Technical textiles are textile materials and products used for their technical performance and functional properties. Technical textiles are an important part of the textile industry and its potential is still largely untapped in India. With the increase in disposable income, the consumption of technical textiles is expected to increase. Based on past trends of growth and estimated end user segment growth, the Working Group on Technical Textiles for 12th Five Year Plan (FYP) projected the market size to reach INR 1,58,540 crore by 2016-17 at a year-on-year growth rate of 20% during the 12th Five Year Plan.
To tap the potential of technical textiles in India, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India had implemented the Scheme for Growth and Development of Technical Textiles (SGDTT) from 2007-08 to 2010-11 during the 11th Five Year Plan. The scheme encompassed three components :
Baseline survey to build the database of technical textile industry in India.
- Setting up of Four Centres of Excellence (CoE) i.e., BTRA for Geotextiles, SASMIRA for Agrotextiles, NITRA for Protective Textiles and SITRA for Medical Textiles. These CoEs provide infrastructure support in terms of facilities for testing with national and international accreditation, development of resource centre with I.T. infrastructure, facilities for training, prototype development, standards development on technical textiles, etc.
- Awareness creation among entrepreneurs under which more than 60 Seminars / Workshops / Training programmes were organized by Office of Textile Commissioner across the country during the course of scheme.
Subsequently, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India launched Technology Mission on Technical Textiles (TMTT) with two mini-missions for a period of five years (from 2010-11 to 2014-15) with a total fund outlay of INR 200 crore to overcome the issues faced by the technical textile industry.
The Scheme consists of two Mini Missions:
Mini Mission I – Four additional CoEs have been set up for Nonwovens at DKTE in Ichalkaranji. Existing four CoEs are also being upgraded with latest equipments and infrastructure in line with new COEs.
Mini Mission II – Support for export market development of technical textiles, support for new business start-ups, support for contract research, market development support for sale to institutional buyers, fund support for organising workshops and seminars on technical textiles and social compliance through standardization and regulatory measures.
In continuation to its efforts for development of Technical Textile sector in India, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India has launched the Scheme for Promoting the Usage of Agrotextiles in North East Region with a financial outlay of INR 55 crores. Further, the Scheme for Promoting the Usage of Geotextiles in North East Region with a financial outlay of INR 427 crores is under finalization.
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