India’s production of textile machinery, parts and accessories during 2020- 21 recorded a marginal decrease of five per cent reveals Textile Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (India) data. During the fiscal capacity utilization decreased from 49 to 46 per cent as compared to the preceding year. This is despite the fact that there was negligible business during the first two quarters of 2020-21. The bulk of the demand was met through imports, says Vallabh Thumar, Chairman, TMMA.
Total domestic demand for textile machinery during 2020-21 was Rs 9118 crores of which supplies from the domestic machinery industry amounted to Rs 1786 crores, aggregating 20 per cent of the total demand. Exports during 2020-21 rose to Rs 3,307 crores as against Rs 2,556 crores achieved during 2019-20. On the other hand, imports were reduced to Rs 8096 crores as against Rs 9,273 crores during the year. Digital printing is a happening segment in textiles. The new machines are versatile and fast and save on water. Hence, the demand is high for these. Weaving machines and spinning machinery and accessories are also imported.
The Indian textile engineering industry is operating at about 70 per cent capacity utilisation, serving 65 per cent of the textile sector’s demand. The Indian textile machinery industry has been experiencing tremendous growth over recent years, facilitated by the country’s booming textile and apparel market.