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Indian textile sector needs to take a moon shot – Dr Ramkumar
Dec '09
The USA based Texas Tech University and Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam, India, has organised the 6th edition of, “International Conference on Advances in Textiles, Machinery, Nonwovens and Technical Textiles-ATNT 2009,” which began from today.

The ATNT-2009 international conference, which is being held at the Bannari Amman Institute of Technology campus in Sathyamangalam, India, is focusing on finding solutions to some of the difficulties faced by the Indian and global textile industries and providing information on new market opportunities for global players.

For the past five years, USA based Texas Tech University has been providing an international platform in the Coimbatore area, India for exchanging cutting-edge topics and ideas on emerging textile fields such as nonwovens, specialty fabrics and technical textiles.

The opening address speech titled 'Tex' Textile Revolution for the Indian Textile Industry was delivered by the eminent and well-known global expert in nonwovens and also an Associate Professor at Texas Tech University, USA, Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar, who is also the organizing secretary of the two-day conference.

Outlining the deliberations and outcomes of the conference, Mr Seshadri said the seminar hopes to; chart out plans to enhance the value of the Indian textile industry; Build the technical textiles industry in India by seeking collaborations with world's leading technical textiles associations.

Along with which collaboration between Texas Tech University and Bannari Amman Institute of Technology for “student exchanges,” joint research projects and faculty development in Technical Textiles, Nonwovens and Cotton Research will also be initiated.

He said, “This conference comes at an important time when the relationship between India and the United States of America is at an all time high. Just a few days back, Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Manmohan Singh received the honor as the First State Guest of the new Obama administration.

“Apart from strengthening bilateral relationship between India and USA, one of the aims of the recent state visit was to increase United State-India business and educational tie-ups. ATNT conference serves as an immediate follow-up on the recent bilateral efforts.

“This conference is going to propose the way forward for the Indian textile industry. International textile trade is at crossroads now and the effect of the economic meltdown is visible in export related trades such as the IT and the Indian Textile Industry (IT).

“This conference, which is a collaborative event between United States of America, which one of world's largest importer of commodity goods such as textiles and India, which is one of the leading exporter of commodity goods. In other words, this conference is directly linking the leading importer and a leading exporter.

“In addition, the conference serves as an international platform where delegates from USA, Italy, Czech Republic, Turkey, Iran, China, Egypt and India will have opportunity to deliberate on the latest issues facing the textile industry. Some 250 delegates from all parts of India and seven other countries will discuss subjects from fiber to fashion, nano and nonwovens, defense and medical textiles, etc.

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