Maharashtra Govt launches new textile policy

Mumbai: Maharashtra government on Wednesday unveiled a new textile policy that aims to attract an investment of Rs 40,000 crore by 2017 in the key sector.
The main objective of the policy is to lay special emphasis on setting up processing units in the cotton producing sectors, expansion of the textile industry and growth of employment, an official release said in Mumbai.
It proposed to attract an investment of Rs 40,000 crore by 2017 and create 11 lakh new jobs in the sector in the next five years, it said.

A key highlight of the policy is that cooperative spinning mills in Vidharba, Marathwada and North Maharashtra will be given equity support in the ratio of own share capital (5): Government share capital (45): loan (50), it said.
A 10 per cent capital subsidy scheme will be started for new textile projects in Vidarbha, Marathwada and North Maharashtra.
Interest subsidy on long-term loan linked to centrally sponsored Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme will be started for new projects. Modernisation or expansion of existing textile units will be undertaken, it added.


source: IBN LIVE


B’desh garment exporters hit by Indian payment crisis

Bangladesh’s readymade garment (RMG) exports to India has hit a hurdle as more than 20 apparel firms have failed to receive timely payment from an Indian company to which they had supplied goods, according to exporters.

In September last year, the Indian Government extended duty-free access for Bangladeshi clothing item exports to India. This step was welcomed by Bangladesh’s RMG exporters and generated a lot of enthusiasm among them to explore the Indian market.

However, with one of the Indian companies failing to timely pay for its clothing item imports from Bangladesh, it is now being feared that it might affect Bangladeshi garment firms.

Speaking on the issue to fibre2fashion, Mr. Md Siddiqur Rahman, second Vice President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), said, “A well-known Indian kidswear retailer, which is now facing financial trouble, has not paid its dues, which is severely affecting the Bangladeshi garment industry.”

Informing about the number of units that are affected due to non-payment of dues by the Indian retailer, he says, “There are 23 RMG factories in Bangladesh whose payments have been stuck up. Some of them have not received their payments since more than a year. The payment due is more than Tk 500 million. The 23 apparel units are now on the verge of collapse.”

Talking about steps that are being taken to resolve the issue, he mentions, “We have complained to the Governor of Bangladesh Bank, who has raised the issue with the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. We have also complained to Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), our Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Commerce, Bangladesh Embassy in India as well as the Indian Embassy in Bangladesh. So, everybody is aware about the issue.”

“Our Commerce Secretary, who is currently in India, is also expected to raise the matter during his discussion with Indian officials on bilateral issues,” he adds.

Mr. Rahman winded up by saying, “The Indian retailer has given commitment to make the payment by 30th June, 2012.”

Rare textile engines may be scrapped


A COLLECTION of textile machines which form part of Bolton’s industrial heritage could be destroyed under new plans by Bolton Council.

One rare steam engine and another 17 textile machines are on a list of items to be scrapped or given away as part of Bolton Museum’s move to a new storage facility.

The 17 engines under threat chart the progression of technological advances in the textile industry in the 20th century. A collection of 12 machines made in Bolton will be kept, however, along with all the older 19th century machines.

A report by Bolton Museum boss Stephanie Crossley cites the cost of moving and the large amount of space needed as reasons for the review.

The items listed for disposal are unique in Bolton, but other museums in the North West have similar examples.

Bolton Civic Trust chairman Brian Tetlow said the council should consult experts before making a decision.

He said: “Due consideration to the importance of the machines and those with a specific connection to Bolton must be made.

“It may well be that machinery of a later era may not be quite as icon- ic as the great machinery of the past. Given time though, it may be that other collectors will take these machines.

There is no need for this to be rushed.”

The museum is also set to scrap a collection of radioactive minerals.

The specimens present a minimal health risk, but their storage is costly.

A Bolton Council spokesman said that alternative homes for the machines would be found where possible.

He said: “Some expressions of interest have already been made by other organisations and we would endeavour to keep the items within the public domain.

“In many cases the new homes for the objects would be more appropriate than Bolton Museum.”

Plans to dispose of the engines were approved yesterday by Bolton Council’s full executive, but councillors agreed to look at ways of keeping the J & E Woods horizontal tandem steam engine.

Cllr John Walsh said: “We have a duty to our industrial heritage to retain that particular engine in Bolton. If it cannot be put back together, then we ought to find a location for it in Bolton, where it can be displayed as a fixed engine, in the same way as the engine at India Mills, Blackburn.”

Rise in shipping fees hit Vietnamese garment exporters

Adding to the financial woes of the Vietnamese garment exporters, several shipping line operators serving Vietnam have raised their container shipping fees.

Earlier this month, shipping charges for various routes including Vietnam to the US, Vietnam to the Middle East, Vietnam to Europe and several others were raised.

Hong-based shipping operator OOCL increased its per container charges for routes from Vietnam to Mediterranean and northern European countries by US$ 600.

Likewise, German operator Hapag Lloyd maritime carrier has also raised its charges for Vietnam to North America route by US$ 600 per container.

Similarly, other shipping operators like NYK, CMA and Maesk Line have also hiked their charges by US$ 800 to US$ 1,000 per container.

According to a garment exporter, even where the transportation costs are borne by the importer, there are many other charges like fuel surcharge and container imbalance charge, that garment and textile exporters need to bear.

Also, he said that it is not feasible for export firms to increase export prices to offset these losses, as it becomes difficult to convince importers to pay higher prices.

Textile industry to be major beneficiary of vision 2023: SIMA

COIMBATORE:The textile industry, the backbone of Tamil Nadu’s economy and accounting for one-third of the nationwide textile business, providing direct employment to over 50 lakh, would be major beneficiary of various schemes announced in the Vision Tamil Nadu 2023, South India Mills’ Association (SIMA) said.

In a statement, SIMA chairman, S Dinakaran praised Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for brining out ‘Vision Tamil Nadu 2023’, which sets a target of 11 per cent GSDP and to make an investment of Rs 15 lakh crore for infrastructure and other development activities by 2023.

However, a major worrying factor for sustaining the competitiveness and growth of the textile industry, according to him, was lack of infrastructure particularly roads and ports and more so power in recent years.

Dinakaran also welcomed the vision of building 20,000 MW additional power generation in the next 10 years and said the textile industry would gear up itself to meet the vision to achieve the inclusive growth and also skill development.

He urged the Chief Minister to consider two centres of excellence for skill development with R&D facilities — one in Madurai and another in Coimbatore– which are the Centres for textile business and textile cluster.

He also lauded the importance given for innovation and development of SMEs.

The Rupp Report: Successful Two Product Lines Strategy For Karl Mayer

The producers of knitting and warp knitting machines play an important part in the textile world. Knitted and warp knitted fabrics are applied around the world in a wide variety of products, particularly for sportswear and industrial applications. So there is no question that in the string of interviews with ITMA 2011 exhibitors, it’s time to present the producers of knitting and warp knitting machines. In this week’s testimony, the Rupp Report takes a look at Karl Mayer Textilmaschinen GmbH, Germany. Karl Mayer is the undisputed global leader for warp knitting and raschel machines. The portfolio has been completed in the last few years with the addition of equipment and machinery for warp preparation. The Rupp Report talked to Ulrike Schlenker, responsible for media and public relations.

Both ITMAs Are Important Events
Asked about the “rhythm” of the two ITMAs, Schlenker answered in a different way than other exhibitors, saying that “ITMA Europe is still the most important innovation show for Europe, the Americas in general, and Latin America in particular as well as India. On the other hand, ITMA Asia is an important business platform for Asian markets with China as the main focus.”

Karl Mayer welcomed mostly visitors from India, followed by the United States, Italy, Brazil, Spain, Germany and Turkey. The high number of U.S. visitors is based on the strong interest in technical textiles. Guests from Turkey were mostly interested in warp knitting machines. For the Warp Preparation business unit, most visitors who came to see the products were from Italy, followed by Latin American countries.

Exceeded Expectations
Schlenker confirmed that the visitor frequency, as well as the quality of the guests, was very high. “The visits were of very high quality. Many experts’ discussions were made with decision makers, and very detailed and focused meetings happened during ITMA 2011,” she added.

“Yes,” she said, “having the actual development (by the time of ITMA 2011) of the textile industry in Europe and America in mind, our cautious expectations to this ITMA were fulfilled, even exceeded. We could underscore our position as the market and innovation leader.” She sees a combination of processes in the near future, and furthermore, an accentuation of issues such as environmental protection and sustainability. “And a more cautious handling with the presentation of true novelties,” she mentioned with a smile.

New Products
The company presented innovations such as the warp knitting machine HKS 2-3 E, producing in a gauge of E 50, and the DJ 6/2 EL, which was operating with an integrated positive pattern beam drive. Furthermore, the Jacquardtronic® Lace machine was producing plain panels without the traditional weft/pillar-stitch combination. In the raschel segment, the TL 59/1/24 demonstrated its high speed in the manufacture of delicate lace bands.

For warp preparation equipment, the company showed the size box Pro Size. The use of this size box is said to enable a yarn gauge processing with sizes not achieved yet using the single-bath process. The Multi-Matic® was also presented. This warping machine produces sample and production warps with medium run lengths at a warping speed of up to 800 meters per minute and processes a maximum of 128 yarn ends – five times more than the Gir-O-Matic (GOM) 24.

And what were the highlights at ITMA for Karl Mayer? Schlenker says clearly that the HKS 2-3 E with its 50 gauge fabric and the new Multi-Matic were the top runners at the booth. The reasons for this are the trends toward much more delicate fabrics for underwear and toward higher flexibility. “This means that shorter warp lengths and sample warps as well as production warps can be manufactured much more efficiently,” she said.

Market Situation
“The markets today are volatile, dynamic and not easy to predict,” Schlenker said. The European market is mainly the top segment of Karl Mayer’s customer base and is still very important for Karl Mayer also as a stimulus trigger for new developments. To underscore this comment, Schlenker added: “Our loyal customers of many years are based in Europe. However, the Asian market, and particularly China, is the growth market with many new customers and the biggest market segments in terms of turnover. This is reflected in that China is the strongest market for us. Nevertheless, Karl Mayer expects great potential in Latin America and Turkey. The European markets are important specifically thanks to their know-how and the long-term partnership.

“With our products and innovations, we aim to satisfy market needs and we expect to defend our position as the market leader in our business segments,” she continued. “On top of that, we will further strengthen sustainability in our company — however, without forgetting the importance of a well-balanced price/performance ratio. In addition, we will continue our two-product-lines strategy and further strengthen our locations policy. We produce where our markets are.”

More scope for geo-textile use in mine dumps: Experts

A few mining majors used geo-textiles to arrest erosion on their dumps but scientists and others see more scope for soil bioengineering as more than 50 million tones of rejection is produced every year.

The mining companies have tried coir-based geo-textiles as a cheaper and more easily available option than lateritic material to cover the clay dumps. “The thin, bio-degradable and permeable material made up of coir, cotton, jute, interwoven with nylon filaments reduces the impact of rain on dumps,” Mahesh Patil, vice-president, Sesa Goa Limited, said.

Presenting a paper at the national seminar on composting of coir pith and use of geo-textiles, organized by Coir Board, Bangalore, and ICAR research complex, Old Goa, he said that around 5 lakh sq m of geo-textiles have been used on dump slopes in all mines.

S Sridhar, executive director of Goa mineral ore exporters association (GMOEA), said the state’s major mining companies have tried bioengineering at their mining sites.

B L Manjunath, senior scientist (agronomy) from ICAR, speaking about scope for rehabilitation for mine reject soils, said Goa earns foreign exchange of nearly 1,000 crore per annum. But some 400 mining leases granted in Goa till 2002-03, covering about 30,325 hectares generate 55 million tonnes of waste every year. “This huge quantity of mining waste creates a problem for its storage, causing severe environmental pollution,” Manjunath said in his paper at the seminar.

A few mining firms, especially Sesa Goa have tried an integrated bio-technological approach for restoration of land mines. In Sanquelim, the mining company took the site as a model concept and grew horticultural crops such as coconut, banana and a variety of medicinal plants. The mine pit is also a demonstration site for pisciculture.

The geo-textiles decompose within three years but in the interim period, the dump is stabilized by growing grass and later full-fledged vegetation. “The high tensile strength of coir fibre protects steep surfaces from heavy flows and debris movement,” an official of the Bangalore-based coir board said. In Goa, run-offs from the mining dumps in the form of slimes and silts harden after drying, ruining agricultural land and filling river beds.

The geo-textiles are easy to install and hug the contour of the soil surface due to their heavy weight and ability to absorb water.

Goa miners have used geo-textiles in many areas, but representatives from the industry agree that there is scope to increase the coverage. The state’s mining belt covers about 700 sq km, especially in Bicholim, Sanguem and Quepem. The GMOEA executive director also said the coir board should consider training residents in mining areas. “The local self-help groups can prepare material from coir and give it to mining companies, creating employment opportunities,” Sridhar said. The coir board can complete the technology transfer by setting up a factory.

Sridhar said it is a good binding material to check soil erosion in dumps. “We should use more precisely to restore the soil,” he said.

But Ramesh Gawas, a Bicholim-based social activist, pointed out that the use of geo-textiles is possible if the gradient of the dump is 28 degrees and its height less than 30 m. Lease operators argue that they are forced to pile it high due to a lack of space. “With such high dumps and torrential rains, one is not sure when landslides may occur,” Gawas said.