Post Event Report of International Conference on Technical Textile
The Textile Committee of PHDCCI organized the “International Conference on Technical Textile”, themed: Market Growth, Opportunities, and Challenges in Technical Textiles at PHD House, New Delhi on 15th May 2023. Over 130 delegates that include experts, industry players, and researchers, attended the conference to deliberate on the potential and challenges pertaining to technical textiles.
Mr. Rajeev Saxena, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India & Mission Coordinator, National Technical Textile Mission, was the Guest of Honour during his address mentioned that the Technical Textiles, India’s sunrise sector, is witnessing rapid growth. He stated that the PM’s vision of making India a developed nation by 2047 will be accelerated by the significant growth in the technical textiles sector. He mentioned that the mission is dedicated to encouraging domestic production of technical textiles in order to explore the global potential and meet domestic and international market demands. Mr. Saxena also released the Knowledge Paper on Technical Textiles prepared by the Fibre2Fashion.
Mr. Madhu Sudhan Bhageria, Chair, PHDCCI Textiles Committee & CMD, Filatex India Ltd, during his welcome address and overview of the conference, said India has a small presence in the global textile market but has the potential to become a key player in the industry. The Indian Textile market is expected to grow rapidly in the upcoming years due to a variety of factors including favourable government initiatives, increasing demand for technical textiles in various end-use applications and the country’s robust manufacturing capabilities.
Prof. Abhijit Majumdar, Department of Textile and Fibre Engineering, IIT Delhi, called the Indian Technical Textile sector a knowledge and research-driven sector and emphasized on the need to bring in a UG-level curriculum that is principle based while eliminating the perimeter-centric learning.
Mr. Nandan Kumar, Director, High Performance Textiles, Pvt. Ltd., emphasized on the collaborative working of all the stakeholders to promote the adoption of the new standards in the Industry, while pressing on the importance of recycling of high-performance protective textiles.
Dr. Arindam Basu, Director General Northern India Textile Research Association, said, as India is expected to invest-$1.4trn by 2025 on infrastructure across roads, rail, ports and housing, all these industries pose a huge market for the Indian Technical Textile Industry. He said that we have to go for high-value products that are not very easy to copy. Given the surge in demand and usage for these products around the world, the emphasis should be on domesticating technology and implementing quality standards in specialized items, added Dr Basu.
Mr. R. K. Vij, Co-Chair of PHDCCI Textile Committee presented the vote of thanks in the opening session. The session 1 was addressed by Prof. B. S. Butola, Department of Textiles and Fibre Engineering, IIT Delhi, Mr. Umashankar Sinha Mahapatra, MD Pulcra Chemicals India Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Shishir Tyagi, DD, Wool Research Association COE Sportech, Mr. Yatee Gupta, CEO, Fabiosys Innovation Pvt. Ltd., Dr. Anasuya Roy, Founder Nanosafe Solutions Pvt. Ltd. Dr. Ajay Kumar, Chemical Department, Sharda University.
The IIT Delhi was the Academic Partner and Fibre2Fashion was the Knowledge Partner and Textile Value Chain was the Media Partner. The Conference was sponsored by M/s Imagine Fibre Pvt. Ltd. The Conference was moderated by Mr. Mayank Chatwal, Secretary, PHDCCI.
The recording of the conference is available at