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Chinese imports threaten local nylon spinning industry


The local nylon spinning industry is facing a severe threat from China. Along with the sharp fall in demand and with powerloom units still to restart, the existence of Surat’s nylon yarn spinning industry is being threatened by yarn imported from China.

The annual imports of nylon yarn in India stand at 25,000 metric tonne, of which 60 per cent of that comes from China alone. If this year too, Chinese nylon yarn of the same quantity comes to India, then the local industry will be severely affected. These imports are severely damaging the existence of nylon yarn spinners in India, said senior vice-president of Century Enka, Sanjay Mehrotra, who is also the secretary of Surat Nylon Yarn Spinners Association (SNYSA).

In the domestic man-made fibre (MMF) basket, nylon yarn has less than 4 per cent manufacturing share, with 90 per cent consisting of the polyester consumed by domestic powerloom weavers. Around 10 per cent of the powerloom weaving units use nylon yarn for manufacturing dupatta, high-value jacquard saris and square net fabric.

According to the industry payers, Chinese exporters are dumping nylon yarn with heavy under-invoicing. The imported nylon yarn is about 10 per cent cheaper compared to the yarn from Surat.