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

FICCI Business Digest - - Special Feature -

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.

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