Address issue of lack of manpower in technical textiles sector: Smriti Irani
TECHNOTEX 2017 expo to be held on April 12-14, 2017 in Mumbai
Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister of Textiles, Government of India, has underlined the need to address the issue of lack of manpower in the technical textiles for which industry needed to first define the requisite skills. After defining the skills, the task would be to bridge the gap in which the industry would be supported adequately by the Government of India.
Addressing the curtain raiser of TECHNOTEX 2017 in New Delhi on January 17, 2017, Irani assured that the government would consistently and constantly engage with the industry to create standards for the technical textiles sector. She added that the industry needs to come forward and utilize platforms such as TECHNOTEX for convergence of efforts.
TECHNOTEX 2017 is India's premier show on technical textiles which will be organized by FICCI jointly with the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The sixth edition of the international exhibition, conference and seminars will be held from April 12 to 14, 2017 in Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai.
TECHNOTEX is expected to draw in more than 200 exhibitors, looking to showcase a varied collection of technical textiles from the various sub-sectors of the technical textiles industry. With participation from countries like Korea, Switzerland, Japan, U.S.A., Germany, Sweden, Belgium, the U.K, Luxembourg, Austria, Italy and many more, the event will also have country pavilions of Taiwan and China. 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.
Irani said that agrotech and geo textiles must be represented at TECHNOTEX as the sectors have great untapped potential. She suggested that TECHNOTEX stakeholders should engage with agri institutes and urban local bodies to create awareness amongst them regarding the advantages of agrotech such as less consumption of water and better productivity and of geo textiles such as environmentfriendly sustainable growth, respectively.
On the occasion, Irani released the Standards on Technical Textiles and brochure of the event. The release of the standards marks a vital step towards the ministry's efforts of standardization of the technical textile products in India.
Alka Panda, Director General, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), said that BIS has constituted specialized committees to expedite the process of developing standards. She urged the industry to actively participate with BIS and help in developing standards. BIS was looking forward to industry's suggestions on standardization as this would spur innovations.
Dr. Kavita Gupta, Textile Commissioner, Office of the Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, in her presentation said that there was a need for increased involvement of user institutions; development of indigenous specially fibers; development of standards; focus on research and development and encouragement of JVs and attracting investment in manufacturing technical textiles machinery.
Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Technical Textiles Committee and Managing Director, Ginni Filaments, briefed the industry about the various initiatives of FICCI for the technical textile industry and the progress of TECHNOTEX 2017.
In his theme perspective, Mohan Kavrie, Managing Director, Supreme Group, said that while the government was trying to promote this sector, the industry was lagging behind. There was a need for entrepreneurs to step forward and look for innovative fabrics to promote use of technical textiles for daily use.
Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister of Textiles, Government of India, addressing the curtain raiser of TECHNOTEX-2017.