Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Varanasi on Sunday spoke about the ‘technical textiles’ highlighting its growing use in different sectors. He also stressed on the need of the manufacturing of technical textiles in the country to end dependency over foreign countries.
“Technical textiles worth of crores of rupees is imported every year. We import more technical textiles than we export the carpets,” said the PM while addressing the opening ceremony of ‘Kashi Ek, Roop Anek’, an exhibition of traditional crafts organized by the UP Institute of Design (UPID) at the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Trade Facilitation Centre, Bada Lalpur. “To change this situation anti-dumping duty on the raw material –polymer fiber has been abolished in this year’s budget. The people in textile sector have been demanding for it for decades,” said the PM adding that the National Textile Mission has also been started with a budgetary allocation of Rs. 1500 crore.
What is Technical Textile:
According to a report of the office of Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, the technical textiles is a high technology sunrise sector which is steadily gaining ground in India. Technical textiles are functional fabrics that have applications across various industries including automobiles, civil engineering and construction, agriculture, healthcare, industrial safety, personal protection etc. Based on usage, there are 12 technical textile segments; Agrotech, Meditech, Buildtech, Mobiltech, Clothtech, Oekotech, Geotech, Packtech, Hometech, Protech, Indutech and Sportech.
Technical Textile products derive their demand from development and industrialization in a country. Given the large scale at which emerging nations are industrialising, the market for technical textiles can only be expected to grow in tandem with industrial growth in different parts of the world. Technical Textiles provides new opportunity to the Indian textile industry to have long term sustainable future. Despite of achieving high growth rate the per capita consumption of technical textiles in India is 1.7 per kg vis –a vis 10- 12 kg in developed countries. Globally, the technical textiles contribute to about 27 percent of textile industry, in some of the western countries its share is even 50 percent while in India it is a meagre 11 percent.
A large number of technical textile products are consumed by different industries, like automotive, healthcare, infrastructure, oil & petroleum, etc. With increase in investments in industry sectors, higher consumption and growing exports, the industrial sector is poised for considerable growth.