex India 2018.”

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Date / Time / Venue
Event: TECHNOTEX 2018
Date: 28-29 June, 2018 (Thursday-Friday)
Time: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Venue: Hall V, Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC), Goregaon (East), Mumbai-63, India

fibre2fashion.com |

TTF to promote sustainability, innovation at Technotex

The Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF) will promote sustainability, technological innovation and new functional textiles at Technotex India beginning Thursday in Mumbai. Targeting the growing Indian technical textile industry, expected to grow 20 per cent annually to touch $30 billion in 5 years, Technotex is a global platform to explore opportunities in India.

Exploring new partnerships and business opportunities in the growing technical textiles sector of India, this year 10 leading Taiwanese companies producing innovative technical, functional, performance and industrial textiles and accessories will be showcasing their high-end products along with others at the two-day exhibition. This will be an excellent opportunity for Indian buyers to network with the Taiwanese suppliers.

Technotex India is organized by the ministry of Textiles in association with FICCI. Taiwan’s textile manufacturers will surf the wave at the exhibition by catering to the wellness generation, getting the production more cost-effective and going greener.

"Technotex is an important platform for us to showcase and promote Taiwan’s strength in technical as well as functional textiles amongst the Indian buyers across various industry verticals. India has a huge potential for us and we are looking forward to build new contacts and explore business opportunities in the Indian technical textiles market as well as other sectors such as sports apparel, outdoor gear and wear, home textiles and medical and healthcare sectors. We invite all to come and meet us at Technotex India 2018," Sean Tsai of Taiwan Textile Federation, said.

United News of India |

India's textile value chain needs robust partnership with ASEAN: Textile Min

To leverage country’s strength in textile value chain, Minister for Textiles Smriti Irani on Tuesday urged ASEAN industry to set up manufacturing bases in India to cater to the domestic market and exports.

“India offers a one-stop textiles sourcing hub for ASEAN countries and they could take advantage of it. Partnership between India and ASEAN was crucial for improving the standard of textile manufacturing and providing wage opportunities in both regions,” said the Minister while addressing the India-ASEAN: Weaving Textile Relations show, celebrating 25 years of India-ASEAN relations, organised by FICCI in association with the Ministries of Textiles and Commerce and Industry.

The Minister, in the presence of ASEAN Ministers, released a Coffee Table Book titled, 'India ASEAN Textiles: Weaving Relationships'.

Sandip Somany, Senior Vice President, FICCI and Vice Chairman & MD, HSIL Ltd., stated that FICCI in partnership with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry conceived of a project to celebrate India-ASEAN relationship with special focus on the traditional textiles industry, coinciding with the celebration of 25-years of India-ASEAN relationship during the Commemorative Summit. The project is a part of official programme of the Government of India.

The session was also addressed by Dr. Jyotsna Suri, Past President, FICCI and Chairperson & MD, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group and Ms. Ritu Beri, Founder, The Luxury League.

Anant Kumar Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, stated that India was strong and competitive across the entire value chain starting from raw materials to finished products. With a strong multi-fibre base with an abundant supply of raw materials like cotton, wool, silk, jute and man-made fibres, India enjoyed a distinct advantage of backward integration which many countries do not possess.

Mr. Singh noted that despite the operation of the FTA in goods with the ASEAN, India's exports of textiles and apparels to ASEAN have virtually been constant in the last few years and have not shown much traction.

"Though India has the unique advantage of having the presence of the entire textile value chain, its most exported items to ASEAN consisting of cotton fibre, cotton yarn and fabrics have not grown to the desired extent. This makes it evident that we have not been able to explore and leverage the strengths of our textiles industry to the fullest," he noted.

He stressed the need for a robust framework for export of textiles and apparels between the two sides to give a fillip to trade.

Mr. Singh said that ASEAN countries have a unique position in the regional value chains and offer a gateway for market access to China, North East Asia and the EU for India through their various trade agreements. Furthermore, there exists an opportunity for ASEAN textile manufacturers to invest in manufacturing in India to cater to both the domestic market and exports, he said, adding that the scope for

investment in India was immense in the entire value chain of synthetics, value added and speciality fabrics, fabric processing and technical textiles.

Dato Ramesh Kodammal, Co-Chair, ASEAN India Business Council & Chairman, Goldtex, Malaysia, said that the strength of textile bonds between ASEAN and India could be gauged from the fact that whatever was used by the people in the ASEAN region had an input from the Indian textile industry. This relationship was not just limited to cloth but extended to yarn, weaving, dyeing, machinery and the people connect.

He urged the textile industry on both sides to work together and cash in on the demand from the huge middle class in the two regions.

The Pioneer |

Homage to traditional techniques

Celebrating the 10th year brand anniversary, textile artist Rimzim Dadu opened Amazon India Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2018 with a focus on evolving signature techniques to create easy to wear formals. Like past seasons, Dadu, refrains from working with a particular theme, instead allows the collection to take shape via her experimentation process.

This season Dadu’s fascination with surface development using yarns and cords has been high­lighted throughout the collection. From continuing the narrative of nylon coated steel wires last season, to evolving the atelier’s repertoire, this collection also manipulates traditional zari, metallic yarns, resham and silk thread by way of deconstruction and reconstruction. This process changes the characteristic of the material and its therefore its use and behaviour, rendering a fresh approach and more fluid aesthetic. This naturally lends itself to structural silhouettes, taking forward innovation in sarees, sculpted statement tops, mini shift, jacket and skater dresses.

Dadu has created a design studio known for pushing the boundaries of design and technology to deliver impactful immersive experiences in association with SPLAT studio. Talking about it the textile artist shared, “Opening fashion week was momentous not just because of the 10 years in the industry but also because of the creative collaboration with SPLAT studio. It was important to imagine textures and materials in a new medium.”

Speaking on the occasion Hitesh Kumar, founder of SPLAT studio says “Interpreting and creating visualisations for this installation was a great collaborative experiment with Dadu. We approach the same aesthetic from such different perspectives. As a design studio we are known for ferociously pushing the boundaries of visuals and technology to deliver impactful immersive experiences, it was great to align with a brand like Rimzim Dadu that shares the same values.”

10 years on and through this showcase Rimzim Dadu, the brand continues to be a playground of experimentation with material and surface texture. The brand’s ensembles have been celebrated by institutions from the Victoria and Albert museum in London and onto Devi Art Gallery. In all these textile exhibits, the designer, Dadu was the youngest participant and has been recognised and awarded by FICCI as 2016’s Young Achiever.

Hindustan Times |

Four-day international textile and apparel fair, 'Vastra' organised

The 6th edition of the four-day international textile and apparel fair, 'Vastra', has been organised in Jaipur from September 21 to 24, 2017 at Jaipur Exhibition and convention Centre (JECC), Sitapura. The expo is an all-encompassing trade fair and conference on textiles and apparel, which will present a fusion of the finest and the latest in textile products - from fiber to fashion, services and technology. The mega textile fair is jointly organised by RIICO and FICCI.

fibre2fashion.com |

95 Indian firms at Moscow International Textillegprom

Ninty five Indian companies are participating in the India pavilion set-up by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and the Synthetic and Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council (SRTEPC) at the 49th International Textillegprom in Moscow, a leading textile and light industry expo. The four-day expo ends on September 1.

India and Russia are currently celebrating 70 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

The Indian delegation includes Karnataka textiles minister Rudrappa Manappa Lamani and union textiles secretary Anant Kumar Singh, according to a FICCI press release. The participants will explore opportunities for business partnerships.

SME Times |

Largest ever Indian participation at B2B show 'extillegprom' in Moscow

This is the largest ever Indian participation at the 49th International Textillegprom at Moscow, Russia, with 95 companies showcasing their products at this global show , informed Anand Kumar Singh, Secretary Ministry of Textiles, on Wednesday.

India and Russia are currently celebrating 70 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations. To further enhance the strategic relations between India and Russia and promote collaboration in the textile sector, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and SRTEPC have organized the India Pavilion at the leading textile and light industry expo in Russia, the 49th International Textillegprom at Moscow, Russia from August 29 – September 1, 2017.

The delegation from India to Russia, headed by the Minister of Textiles, Government of Karnataka, R M Lamani and Secretary Ministry of Textiles, Anand Kumar Singh, Secretary Ministry of Textiles, India, comprises leading companies from Indian textiles Industry.

Textillegprom 2017 brings together industry leaders from India, Russia, Central Asia and other countries to a single platform to interact and discuss collaboration in the textile industry. The India Pavilion comprises over 95 exhibitors from the textile industry in India.

The prime objective of the participation is to realise the complementarities between the textile industries of India and Russia, and the CIS region in general.

They will have structured B2B interactions to explore opportunities for business partnerships.

Pankaj Saran, Ambassador of India to Russia inaugurated the India Pavilion at Textillegprom 2017, along with Minister of Textiles from Karnataka and the Secretary Textiles, yesterday in Moscow. NonnaKagramanyan, Vice-President Business Russia, Alexander Kruglik, CEO RosLegProm, Anil Rajvanshi from Reliance and Vivekanand Kodikal from FICCI were also present and spoke about how India and Russia can collaborate in the field of textiles.

The textile Minister of Karnataka R M Lamani wished the Expo success and called for more cooperation between Russia and India in this sector.

On the occasion Secretary Textiles said, "There is great potential for enhancing trade relations between India Russia” He also mentioned that the textile Industry from India is well represented at the Expo which showcases the range and quality of India's Textile industry. He reiterated that the Government of India will provide all help for the promotion of investment in this sector.

Ambassador Pankaj Saran, during his address mentioned that as India and Russia celebrate marks the largest representation of the Indian textile industry at TEXTILLEGPROM and wished the Indian participation all success at the Expo.

Can-India |

Over 95 Indian textile companies at Moscow’s global expo

Over 95 exhibitors from India’s textile industry showcased their products at the global textile and light industry expo held in Russia, industry lobby FICCI said on Wednesday.

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry said it organised the India Pavilion at the 49th International Textillegprom at Moscow from August 29 to September 1 in collaboration with the SRTEPC (Synthetic and Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council).

“Textillegprom 2017 brings together industry leaders from India, Russia, Central Asia and other countries to a single platform to interact and discuss collaboration in the textile industry. The India Pavilion comprises over 95 exhibitors from the textile industry in India,” FICCI said in a statement.

“The prime objective of the participation is to realise the complementarities between the textile industries of India and Russia, and the CIS region in general. They will have structured B2B (business-to-business) interactions to explore opportunities for business partnerships,” it said.

The statement added that the delegation from India to Russia — headed by the Karnataka Minister of Textiles R.M. Lamani and Ministry of Textiles Secretary Anand Kumar Singh — comprised of leading companies from the Indian textiles industry.

Business Standard |

Exhibition of Technical Textiles, Technotex India 2017 commences in Mumbai

Mumbai on Wednesday witnessed the inauguration of the 6th edition of TECHNOTEX-2017, India's premier Exhibition on theme "Technical Textiles

The exhibition is being organized by Ministry of Textiles and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), together and will be held in the city from April 12th, 13th and to 14th at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon.

Every year TECHNOTEX attracts participants, visitors and other key decision makers from a diverse section of the technical textile industry, with an aim to provide innovative solutions, identify new business opportunities and create an environment congenial for growth.

It is the flagship event comprising of an international exhibition, conference, and seminars which serves as a common platform for interaction amongst stakeholders from across the global technical textile value chain.

TECHNOTEX exemplifies the immense potential for trade and investment between India and foreign countries in technical textile sector.

The inauguration ceremony witnessed the presence of state and industry dignitaries and was inaugurated by Subhash Deshmukh, minister of Textiles Government of Maharashtra and Rudrappa Lamani, Minister for Textiles, Government of Karnataka.

Also present at the ceremony were Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Dr Kavita Gupta, Textiles Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India and Chairman, FICCI Technical Textiles Task Force and, Ginni Filaments Shishir Jaipuria amongst others.

Dr. Kavita Gupta, Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India and Rudrappa Lamani, Minister for Textiles, Government of Karnataka on this occasion released BIS Standards, Knowledge Report and Technotex 2017 Exhibition Directory.

Addressing the august gathering at the 6th edition of TECHNOTEX-2017, Rudrappa Lamani, Minister for Textiles, Government of Karnataka said, "It's a privilege for me to participate in the 6th edition of Technotex organized by ministry of textiles and FICCI. It's one of the most potential sector and has been termed as a sun rise industry in India. With sufficient investments into the technology the industry would grow exponentially. Karnataka and Maharashtra governments have put in ample efforts to utilize their resources and unleash the potential in the textiles sector. I wish the organizers best of luck and all the success ahead."

Sharing his vision on the future of Technical Textiles in India, Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Technical Textile Task Force and Managing Director, Ginni Filaments, said "This platform created by Ministry and FICCI has been a bridge for technology transfer, linkages, exchange of innovative ideas, joint ventures and showcase of what is happening around the globe. In India, the technical textile sector is growing significantly but it has been recognized as one of the most potential segment of the Textile Sector by the Government of India and Industry stakeholders alike. These functional textiles are used for their inherent performance enhancement properties in various field ranging from protective services, steel manufacturing, construction, agriculture, sports, nation security and food security etc."

The exhibition and international conference TECHNOTEX INDIA had drawn in more than 165 exhibitors, who showcased a varied collection of technical textiles from the various sub sectors of the technical textiles industry.

With participation from 22 international countries like France, Ghana, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Peru, Poland, United Kingdom, Belgium, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Japan, Russia, Germany, U.S.A, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Sweden and Bangladesh the event had the country pavilions of China and Taiwan. Karnataka, Gujarat and Jharkhand were participating as partner states while Maharashtra was hosting the event.

This year the exhibition also had focused pavilion of Centre of Excellence setup by the Government of India showcasing incubation and research facilities under the plug and play model.

Technotex 2017 witnessed participation from states like Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Rajasthan, Bihar, North East Region States and Odisha. Technotex 2017 also attracted participation from stakeholders in technical textile sector as well as major institutional buyers from Army, Navy, Paramilitary forces, Railways, Border Roads Organizations, Hospitals, Construction companies etc. A gateway to the technical textile arena, the event bridges the gap between the buyer and seller by facilitating B2B (business to business) and G2B (government to business) meetings.

The Hindu Business Line |

'Tech textiles can benefit from existing tax sops for other segments'

To foster competition among States, the NITI Aayog has sought data on digital transactions from them within 10 days so that they can be ranked on the basis of initiatives taken to promote less-cash economy. “NITI Aayog will soon rank States on the basis of digital transactions. It has asked the States to submit their digital transaction data within next 10 days,” a senior government official said. Post demonetisation, the government has taken several initiatives to promote digital payments. Last month, to give a big push to cashless transactions, the government had announced daily, weekly and mega awards worth ₹340 crore for consumers and merchants on small digital payments from December 25. Technical textiles — materials used for their technical performance and functional properties — can benefit from some of the existing fiscal sops for the textile industry such as the package for made-ups and apparels announced earlier this fiscal, said Textiles Minister Smriti Irani.

Responding to demands from the industry for fiscal incentives to promote the sector at a curtain raiser for Technotex 2017 — the sixth international exhibition and conference on technical textiles scheduled in Mumbai this April — Irani said her team could advise the industry on how to approach the government benefits.

“Technical textiles like home textiles and clothing textiles would be eligible for benefits under the fiscal package for made-ups and apparels. We can advise the sector on how to approach the government,” Irani said at the event organised by industry body FICCI on Tuesday.

Under the ₹6,000-crore special package for the textile and apparel sector (which was later expanded to include made-ups) announced by the Centre last June, ₹5,500 crore is for an additional five per cent duty drawback for garments and madeups.

The remaining ₹500 crore is for additional incentives under amended Technology Upgradation Funds Scheme (TUFS), where the subsidy provided to garments and made-ups has been increased from 15 per cent for the existing to 25 per cent.

There are about 12 broad categories of technical textiles which include industrial textiles, eco textiles, geo textiles, home textiles, packaging textiles, protective textiles, sports textiles, clothing textiles, agro textiles and construction textiles. Although the domestic industry has been growing steadily from about ₹73,688 crore in 2013-14 to an estimated ₹1,15,217 crore in 2017-18, India comprises just four per cent of global technical textiles exports and three

The Minister pointed out that the textile industry could invest in the NorthEastern States in the area of geo-textiles to avail itself of tax benefits. “The NorthEastern States are helpful and it is easy to set up units there,” she said.
per cent of technical textiles imports.

‘Invest in North-East’

The Minister pointed out that the textile industry could invest in the North-Eastern States in the area of geo-textiles to avail itself of tax benefits. “The NorthEastern States are helpful and it is easy to set up units there,” she said.

Technotex 2017, which is expected to see the participation of more than 200 exhibitors and over 150 foreign buyers, could play an important role in attracting investments.

“We hope that the exhibition plays a role in promoting joint ventures and attract foreign investments in manufacturing of technical textiles and machinery,” said Textiles Commissioner Kavita Gupta.

Irani underlined the need to address the issue of lack of manpower in technical textiles and said that the industry, with the help of experts, needs to first define what the requisite skills were. After defining the skills, the task would be to bridge the gap in which the industry would be supported adequately by the Centre, she said.

The Minister assured the industry that the government would consistently and constantly engage with it to create standards for the technical textiles sector.

Business Standard |

Jharkhand participating in Vastra 2016

The government of Jharkhand is participating in Jaipur in the VASTRA-2016, an International Textile and Apparel Fair.

The fair was being organized by Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation Ltd. (RIICO) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) to promote the apparel, textile & footwear industry of Jharkhand, a release said.

There are many scheduled B2B meetings lined up for tomorrow with textile manufacturers and buying houses.

DNA |

'Colors of Rajasthan' begins in Hyderabad

Rajasthan state Handloom Development Corporation (RHDC), central department of Handlooms and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on Wednesday started a five-day long workshop ‘Colors of Rajasthan – an exclusive exhibition of handloom products from Rajasthan’ at Kalinga Hall, Hyderabad.

Mohammad Mahmood Ali, deputy chief minister of Telangana, was the chief guest for the programme and inaugurated the exhibition whereas Shuchi Sharma, managing director RHDC, was the guest of Honour.

Ali took a keen interest and admired the craftsmanship displayed in the products and commended the efforts put up by RHDC and FICCI to provide a marketing platform like “Colors of Rajasthan” to the artisans. Devendra Surana, chairman, FICCI – Telangana state council; Padma Rajgopal , chairperson , FICCI ladies organisation (FLO) Hyderabad chapter; Nayab Khan, chief general manager, RHDC and Akhilesh Mahurkar, head , FICCI – Telangana state council were also present on the occasion.

Shuchi Sharma informed that more than 30 artisans from Rajasthan are exhibiting their unique products which include Kota doria, zari sarees, zari dupattas, dyed yawn dress material, self designed dress materials, jewelry & lac items, bandhej, mojri, cotton razai, cotton khes, designer bed covers and Sanganeri, Bagru and Barmari prints. Nayab Khan said that that artisans in Rajasthan are producing a wide range of products based on diversified culture, traditions and heritage and explained how RHDC is helping the artisans by providing them access to capital, technology and markets.

Business Standard |

Govt mounts efforts to draw youth to handloom sector

Efforts are being made to attract the youth to the handloom sector and connect players with reputed designers from institutes like NIFT, the government today said.

"The government is giving a lot of importance to the handloom sector, which is India's pride and heritage. It is already providing a lot of support and schemes for the sector and will continue to do so to train and skill people, provide markets and upgrade their technologies," Textiles Additional Secretary Pushpa Subrahmanyam was quoted as saying in a statement by FICCI.

To mark the importance of handloom in social and economic sphere, FICCI today celebrated the second National Handloom Day by organising exhibition of various handloom materials from various parts of the country alongside B2B events.

The exhibition is in line with the government's directive to celebrate August 7 as the National Handloom Day every year. The first such day was celebrated on August 7, 2015.

The objective is to generate awareness about importance of the handloom industry as part of the country's rich heritage and culture, especially among the youth, promote handloom products and lead to increase in income of weavers as well as enhance their confidence and pride.

"It is very important that we understand the true potential of handlooms and handicraft and its significant role in providing employment to a vast segment of craftspersons and preserve the intangible heritage of our country," FLO President Vinita Bimbhet was quoted as saying in the statement.

DNA |

National Handloom Day: Govt wants to provide market and upgrade the sector

Efforts are being made to attract the youth to the handloom sector and connect players with reputed designers from institutes like NIFT, the government said on Sunday. "The government is giving a lot of importance to the handloom sector, which is India's pride and heritage. It is already providing a lot of support and schemes for the sector and will continue to do so to train and skill people, provide markets and upgrade their technologies," Textiles Additional Secretary Pushpa Subrahmanyam was quoted as saying in a statement by FICCI.

To mark the importance of handloom in social and economic sphere, FICCI celebrated the second National Handloom Day on Sunday by organising exhibition of various handloom materials from various parts of the country alongside B2B events. The exhibition is in line with the government's directive to celebrate August 7 as the National Handloom Day every year. The first such day was celebrated on August 7, 2015. The objective is to generate awareness about importance of the handloom industry as part of the country's rich heritage and culture, especially among the youth, promote handloom products and lead to increase in income of weavers as well as enhance their confidence and pride.

"It is very important that we understand the true potential of handlooms and handicraft and its significant role in providing employment to a vast segment of craftspersons and preserve the intangible heritage of our country," FLO President Vinita Bimbhet was quoted as saying in the statement.

Business Today |

Govt mounts efforts to draw youth to handloom sector

Efforts are being made to attract the youth to the handloom sector and connect players with reputed designers from institutes like NIFT, the government said on Sunday.

"The government is giving a lot of importance to the handloom sector, which is India's pride and heritage. It is already providing a lot of support and schemes for the sector and will continue to do so to train and skill people, provide markets and upgrade their technologies," Textiles Additional Secretary Pushpa Subrahmanyam was quoted as saying in a statement by FICCI.

To mark the importance of handloom in social and economic sphere, FICCI on Sunday celebrated the second National Handloom Day by organising exhibition of various handloom materials from various parts of the country alongside B2B events.

The exhibition is in line with the government's directive to celebrate August 7 as the National Handloom Day every year. The first such day was celebrated on August 7, 2015.

The objective is to generate awareness about importance of the handloom industry as part of the country's rich heritage and culture, especially among the youth, promote handloom products and lead to increase in income of weavers as well as enhance their confidence and pride.

"It is very important that we understand the true potential of handlooms and handicraft and its significant role in providing employment to a vast segment of craftspersons and preserve the intangible heritage of our country," FLO President Vinita Bimbhet was quoted as saying in the statement.

Focus News |

FICCI interaction with Minister Smriti Irani, on Strategic Issues for Textile Industry

FICCI delegation led by Mr. Harshavardhan Neotia, President, FICCI met the newly appointed Textiles Minister Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani to present their key and strategic concerns related to Indian textiles sector. The delegation also comprised, inter alia, Mr. Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Textiles Committee and CMD, Ginni Filaments and Dr. A Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI.

Mr. Harshavardhan Neotia congratulated the Minister for her new assignment and thanked her for the new package announced by the government for garment sector. In its representation submitted to the Minister, Mr. Jaipuria requested for the need for arriving at a consensus for GST rate for the textiles sector, rationalization of duty on manmade fibers and expediting the India - EU FTA. The meeting was highly meaningful as Smt. Irani was receptive to the idea of having a consensus on GST rate for the textile industry and also the need for greater market access for the Indian garment exporters in EU under the FTA.

Hon’ble Textiles Minister assured the industry that she would consider the suggestions.

Other members of the FICCI Textiles Committee who joined the delegation were Mr. O. P. Lohia, Managing Director - Indo Rama Synthetics (I) Ltd.; Mr. Milind Hardikar, Executive Director (Strategic Affairs) - Welspun India Limited; Mr. J. D. Giri, Director - Shahi Exports Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. R. K. Vij, Advisor (Polyester) - Indo Rama Synthetics (I) Ltd.; and Mr. Tushar Gurg, General Manager - Raymond Ltd.

Business Standard |

Textiles get a boost with labour reforms

The government on Wednesday announced a slew of measures for the textile sector, to generate 10 million jobs, boost exports by a cumulative $30 billion and investments by Rs 74,000 crore over three years.

A special package approved by the Cabinet was estimated to cost Rs 6,000 crore, improve competitiveness, lead to greater production through a string of labour reforms and generate jobs. Currently, an estimated 70 per cent of the workforce in the garment industry are women.

Significant among these was the government's decision to fund the full 12 per cent of the employers' contribution to the Employees' Provident Fund Scheme for new employees in the garment industry if the candidate earned less than Rs 15,000 a month. The scheme, which will run for three years, would cost the textiles ministry Rs 1,170 crore.

The ministry has also taken on textile factory owners by instituting fixed-term employment for garment sector employees. Employees had long demanded they be considered as permanent and their working hours and wages be fixed, as the industry was seasonal.

The ministry has also fixed overtime hours for workers, to not exceed eight hours a week, in line with International Labour Organization norms.

Industry insiders, however, cheered a decision to extend incentives under the amended Technology Upgradation Fund scheme from 15 per cent to 25 per cent. Shishir Jaipuria, chairman, FICCI Textiles Committee, said: "As the Indian textiles and garment industry is facing tough competition in the global market, the refund of state levies comes as a breather and would help them to gain more competitiveness in global markets, where we have to compete with duty-free regimes."

The scheme, amended in December 2015, allows subsidy on capital investment to enterprises in the medium, micro and small sectors subject to a ceiling of Rs 30 crore over five years. Textiles ministry officials said this would allow owners to employ more.

To boost exports, the government extended the duty drawback scheme to a number of state levies. Duty drawback is refund of duties on imported inputs for export items. This move would cost the exchequer Rs 5,500 crore but would greatly boost the competitiveness of Indian exports in foreign markets.

"Industry is gearing up for the $20-bn target set for this year," Ashok G Rajani, Chairman of the Apparel Exports Promotion Council, said. "With exports declining for the last five months in a row, major global markets still recording negative growth and the Brexit uncertainty looming large, the package is timely and gives the industry hope."

However, others have asked for the scope of reforms to be widened. "The entire value chain, including made-ups and fabrics, which are equally import segments of the garments industry, needs to be covered," said R K Dalmia, President, Century Textiles Ltd. Ministry sources said the government was also keeping its fingers crossed on reversing the fall in textile exports by approving a revamped national textiles policy, likely to be taken up by the Cabinet soon.

In the works since last year, the policy aims to aims to achieve $300-billion exports by 2024-25 and to create 35 million jobs by 2024-25. India exported $36.25 billion worth of textiles and related goods in the last financial year, 2.39 per cent drop from 2014-15.

The Tribune |

Rs 6,000-cr push for textile sector

The Union Cabinet today approved a Rs 6,000-crore special package for employment generation and promotion of exports in the textile and apparel sector. The move is likely to create one crore jobs in three years.

The government said the package included a slew of labour-friendly measures that would promote employment generation, economies of scale and boost exports.

The steps will lead to a cumulative increase of $30 billion in exports and investment of Rs 74,000 crore over the next 3 years.

“We will overtake Vietnam and Bangladesh in garment exports in the next three years, if we properly implement the package,” Textiles Secretary Rashmi Verma said.

The majority of new jobs are likely to go to women since the garment industry employs around 70 per cent women workforce.

The package provides for enhanced duty drawback coverage and a new scheme will be introduced to refund the state levies that were not refunded so far. This move is expected to cost the exchequer Rs 5,500 crore, but will greatly boost the competitiveness of Indian exports in foreign markets.

Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Textiles Committee, said the proposal to provide flexibility to the garment industry, which is seasonal in nature, under various labour laws would help the industry meet orders and be competitive, too.

Jaipuria said the Indian textiles and garment industry was facing tough competition and the refund of state levies would help it gain more competitiveness in global markets where India had to compete with players from other countries that have duty-free regimes.

Business Standard |

Textile package will spur employment, investments: India Inc

Cheering the special package announced for the textiles and apparel sector today, industry bodies said the move will boost job creation, attract much-needed investments and enable domestic exporters to compete globally.

Government today approved a Rs 6,000 crore special package for textiles and apparel sector to create one crore new jobs in 3 years, attract investments of USD 11 billion and generate USD 30 billion in exports.

Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) Secretary General Binoy Job said, "We hope once the positive results are out, government will extend it to the entire value chain of textiles as the sector has huge potential for job creation."

Apparel Export Promotion Council Chairman Ashok G Rajani said the refund of employers contribution of EPF, additional incentives under ATUFS and enhanced duty drawback coverage will help the industry gain cost competitiveness.

However, he said, the industry is also looking at R&D support and incentives for innovation which have not come through.

"As the Indian textiles and garment industry is facing tough competition in the global market, the refund of state levies come as a breather and would help it gain competitiveness in global markets where we have to compete with other countries that enjoy duty free regime," Chairman, FICCI Textiles Committee, Shishir Jaipuria said.

Exporters' body FIEO President S C Ralhan said the rebate on state taxes through duty drawback route and grant of duty drawback in case of import of fabric under Advance Authorisation would add to cost competitiveness of exports.

The tax incentive relates to enhancing scope of Section 80JJAA of Income Tax Act under which, looking at the seasonal nature of garment industry, the provision of 240 days under the section would be relaxed to 150 days.

Besides, the government will bear the entire employer's contribution of 12 per cent under the Employers Provident Fund Scheme for new employees of garment industry earning less than Rs 15,000 per month for the first three years.

Moreover, EPF will be made optional for employees earning less than Rs 15,000 per month.

"The measures unveiled will give a much-needed impetus to the Indian apparel industry and spur growth, employment and investment," CII Director General Chandrajit Banerjee said.

B K Goenka, Chairman, Welspun Group and Co-Chairman CII National Committee on Textiles, said the proposed flexible labour reforms will help achieve scale in the apparel sector.

Business Standard |

Industry hails special package for textile sector

Industry hailed the special package for the textile sector announced by the government here on Wednesday, which aimed at a three-year target of creating 10 million more jobs, $30 billion additional exports and $11 billion fresh investment in the sector.

"The comprehensive package has not only addressed the industry's needs, but also the employment generation needs of the country. It will help the industry gain cost competitiveness," Ashok G. Rajani, Chairman, Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), said.

The textile package has measures such as tax incentives and relaxation of labour laws. It has many labour-friendly measures, including Employee Provident Fund (EPF) scheme reforms, whereby the government will bear the entire employer's contribution of 12 per cent under EPF for new employees of the garment industry earning less than Rs 15,000 per month, for the first three years.

"The package meets some of the outstanding demands of the sector. The rebate on state taxes through duty drawback route and grant of duty drawback in case of import of fabric under Advance Authorization would add to cost competitiveness of experts," S.C. Ralhan, President, Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), said.

Textile exports declined marginally in 2015-16 recording total exports of $36.26 billion as against $37.14 billion recorded in 2014-15.

Ralhan said that the special package for the textile and apparel sectors should be supplemented by the new textile policy to provide a long-term vision and long-term goal for the textile industry to gear up itself to meet the challenges from South Asian and South East Asian countries.

"The new policy measures unveiled will give a much-needed impetus to the Indian apparel industry, and spur growth, employment and investment," Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), said.

It is absolutely imperative that India nurture a robust value chain, a game-changing advantage that India possesses, Banerjee said.

"Flexible labour reforms are critical for the sector as the industry is highly labour intensive and India needs to increase productivity to put up with the growing competition," B.K. Goenka, Chairman, Welspun Group, said.

"If India can increase its share of the global market share from five per cent to 10 per cent, this industry can generate 50 million additional jobs by 2020 - that's half the 'Make in India' target," Goenka said.

"This is timely and would provide a much needed impetus to the value addition and employment in the country," Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Textiles Committee, said.

"The proposal to provide flexibility to the garment industry which is seasonal in nature, under various labour laws would help the industry to meet their orders timely and be competitive too. This would attract large investments and create more job opportunities especially for the women in the sector," Jaipuria said.

Business Line |

Textile exports hit due to US procurement legislation: FICCI

India’s textile exports are getting affected on account of the US legislation for federal procurement, which stipulates sourcing of raw materials from the designated countries or domestic suppliers, FICCI said today.

The industry body submitted a representation in this regard to the Ministry of Textiles and Ministry of Commerce & Industry.

“FICCI has requested the Government of India to take up the issue either bilaterally or multilaterally with the US government to resolve the issue amicably,” it stated.

Indian textile exporters have reported that the buyers or companies based in the US supplying to their government departments and agencies have halted sourcing raw materials from countries like India, which are not part of the General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule Contract.

The GSA is responsible for supporting several federal agencies in the US with basic functions, including procurement services.

Pursuant to the Buy American Act, the US federal acquisition process is based on preferential treatment of US-made products. Manufacturers are considered as US products if manufactured domestically and the cost of local components is more than 50 per cent of the overall cost of all components.

Under certain conditions however, the Buy American Act may be waived. The Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (TAA) gives the President authority to waive Buy American Act requirements for certain procurements. So far it has been waived for eligible products in acquisitions covered by the WTO Government Procurement Agreement, some relevant free trade agreements (FTA), as well as for least-developed countries.

As per the TAA, all products listed on the GSA Schedule Contract be manufactured or “substantially transformed” in a “designated country“.

The designated countries, as per the GSA Schedule, consist of World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement Countries, Countries having Free Trade Agreement with the US, Least Developed Countries and Countries based in the Caribbean-Basin.

As India does not fit into any of these criteria, the US-based buyers have stopped their sourcing from our textile manufacturers immediately, impacting the order books and the production lines of some of the major exporters, FICCI said.

Business Standard |

Textile exports hit due to US procurement legislation: FICCI

India's textile exports are getting affected on account of the US legislation for federal procurement, which stipulates sourcing of raw materials from the designated countries or domestic suppliers, FICCI said today.

The industry body submitted a representation in this regard to the Ministry of Textiles and Ministry of Commerce & Industry.

"FICCI has requested the Government of India to take up the issue either bilaterally or multilaterally with the US government to resolve the issue amicably," it stated.

Indian textile exporters have reported that the buyers or companies based in the US supplying to their government departments and agencies have halted sourcing raw materials from countries like India, which are not part of the General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule Contract.

The GSA is responsible for supporting several federal agencies in the US with basic functions, including procurement services.

Pursuant to the Buy American Act, the US federal acquisition process is based on preferential treatment of US-made products. Manufacturers are considered as US products if manufactured domestically and the cost of local components is more than 50 per cent of the overall cost of all components.

Under certain conditions however, the Buy American Act may be waived. The Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (TAA) gives the President authority to waive Buy American Act requirements for certain procurements. So far it has been waived for eligible products in acquisitions covered by the WTO Government Procurement Agreement, some relevant free trade agreements (FTA), as well as for least-developed countries.

As per the TAA, all products listed on the GSA Schedule Contract be manufactured or "substantially transformed" in a "designated country".

The designated countries, as per the GSA Schedule, consist of World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement Countries, Countries having Free Trade Agreement with the US, Least Developed Countries and Countries based in the Caribbean-Basin.

As India does not fit into any of these criteria, the US-based buyers have stopped their sourcing from our textile manufacturers immediately, impacting the order books and the production lines of some of the major exporters, FICCI said.

Deccan Herald |

Textile exports hit due to US legislation: FICCI

India's textile exports are getting affected on account of the US legislation for federal procurement, which stipulates sourcing of raw materials from the designated countries or domestic suppliers, FICCI said today.

The industry body submitted a representation in this regard to the Ministry of Textiles and Ministry of Commerce & Industry.

"FICCI has requested the Government of India to take up the issue either bilaterally or multilaterally with the US government to resolve the issue amicably," it stated.

Indian textile exporters have reported that the buyers or companies based in the US supplying to their government departments and agencies have halted sourcing raw materials from countries like India, which are not part of the General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule Contract.

Business Standard |

Textile industry welcomes amended TUFS

Crippled by cash crunch, huge debt and less export demand, the Indian textile industry has welcomed amended technology upgradation funds scheme (ATUFS) approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday.

The ATUFS is a diluted version of Revised Restructured TUFS (RR- TUFS) which was introduced for the 12th Plan Period between 2012 and 17 under which 5 per cent of interest subsidy was granted for textile players.

Under the ATUFS, however, the government has made a fresh allocation of Rs 5,151 crore as one time capital subsidy for new investment in addition to a marginal increase on limited liability to the tune of Rs 3,381 crore for the next five years.

The government, however, claims that the ATUFS would attract an investment of over Rs 1,00,000 crore and general employment of three million during this period.

"The approval has come as a great relief to the industry especially when the exports were declining in textile and apparel sector. The focus on employment generation and export under the new TUFS by encouraging apparel and garment industry and promotion of technical textile sector, is indeed a welcome step which will help in furthering the cause of Make in India," said Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Textiles and Technical Textiles Committee.

Textile industry welcomes amended TUFS Under the new scheme, the CCEA approved a total budgetary allocation of Rs 17,822 crore of which Rs 12,671 crore is for committed liability and Rs 5,151 crore for new cases under ATUFS.

In its earlier version as RR-TUFS, the government had allocated a total budgetary provision of Rs 11,952 crore for the period between 2012 and 17 for attracting an investment of Rs 1,51,000 crore. Out of this, however, Rs 9290 crore was meant for "limited liability" and Rs 2,662 crore for "new investment".

Welcoming the move, Naishadh Parikh, Chairman of Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) said, "We deeply appreciate Union Cabinet's decision approving budget for the committed liabilities for investment already made by the textile industry, which has been suspended and pending for almost nine months. CITI welcomes the launch a new scheme which could trigger the growth of textile manufacturing in India."

The textile ministry clarified that the amount allocated under "new investment" got exhausted and hence, the industry approached the ministry of finance for its enhancement.

Interestingly, of the total budgetary allocations for 12th Plan Period, an overall budgetary allocation was made to the tune of Rs 8,997 crore of which a sum of Rs 6,641.49 crore was released as of September 30, 2015.

"The launch of TUFS is a good move by the government which clears uncertainty. In the earlier version, the government made a provision of interest subsidy on capital investment which was for the entire period of loan tenure. This scheme, investors would avail one time benefit and bear the rest," said R K Dalmia, Chairman, Chairman of the Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (Texprocil).

The scheme, since its inception in April 1999, has propelled investment of more than Rs 2,71,480 crore till date and an amount of Rs 21,346.91 crore has been released towards subsidy under the scheme.

But another Rs 4,500 crore disbursal needed for the period in which the scheme remained discontinued.

Business Line |

'ATUFS will boost textile exports'

Approval of the amended technology upgradation fund scheme (ATUFS) would help boost textile and apparel exports, industry body FICCI today said. "The approval has come as a great relief to the industry especially when the exports were declining in textile and apparel sector," it said in a statement. It said the focus on employment generation and export under the new TUFS by encouraging apparel and garment industry and promotion of technical textile sector, is a welcome step which will help in furthering the cause of Make in India.

The Centre on Wednesday approved ATUFS in place of the existing Revised Restructured TUFS for technology upgradation of the textiles industry, a move expected to attract investment of Rs 1 lakh crore and create over 30 lakh jobs by 2022.

The Hindu |

Green norms may sound death knell for domestic textile industry

The textile industry has flagged concerns about an Environment Ministry move to mandate virtually all textile firms to reduce their effluent discharge to zero. The argument is that such a stipulation goes beyond what the developed world follows and would make Indian firms even more uncompetitive at a time when export orders are shrinking.

The textile industry is India’s largest employer after agriculture, accounting for 14 per cent of India’s exports, but has recently lost ground to Bangladesh and Vietnam in the global market as the preferred supplier for readymade garments.

The environment, forest and climate change ministry issued a draft notification in late November that proposes new pollution control standards for effluents from the textile industry.

“Textile units having waste water discharge greater than 25 kilo litres a day shall establish Zero Liquid Discharge — effluent treatment plant,” according to the notification. It also requires all textile units set up in clusters such as Tirupur in Tamil Nadu to set up common effluent treatment plants to ensure zero liquid discharge, irrespective of their waste water quantity.

Industry players would be granted 30 months to construct or augment their existing effluent treatment plants to comply with this new regulation under the Environment Protection Act of 1986, according to the ministry. No new or existing units will be allowed to operate their factories after that, in the absence of such arrangements.

Industry members have raised their apprehensions about the implications of the new norms in a missive sent earlier this week to the ministries of textiles as well as environment and forests, questioning the assumption that textile units discharge effluents without treating them.

“The textile industry has made substantial investments in treating effluents as per the Central Pollution Control Board’s standards… ‘zero discharge’ is not the only solution,” said A. Didar Singh, Secretary General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). “The effluent can be treated and reused for various other purposes including discharge in the sea at least in coastal states.”

Mr. Singh has urged union Environment Secretary Ashok Lavasa to consider that countries competing with India as well as the so-called developed nations haven’t set such stringent standards for the water-intensive sector.

While mooting an increase in the threshold of 25 kilo litres a day to 100 kilo litres a day, industry members have pointed out that smaller textile units wouldn’t be able to afford the costly equipment for treating effluents with a zero liquid discharge approach.

“Several units after necessary approvals from the environment ministry and state pollution boards have invested in sea-discharge after treating effluents… all these investments would stand futile with the implementation of the proposed policy, thereby increasing the financial stress on these companies and sheer wastage of national resources,” Mr. Singh wrote in a letter reviewed by The Hindu. Even textile mills in Europe and the U.S. allow discharge of waste water in the sea, river or for irrigation purposes, he said.

The industry has also requested the ministry to consider the flip side of the zero discharge proposal.

Technologies for such treatment plants is steam and electricity-intensive, leading to higher green house gas emissions as India largely relies on coal for power, they say.

The definition of zero effluent discharge should include re-use, recycling and alternative deployment of treated effluents, FICCI has suggested. The ministry has proposed a very stringent norm that allows very limited ground water extraction by units and wants the entire water recovered from the effluent treatment plants to be re-deployed in the production process.

Business Line |

Jaipur to host textile fair 'VASTRA'

The fourth international textile and apparel fair 'VASTRA' will be held here from September 28-30, projecting India as a prominent sourcing hub and investment destination in textile sector. The fair, organised by Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation Ltd.(RIICO), in collaboration with FICCI, will be supported by the Union Ministry of Textiles, said Vennu Gupta, Managing Director, RIICO.

SME Times |

Textile sector seeks sops, reliefs to spur exports

The textile sector on Saturday sought from the government more funds for technology upgrade, duty reduction on man-made fibres (MMF) and interest subvention to spur exports.

"We have urged Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to allocate adequate funds for technology upgradation, cut duties on MMF and restore interest subvention for exporters," a trade body representative said in a statement here.

In a representation to Jaitley, the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (FICCI) textile committee said though export of textiles and clothing products increased steadily over the years, it was below par in the post-quota era.

"There is no reason why we cannot achieve 20 percent export growth over the next decade as China is vacating space in manufacturing," said panel chairman Shishir Jaipuraia in the statement.

With budget for the technology upgradation fund scheme slashed to Rs.1,520 crore from Rs.1,840 crore for 2015-16, the panel sought to increase it to Rs.5,000 crore, as it has been helpful in attracting investments in the sector.

"We are also concerned over the government move to consider the TUFS term loans in the new scheme under the current review as it would affect projects on hand," said Jaipuria.

The panel has sought export finance at seven percent interest per annum to boost competitiveness and accelerate exports growth, as interest subvention benefited the sector.

"Excise duty on MMF should be reduced to eight percent from 12.5 percent to bridge the gap between fibre and cotton, as the revenue loss can be made up with increased consumption as in the past (2008-09) when duty was four percent," Jaipuria said.

The panel also wanted the new textiles policy draft of the Ajay Shankar expert committee to be released.

Jaitley has assured the committee members he will consider their suggestions, the statement added.

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FICCI seeks rationalisation of duty for MMF

Even as the new Textile Policy is being worked upon, apex industry body FICCI has urged finance minister Arun Jaitley to rationalise duty on man-made fibre (MMF), provide export finance at seven per cent interest, adequate allocation of funds under TUFS, and consider term loans already sanctioned under the existing TUFS instead of the proposed new TUFS.
The Textiles Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) that met the Union minister suggested that excise duty on MMF be brought down to 8 per cent from the current 12 per cent to stimulate growth of the industry by attracting investments. It said that the current year allocation of Rs 1,520 crore under TUFS is “grossly inadequate” and it should be increased three-fold to Rs 5,000 crore.
In a presentation to the finance minister, the FICCI Textiles Committee led by Ginni Filaments’ Shishir Jaipuria, also chairman of the committee, said excise duty on MMF should be reduced to 8 per cent to decrease the huge gap between MMF and cotton. “The revenue loss on this account would be made up with increased consumption as witnessed in 2008-09 when the excise duty on man-made fibres was 4 per cent,” the committee said in its presentation.
Reduction in excise duty on MMF will further help the downstream industry, especially weavers at Surat, Bhiwandi and Bhilwara who have been going through tough times as the excise duty paid on MMF cannot be Cenvated because the value chain breaks at the yarn/fabric stage.
In this context, the committee said that the textiles value chain in India bears differential tax treatment whereas there is no distinction globally between cotton and MMF. The levy of different rates has created needless distortions. In India, while excise duty on natural fibres like cotton, wool and flax is nil, that imposed on man-made fibre, filament and yarn attract as high as 12.5 per cent.
Countries like China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Thailand follow fibre neutral policy i.e. the duty on cotton/cotton yarn and MMF/MMF yarn textiles are imposed at the same level. The global fibre consumption trend in future is likely to further tilt in favour of MMF.

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FICCI textiles committee presents sector’s immediate concerns to Jaitley

The chairman of FICCI Textiles Committee and Ginni Filaments, Shishir Jaipuria, on Sunday met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to present their key and immediate concerns related to the textiles sector.

In its representation submitted to the Finance Minister, Jaipuria requested for adequate allocation of funds under the TUFS (Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme), consideration of sanctioned loans under the existing TUFS and not the proposed new scheme of TUFS, reducing duties on man-made fibres and restoration of interest subvention for exporters.

FICCI said that the exports of textiles and clothing products from India have increased steadily over the last few years though, India’s export performance has been below expectations in the post-quota period.

However, looking at the global scenario now where China is vacating space in manufacturing, there is no reason why India, provided it takes the necessary steps, cannot achieve 20 percent growth in exports over the next decade.

To enable the Indian textiles industry to achieve the desired growth, FICCI through this meeting has tried to bring to the fore some important issues of pressing concern to the industry in front of the Government.

Allocation under TUFS is the flagship scheme of Ministry of Textiles and has been very helpful in promoting investments in the sector. With the exports incentives been rationalized the only support for Indian Textile industry is the TUFS perhaps. However, for the current year, the budget allocation for TUFS has been reduced vis-a-vis last year from Rs. 1840 crore to Rs. 1520 crore.

This is grossly inadequate for the sector given the pending and future demands of the industry.

FICCI requested the Finance Minister to consider increasing the allocation under the scheme to Rs. 5000 crore.

Proposed Restructured TUFS: Also, industry is apprehensive that under the current review of the TUFS term loans already sanctioned would be considered in the new scheme. This would affect the projects that are in pipeline. FICCI therefore requested that the new scheme whenever formulated and ready for launch should be applicable for new proposals received by the banks thereafter and all sanctioned term loans should be considered under the guidelines of existing TUFS scheme.

Interest Subvention: To increase the competitiveness and accelerate the growth of exports, export finance should be provided at 7 percent per annum. The interest subvention scheme has played an instrumental role in enhancing the competitiveness of the industry and exports. Restoration of interest subvention will provide boost to the fragile export growth of textile sector.

Excise Duty on Man-Made Fibre: FICCI also submitted to reduce excise duty on man-made fibres to 8 percent from the current 12.5 percent to reduce the huge gap between man-made fibres and cotton. The revenue loss on this account would be made up with increased consumption as witnessed in 2008-09 when the excise duty on man-made fibres was 4 percent.

New Textiles Policy: The draft of the new Textiles Policy as given by Ajay Shankar Expert Committee needs to be announced immediately.

Jaitley assured the industry that he would consider the suggestions.

The Hindu |

FICCI moots measures to boost textile sector

Representatives from a FICCI panel on Saturday met the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on issues related to the textiles sector and pitched increase in allocation of funds under Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS) and interest subvention for exporters.

The FICCI Textiles Committee chaired by Shishir Jaipuria “requested the Finance Minister for adequate allocation of funds under the TUFS, consideration of sanctioned loans under the existing TUFS instead of proposed new scheme of TUFS, reduction in duties on man-made fibres and restoration of interest subvention for exporters,” FICCI stated.

FICCI also said that looking at the global scenario where China is vacating space in manufacturing, there was no reason why India, provided it takes the necessary steps, cannot achieve 20 per cent growth in exports over the next decade.

“To enable the Indian textiles industry to achieve the desired growth, FICCI through this meeting has tried to bring to the fore some important issues of pressing concern to the industry in front of the Government,” it said.

Pointing out that TUFS has been very helpful in promoting investments in the textiles sector, FICCI said: “With the exports incentives been rationalised the only support for Indian Textile industry is the TUFS perhaps.

“However, for the current year, the budget allocation for TUFS has been reduced as against last year from Rs.1,840 crore to Rs.1,520 crore. This is grossly inadequate for the sector given the pending and future demands of the industry. We requested the Finance Minister to consider increasing the allocation under the scheme to Rs.5,000 crore.”

Moreover, on the proposal to restructure TUFS, the chamber expressed apprehension saying that under the current review of the TUFS term loans already sanctioned would be considered in the new scheme. “This would affect the projects that are in pipeline.”

FICCI, therefore, requested that the new scheme whenever formulated and ready for launch should be applicable for new proposals received by the banks thereafter and all sanctioned term loans should be considered under the guidelines of existing TUFS scheme,” it said.

Regarding interest subvention, it said that to increase the competitiveness and accelerate the growth of exports, export finance should be provided at 7 per cent per annum, highlighting that restoration of interest subvention will provide boost to the fragile export growth of textile sector.

The chamber said the new National Textiles Policyshould be announced as soon as possible.

In its representation submitted to Mr. Jaitley, FICCI also pitched to reduce excise duty on man-made fibres to 8 per cent from the current 12.5 per cent to reduce the huge gap between man-made fibres and cotton.

“The revenue loss on this account would be made up with increased consumption as witnessed in 2008-09 when the excise duty on man-made fibres was 4 per cent,” it said.

Business Standard |

FICCI textiles committee presents sector's immediate concerns to Jaitley

The chairman of FICCI Textiles Committee and Ginni Filaments, Shishir Jaipuria, on Sunday met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to present their key and immediate concerns related to the textiles sector.

In its representation submitted to the Finance Minister, Jaipuria requested for adequate allocation of funds under the TUFS (Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme), consideration of sanctioned loans under the existing TUFS and not the proposed new scheme of TUFS, reducing duties on man-made fibres and restoration of interest subvention for exporters.

FICCI said that the exports of textiles and clothing products from India have increased steadily over the last few years though, India's export performance has been below expectations in the post-quota period.

However, looking at the global scenario now where China is vacating space in manufacturing, there is no reason why India, provided it takes the necessary steps, cannot achieve 20 percent growth in exports over the next decade.

To enable the Indian textiles industry to achieve the desired growth, FICCI through this meeting has tried to bring to the fore some important issues of pressing concern to the industry in front of the Government.

Allocation under TUFS is the flagship scheme of Ministry of Textiles and has been very helpful in promoting investments in the sector. With the exports incentives been rationalized the only support for Indian Textile industry is the TUFS perhaps. However, for the current year, the budget allocation for TUFS has been reduced vis-a-vis last year from Rs. 1840 crore to Rs. 1520 crore.

This is grossly inadequate for the sector given the pending and future demands of the industry.

FICCI requested the Finance Minister to consider increasing the allocation under the scheme to Rs. 5000 crore.

Proposed Restructured TUFS: Also, industry is apprehensive that under the current review of the TUFS term loans already sanctioned would be considered in the new scheme. This would affect the projects that are in pipeline. FICCI therefore requested that the new scheme whenever formulated and ready for launch should be applicable for new proposals received by the banks thereafter and all sanctioned term loans should be considered under the guidelines of existing TUFS scheme.

Interest Subvention: To increase the competitiveness and accelerate the growth of exports, export finance should be provided at 7 percent per annum. The interest subvention scheme has played an instrumental role in enhancing the competitiveness of the industry and exports. Restoration of interest subvention will provide boost to the fragile export growth of textile sector.

Excise Duty on Man-Made Fibre: FICCI also submitted to reduce excise duty on man-made fibres to 8 percent from the current 12.5 percent to reduce the huge gap between man-made fibres and cotton. The revenue loss on this account would be made up with increased consumption as witnessed in 2008-09 when the excise duty on man-made fibres was 4 percent.

New Textiles Policy: The draft of the new Textiles Policy as given by Ajay Shankar Expert Committee needs to be announced immediately.

Jaitley assured the industry that he would consider the suggestions.

The Economic Times |

FICCI panel meets Jaitley, suggests measures to boost textiles

Representatives from a FICCI panel today met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on issues related to the textiles sector and pitched increase in allocation of funds under Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme and interest subvention for exporters.

The FICCI Textiles Committee chaired by Shishir Jaipuria "requested the Finance Minister for adequate allocation of funds under the Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS), consideration of sanctioned loans under the existing TUFS instead of proposed new scheme of TUFS, reduction in duties on man-made fibres and restoration of interest subvention for exporters," the industry body stated.

FICCI also said that looking at the global scenario where China is vacating space in manufacturing, there is no reason why India, provided it takes the necessary steps, cannot achieve 20 per cent growth in exports over the next decade.

"To enable the Indian textiles industry to achieve the desired growth, FICCI through this meeting has tried to bring to the fore some important issues of pressing concern to the industry in front of the Government," it said.

Pointing out that TUFS has been very helpful in promoting investments in the textiles sector, FICCI said: "With the exports incentives been rationalised the only support for Indian Textile industry is the TUFS perhaps.

However, for the current year, the budget allocation for TUFS has been reduced as against last year from Rs 1,840 crore to Rs 1,520 crore. This is grossly inadequate for the sector given the pending and future demands of the industry. We requested the Finance Minister to consider increasing the allocation under the scheme to Rs 5,000 crore.

Moreover, on the proposal to restructure TUFS, the chamber expressed apprehension saying that under the current review of the TUFS term loans already sanctioned would be considered in the new scheme.

"This would affect the projects that are in pipeline. FICCI therefore requested that the new scheme whenever formulated and ready for launch should be applicable for new proposals received by the banks thereafter and all sanctioned term loans should be considered under the guidelines of existing TUFS scheme," it said.

Regarding interest subvention, it said that to increase the competitiveness and accelerate the growth of exports, export finance should be provided at 7 per cent per annum, highlighting that restoration of interest subvention will provide boost to the fragile export growth of textile sector.

The chamber said the new National Textiles Policy, which aims to achieve USD 300 billion exports by 2024-25 and envisages creation of additional 35 million jobs, should be announced as soon as possible.

In its representation submitted to Jaitley, FICCI also pitched to reduce excise duty on man-made fibres to 8 per cent from the current 12.5 per cent to reduce the huge gap between man-made fibres and cotton.

"The revenue loss on this account would be made up with increased consumption as witnessed in 2008-09 when the excise duty on man-made fibres was four per cent," it said.

SME Times |

Cotton Crisis: Industry urges Govt to bail out textile industry

Apex industry body Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in its representation to Ministry of Textiles, has sought urgent intervention of the Ministry of Textiles in adequate release of procured cotton by Cotton Corporation of India (CCI). FICCI insists that this is required to ensure that cotton is available to the mills and industry at a competitive rate and at the earliest.

"The role of CCI is primarily to ensure MSP (Minimum Support Price) operation for the farmers so that they get a remunerative price for their products. However, at the same time if the procured cotton is not released in time for the industry and is retained as a stock by CCI, it distorts the market and leads to artificial increase in prices thereby making the user segment uncompetitive," noted Dr. A Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI in the letter to Textiles Minister Santosh Gangwar in this regard.

The mills are largely dependent on CCI for their cotton supply. According to FICCI the arrival of cotton in the Indian market has dropped considerably in the last few days to 20000 bales.

The total requirement of mills is close to 85000 - 90000 bales per day whereas CCI has been offering only 40000 bales per day, which also has largely remained unsold because of excessively high prices. Till date CCI has sold 10.8 lac bales of cotton and hence carrying stocks of 75 lac bales, as CCI has bought 85.8 lac bales of cotton in the current season. Indian cotton was cheaper than international cotton from the beginning of the current cotton year. But the situation has changed significantly now and the prices are substantially above the international prices mainly because of low cotton arrival in the market, noted FICCI.

In some of the states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra CCI has bought large quantities through MSP operations, creating a shortage of cotton in these States.

The local mills are forced to buy cotton from distant places, incurring additional transportation and other costs. CCI's huge stocks are pushing up cotton prices all over the country.

Taking advantage of this situation, private traders are hoarding cotton because of the perception that non- disposal of cotton by CCI would push up cotton prices further. If CCI disposes off procured cotton in large quantities at reasonable prices, hoarding by private traders would also stop and they would be forced to sell the cotton at market prices, said FICCI.

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FICCI seeks adequate release of cotton procured by CCI

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has sought urgent intervention of the Ministry of Textiles in adequate release of cotton procured by the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI).
In a letter to textiles minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar, FICCI secretary general A Didar Singh said there has been a perceptible rise in cotton prices in India during the last few weeks and the availability of cotton in the market has also reduced for the textiles industry.
“The role of CCI is primarily to ensure Minimum Support Price (MSP) operation for the farmers so that they get a remunerative price for their products. However, at the same time if the procured cotton is not released in time for the industry and is retained as a stock by CCI, it distorts the market and leads to artificial increase in prices thereby making the user segment uncompetitive,” Singh said in the letter.
According to FICCI the arrival of cotton in the Indian market has dropped considerably in the last few days to 20,000 bales. The total requirement of mills is close to 85,000-90,000 bales per day whereas CCI has been offering only 40,000 bales per day, which also has largely remained unsold because of excessively high prices.
Of the 85.8 lakh bales of cotton procured by CCI in the current season, it has till date sold only 10.8 lakh bales, and hence it is carrying stocks of 75 lakh bales.
In some of the states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra, CCI has bought large quantities through MSP operations, creating a shortage of cotton in these states. The local mills are forced to buy cotton from distant places, incurring additional transportation and other costs. CCI’s huge stocks are pushing up cotton prices all over the country. Taking advantage of this situation, private traders are hoarding cotton because of the perception that non-disposal of cotton by CCI would push up cotton prices further. If CCI disposes off procured cotton in large quantities at reasonable prices, hoarding by private traders would also stop and they would be forced to sell the cotton at market prices, Singh explained in his letter.
Indian cotton was cheaper than international cotton from the beginning of the current cotton year. But the situation has changed significantly now and the prices are substantially above the international prices mainly because of low cotton arrival in the market, FICCI said and insisted that adequate release of cotton is required to ensure that cotton is available to the mills and industry at a competitive rate and at the earliest. (RKS)

Free Press Journal |

FICCI seeks adequate release of cotton by CCI for Textiles Industry

FICCI has sought urgent intervention of the Ministry of Textiles in adequate release of procured cotton by Cotton Corporation of India (CCI). FICCI insists that this is required to ensure that cotton is available to the mills and industry at a competitive rate and at the earliest. "The role of CCI is primarily to ensure MSP (Minimum Support Price) operation for the farmers so that they get a remunerative price for their products. "However, at the same time if the procured cotton is not released in time for the industry and is retained as a stock by CCI, it distorts the market and leads to artificial increase in prices thereby making the user segment uncompetitive," noted Dr. A Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI in the letter to Textiles Minister Santosh Gangwar.

Business Standard |

FICCI seeks adequate release of cotton by CCI for textile ind

Industry body FICCI has sought the Textiles Ministry's intervention for adequate and timely release of cotton by Cotton Corporation of India (CCI), saying it is required to ensure that the commodity is available to mills and industry at competitive rates.

"The role of CCI is primarily to ensure MSP (Minimum Support Price) operation for the farmers so that they get a remunerative price for their products.

"However, if the procured cotton is not released in time for the industry and is retained as a stock by CCI, it distorts the market and leads to artificial increase in prices, thereby making the user segment uncompetitive," FICCI Secretary General A Didar Singh said in a letter to Textiles Minister Santosh Gangwar.

The mills are largely dependent on CCI for their cotton supply.

According to FICCI, the arrival of cotton in the Indian market has dropped considerably in the last few days to 20,000 bales.

The total requirement of mills is close to 85,000–90,000 bales per day whereas CCI has been offering only 40,000 bales per day, which also has largely remained unsold because of excessively high prices.

Till date, CCI has sold 10.8 lakh bales of cotton and hence carrying stocks of 75 lakh bales, as it has bought 85.8 lakh bales of the commodity in the current season.

Indian cotton was cheaper than international cotton from the beginning of the current cotton year. But the situation has changed significantly now and the prices are substantially above the international prices mainly because of low cotton arrival in the market, FICCI said.

In states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra CCI has bought large quantities through MSP operations, creating a shortage of cotton in these states. The local mills are forced to buy cotton from distant places, incurring additional transportation and other costs, it said.

Pointing out that CCI's huge stocks are pushing up cotton prices all over the country, FICCI said: "Taking advantage of this situation, private traders are hoarding cotton because of the perception that non-disposal of cotton by CCI would push up cotton prices further.

"If CCI disposes off procured cotton in large quantities at reasonable prices, hoarding by private traders would also stop and they would be forced to sell the cotton at market prices," it added.

DNA |

FICCI seeks adequate release of cotton by CCI for textile industry

Industry body FICCI has sought the Textiles Ministry's intervention for adequate and timely release of cotton by Cotton Corporation of India (CCI), saying it is required to ensure that the commodity is available to mills and industry at competitive rates.

"The role of CCI is primarily to ensure MSP (Minimum Support Price) operation for the farmers so that they get a remunerative price for their products.

"However, if the procured cotton is not released in time for the industry and is retained as a stock by CCI, it distorts the market and leads to artificial increase in prices, thereby making the user segment uncompetitive," FICCI Secretary General A Didar Singh said in a letter to Textiles Minister Santosh Gangwar.

The mills are largely dependent on CCI for their cotton supply.

According to FICCI, the arrival of cotton in the Indian market has dropped considerably in the last few days to 20,000 bales.

The total requirement of mills is close to 85,000–90,000 bales per day whereas CCI has been offering only 40,000 bales per day, which also has largely remained unsold because of excessively high prices.

Till date, CCI has sold 10.8 lakh bales of cotton and hence carrying stocks of 75 lakh bales, as it has bought 85.8 lakh bales of the commodity in the current season.

Indian cotton was cheaper than international cotton from the beginning of the current cotton year. But the situation has changed significantly now and the prices are substantially above the international prices mainly because of low cotton arrival in the market, FICCI said.

In states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra CCI has bought large quantities through MSP operations, creating a shortage of cotton in these states. The local mills are forced to buy cotton from distant places, incurring additional transportation and other costs, it said.

Pointing out that CCI's huge stocks are pushing up cotton prices all over the country, FICCI said: "Taking advantage of this situation, private traders are hoarding cotton because of the perception that non-disposal of cotton by CCI would push up cotton prices further.

"If CCI disposes off procured cotton in large quantities at reasonable prices, hoarding by private traders would also stop and they would be forced to sell the cotton at market prices," it added.

Mail Today |

VASTRA-2014 to be held in Jaipur

Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation Ltd (RIICO), with FICCI as co-organiser, is organising the third edition of international trade fair on Textiles and Apparel - VASTRA - An International Textile & Apparel Fair 2014' (VASTRA-2014) - from October 29 to 31, 2014, at Jaipur Exhibition & Convention Centre, Sitapura Industrial Area, Jaipur. The Ministry of Textiles is extending cooperation to VASTRA-2014.

The Economic Times |

Technical textile may grow 20% annually for next 2 years

The country's technical textilesBSE 2.06 % sector, which is currently pegged at USD 13 billion, is expected to grow at 20 per cent per annum in the next two years.

"We see a huge potential of the technical textiles sector, which is currently USD 13 billion in size and expected to grow at 20 per cent per annum in the next two years. With imports touching USD 5 billion, India needs to develop indigenous products to boost domestic growth," Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Committee on Textiles and Technical Textiles, said at Technotex 2014 here.

Highlighting on the theme for this year which is 'accelerating technical textile usage and strengthening institutional buying', Jaipuria said that technical textiles has a major role to play in the growth of the overall textiles sector in India.

Calling it the next sunrise sector for India, Zohra Chatterjee, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, gave a detailed insight into the vision of the government for the technical textiles sector. The government is looking at a five-fold increase in the fund outlay for the sector during the 12th Five Year Plan. A major initiative will also be to drive up the growth of the sector in the north-eastern states.

A pilot scheme budgeted at Rs 500 crore has also been proposed for geo textiles. There are also plans to hike the FDI for this sector. The government has already launched an integrated skill development scheme to train 15 million people in this field by 2020, Chatterjee said.

Sujit Gulati, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, said that this year Technotex aims to build and enhance the 'investment' environment for the technical textiles sector in the country. He threw light on the initiatives of the government focused around promotion of technical textiles in India.

Gulati highlighted a few schemes, starting with the four centres of excellence that were doubled to eight in the Technology Mission programme of 2010, along with encouraging entrepreneurs and start-ups to take part in this sector.

The government aims at strengthening research in this field, organising buyer seller meets, providing a national policy framework and also promoting the agro technical textiles in the north eastern states where two demonstration centres are already underway, to showcase the benefits and usage of technical textiles, especially natural fibres.

To generate skilled manpower, the subject has also been made part of the curriculum in schools and colleges through the intervention of the Indian Textiles Association (ITA).

Technotex aims to provide the further roadmap for the industry to explore the repository of technical textiles in India, Gulati said.

Financial Chronicle |

Textile firms raise output with eye on export market

After almost two years of policy wrangling and economic challenges, major textile units in the country are investing in production capacity enhancement and exploring new avenues for exports during the New Year 2014.

Sanjay S Lalbhai, chairman and MD of Arvind told Financial Chronicle the company is investing Rs 200 crore to set up three garments units of around 15 million capacities across Karnataka and Gujarat. “We will be setting up two factories in Karnataka and one in Gujarat,” added Lalbhai. The company is also eyeing new exports markets beyond US and Europe. “The industry would now be looking at markets such as South Africa, Canada, Japan, Russia,” said Lalbhai.

Over the last one year, Indian textile industry suffered on the back of rupee depreciation, increase in raw material cost, weak demand. The industry could only pass on a part of the increasing cost, which has resulted in squeezed margins. Rahul Mehta, MD of Creative Casualwear, said, “We have to now focus on expansion and modernisation of our apparel plants. The time is now ripe to focus on India due to reducing interest of China and rupee-dollar parity.”

Labour laws need to be reformed to boost textile and clothing industry and raise India’s share in world exports, according to FICCI. According to the 12th plan working group on textiles and apparel, the textiles sector will create an additional employment of 15 million by 2016-17. FICCI projects that textile industry could provide employment to at least an additional 20 million people from the current 45 million to 65 million by 2023. Sunil Khandelwal, CFO of Alok Industries, said, “The current prospects warrant higher capacity expansion. There is also good opportunity for exports in similar markets such as Japan, Russia.”

India earned nearly $15 billion through exports of textiles and apparel in the first six months of the current financial year 2013-14, according to the latest data released by the RBI. According to the data, India exported $14.935 billion worthof textiles and garments during the first half of the current fiscal year, with the readymade garments accounting for $7.074 billion of the same.

The Statesman |

FICCI seeks lowest slab for textiles industry under GST

Industry body FICCI has advocated reform of the labour laws to boost the textile & clothing industry and raise India's share in world exports. This and a few other suggestions have been submitted by FICCI to Mr Ajay Shankar, Member Secretary, National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council and chairman of Expert Group on National Textiles Policy.

Assuming India's GDP grows by 7 per cent on an average over the policy period as per the scaled down estimates of the Planning Commission and assuming that the domestic textiles industry also grows by 7 per cent, it would mean that the textiles industry would be a $278 billion industry, of which exports would account for $145 billion, the business chamber noted.

To meet this target, Indian exports require to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.1 per cent over the 10-year period (assuming world exports in textiles and clothing grow by 5 per cent). Indian exports would reach $145 billion by the end of the policy period if they grow by 15 per cent.

On GST, Mr Shishir Jaipuria, chairman, FICCI Textiles Committee, said the industry should be kept in the priority/lowest slab of GST as it provides a basic necessity to the masses with large-scale employment potential. Currently, parts of the industry are VAT exempt and a large part of the industry is kept out of excise duty. Any sudden increase in rates would destabilise the complete industry as has been in the past. Excise duty has been levied twice and then removed, after observing a negative impact on the industry, noted Mr Jaipuria.

As per the 12th Plan working group on textiles and apparel, the textiles sector will create an additional employment of 15 million by 2016-17, which means the sector can provide 30 million additional jobs by 2023.

The Hindu |

FICCI submits recommendations to boost textile industry

Industry body FICCI has suggested measures like labour reforms and keeping textile industry under the lowest slab of GST to boost the country’s textile & clothing industry and raise India’s share in world exports.

These recommendations have been submitted to National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council Member Secretary Ajay Shankar, who is also the Chairman of Expert Group on National Textiles Policy constituted by Government of India.

The measures suggested include providing “dormitories” for ensuring supply of skilled and unskilled labour to the textile factories through a provision in the National Textiles Policy, revisiting excise duty structure on fiber and yarns and bringing down duties on man—made fibers at par with cotton to bring neutrality in the sector.

“The textile industry should be kept in the lowest slab of Goods and Services Tax (GST) as it provides a basic necessity to the masses with large scale employment potential,” Chairman of FICCI Textiles Committee Shishir Jaipuria said.

Other measures included setting up of pollution free zones for textile processing to help in increasing textiles exports from India.

A separate scheme in this regard needs to be introduced, which provides additional support of Rs 5 crore for each Park for setting up Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP), FICCI said.

“Assuming India’s GDP grows by 7 per cent on an average over the 12th five—year plan period (2012—17) as per the estimates of Planning Commission and if the domestic textiles industry also grows by 7 per cent, it would mean that the textiles industry would be a USD 278 billion industry, of which exports would account for USD 145 billion,” FICCI said.

As per the 12th Plan working group on textiles and apparel, the textiles sector will create an additional employment of 15 million by 2016—17, which means the sector can provide 30 million additional jobs by 2023, FICCI said.

Given that textiles & clothing sector is a labour intensive sector, it can provide employment to at least an additional 20 million people from the current 45 million to 65 million by 2023, the industry chamber observed.

Globally, the total textile and apparel trade has grown at a CAGR of 6.7 per cent in the last 11 years, being valued at USD 706 billion with major markets being USA, Germany, Japan, China and UK. India has a share of 4 per cent in global exports of textile and apparel, FICCI said.

Business Line |

Use of fire-resistant textiles in public places may be made mandatory

The Government plans to make the use of fire-resistant textiles mandatory in public places to minimise damages caused by fire, and ensure greater safety.

A draft order circulated by the Textiles Ministry mandating manufacturers and distributors to stick to specified standards has, however, met with some opposition from the industry, which says users should share responsibility, too. Fire-resistant standards have been prescribed for textiles used for curtains and drapes and upholstered composites used for non-domestic furniture. Specifications have also been proposed for protective clothing for industrial workers exposed to heat.

"No person shall himself or by any person on his behalf, manufacture or store for sale, sell or distribute textile material which does not conform to the specified standard," the draft order says.

The textile material, which does not conform to the specified standard, shall be destroyed within a month, it adds.

While welcoming the proposal the Federation Of India Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), an industry body, said its implementation in the present form would be difficult. “Most manufacturers would be supplying textiles both for domestic and public places. In such a scenario, prohibiting manufacture, sale or distribution of non-fire retardant material and permitting only fire retardant textile materials would not be rational,” pointed out Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Textiles Committee. Segregating domestic from the non-domestic supply would not be feasible, he added.

Stressing on an enforcement mechanism at the user-end, FICCI has proposed to the Government that there should be legislation for mandating the use of fire-retardant textiles by various authorities in public places.

According to D.K. Nair, Secretary General, Confederation of Indian Textiles Industry, while standards can be stipulated only on manufacturers, what has to be mandated for consumers and users is the use of fire-retardant textiles in specified applications.

Nair added the industry should be given enough time to adapt to the new specifications.

Business Line |

Textiles fair in Rajasthan nets Rs 425 cr worth business

Textiles and accessories fair 'VASTRA -2013' has generated business worth over Rs 425 crore this year, compared to Rs 375 crore in the last edition.

The business generated in Vastra this year was about $ 69.3 million, compared to $ 61 million last time, Riico MD Naveen Mahajan said.

The four-day long exhibition, which ended today, had been being jointly organised by Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation (Riico) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

200 Exhibitors

This year, over 200 exhibitors showcased a wide variety of products -- apparels, made-ups, home textiles, fashion accessories, carpets, rugs and bags, according to organisers.

They said the fair served as a platform to participants for forming new business relations, exports, partnerships worldwide and locations for setting up businesses in India, projecting it as a prominent sourcing hub and investment destination.

The Ministry of Commerce & Industry has provided financial support of Rs 5 crore for the fair, under the Market Access Initiative Scheme, Rajasthan Industries Minister Rajendra Pareek said.

The state government recently announced a separate policy for the sector.

Textiles is among the prominent sectors in Rajasthan, employing 1.61 lakh people in mills and decentralised power loom sector.

Hindustan Times |

Rajasthan textiles exports likely to grow 9% in the year 2013-14

Textiles exports from Rajasthan are expected to grow 9 per cent year-on-year to Rs. 2400 crore in the 2013-14 fiscal on account of rising demand from emerging markets like Latin America and Africa.

In 2012-13, the exports from state stood at Rs. 2,200 crore, an official said. The second day of the second edition of the International Trade Fair on Textiles and Apparel, titled “Vastra-2013” saw massive business dealings.

“We are focusing on introducing the international buyers to some of the unique aspects of Indian fabrics,” said Naveen Mahajan, managing director, RIICO. Buyers from Latin America and Africa were seen participating largely at the international textile fair. “This is despite the slowdown in the traditional textile markets like the US and Europe,” added Mahajan.

There was also a plethora of buyers from South African countries like Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Algeria, Botswana and Uganda, who purchased and placed orders for a variety of garments and home furnishings.

The organisers of VASTRA 2013, RIICO and FICCI said the idea was to include more and more countries and pursue them to explore the various Indian textiles from across the country.

Mahajan said several efforts were made to keep up with the policy of the Union government to explore new markets under the Focus Market Scheme. “We were involved in pursuing export promotion events in non-traditional markets such as Japan, Malaysia, Australia, Uruguay, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Egypt and Israel and have hence invited them to Vastra. We are glad that the buyers from these countries have shown vast interest in Indian textiles. Finally our efforts, along with the new policy, have paid off,” said Mahajan

The Sentinel |

Rajasthan expects Rs 10,000 crore investment in textile sector

Rajasthan’s textiles industry is expecting fresh investment of Rs 10,000 crore over the next seven years due to the state’s new textile policy announced recently, said Industries Minister Rajendra Pareek on Thursday. “A few years back, textiles industry in Rajasthan was languishing and that is when, under the guidance and vision of our chief minister (Ashok Gehlot), the state machinery went into ‘mission mode’,” Pareek said at the inauguration of the ‘Vastra–2013’ international textile and apparel fair. “Today, because of innovative schemes, textiles–friendly policies and infusion of new technologies, the industry has been resurrected and is headed for an upsurge.” The textile fair is jointly organised by the Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation (RIICO) and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

The state government has adopted a new textile policy under the special customised package, 2013, which was cleared by the state cabinet in July for skill development, manufacture and export promotion in the textile sector. With the roll–out of the special package, an investment of Rs 10,000 crore over the next seven years is expected in the state along with employment opportunities for about 50,000 people. RIICO chairman Sunil Arora said that the decision to organise ‘Vastra’ fair was a leap of faith which had paid off.

Business Line |

Jaipur textiles fair may generate Rs 700-cr business

Textiles and accessories fair ‘VASTRA-2013’ that opened here today is expected to generate business worth Rs 700 crore this year, up 75 per cent compared to the last edition, Rajasthan Industries Minister Rajendra Pareek said.

“We expect to generate higher business worth Rs 700 crore in this year’s fair as there is an increase in the number of exhibitors as well as foreign buyers,” Pareek said after inaugurating the fair.

The four-day exhibition is being jointly organised by Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation (RIICO), with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

The event, wherein over 200 exhibitors showcasing a wide variety of products like apparel, made-ups, home textiles, fashion accessories, carpets, rugs and bags, aims to provide a platform to participants for forming new business relations, exports, partnerships worldwide and locations for setting up businesses in India.

The fair would contribute further in projecting India as a prominent sourcing hub and investment destination. The Ministry of Commerce & Industry has provided financial support to the tune of Rs 5 crore for the fair, under the Market Access Initiative Scheme, Pareek said.

“This year 202 exhibitors, 421 buyers from 66 countries and 43 Indian buying houses have confirmed their participation,” RIICO MD Naveen Mahajan said.

“Besides participation from traditional export markets like the US and West Europe, this year there is also an increase in participation from new markets such as Latin America, Africa, China, Australia and East Europe.

“The event is in line with the efforts of the government in enlarging the export market of Indian textiles and making inroads into new ones,” Mahajan added.

During the interaction, State Head of FICCI, Gyan Prakash said: “The exhibition is a comprehensive trade fair on textiles and apparel. The objective is to showcase the best and latest in textiles from — fibre to fashion, be it products and accessories or technology and machines.”

The exhibition has a special significance for Rajasthan as the state government has recently announced a separate policy for the sector titled the ‘Special Customised Package for Textile Sector Enterprises-2013’

Textiles are among the prominent sectors in Rajasthan, employing 1.61 lakh people in mill and decentralised powerloom sector.

Rajasthan has apparel and textiles-friendly policies and provides impetus to the entire t