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Gujarat - Home to the most vibrant textile hub
Oct '10
Gujarat which is considered one of the most industrialized states in India has a vibrant textile industry, whose history can be traced, going back by many decades.

Ahmedabad at one time was considered the 'Manchester of the East. Surat, the second biggest city of the state is one of the biggest textile hubs in India and is also the biggest man-made textiles manufacturing hub in the country.

The textile industry contributes as much as 6 percent to the industrial production of the state and Surat also has to its credit installations of over 40,000 multi-head embroidery machines in the world, in the last three years.

The state also accounts for 12 percent of all textile exports from the country and has a well developed infrastructure for the textile industry, consisting of 18 product clusters, 5 dedicated Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and six industrial parks.

Gujarat accounts for 35 percent of the cotton output and also 60 percent of cotton exports from India. With the world's third largest denim production capacity and the biggest in India, Ahmedabad has arguably earned the distinction of being called the denim capital of the world.

Over 24-28 percent of fixed investment, production value and employment in the Small Scale Industries (SSI) is from textiles sector. The presence of textile related academic institutes caters to the manpower requirement of this highly labour intensive industry.

Technical Textiles is a key emerging area with over 860 units in Gujarat (as per Government of Gujarat's survey report). The state has the lowest ratio of labour unrest across India and the labour situation is considered by and large, peaceful.

With an objective to create an industry responsive workforce of around 200,000 people per year over the next five years, the Gujarat Government has recently, joined forces with 15 corporate groups along with some regional and central institutions like National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT).

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