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India: Textile Ministry plans EPC for Technical Textiles


The Ministry of Textiles plans to set up an Export Promotion Council for Technical Textiles. India already has 11 Export Promotion Councils (EPCs) for the textile and apparel industry. Through this EPC, the government now aims to focus on the potential in technical textiles in India. It had already notified 207 items as technical textiles in January 2019, Of these, 12 products belong to the apparel sector. The global market for these 12 products is estimated to be $11 billion, though India’s export is only $93 million.Hence, there is a huge potential for export of these products in India.

A Sakthivel, Chairman, Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), has welcomed the government’s decision to form an EPC for Technical Textiles as it will not only boost exports but also strengthen the domestic manufacturing capacity in this sector.