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SME Times News Bureau | 03 Nov, 2017
Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Anant Kumar Singh has underlined the need to streamline the process of standardization for faster development of the standards in the area of technical textiles and to develop the sector indigenously and fulfil the domestic requirements.

It was imperative for the stakeholders, including industry, policy makers and research institutes to work in close collaboration and also suggest ways to make the process of developing standards for technical textiles faster, said Singh in New Delhi on Thursday.

He also said that the Government will soon launch the new mission for technical textiles. The earlier mission has completed its period.

Inaugurating the third edition of National Conclave on Standards on Technical Textiles organised jointly by the Ministry of Textiles, Bureau of India Standards (BIS) and FICCI, Singh said that eight committees had been formed at the Centre of Excellences in India to expedite the process of developing standards.

These committees including industry representatives help in identifying the areas in which needed standards needed to be formulated. India had the capability, resource and market in the area of technical textiles and the need was to capitalize on these strengths.

The conclave since its inception has been instrumental in bringing together institutional buyers in various segments along with industry to discuss the standards that needed to be formulated by BIS on priority.

Singh said that the market of technical textiles was expanding rapidly with new products being added by the users in various industries. Thus it was imperative to formulate standards to accelerate the growth of the textiles sector. He added that the share of technical textiles in the domestic textile sector as well as at the global level was very low as compared to developed countries and this needed to be addressed.

Surina Rajan, Director General, BIS said that in exports, India has to move to more value added products and textiles were no exception. There was a need to at least double India’s volume of production and exports. BIS has a supportive role in terms of standard setting which facilitates industry. Since 2014, BIS has added 104 Indian standards to the pre-existing number of 190 standards for this sector. Currently, the focus is on 45 new technical textile subjects. For moving fast and doing useful work, she called upon the stakeholders to participate actively in the standardization work.

Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Textiles Committee, said that standardization was a pre-requisite for mandatory use of technical textiles, wherever necessary. Mandatory use of fire retardant textiles in public places like multiplexes, malls, public buildings, etc., will go a long way in increasing safety of the public at large. Similarly, promoting the use of new medical textile and hygiene related technical textiles will contribute immensely to the health and hygiene in hospitals and would reduce cross infections considerably.
 
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