I am glad to inform that exports are certainly showing signs of recovery; the latest reports suggest that the country’s exports for the month of February went up by 4.5% as compared to the previous year. The trend has been promising for the MMF textiles too with the data received from the Ministry of Commerce & Industry for the period April-December 2017 showing an increase of 5.30% as against the same period in 2016. This is indeed encouraging, and I am hopeful that the financial year will definitely end on a positive note for exports in general and MMF textiles in particular.
As you may be aware, at the Export Award Function the Hon’ble Union Minister of Textiles, Information & Broadcasting had given the Ministry’s nod for Council’s proposal for Study on MMF textiles jointly with the O/o of the Textile Commissioner. I am pleased to announce that at a mega event “Textiles in Karnataka” organized by the Ministry of Textiles in Bengaluru, the “Study to Promote Growth of Man-made Fibre Textiles in India – Roadmap to identify gaps and suggest measures” was officially launched by the Hon’ble Union Minister of Textiles, Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani. At the Launch of the Study, while handing over the Document - seeking for Expression of Interest (EOI) the Hon’ble Minister was all praise for the Council for its pioneering work and called it one of the leading Export Promotion Councils in India. Let me take this opportunity to thank the Hon’ble Union Minister of Textiles, Information and Broadcasting for understanding the importance of the study and reposing faith on the Council to undertake the responsibility of carrying out the study jointly with the O/o of the Textile Commissioner. The study will now give us a roadmap to identify gaps and suggest measures. It will be a standard for shaping up the Man-made Fibre textiles segment in the country. I am sure that the study will help us understand the successful strategies of countries in this sector such as China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Cambodia, enhance production and consumption of MMF textiles, bring innovations to cater to consumer requirements in this segment, improve the competitiveness of Indian MMF textiles - both in domestic and export markets and help India emerge as the leading country in the production and exports of Man-made Fibres textiles.
The Council as part of its membership drive and also to render services to exporters of MMF textiles in various parts of the countries has decided to open offices in various cities and towards the endeavour the first among them was inaugurated in Coimbatore on 16th March 2018 by Dr. Kavita Gupta,IAS, Textile Commissioner, Govt. of India. The office has been set up in the premises of Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA). On the occasion a Seminar on “Emerging Scope for Man-made fibre textiles –Growth & Future Sustainability” was also held which was well attended. I am grateful to Shri P. Natraj, Chairman, The Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA), Shri Jaigopal, Managing Director, Madura Coats Pvt. Ltd. and Dr. Jayaraman, Assistant Director & Head of Spinning, South India Textile Research Association (SITRA) for taking time off their busy schedule to share their thoughts and ideas on the MMFT industry in the Seminar.
We are happy to feature the Textile Commissioner’s personal thoughts under the column ‘Stalwarts Speak’. Shri Ganesh Kumar Guptaji’s achievements during his tenures as Chairman, SRTEPC are being covered in the feature “Glimpses from the Past” and the success of ‘Dicitex Furnishings Pvt. Ltd’ is being highlighted under “Success Stories from SRTEPC” in this month’s issue.
20th March, 2018