World Textiles Redefining Strategy


World Textiles Redefining Strategy

About us

The Textile Association (India)

The Textile Association (India) established in the year 1939, is the foremost leading and largest Nonprofit making National Professional and Technocrats body in the country having more than 25000 strong memberships of 26 affiliated units at various textile centers in the country. TAI has more than 8 decades of service to the industry to its credit. Association has been at the forefront in spreading Knowledge, Education, Research as well as assisting Policy Making and organizing several National and International events in India & abroad. The Textile Association (India) has also been publishing a prestigious bi-monthly peer reviewed technical Journal of the Textile Association since 1940. For details, visit

Knowledge Partner

Diagonal Consulting (India)

Diagonal Consulting (India), a leading Strategic and Management Consulting firm in Textiles spearheaded by Dr. P. R. Roy is the ‘Knowledge Partner’ for the said event. The firm & its associates integrate a range of expert knowledge in Textile & Apparel Industry through wide experience and alliances globally.

The Textile Association India Office Bearers

Mr. R. K. Vij President
Mr. T. L. Patel Vice President & Conference Chairman
MR. V. P. GUPTA Chairman
Mr. Haresh B. Parekh Vice Chairman
Mr. Mahendra G. Patel Hon. Gen. Secretary
Mr. S. Sivkumar Hon. Jt. Gen. Secretary
Mr. Kamal Mishra Hon. Jt. Gen. Secretary
Dr. V. D. Gotmare Hon. Treasurer

About World Textile Conference

The Textile Association (India) is organising “World Textile Conference – 3” on 25-26th February, 2023 at Ahmedabad on the theme “World Textiles – Redefining Strategy”.

Association has been at the forefront in spreading Knowledge, Education, Research as well as assisting Policy Making and organizing several National and International events in India & Abroad.

Key Topics for Deliberation

The world textile conference event dedicated to providing a platform for the textile community to learn and interact together. This multi-day event features educational presentations from industry leaders and academic experts, interactive networking breakouts and receptions, a showroom for innovative products and processes, resources, and information on the latest in textiles, and more!

The New World Order In Textile & Apparel Manufacturing

The New World Order In Textile & Apparel Manufacturing

Nonwovens : Global Scenario & Innovations

Nonwovens : Global Scenario & Innovations

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Cotton Vs MMF or Cotton & MMF : Pathway To Economic Leadership

Cotton Vs MMF or Cotton & MMF : Pathway To Economic Leadership

Technology Developments & Investment Opportunities

Technology Developments & Investment Opportunities

Denims : Beyond 2025

Denims : Beyond 2025

Technical Textiles

Technical Textiles

Garment, Dyeing & Processing

Garment, Dyeing & Processing

Past Events

The Textile Association (India) with the support of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) organized Global Textile Congress at Bangkok on 13th to 15th February, 2015 to develop lasting business relations between countries producing textile fibres, fabrics, machineries and carrying out extensive research in all related areas.

The theme of Congress “Global Textile – Opportunities and Challenges in an Integrated World” was very meticulously selected to garner knowledge and expertise of galaxy of eminent speakers of world fame. This international event was conceived two years ago and tremendous efforts were made to achieve success.

The Textile Association (India) clocked a key milestone in its history with the organization of the first ever Global Textile Conference (GTC) in Bangkok. The 3-day GTC has successfully organized with an overwhelming delegate response from not only from India but also from other Asian nations, including Thailand. 


The first ever World Textile Conference was held under the aegis of Textile Association (India) -Central office, with the support of Institute of Chemical technology (formerly known the UDCT) and Office of The Textile Commissioner. The support of the Textile, Apparel and Retail Garment Industries was enormous and the enthusiasm of the delegates attending this conference was simply over whelming. To begin with the Welcome address was given by Mr. D.R. Mehta, President, TM where as and Mr. Arvind Sinha, Conference Chairman, gave the background of the conference.

After the grand success of the First World Textile Conference held in the city of Mumbai in the year 2011 and excellent response thereafter from the technocrats, industrialists, manufacturers, traders, educationist from the participating countries as well as local Govt. dignitaries prompted the Textile Association (India) to take up the challenge of organizing the World Textile Conference-2.

World Textile Conference-2 was organized at Mumbai, India by the Textile Association (India) (TAI) on 16th & 17th September, 2016 at Sahara Sapphire, Mumbai with the help of Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) as Knowledge Partner to deliberate upon the global theme “World Textiles — Growth & Great Opportunities” under the dynamic leadership of National President TAI , Mr. Arvind Sinha. This Conference was enthusiastically attended by luminaries from textile and allied sectors from about twenty countries making it truly a World Textile Conference.

Conference Theme

World Textiles – Redefining Strategy

Textile Industry over thousands of years have been playing a major positive role in the growth of civilization. Wool, Flax and few other natural fibers took the initiative that was eventually taken over by Cotton. Till 12th Century, India led the path of development of cotton cultivation, textile manufacturing and product development. Egypt, China, Peru and others followed India. In the 16th Century Cotton turned out to be the most important item in the world trade. Historians observed “In shaping markets and serving fashion, Indian cotton prepared global consumer markets for the modern industrial age”.

The first step in Strategy formation challenging the then leadership came from UK through the 19th century Industrial revolution. For more than two centuries, textile manufacturing and fashion shifted towards the western world led by Europe and USA. Population growth and availability of raw material took center stage in the strategy development which happened through development of man-made fibers primarily through commercial emergence of cellulosics.

Two consecutive world wars and particularly the World War II brought in radical changes in the product needs and in turn the technology. Man-made Synthetics emerged with the advent of Polyamide followed by Polyester, Acrylics, Polypropylene etc. In the beginning of 70’s, Polyester took the lead in the global fiber consumption scenario. Thanks to growth in population, limitations of natural raw materials pushed the development to third stage of defining strategy. The reuse of fibers, yarns, fabrics and garments through recycling played an important role in circular economy with the intent of containing the growing population needs in the recent decade.

Over the ages, continued defining and redefining of strategy lead to massive growth of Industry giving birth to new raw material, technology, and novel applications. Computer science and lately Artificial intelligence made all the strategic decision sustainable and highly pervasive.

The proposed World Textile Conclave (3) attempts to address key strategic changes in manufacturing, marketing, trade, policies & research to look at the process and steps for Industry to be future ready. We expect a major participation from Industry & Technology leaders, Trade Bodies, Education & Financial Institutions, Policy Makers, Researchers and Economists from within & outside the country at the ensuing World Textile Conclave (3).

Event Speakers

Tony Fragnito President, INDA
Bryan Haynes Kimberly Clark, USA
Professor Seeram Ramakrishna National University, Singapore
Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar Texas Tech University, USA
Dr K Selvaraju SIMA
Arunkrishna Srinivasan Director, Jayalakshmi Textiles
Hans-Gerhard Wroblowski Area Sales Director - Monforts GmbH
Mandava Prabhakar Rao Chairman, Nuziveedu Seeds Limited
Punit Lalbhai
Punit Lalbhai Executive Director - Arvind Ltd
R D Udeshi President - Polyester Chain Reliance Industries Ltd
Michelle Salg Product Manager - USTER, Switzerland
Uday Gill Visionary and Transformational Board Director, Strategic and Global C-Suite Executive
Joerg Bauersachs Head of CCI Technical Services, Cotton Council International
ManMohan Singh Chief Marketing Officer - Fibre Marketing for the Pulp and Fibre Business
Neeraj Bansal Dy. General Manager - Sieger Spintech Equipments Pvt Ltd

Conference Partners

Lead Sponsorship

Diamond Sponsorship

Gold Sponsorship

Bronze Sponsorship


Registration and Event Venue

Delegate Registration

Mr. Vithal Phondke (Mumbai)

Delegate Registration

Mr. S. S. Maity (Ahmedabad)


Dinesh Hall Auditorium, Behind Income Tax Office, Ashram Road, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad - Gujarat

Tony Fragnito
President, INDA

Fragnito has decades of leadership experience assisting trade and professional organizations in realizing their organizational and operational potential. A certified public accountant, he brings strong financial acumen in addition to extensive information technology, human resource and program management accomplishments from organizations representing a variety of professions and industries.

Bryan Haynes
Kimberly Clark , USA

Ph.D., Senior Technical Director for Global Nonwovens, Kimberly-Clark Corporation – Chair, INDA

Dr. Haynes received his B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. During his graduate studies Dr. Haynes specialized in the aerodynamics and polymer processing of the meltblowing process which was funded by Exxon Chemical Company. He taught full time in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering prior to joining Kimberly-Clark Corporation as a Research Scientist in 1992. While working at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Dr. Haynes has held various positions in research and engineering including an assignment at the Lexington Mill in North Carolina serving as the Technical Team Manager. Dr. Haynes has published several papers and has obtained 44 U.S. Patents and 16 Trade Secrets during his Kimberly-Clark career.

He currently holds the position of Senior Technical Director for Global Nonwovens. Prior to his current role he served as the Director of Research and Engineering in Global Nonwovens where his team was responsible for the front-end innovation portfolio and prototyping capabilities including the pilot facilities supporting Kimberly-Clark’s various businesses. Dr. Haynes has received several awards including the Kimberly-Clark Technical Excellence Award, the 2012 Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award from the Society of Women Engineers, and most recently he received the 2017 INDA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award. He is also an Adjunct Professor at The University of Tennessee in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering. He serves on several Industrial Advisory Boards including Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology; Chemical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Georgia; and the Nonwovens Institute at N.C. State University. He also serves on the Board of Directors as Secretary for Georgia FIRST which is a non-profit organization that supports STEM programs in Georgia.

Prof. Seeram Ramakrishna
National University, Singapore

FREng, Everest Chair is a senior professor and world-renowned researcher at the National University of Singapore (; is the Editor-in-Chief of the Springer NATURE Journal Materials Circular Economy (, Associate Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier Journal Circular Economy (, and Director of Center for Nanotechnology and SustainabilityHe is recognized among the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds, and Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers in materials science as well as cross-fields categories. He has an H-index of 174 and i10-index of 1,242 with ~144,961 citations for his publications to date. He is a co-author of an award-winning book An Introduction to Circular Economy, and UNESCO Report Knowledge-driven Actions: Transforming Higher Education for Global Sustainability ( He is a member of EPR Advisory Committee of Singapore Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE). He Co-Chairs the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Advocacy Group at the Singapore Institute of Directors ( He is a member of ISO technical committee on Circular Economy. He is the Chairman of Climate Change TC at the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES), and Plastics Recycling Center of Excellence at PRAS ( He advises the IES Green Plan 2030. He is an evaluation panel member for the $3 million Alliance Prize in Circular Solutions for Flexibles, sponsored by the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (   European Commission Director-General for Environment, Excellency Daniel Calleja Crespo said “Professor Seeram Ramakrishna should be praised for his personal engagement leading the reflections on how to develop a more sustainable future for all”. He is a speaker of Asian Leadership Conference ( He is an eminent resource person for universities, companies, governments, individuals, and international organizations. He received PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK; and the GMP training from Harvard University, USA.

Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar
Texas Tech University, USA

Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar is a tenured full professor of advanced materials and Texas Tech University. His research has resulted in commercial products such as FiberTect decontamination wipe and cotton-based oil absorbent wipes. He is credited with creating Technical Textiles revolution in India, which played a vital in India becoming self-reliant in developing PPE products during this COVID-19. He has received the highest award for research and academic efforts by the world’s largest textile related professional association, Textile Association India with its Honorary Fellowship. He is also a Fellow of the oldest charted association in the field, The Textile Institute, United Kingdom. He has been awarded the Fellowship of Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry, USA.

USA-based Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Association has given him the highest technical award in the field of nonwovens, “Mark Hollingworth Prize,” and the Division Leadership Award for his nonwovens work. He has had over 20 years of collaboration with many Indian institutes such as UICT-Mumbai, KCT, Coimbatore, etc. Since early 2000, he has been working on the promotion of technical textiles sector in India. He served as the tutor for USA-INDA’s first ever nonwovens workshop in India in January 2007.

Most recently he has been appointed as an Honorary Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Agile Manufacturing and Management at Chennai-based Grand Alliance of Management Excellence. Currently he is actively involved in research related to face masks and promoting its usefulness in protecting global citizens, via research and outreach.

He publishes an international newsletter called “TexSnips,” which is distributed globally informing researchers, industry, and academics on new developments in the field of fiber to soft materials.

Dr. K Selvaraju

Dr K Selvaraju, who is a Doctorate in Textiles, began his humble career with S.Kumars, Mumbai and Madura Coats in Tamilnadu, rose to the position of Secretary General of Coimbatore based The Southern India Mills’ Association. He has more than 41 years of industry experience in total and 36 years of experience in SIMA. He advised more than 1000 mills for improving HR systems and productivity and conducted over 1500 HRD programmes. He represents many Committees of State and Central Governments relating to textiles. He is also a member on Board of Studies of various educational institutions for advising curriculum on textiles.

He is also the Secretary General of SIMA’s sister organization viz., SIMA Cotton Development & Research Association and Secretary for SIMA Textile Processing Centre Limited.

Dr Selvaraju has travelled several countries on his textile mission.

Arunkrishna Srinivasan
Director, Jayalakshmi Textiles

Arunkrishna Srinivasan is the Director of Jayalakshmi mills Pvt Ltd.JAYALAKSHMI TEXTILES is a leading manufacturer of yarn and textile products and serves customers across geographies.

At Jayalakshmi, he is responsible for business strategy and is tasked with augmenting the growth of the business.

He also sits on the board of Theni Guru Krishna textile mills, Pas cotton Mills and Aaa textiles Pvt. Ltd.

He was awarded The Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Award from Junior Chamber International.

As a young entrepreneur from a veteran textile family, he is keen on being instrumental in the overall growth of the industry. He is an active member of various textile associations such as SIMA, TASMA and ITF.

He holds an M.Sc in communication engineering from Bridgeport university , USA and an engineering degree from Sri Venkateshwara College of Engineering, chennai.

Hans-Gerhard Wroblowski
Area Sales Director SEA


  • Textile machine operator Finishing / Dyeing (1977 – 1980)
    University/ Studies:
  • FN Niederrhein Textil finishing
    Examination in : Dipl. Ing.Textile Technic Finishing


  • R & D (1989 – 2001)
    Warp preparation (Sizing, Warping, Dyeing , Denim
    Sucker Müller Hacoba GmbH & Co Textilmaschinen
  • Director R & D (2001 – 2007)
    Finishing & Warp Preparation
    (Skin preparation, finishing, Wet and Dry Finishing,
    Warp preparation (Sizing, Warping, Dyeing , Denim)
    Moenus Textilmaschinen GmbH
  • Productmanagement – Sizing and Dyeing (2007 – 2012)
    Warp Preparation (Sizing, Warping, Dyeing – Denim)
    Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH
  • Area Sales Director SEA & Productmanagement Denim
    (2012 – today)
    A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG
Mandava Prabhakar Rao
Chairman, Nuziveedu Seeds Limited

Mandava Prabhakar Rao, aged 62 years is from a reputed agricultural family (born to SriM Venkatramaiah and Smt. Rama Devi), hailing from Guntur District in Andhra Pradesh, India. Mr.Prabhakar Rao is an alumnus of Benares Hindu University and stood second in the University in B.Sc (Agriculture) and achieved 1st rank in M.Sc (Agriculture). He is also recipient of Gold Medal and Merit Scholarship in his Post Graduation. He is Chairman of NSL Group of Companies.

Taking over the family owned seed company Nuziveedu Seeds Limited in 1982, with rapid growth, despite stiff competition from MNCs, led the company to become the largest seed company in India. Developed several superior Cotton Hybrids and many leading Hybrids in Rice, Corn and Vegetables which are most popular amongst the farmers. About half the cotton produced in India will have genetics of lines developed by him. He has been working through his company for cotton productivity improvement through High Density Planting for increasing farmer profitability. The company promoted direct sowing in rice as part of its CSR activitywhich benefitted the farmers in reducing the water requirement and increasing the profitability in the Krishna River Delta region. He made pioneer efforts in making new technologies available to the farmers at affordable price. Particularly, because of his singular efforts Bt cotton seed prices came down drastically and became affordable to the farmers. He has been instrumental in bridging the gap, recently, between the technology developers and seed companies, which is considered to be a great service to Indian agriculture.

Spread of proprietary rice varieties throughout India first time by an Indian private seed company viz Nuziveedu Seeds Limited is his landmark achievement. He has developed favourable policy framework for domestic seed companies in particular for MSME companies. He worked on seed production technology to enhance yields and profits to seed growers. His contribution to R&D in cotton and seed technology is immense. Apart from managing diversified businesses, Mr. Rao has a very active participation in various Industry Bodies.

To name a few,
Founder Member – National Seed Association of India (NSAI)
President – NSAI 2007-09 & From 2013 – Till Date
Member – ICAR National Agricultural Education Accreditation Board (NAEAB) (From 2020 for a period 3 years)
Chairman – FICCI – Andhra Pradesh State Council (2016-2019)
Member – Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights Authority (PPVFR Authority) (2016-2019)
Chairman – Committee on Agriculture, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) (2015)
Member – Cotton Advisory Board, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India (2007 to 2013)
Member – Textiles Committee, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India (2012-13)
Member – Central Seed Committee, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt of India (2010-12)
Member – Board of International Seed Federation representing India (2010-12)
Board Member – Acharya N.G Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad (2007-11)
Member – Central Seed Certification Board, Govt. of India (1995-1997 & 2003-2005)
President – Andhra Pradesh Seedsmen Association (2001-2003)
Past President – CEO Clubs India, Hyderabad Chapter (Presently, He is a member)

A widely travelled person. As a member of Indian Seed Team, sponsored by USAID, toured several developed countries in Europe, USA and Japan to study the seed industry for adopting improved technologies in the domestic seed industry.

Participated in several international and national conferences on seeds held in India and abroad. Presented several papers both in national and international fora.

He has received many awards from National and International establishments such as best In-house R & D National award from DSIR 2002, Best Wind Farm award in 2007, Bio-Agri Company of the year 2008, Agriculture leadership award 2009 and International CEO Club award 2009.

In order to honour the Indian Agricultural Scientists for their outstanding achievements, he had sponsored Prof. M.S.Swaminathan Award through Retired ICAR Employees Association.

In addition to his contribution to the seed industry, he has also contributed for substantial industrialization by making combined investments of about Rs. 10,000 Crores (USD 2 Billion) in Power, Textiles, Integrated Sugar Factories, IT Infrastructure in the form of IT Parks, IT SEZs etc. The Group employs about 20,000 people directly.

He has been pioneering work on enhancing of farm productivity in the crops of cotton, sugar cane, paddy and maize through introduction of new agronomic techniques throughout India to make agriculture environmentally sustainable and economically viable.

He is at the forefront of discharging Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and has established a charitable trust, Mandava Foundation that plays a key role in the development of Rural India by contributing in the sectors of Education, Health Care, and agricultural productivity initiatives etc.

He is the President of The Swarna Bharat Trust (SBT) Vijayawada Chapter which organizes many social activities like skill Development courses for unemployed youth, vocational training to rural women, computer courses to rural boys and girls. agricultural training to local farmers on the recent technologies with special reference to natural farming. This Trust is also rendering medical services to the rural people at their door steps.

Punit Lalbhai
Arvind Limited

Punit Lalbhai is the Executive Director of Arvind Limited and leads Arvind’s manufacturing businesses which include Core Textiles, Advanced Materials, Engineering & Agribusinesses. He also spearheads initiatives in sustainability, CSR and Innovation at Arvind.
He has an MBA from INSEAD, France and Masters in Environmental Science from Yale University, USA.
Punit has been a practitioner of Heartfulness Meditation since 1998, and has been a volunteer trainer for the practice since 2012.

R D Udeshi
President, Polyester Chain of Reliance Industries Ltd.

R.D Udeshi is one of the who’s who in the global polyester landscape and has an intricate understanding about the Global & Indian Textile & Polyester Industry. He started his journey with Reliance since 1984 and transformed Reliance Polyester from a humble 10000 MT /Year in 1982 to a phenomenal 3.5 Million MT/ year with a clear focus on value addition. He was also instrumental in creating the largest integrated polyester chain globally, with a base of 14 Million Mt of PX, PTA,MEG & Other Aromatic derivatives & Polyester.
A Cost Accountant by academic qualification, he started his career in Reliance’s earliest business, Filament Yarn, followed by Polyester Fibre and subsequently heading entire Polyester business. Eventually, he took the leadership role in Fibre Intermediates & Aromatics division thus heading the entire Polyester Chain Sector. He is also instrumental in creating the polyester chain platform in Malaysia by acquiring large integrated Polyester & Textile business of Hualon, presently named as Recron Malaysia & the PTA unit of British Petroleum.
Sh Udeshi remains a humble and inspiring leader and is widely recognized as one of the best speakers of the industry.

Michelle Salg
Product Manager Fabric Inspection systems

Ms. Salg holds the position of product manager for fabric inspection systems at USTER Technologies AG in Switzerland. USTER Technologies AG is the world’s leading supplier of total quality solutions from fiber to fabric. She and her team are responsible for the innovation portfolio and product lifecycle of USTER Fabric Inspection systems.
Ms. Salg received her B.Sc. (HONS) in Textile Design & Technology from the Swiss textile college in Zurich. During her graduate studies Ms. Salg specialized on textile finishing and textile chemicals. Before her studies, she qualified as a production technologist with focus on weaving technology at an automotive supplier where she was awarded as national best trainee from the German chamber of commerce.
As training manager with broad process engineering experience, she implemented a global training system for an airbag fabric manufacturer with strong focus on shopfloor and on- the -job trainings for machine operators and production department heads.
She held various positions in process engineering, training and quality engineering before switching to Uster Technologies in 2019.
Ms. Salg teaches weaving technology for textile technicians since 2016 and Industry 4.0 technologies for textile engineers at the Swiss Textile College in Zurich since 2022.
Ms. Salg serves on the advisory board of the Swiss textile college as well as in the board of examiners of the German chamber of commerce.

Uday Gill
Visionary and Transformational Board Director, Strategic and Global C-Suite Executive

Obsessed with customer experience, a transformational business leader, Uday has over 40 years of successful experience in downstream petrochemical chain, personal hygiene, automotive, industrial and lifestyle fibers technical applications, packaging, soft commodities recycling, banking, agricultural-inputs, and fertilizers. C-Suite executive with a strong track record of leadership development, habit forming transformations, creating new sources of competitive advantage and new business platforms while embracing ESG principles to balance purpose and profit.

Committed to good governance practices, a Certified Director, Institute of Directors of Thailand, registered Director with Ministry of Corporate Affairs India has been on boards of 3 listed companies, 14 non-listed and 2 nonprofit organizations. Board member and Executive Director of Indorama Ventures Limited a $14 billion listed company on Stock Exchange of Thailand. Member of the Sustainability, Risk Management Committee of the company. Member of Indorama Management Committee an apex executive body for the group.

As Group Chief Strategy Officer at Indorama, he organized corporate transformation functions including ESG, Digital solutions, Lean business systems, Business continuity and Risk management with a clear focus on de-carbonatation, circularity, Lean gap assessment, value stream mapping, digital twins, AI and ML, behavioral and process safety, cultural integration, and inclusivity for effective transformation. To enable the business units, achieve full potential the corporate enabling functions were integrated into an ‘internal consulting’ team and laid the foundations of ‘Indorama Business Systems’ for continuous improvement.

In prior role as CEO Fibers at Indorama Uday’s visionary business acumen and expertise in building new profitable business platforms for long term success, he built from scratch a new $4.5 billion global specialty fibers business serving hygiene, automotive and lifestyle applications near the consumption centers spread over 52 sites in 23 countries in the last decade. At a time, the western retailers were moving to outsource from Asia in quest for cheap labor, Uday mindful of customers business continuity and supply chain risks created a new globally diversified business model that supports proximity sourcing and smart supply chains that provided a sustainable competitive advantage.

Successfully collaborated with customers and competition to form synergetic JVs with leading Japanese, Korean and Western entities to expand reach to global brands. Organized customer focused and diverse innovation teams mirroring the demographics of the society that provided multiplier effect of human creativity, helped understand potential disruptions and created new revenue streams with over 30 % new product vitality index.

Uday has led up to 25 k employees and his passion for leadership development, people power and engagement has helped steer change in transformational projects, cultural integration of over 20 new acquisitions and several green field and brownfield projects over a decade. He has over 20 years of years of expat assignments and is passionate about enhancing ESG to increase future enterprise value and create a better world.

Besides the key strength in mergers and acquisitions, business model enhancement, portfolio restructuring and turnaround, the
execution skills acquired and evolved over the years helped him acquire an additional cross industry strategic perspective. Prior to Indorama, eight years stint at fortune 500 Reliance Industries he was tasked with building growth momentum and introducing more aggressive growth strategies, increased revenues by 71% to $1.5 Bn by executing a series of new business initiatives to become world’s largest fiber producer.

Earlier on with JCT Limited spearheaded the revitalization and recovery of a rapidly failing company arising out an aborted acquisition. Lead massive turnaround efforts to jumpstart stalled revenues, arrest market share decline and executed restructuring and turnaround plans by debottlenecking capacity by 40 % of the synthetic fibres division JCT LTD a flagship company of Thapar group. In early phase of Uday’s career as executive director with cotton corporation of India and senior district manager with Punjab Markfed he implemented asset light strategy helped turnaround of a loss-making cotton operations. After two-year Fulbright mid-career program at University of California Davis, his experience at PepsiCo Somers New York helped him acquire global countertrade skills and knowledge of non-banking trade channels leveraging his initial banking experience at Bank of Baroda.

Being Fulbright fellow at University of California in International Trade helped him in his passion for learning, self-development and engaging with international industry forums like ITMF / ACCIF / AIMA / CITI / Dornbirn GFC / US Chamber / OECD / UN that enabled him to stretch the boundaries of his influence. He enjoys a strong industry network with a deep reservoir of relationships with C-level executives globally. He has been key-note speaker, panelist at several industry conferences and written lead articles in industry magazines on important subjects of long-range strategy, leadership development, circularity, innovation, digitally enabled businesses, lean manufacturing, and smart supply chains.

Internal Board level positions held in last 5 five-years within Indorama Ventures Group.

  • Chairman of Avgol a listed company on Tel Aviv stock exchange,
  • CEO / Chairman – Trevira, Holdings Germany,
  • Chairman of the Board – Sinterama Italy
  • President Director – PT Indorama Ventures Indonesia,
  • President Director – PT Indorama Polychem Indonesia,
  • Director – Indorama Synthetics a listed company on Mumbai Stock Exchange
  • Director – Indorama Polyester Industries Thailand,
  • Director – FiberVisions Corporation USA,
  • Director – Glanzstoff Industries Austria
  • Director – Wellman International Ireland,
  • Director – Indorama Performance Fibers USA LLC,
  • Director – PHP Fibers GmbH, Germany
  • Director – PHP Fibers Inc, USA
  • Director – Kordarna Industries Czech Republic
  • Director Performance Fibers China

    External Board Level positions

  • Board Member of International Textile Manufacturers Federation ( ITMF ) Zurich a Global body of Textile Industry.

  • Advisory Board Member of Biotexfuture a major European research project lead by RWTH Aachen University Germany and Adidas AG

  • Independent Director Vardhman Textiles Limited India

    Past Roles and Employment

  • CEO Fibers Indorama Ventures Limited 2007 -2020
  • Sr. Executive Vice President – Reliance Industries Limited Mumbai 1999-2007
  • Chief Executive JCT Limited – 1994-1999
  • Executive Director, The Cotton Corporation of India 1990 – 1994
  • General Manager, PepsiCo – 1987 – 1990 (New York / India)
  • Senior District Manager / Business Head (Cotton) Punjab Markfed – 1981 -1987
  • Credit Officer, Bank of Baroda India – 1977 -1981
  • Senior Management Trainee, Shriram Chemicals a DCM Group company 1976 – 1977

    Academic and professional recognitions

  • Fulbright Fellow under USEF in International Trade at University of California 1989-90.
  • Advanced Industrial Intermediates strategy at INSEAD France 2001
  • Awarded Dr.PN Thapar Gold Medal being best all-round student of the University 1975
  • Certified Director, Institute of Directors of Thailand 2011
  • Accredited Director India – Identification Number India DIN 00004340
  • Manager of the Year – by All India Management Association North India Chapter 1988
  • BSc (Hon) Economics, MBA from PAU Ludhiana 1971-77

    Conferences, Panels and Publications

  • Lead Article in the Man-Made Fibers Yearbook 2021 of Chemical Fibers International – “Competing Beyond Goods and Services”
  • Perspective Article in Journal of Management of New Delhi Institute of Management – July-December 2021 on Sustainability,

    “Technology and Business Models – Winners who will lead in this Era of Unprecedented Change”

  • Keynote on “Disruption is threatening the trade boundaries” at ITME Virtual Conference December 2020.
  • Panel Discussion on “Man Made Fibers Circularity and Sustainability “ITMF Virtual Conference October 2020
  • “Fiber Situation during Covid Logistics disruptions” Keynote CITI Virtual conference January 2021
  • Keynote Speaker at Global Fiber Congress Dornbirn conference September 2021 “sustainability digital and new business models“
  • “Strategic Innovation Imperative” ITMF Conference Porto Spain November 2019
  • Keynote Speaker “Sustainability Challenges and way forward” – Global Fiber Congress Dornbirn Austria Sept 2019
  • Lead Article in Chemical Fibers International March 2017 – “Technology and New Materials will Realign to Fiber Value Chains”
  • Article published in ICIS Chemical Business June 2016 – “Hybrid business model for profitable growth”
  • Keynote speaker at Dornbirn Global Fibers Congress Austria 2019 – “Sustainability Challenges and Way Forward”
  • Keynote Speech at ITMF Conference Bali 2017 – Off-Shoring to Re-Shoring a Fiber Industry Perspective
  • Keynote Speech at ITME – Spain 2018 – “Rise & Growth of Textile Industry – India’s Story”
  • Keynote paper “Development of fiber markets – strategic innovation imperative”– Global Fiber Congress Dornbirn Austria Sept 2019
  • Industry paper “Evolving fibers landscape – Opportunities for Industry” ITMF Oct 2015
  • “Unlocking the fibers potential through “Sustainable Innovation” ACFIF China 2016
  • “Make in India – Global perspective for Textile Chain Competitiveness” ICC India 2015
  • “In a market of continuing over-capacity, we must innovate to grow” April 2015 PCI conference Istanbul Turkey
  • “Emerging Markets – Rebalancing the World / Business Model Innovations – Fiber’s industry” – INSEAD Singapore
  • “Green Initiatives for a Sustainable Future” ACFIF 2013 Bangkok Thailand
  • “Global Textile Supply Chains sustainability – in quest of cheap labor “PCI Hongkong 2010
  • “Fashion meets Performance “ paper presented at PCI Singapore in 2006
Joerg Bauersachs
Head of CCI Technical Services, Cotton Council International

Joerg Bauersachs is a Senior Operating Executive in the textile and garment industry with C-Level expert knowledge in the field of manufacturing and sales. He has over 30 years of broad experience working with multinational enterprises with special focus in Asia and Europe.

In his earlier years he served as Mill Manager of Spinning Mills in Germany (M.May & Cie), Austria (Linz Textil) and Thailand (Nan Yang Textiles) followed by gaining experience in the Textile Machinery Industry as Sales Director (Saurer/Zinser brand), responsible for FE/SEA.

Later on, he held positions as Managing Director/COO in the Sewing Thread Business (AMANN Group, Germany) and the Garment Industry (Dr. Bock & Partner, Germany). Before he joined CCI in May 2020 he was responsible for a 350M Greenfield Project in Vietnam for the production of yarn-dyed dress shirt fabrics initiated by TAL Ltd., Hong Kong. Over the years Joerg Bauersachs has conducted numerous Green Field Projects in Europe and Asia and has visited around 50 Countries worldwide. Since 2001 his activities have been focussed mainly in Asia.

ManMohan Singh
Chief Marketing Officer - Fibre Marketing for the Pulp and Fibre Business

Mr. Singh is an accomplished P&L leader who led Grasim Bhiwani Textiles, Jayshree Textiles and Vikram Woollens from the front, through their difficult years. Prior to being the Chief Marketing Officer, he was the Head of Marketing & Business Development. He has been instrumental in developing a clear path for accelerating the adoption of viscose in the value chain across the categories. He helped achieve this by focusing on the right hubs and categories to scale them up.

A qualified textile engineer with an MBA in operations, Mr. Singh has three decades of experience working with leading players in the textile industry i.e., Trident, Welspun & Soktas and has worked with the Aditya Birla Group in two stints.

Neeraj Bansal
Dy. General Manager - Sieger Spintech Equipments Pvt Ltd

A textile graduate with an MBA in Business Management. 18 years in the textile industry with experience in various fields like Service, Product Development, Sales & Marketing.
Worked with companies like Voltas and Marzoli. Currently heading North India Sales & Marketing of Sieger Spintech an automation company dealing in Textile Automation, Automated Warehousing, Intralogistics, Multilevel Car parking and other customised solutions for Manufacturing Industry.