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Senior Vice President - Processing Division ATE India
Consistency in quality is a challenge for process houses with conventional technologies
India’s textile processing industry has blossomed, especially in volume. Steady growth is expected. The industry has its challenges. Yet, the future looks bright. S Rajendran, Senior Vice President - Processing Division of ATE India, discusses the industry.
What is the size of the textile processing industry in india? what aspects of textile manufacturing does it cover?
More than 2,000 process houses are located across India. The industry is involved in the processing of woven apparel, fabrics, home textiles, knitted fabrics, denim and technical textiles.
What trends rule the indian textile processing industry?
Currently, the home textiles segment - which includes bed sheeting and terry towels - is doing well. Many players are increasing production of denim. New units are coming up. We anticipate steady growth of knitted fabrics processing. Production of apparel fabrics is high. The only sector where growth has not matched expectations, is technical textiles.
What challenges does this industry face? What would be your five-point agenda to tackle them?
Water scarcity is and will be one of the critical issues. Since the government is strict on pollution norms, managing wastewater is a challenge. The industry has understood the importance of recycling wastewater so processors are willing to invest in the right technology. The industry is looking for a reliable partner. One of our group companies, ATE Envirotech, has rich experience in this. They have executed more than 200 projects globally for various industries like textiles, pharma and sugar. We can offer a complete package solution like Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP), Reverse Osmosis (RO) and Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD). We introduced AAA concept in India for textile effluents, which is being appreciated by many users. We have tied up with Huber, Germany, well-known for sludge management. We have been recognised as a reliable partner for waste water treatment.
Less than 10 per cent of the process houses are modernised. The A segment and B segment are in the process of upgrading technology. The other process houses are operating with conventional technologies, so they face the challenge of consistency in quality. ATE is known for bringing the latest technology from the global market to India. ATE is the only organisation which can supply a package of machinery for processing fibre or yarn, woven or knitted fabrics, terry towels, denim and technical textiles. The market prefers a one-stop solution from ATE.
Talent management is another challenge. We do not have adequate technicians to manage operations at the middle-management level. The modernised plants need good technicians. ATE is focusing on training technicians. We have more than 30 engineers well trained in our principals. We conduct classroom training for technicians.
The next challenge is to compete against Bangladesh in cost of production. It is necessary to work on reducing costs, for which we need to focus on energy conservation. ATE is bringing technologies useful in conserving energy and in improving productivity.
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