Some 15 technical textile projects have been cleared in India.
These cover key strategic areas such as specialty fiber, protective textiles, high-performance textiles, geotextiles, medical textiles, sustainable textiles and textiles for building materials.Among these are seven projects of specialty fibers, two of protective textiles, two of high-performance textiles, one from geotextiles, one from medical textiles, one from sustainable textile, andone from textiles for building materials.
The country is encouraging young engineering minds to pursue technical textiles. A broad guideline under the start-up scheme may be finalised on priority, targeting aspiring innovators, entrepreneurs and young scientists. Technical textile machinery and equipment development has been a major challenge which needs collaborative interventions from the government, industry and academia, including commercialisation of the developed machines.
Textile manufacturers and institutes are being encouraged to come together to indigenously develop strategic and high-value technical textile products. In addition, the way forward and action plan for propelling India’s technical textiles sector includes wider field-level outreach programs for research in fundamental, applied, and machine development across premier institutes and industry associations, development of new BIS standards; enacting new quality control orders, rationalization of HSN codes, mandating of technical textiles’ items across line ministries and departments, and identification of specialised skill requirements in the sector.