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The next big revolution in textiles will be in wearable electronics
Banswara Syntex Ltd has big expansion plans. Ravi Toshniwal, MD of Banswara Syntex Ltd, talks about the ambitious plans of the company, its fibre business, and its sustainability initiatives in an interview with fibre2fashion.com.
How has the demand for fibre-dyed yarn been in the last two years? How is it expected to shape up in the next two years?
Fibre-dyed yarn is particular in its usage and characteristics. India has an edge in this type of yarn. However, the challenge is, and will always be, that it requires more lead time to make than a regular non-dyed, standard ecru yarn. The demand for this type of yarn from India is in fact becoming stronger. Globally, people recognise that India is good at this type of special yarn. As a matter of fact, it is a very peculiar and cumbersome way of making yarn by dyeing the fibres before spinning. The advantages are the colour continuity and the true melange nature of colours that can be made.
Which yarn from the Banswara portfolio is the consumer demanding more?
Banswara has been a specialist, even within the fibre-dyed category, in blended PV Lycra-based fibre-dyed yarns. This is the core demand from Banswara as a supplier.
Which are the new sustainable practices that the Banswara house has initiated across its textile value chain?
Banswara has initiated a huge CSR initiative for cleaning up the community around the mill at Banswara. We recycle all the waste water using RO membranes. The use of recycled fibres in polyester made from PET bottles as a per cent of our production continues to grow.
Waterless dyeing though expensive is said to be the most environment-friendly. What are your thoughts on this and any plans to adopt this technology?
This is still in the realm of theory. Fortunately for Banswara, it has a large reservoir of water from both - underground and the dam. We try and use as little as possible with modern technologies for low liquor ratio - dyeing and recycling.
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