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India, Japan collaborate in textiles and clothing sector, looking to better trade

"India’s textile and clothing industry is looking to push up exports to Japan. And in line with this the government is looking to help the Indian textile trade and industry for better understanding of quality culture in Japan. The aim is to meet Japanese quality standards in order to boost exports. The Indian government signing a MoU with Japan Textile Products Quality and Technology Centre (QTEC) to establish and encourage both quality compliance activities jointly and organize collaborative ‘Industry Capacity Building Programme’."

India Japan collaborate in textiles and clothing sector

 

India’s textile and clothing industry is looking to push up exports to Japan. And in line with this the government is looking to help the Indian textile trade and industry for better understanding of quality culture in Japan. The aim is to meet Japanese quality standards in order to boost exports. The Indian government signing a MoU with Japan Textile Products Quality and Technology Centre (QTEC) to establish and encourage both quality compliance activities jointly and organize collaborative ‘Industry Capacity Building Programme’. In line with this, one-day workshops, across nine major textile centres spread across India are being organised. New Delhi hosted one ICBP meet on May 17.

Focus on trade, meeting Japan’s standards

India Japan collaborate in textiles and clothing sector looking to better trade

 

Subrata Gupta, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Textiles was the guest of honouur. In his address Gupta spoke on Japan’s quality consciousness and said India’s manufacturing capacity is enormous but exports to Japan are minimal in textiles. He further said by changing mindset companies can match up op Japanese quality requirements and enhance the quantum of textiles exports.

Vijay Mathur, Additional Secretary General, AEPC, in his special address, presented a case study of Neetee Clothing, Gurgaon, who had successfully met both quality and process requirements of Japanese market.

In this inaugural speech, Ajit B Chavan, Secretary, Textiles Committee, gave a brief introduction on the background of the program. He said India is a major global textile economy with textile exports worth $40 billion. India ranks 4th and 5th among the top 10 textiles and clothing exporting countries respectively. India’s top exports destinations are Europe and the US with total exports touching $16.78 billion in 2016. Japan on the other hand is a major textile importing country with 97 per cent of its textiles being sourced through imports mainly from China (62.11 per cent) followed by Vietnam (10.56 per cent), Indonesia (4.12 per cent) and Bangladesh (2.76 per cent). While India’s exports to Japan were a mere $429.4 million, amounting to 1.24 per cent share.

The reason for low exports to Japan is lack of awareness about Japanese textile quality requirements among Indian textile manufactures. And the MoU was signed between Textiles Committee, India and Japan Textile Products Quality and Technology Centre (QTEC), in November 2016 to look into this issue. The MoU is expected to herald a new beginning in international trade of textile and clothing between India and Japan.

Speaking about the importance of quality in international trade, Kartikay Dhanda, Director, Textiles Committee said trade and industry appreciated the initiative taken by the Indian government and the Textile Committee which will bring in sizeable difference in business.

Toshiki Tasaka, Director, Overseas Coordination Department, QTEC, Kei Funaki, ASEAN and South Asia Regional Manager, Overseas Coordination Department, QTEC spoke on the difference of quality requirements between western buyers’; ‘quality and compliance in Japan and JIS Overview’; and ‘banned substance in Japanese Market’.

The Textiles Committee of India serves textile trade and industry by providing various services including testing, inspection, market research, total quality management and more. With 28 offices and 19 state of art laboratories it has a nationwide network in all major textiles centers of India.

On similar lines, Japan’s QTEC has been providing world class facilities to Japan’s textile industry for quality evaluation, standardization, technology evaluation, conformity assessment, technical guidance and education, factory certification.

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