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Weaving a common thread

Weaving a common thread
It was a blitzkrieg of colour and machines weaving out a metallic music pleasing to the eye and ear as the Titans of Textile Engineering from around the world highlighted technology at the “Global Textile Technology & Engineering Show 2015” in Mumbai recently. The three-day mega event, which was supported by the Ministry of Heavy Industry, Government of India and textile department, Government of Maharashtra, witnessed around 283 Indian and foreign exhibitors showcasing the latest in technology amidst the distinction of being the largest textile technology event in India after the India ITME Expo series.

The event witnessed high-level government and industrial delegations from India and overseas, interactive sessions and meetings between officials, industry members and associations, besides top government officials from Ministry of Textiles in Sri Lanka and Ethiopia interacting with the exhibitors and their counterparts in Mumbai, alongside educational institutions promoting bilateral relations for trade and education. The Expo also saw a special presentation on “doing business with Ethiopia” with a focus on the textile industry to create a new opportunity and develop bilateral trade between India and Ethiopia in the textile and textile engineering segments.

The event was launched by Narendra L Shah, ex-Chairman, Diven Dembla and R Bachkaniwala (both ex-vice chairmen) of the ITME society. Shah described GTTES as a great platform in India and overseas for buying and selling upgraded products that conserved energy and obtained high productivity.

One of the eye-catching technology on display included A.T.E. Enterprises Private Limited showcasing their latest electronic+terry rapier+weaving machine (model GA738-1 equipped with electronic dobby) for production of high-quality terry fabric. G V Aras, Textile Engineering Group, said that GTTES 2015 was a wise move by the organisers for focusing more on weaving and processing machines, which automatically targets and boosts the small and medium scale textile manufacturers in India. “A.T.E. has gained several unexpected business proposals from Tier II and Tier III cities manufacturers and we are happy to be here at the right time and right place,” he said.

Fritz Legler, VP-Marketing/Sales and Services, Staubli, expressed the view that “though the economic
slowdown has touched the Indian textile industry, we are surprised to see very encouraging footfalls at GTTES and the participation of the Chinese exhibitors.

Vallabh Thumar, Chairman and MD of Alidhra Weavetech Group, said the objective of this special series event was not only to showcase technology and machinery, but to also address the needs of quality, variety, allied services and access to both regional markets and clientele, especially for small and medium enterprises.  ITME’s past Vice-Chairman Rajnikant Bachkaniwala noted that the
slowdown in the global economy would not deter the Indian textile industry, but would instead continue and maintain its momentum. “The long-term outlook is very positive as GDP is growing, especially in countries like India and China, and GDP per capita is increasing. There are also new applications for textiles which will drive demand for textile machinery,” he pointed out.

Sanjiv Lathia, Chairman, India ITME Society, described the beginnings of this society 34 years ago with the objective of bringing modern technology to India and thus becoming a catalyst for growth of the textile engineering industry. Having successfully accomplished this task, a new challenge was taken up by the industry body this year to access new markets to widen the network and explore new opportunities for the textile and engineering industry, he said, while noting that the need of the times and demand from the industry had once again gave birth to another exclusive event – GTTES-2015.

He said that both shows organised by the India ITME Society – the India ITME Expo and the GTTES – would act as catalyst for business growth and excellence in textile plus textile engineers sectors. A very strong participation from China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, USA, Germany and UK, apart from India, would provide choice display of modern technology, price competitiveness, customised services, expanded network and new market access, he said.

Seema Srivastava, Executive Director, India ITME Society, said while the efforts of ITME Society aimed at supporting the textile engineering industry through creating high-quality visitor interaction, new range of technology and new markets, extensive marketing has now opened up the African market and machines were being purchased by buyers from African countries. Noting that the first edition of the GTTES exhibition had grown in stature and prestige beyond expectation with 23 media partners, five educational institutions and 15 supporting organisation, she said the participation and exhibitors’ interest was encouraging enough to further boost GTTES on a larger scale for the next upcoming edition.

Ambassadors and consul-generals from 17 countries also visited the exhibition, thus highlighting the importance and role of India in the textile sector and also the keen interest GTTES generated internationally, especially in potential new markets. Seleshi Lemma, Director-General, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, conducted a seminar on the “Textile Development of Ethiopia” in which he shared business and textile trade opportunities with Indian textile manufacturers. “Ethiopia is the second-largest population in Africa with 8.5 million people and the 4th largest growing economy with a GDP with PP of $86.1 billion. There is an immense growth opportunity for the Indian textile industry in Ethiopia,” he said, adding that after the diversification into the new manufacturing commodities, the average annual export growth of 27.4 per cent over the last seven consecutive years is expected to reach close to $4 billion by the end of the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

The Indo-African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IACCI) also made its presence felt with as many as 11 ambassadors of African countries being present at the GTTES. The IACCI is highlighting Africa also because of its unexplored opportunities that include 50 per cent of the world’s gold, 90 per cent of cobalt, 40 per cent of world potential hydro-electric power, 65 per cent of manganese, millions of acres of untilled farmland and abundant natural resources, large reserves of oil. On the trade front from the level of $25 billion in 2005-2006, India’s bilateral trade with Africa increased to $67 billion in 2011-2012 and is likely to touch $100 billion in the next few years.

The countries covered by the IACCI include: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote D’Ivorie, Democratic republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Did you know?
Technical Textiles: Pathway to Success
Technical textile is one of the fastest growing segments of the India economy. It has registered compounded annual rate of growth of 11 per cent during the 11th five-year-plan and the government has projected growth of 20 per cent for technical textiles during the next five years – which translates into market size increasing from $15 billion in 2012-2013 to $32 billion by 2016-2017. With the Government of India recognising the need to have the industry’s active participation, the Indian Technical Textile Association (ITTA) was formed to represent the entire technical textile value chain from raw material to finished goods producers, machinery manufacturers, consultants, centers of excellence and R and D institutes.

Another organisation is the Textile Machinery Manufacturers Association of India (TMMA) which has, since its establishment in 1958, been playing a significant role in the progress of the Indian textile Engineering Industry including product development and foreign trade of its constituents, besides producing wide range of quality textile machinery, parts and accessories. It consists of over 1,445 machinery and equipment manufacturing units and has invested Rs 78,000 million to build up an annual estimated capacity of Rs 93,500 million. The manufacture of parts and accessories cater to the original equipment manufacturers, textile mills and export, and these units are predominantly in the SMEs sector.

Dominick Rodrigues

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