CLRI to soon be­gin mak­ing footwear to meet spl needs

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Cen­tral Leather Re­search In­sti­tute (CLRI), one of the world’s lead­ing re­search bodies for leather sec­tor, will ven­ture into com­mer­cial pro­duc­tion of cus­tomised footwear. This would be for the first time a gov­ern­ment­funded Coun­cil of Sci­en­tific and In­dus­trial Re­search (CSIR) lab­o­ra­tory will be break­ing away from ‘only’ re­search to cater to needs of peo­ple in spe­cial need. CLRI di­rec­tor B Chan­drasekha­ran said the pi­lot man­u­fac­tur­ing plant was be­ing re­fur­bished to scale up pro­duc­tion. “We should be ready to take-up the new role in an­other cou­ple of months.” the ob­jec­tive was to make avail­able af­ford­able and sci­en­tif­i­cally made footwear for peo­ple with foot de­for­mi­ties. “We have de­vel­oped patented footwear for di­a­betic pa­tients. There are thou­sands need­ing cus­tomised footwear which is not avail­able in the mar­ket. This is where CLRI can play a big­ger role, with the state-of-art in­fra­struc­ture like Gait Anal­y­sis Lab­o­ra­tory,” he said. gsaraswathy, sci­en­tist, Gait Anal­y­sis Lab­o­ra­tory of Shoe and Pro­duct­de­sign Cen­tre, said sev­eral pa­tients were vis­it­ing CLRI for Gait anal­y­sis. “We di­ag­nose prob­lems and give them footwear de­sign, but man­u­fac­tur­ing is done by a third party, which at times is of sub­stan­dard qual­ity and takes at least three weeks. At CLRI, we can de­liver the prod­uct in three days at a nom­i­nal cost. There are or­tho­pe­dic con­di­tions such as ten­dini­tis, am­pu­tated fin­gers, foot ul­cer, flat foot, ab­nor­mal foot size etc which need cus­tomised footwear,” she said. smath­ivanan, se­nior prin­ci­pal sci­en­tists and in-charge of man­u­fac­tur­ing plant, said a ded­i­cated team was be­ing formed to meet the grow­ing de­mand. “We have de­vel­oped a footwear for a pa­tient re­ferred by Sun­daram Med­i­cal Foun­da­tion. This move also gen­er­ates reg­u­lar rev­enue for the in­sti­tute, be­sides serv­ing the needy,” he said. Source: In­dian Ex­press.

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