1. Abstract

The Indian Textile Wet Processing Industry must improve its productivity

Who says so?

Two very important bodies from within India say so:

Firstly, the Finance Ministry of the Indian Government,

Secondly, the Indian Cotton Mills Federation (ICMF)

These two bodies consider the need to improve productivity is necessary for the industry to meet the competitive challenges ahead as it grows from a total value of US $ 36 billion to US $ 85 billion over the next 6 years.

This need to improve productivity applies across the whole spread of sectors in the Value Chain; and has led to the formation of a third body the National Manufacturing Competitive Council (NMCC).

Investment in the Indian textile industry over the spectrum of Spinning; Weaving; Knitting; Dyeing & Finishing; and Garment Confection sectors will amount to US $ 31 billion over the next 6 years.

Over 36% of this investment will take place in the Dyeing & Finishing sector.

Therefore, the need to improve Productivity in the Dyehouse is more important than in any other sector.

This paper looks at Dyehouse Productivity from a completely different angle:

  • How can Dyehouse Productivity be improved?
  • What are the critical success factors?
  • What are the typical problem areas?
  • What improvements have been made in other countries?
  • Who is setting a lead?

This paper attempts to place the challenges facing the Indian Textile Industry into a global context. It does so by a detailed consideration of Cost, Value and Productivity within the dyehouse, and by drawing on experiences observed in dyehouses across four continents (Table 1).

This paper offers a blueprint for significantly improved profits for those dyehouse owners, managements and investors wishing to steal a march on their competitors, both within India and across its international markets.