Glen Raven ex­plores op­por­tu­ni­ties in In­dia


Glen Raven, a lead­ing player in the tech­ni­cal tex­tiles mar­ket, an­nounced that it look­ing at part­ner­ing with In­dian com­pa­nies to pro­vide in­dus­try spe­cific so­lu­tions and will start by sell­ing through dis­trib­u­tors. The company’s brands, Sun­brella and Dick­son fab­rics, are used for res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial awnings, up­hol­stery, out­door fur­ni­ture, and boat­ing. They op­er­ate through ex­clu­sive re­tail stores across the world. Apart from that Glen Raven as a man­u­fac­turer, dis­trib­utes its prod­ucts through var­i­ous agents across the world. Paige Mullis, Di­rec­tor of Con­cept De­vel­op­ment, Glen Raven says, “We are well placed to part­ner with In­dian com­pa­nies to pro­vide so­lu­tions for in­dus­try spe­cific needs. Our lead­ing-edge man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties spe­cial­ize in weav­ing, knit­ting, dy­ing, coat­ing, and lam­i­nat­ing world­wide—and are com­mit­ted to the health and safety of our as­so­ciates.” The tech­ni­cal tex­tile mar­ket in In­dia com­prises only of 10-15 % of tex­tiles sec­tor and thereby poses for great po­ten­tial of de­vel­op­ment. The company pro­vides high-per­for­mance fab­rics for var­i­ous in­dus­tries in­clud­ing Subrella Fab­ric for Print and Sig­nage. Glen Raven’s in­vest­ments in In­dia be­gan in 2007 when it ac­quired Strata Sys­tems, Inc. in the U.S., which owned 50 per­cent of Strata In­dia, a geosyn­thet­ics sales, mar­ket­ing and tech­ni­cal support company based in Mumbai. As of now, the company is test­ing the wa­ters in the In­dian mar­ket and will sell through dis­trib­u­tors. But look­ing at the growth po­ten­tial, the company said that they may soon open ex­clu­sive Sun­brella and Dick­son stores. Ac­cord­ing to Paige, “Ad­vances in fiber, yarn, fab­ric and man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nolo­gies con­tinue to lead to new ap­pli­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties across in­dus­tries. Glen Raven has been a leader in in­no­va­tion, per­for­mance, qual­ity and tech­ni­cal merit of th­ese en­gi­neered prod­ucts since 1880. Stay­ing ahead of the tech­nol­ogy curve is crit­i­cal, but equally im­por­tant for us is to part­ner with our cus­tomers to use our prod­ucts as so­lu­tions for their spe­cific needs in high tech, high per­for­mance fab­rics de­signed not just to look at­trac­tive, but to of­fer a sig­nif­i­cant added value in terms of func­tion­al­ity.”

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