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The Mum­bai Unit of the Tex­tile As­so­ci­a­tion (In­dia) or­gan­ised a Con­fer­ence on ‘In­no­va­tions @ ITMA 2015, Mi­lan’ on Fe­bru­ary 12, 2016, 9 AM, at The Lalit, Mum­bai. re­ports. It was an event that was much-awaited by the tex­tile in­dus­try. The Con­fer­ence be­gan with Chief Guest, Dr Kavita Gupta, IAS Tex­tile Com­mis­sioner, Min­istry of Tex­tiles, Govt. of In­dia, light­ing the tra­di­tional lamp. Mr C Bose, Pres­i­dent, Tex­tile As­so­ci­a­tion (In­dia) (TAI), Mum­bai Unit, de­liv­ered the wel­come speech. In his ad­dress, he men­tioned that TAI has taken a keen in­ter­est in the de­vel­op­ment of the Ap­parel In­dus­try. Af­ter which, Mr Bose pre­sented Dr Gupta with a bou­quet while Mr T K Sengupta, Vice Pres­i­dent, TAI, wel­comed the Guest of Hon­our, Mr Aniruddha Desh­mukh, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor and CEO, Mafat­lal In­dus­tries Ltd., with a bou­quet.

Mr V C Gupte, Con­vener and Chair­man, TAI, Mum­bai Unit, then, in­tro­duced the Con­fer­ence to the au­di­ence. He ex­plained how ITMA is a spe­cial event and the big­gest global mar­ket­place. It is the on­estop desti­na­tion for in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions. ITMA 2015 fo­cused on mas­ter­ing the art of sus­tain­able so­lu­tions. ITMA 2015, just as the pre­vi­ous edi­tions, at­tracted a good num­ber of ex­hibitors. There was a re­mark­able in­crease in the In­dian par­tic­i­pa­tion, this ITMA, in terms of the num­ber of In­dian ex­hibitors and vis­i­tors; 158 In­dian ex­hibitors par­tic­i­pated in ITMA 2015. Mr Gupte

also an­nounced that TAI will have an In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Dec 1 and 2, 2016, with ‘Make in In­dia’ as its theme.

Mr Aniruddha Desh­mukh, in his ad­dress, also spoke of the In­dian par­tic­i­pa­tion in ITMA 2015 and high­lighted the grow­ing In­dian pres­ence in the global sphere. With re­spect to the in­dus­try, Mr Desh­mukh sug­gested, that as a man­u­fac­turer, one should move be­yond just the back-end up­grad­ing and try to evolve and in­no­vate in terms of the big­ger pic­ture—con­sumer sat­is­fac­tion. He was of the opin­ion that the cus­tomer’s point of view should be the main pri­or­ity. The tex­tile in­dus­try, com­pared to the other in­dus­tries, is a core fash­ion prod­uct and, there­fore, it is some­thing very per­sonal for the con­sumer. It is im­por­tant to pro­vide qual­ity in terms of how one de­liv­ers the prod­uct to the con­sumer in to­tal­ity; pack­ag­ing, prod­uct fea­tures, qual­ity of the prod­uct—all th­ese must be ben­e­fi­cial to the con­sumer. “The in­dus­try should be con­sumer­centric and should work back­wards from the con­sumer. Such think­ing will help the in­dus­try do won­ders, es­pe­cially in the cur­rent eco­nomic con­di­tions,” he stated. Mr Gupte, then, re­leased the Con­fer­ence sou­venir.

Af­ter an in­tro­duc­tion from Mr Sengupta, Dr Kavita Gupta gave the in­au­gu­ral ad­dress. “Tex­tile ma­chin­ery is the base of tex­tiles,” she ex­plained. Ma­chines are chang­ing fast and it is a good turn­ing point for In­dia. She stated that In­dia has a 5.8 per cent prod­uct share in the global mar­ket whereas around 200 years back, In­dia had a good 40-45 per cent share. There­fore, she en­cour­aged the in­dus­try to re­gain those heights. At a time like this, tech­nol­ogy and ma­chin­ery are ex­tremely cru­cial. In­dia has the se­cond largest man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pac­ity in the spin­ning sec­tor. She urged the im­por­tance of build­ing up the other sec­tors—knit­ting, weav­ing, pro­cess­ing, etc. She stated that it is es­sen­tial to make the sec­tors sus­tain­able in terms of pric­ing, qual­ity and com­pet­i­tive­ness, and in­no­va­tion is the key to do so. She ended her ad­dress by say­ing, “What has been done is very good but what has to be done is much more in­ter­est­ing and fas­ci­nat­ing.” Mr A V Mantri gave the Vote of Thanks while Mr Bose and Mr Sengupta of­fered Dr Gupta and Mr Desh­mukh a me­mento as a sign of ap­pre­ci­a­tion re­spec­tively. Me­men­tos were handed over to the spon­sors as well.

Af­ter a break for high tea, Ses­sion 1 be­gan with Mr Jorg Mach­holz, Prod­uct Ap­pli­ca­tion Tech­nol­o­gist, Fongs Europe GMBH, pre­sent­ing his pa­per on bleach­ing prints and dye­ing. He spoke of Goller – Cold Pad Batch—a low tem­per­a­ture dye­ing process. Cold Pad Batch is in­no­va­tive due to its many ad­van­tages like its low cost and high qual­ity open width dye­ing of cel­lu­lose fi­bre fab­rics. The se­cond talk was by Mr Matthias Wul­beck, Area Sales Man­ager, Mahlo Gmb Co. KG, Ger­many, who spoke of the Ma­chine Gen­er­a­tion 15. He elab­o­rated on the Weft Straight­ener Orthopac Fam­ily and its ad­van­tages.

Mr El­liyas Mo­ham­mad, Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Man­ager (Dis­perse Dyes), Colour­tex In­dus­tries Pvt. Ltd., spoke of Sus­tain­able In­no­va­tion in Wa­ter­less Dye­ing with Su­per­crit­i­cal Fluid (SCF). The tex­tile in­dus­try has a high wa­ter and en­ergy con­sump­tion. This sus­tain­able tech­nol­ogy aims to con­trol the in­put of wa­ter and op­ti­mise the chem­i­cal us­age. Dye­ing with SCF does away with toxic com­po­nents, use of fresh wa­ter, large waste streams, etc. The ad­van­tages of this tech­nol­ogy are low op­er­a­tional costs, zero chem­i­cal pro­cess­ing and easy colour cor­rec­tion.

Mr Updeep Singh, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Itema Weav­ing (In­dia) Pvt. Ltd., in­tro­duced Itema—a terry loom pro­ducer. He ex­plained how Itema launched R9500 and more ma­chin­ery be­fore ITMA 2015 and re­ceived a good re­sponse from the in­dus­try; R9500 re­ceived more than 100 buy­ers from Turkey.

Af­ter a sump­tu­ous lunch, the Con­fer­ence pro­ceeded with Ses­sion II. In Ses­sion II, Mr Manash Ku­mar Dey, Voltas Ltd., spoke on Thies Dye­ing Ma­chines’ iMaster, iCone and other tech­nol­ogy. Founded in 1892, Thies has con­cen­trated on the fab­ri­ca­tion of high-qual­ity ma­chines for yarn and piece dye­ing and bleach­ing and dry­ing equip­ment with a sus­tain­able ap­proach.

Mr Vinod Ku­mar V, Sales Man­ager, Voltas Ltd., spoke of Reg­giani Dig­i­tal Print­ing. REG­GIANI is the lead­ing man­u­fac­turer of tex­tile print­ing ma­chines that bet­ter rep­re­sents the ‘Made in Italy’ suc­cess all around the world. Mr Ku­mar also elab­o­rated on ReNOIR—an eco-friendly dig­i­tal print­ing ma­chine.

Ses­sion II was fol­lowed by a panel dis­cus­sion with the theme ‘Im­pres­sions @ ITMA 2015’ where par­tic­i­pants ex­pressed their views on ITMA 2015, and was mod­er­ated by Dr San­jiv Ka­mat, Vice Pres­i­dent, Kothari Info-Tech Lim­ited. The Panel Dis­cus­sion drew much more at­trac­tion and en­thu­si­asm dur­ing the Con­fer­ence. There was a sub­stan­tial pres­ence of the par­tic­i­pants for this ses­sion. The panel con­sisted of some ex­perts who vis­ited ITMA,namely, Dr A N De­sai, Di­rec­tor, BTRA; Mr Tapas Nandi, Coun­try Head (In­dia), Groz-Beck­ert Asia Pvt. Ltd.; Mr Dilip Gian­chan­dani, Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer, Fi­bre2Fash­ion.com; Mr Nitin Bavkar, Di­rec­tor, Smitin Mar­ket­ing Pvt. Ltd.; Mr Anand Jaiswal, Di­rec­tor, Euro Tex­mach Pvt. Ltd.; and Mr V R Sai Ganesh, Gen­eral Man­agerMar­ket­ing (Na­tional), Atul Ltd. There was great in­ter­ac­tion be­tween par­tic­i­pants, who posed many ques­tions to the panel mem­bers and the same were an­swered very promptly by the panel mem­bers. It was a very in­ter­est­ing and mem­o­rable ses­sion.

Mr A V Mantri, Hon. Sec­re­tary, TAI, Mum­bai Unit, pro­posed the Vote of Thanks. The Con­fer­ence was a grand suc­cess and was at­tended by 275 par­tic­i­pants. It was in­deed a very in­for­ma­tive event and gave new in­sights into all the ar­eas of the tex­tile in­dus­try.

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