The Textile Industry, mother of Indian industrialization and the second largest employment generator (about 4.5 Cr people, after Agriculture sector), accounts for about 20 % industrial production. By 2010 this Industry is expected to grow from INR 150,000 cr. to INR 320,000 cr. This is one of the key drivers for our economy and any change/development in this sector would highly impact many allied industries and affect socio-economy of the country.

Of late this industry is witnessing a paradigm shift in the concepts, applications and processing technologies. The influencing factors are considered to be the cost pressures, high quality demands, environment regulations, fashion trends & supply chain logistics. This has brought awareness in terms of need for technology up gradation, machinery modernization, innovative application techniques, cost optimised processing and increasing production capacities for achieving economies of scale.

One of the ways to reduce the impact of water consumption, effluent treatment cost, energy requirement and productivity is by shifting from batch wise processing to the highly productive semi-continuous and continuous application method.

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About the Authors:

The authors are associated with Atul Ltd (Colors Division), Gujarat.