OF INNOVATIONS AND SUSTAINABILITY!
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.