The 69th All India textile annual conference will be organised under the aegis of the Textile Association of India's (TAI_ South Gujarat unit.) It is after 28 years that the event is back in the city.
While speaking to the Times of India, PA Khatwani, vice-president, TAI's South Gujarat unit said, "The textile entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to get know-how on the current trends and latest technologies." Also the conference will provide a platform to those stakeholders who are willing to enter into the competitive global textile markets. The website of textile industry journal informed that foreign speakers like David Faini, MD of MarzoliSpA, Italy; Christian Schumacher and Indian speakers like Dr Kamat, Arvind Sinha, Sevalay, Saini are some
of the speakers addressing the conference highlighting the prospects and perceptions of the industry.
The Times reported that the topics to be covered includes development and modern trends in polyester, cellulosic and other man-made and natural fibers and yarn, spinning, weaving, textile testing, advance dyeing and printing and finishing of textiles, value-addition through embroidery, garmenting, digital printing, eco-friendly textiles etc.
In Surat, besides the diamond industry, textile is a dominant business segment. According to the Indian textile journal, there are over 8 lakh power looms producing over 30 million meters/day of
fabric. Over 500 process houses are there to meet the needs of the local and export market. About one lakh embroidery machines have been installed to manufacturer and add value to product.
According to the Technopak, Indian textile industry is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 11 per cent between 2011 and 2020 to touch US $140 bn. India’s share of global textile exports is expected to increase from the current 4 per cent to around 7 per cent over the next three years.