WTC_2-Event

The grand success of the First World Textile Conference held in the city of Mumbai in the year 2011 and excellent response thereafter from the technocrats, industrialists, manufacturers, traders, educationist from the participating countries as well as local Govt. dignitaries prompted the Textile Association (India) to take up the challenge of organizing the World Textile Conference-2.

DAY-1, September 16, 2016

Mr. Arvind Sinha, National President, TAI welcoming the gathering

Mr. Arvind Sinha, National President, TAI welcoming the gathering

World Textile Conference-2 was organized at Mumbai, India by the Textile Association (India) (TAI) with the help of Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) as Knowledge Partner to deliberate upon the global theme “World Textiles – Growth & Great Opportunities” under the dynamic leadership of National President TAI , Mr. Arvind Sinha. This Conference was enthusiastically attended by luminaries from textile and allied sectors from about twenty countries making it truly a World Textile Conference.

Also, members of TAI, faculty and students from ICT, members of TITOBA, leading technocrats, industrialists, manufacturers, traders and businessmen turned out in great numbers for the WTC- 2 with great expectation of being exposed to see of technological advancements and knowledge in multifarious exponents of textiles from galaxy of speakers.

Dr. Kavita Gupta, IAS, Textile Commissioner

Dr. Kavita Gupta, IAS, Textile Commissioner, lightening the Lamp

The tone was appropriately set by the Chief Guest Dr. (Mrs.) Kavita Gupta, IAS, Textile Commissioner of India, who spoke very high of the cohesive efforts of the textile technocrats from TAI and ICT to organize such a mega event in the country and to nurture a sincere thirst for global knowledge in textiles in pursuit of attaining excellence in the world market. She expressed her satisfaction that there has been a progressive trends in Textiles in respect of global competitiveness level from 2% in 2002 to 5% in 2015 and was optimistic that the upward trend will continue.

While saying so, she encouraged the participants, particularly the institutions and the industry leaders to invest in basic research, innovations and sophistication to meet global challenges in keeping with Government support to the extent of 60% in such endeavours.

Mr. Ujjawal N. Uke, IAS, Principal Secretary (Textiles), Govt. of Maharashtra stressed the need of identifying the strengths of the Textile Industry and channelizes available talents and resources to optimize growth in the industry with ultimate aim of grabbing great global opportunities.

Mr. Arvind Sinha is honouring Padmashri Dr. G.D. Yadav, Vice Chancellor, ICT

Mr. Arvind Sinha is honouring Padmashri Dr. G.D. Yadav, Vice Chancellor, ICT

Padmashree Dr. G. D. Jadhav was felicitated by the National President, TAI, Mr. Arvind Sinha for being conferred with the Honour recently by the President of India. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Jadhav spoke of his allegiance to ICT Mumbai and encourage the audience to be determined in achieving excellence in Textile Industry. Dr. Chandan Chatterjee, Representative, Govt. of Gujarat, also spoke of his rich experience with Gujarat Textile Industry and focused on the great opportunities open to the technocrats, industrialised and investors in Gujarat Textile Industry.

Plenary Session –I

Prof. (Dr.) M.D. Teli, Chairman, Paper Committee chairing the Session

Prof. (Dr.) M.D. Teli, Chairman, Paper Committee chairing the Session

The Session was chaired by Prof. (Dr.) M. D. Teli, Chairman, Conference Paper Committee, WTC-2 from ICT, Mumbai. This Session included penal discussion on the theme “Make in India and Gujarat Textile Industry” in which eminent experts from the Govt. and Industry participated. Dr. Teli introduced the panellists, gave his opening remarks and set the ball rolling for meaningful discussions.

Mr. Prashant Agrawal, Moderator, the panellists Dr. Chandan Chatterjee, Mr. Mohan Kavrie, Mr. Rajiv Gopal, Mr. B.B. Sharma and Mr. R.K. Kalia deliberated upon various aspects of the theme.

Mr. Prashant Agrawal, Moderator deliberating on the topic

Mr. Prashant Agrawal, Moderator deliberating on the topic

They deliberated as to encourage and motivate the industry stalwarts and Businessmen to invest in ‘Make in India’ slogan of the Hon. Prime Minister. Summing up the penal discussion, Mr. Prashant Agrawal, Moderator emphasized the significance of adopting export oriented and quality conscious approach to make indelible impression in the Global Market.

This Session also witnessed excellent presentations by speakers from India and abroad.

They included Mr. Rajiv Gopal, Chief Marketing Officer, Grasin Industries Ltd. speaking on ‘How to Make Commodity in Brand- LIVA Success Story’, Prof. (Dr.)(Mrs.) Jin-lian Hu from the Hongkong Polytechnic.

University speaking on ‘New Paradigm for Textile Materials: From Functionality to Intelligence ’and Mr. Arvind Sinha, Chief Advisor and CEO, Business Advisors Group speaking on ‘Trans- Pacific Partnership (TPP) ’. All the speakers made valuable contributions towards the theme of the WTC-2 Conference and aroused noticeable response from the audience. Dr. Teli summed up the Session bringing out the salient aspects of all the presentations.

Techno Commercial Session –I

The session was chaired by Dr. J. Arthur Prem, Former IRS Officer, who gave a befitting and elaborate introduction of the subject to be deliberated upon in Penal Discussion: II, as well as of permanent speakers Mr. R.D. Udeshi (Moderator), Mr. Sanjeev Saran, and Mrs. Chandrima Chaterjee. While speaking on the subject ‘How to Improve Textile Product Basket of India and its volumes’, Mr. Udeshi, representing Reliance Industries Ltd., blended his vast knowledge of techno-commercials of Textile Industry in India with his experience of several decades and stressed the overall aspiration to reach greater heights in improving textile product basket for the global market. He informed that at present Indian Share happens to be around 10% and that we do have the potential to enhance it further.

Mr. R.D. Udeshi (Moderator) Complimenting the panellists

Mr. R.D. Udeshi (Moderator) Complimenting the panellists

Mr. Sanjeev Saran, Ex-SREPTC, advocated the case of speciality fibre products to be included in the textile basket to attract global customers, while stressing the significance of maintaining optimum level of quality versus large volume. For encouraging such a thrust for the market, he suggested institutional support for global players. He also touched upon important issue of striking joint ventures with world leaders in common areas of interest in textile, whether it may be apparels or yarn or fabric with the view to improve quality consciousness and acceptability in the world.

Mrs. Chandrima Chaterjee (AEPC) drew the attention of the technocrats and businessmen towards the textile package announced recently by the government of India so as to strive to achieve excellence in all the areas of textiles. She advised that global players present for the conference should gear up to take advantage of China’s recent trade decline in textiles as this trend has opened up plethora of opportunities. She also short listed certain products which, in her opinion, will enhance the scope of improving textile products in the basket.

Mr. R.D. Udeshi, Moderator, complimented the panellist for their wonderful and valuable contribution while enlightening the audience with significant data which should prompt us to move forward for excellence.

H.E. Saut Siringoringo, Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in India

H.E. Saut Siringoringo, Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in India

Thereafter Dr. J. Arthur Prem introduced Mr. B.B Sharma, CEO/ED, Sintex Industries Ltd., who made his presentation on the subject ‘Vision of installing one Million Spindles in Spinning’; Mr. Faruque Hassan from Bangladesh Garment Manufactures & Exporters Association who spoke on the subject ‘Bangladesh Emerging as Global Textile Hub’ and H.E. Saut Siringoringo, Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in India who presented a paper on ‘Current Status of Indonesian Textile Industry in Global Scenario’.

All the eminent speakers spoke of vast opportunities available for global cooperation in spinning, apparel designing and manufacturing, machinery etc.

Dr. J. Arthur Prem summed up the entire techno commercial session with following salient remarks:-

  • Echoing the advice of the Chief Guest Mrs. Kavita Gupta, IAS the session successfully reiterated the need for increasing global trade share of India form 5.8% to a realistic target to be chalked out by a Core Committee to be formed soon.
  • Determined industrialists, technocrats, businessmen and investors have to rise to the occasion to take advantage of textile package of 6000 crores recently announced by the Hon. Prime Minister of India.
  • Coordinated efforts have to be pursued to retain experts in various departments of textiles migrating to other nations by providing institutional support and advanced facilities for research and development.
  • There is a large gap between the first and the second in the global arena as far as textile trade is concerned. Since China is experiencing negative growth in apparels and allied sectors, Indian businessmen have great opportunity open to them.
  • Open invitation from countries like Bangladesh & Indonesia announced during the session has to be accepted on its face value. A realistic plan has to be framed soon to strike it when it is read hot.

The session ended with Dr. J. Arthur Prem thanking the speakers of the sessions for their incredible suggestions and proposals for all out efforts to achieve the pinnacle in the global textile market.

Technical Session –II

The session was chaired by Dr. Kim Gandhi, who is a Faculty member for last few decades in various UK Universities and he is a very well known authority for Textile Education & Research.

Dr. Kim Gandhi Chairing the Session

Dr. Kim Gandhi Chairing the Session

Dr. Francois Boussu from France who presented the paper on 3-D Warp Interlock Fabric: From General Definition to Various Transportation Applications and Dr. Sanjay Muthal, RFG Management Search spoke on Challenges for Human Resource Management in Global Business Strategy and after that Mr. Rajeev Pandey presented a paper on Sportswear a Great Opportunity which was a eye opening presentation and covered the topic very well and he concluded that India has great opportunity in sportswear.

The session ended with Dr. Kim Gandhi thanking the speakers.

DAY-2, September 17, 2016

Mr. Prashant Agarwal, Moderator briefing about the panel discussion

Mr. Prashant Agarwal, Moderator briefing about the panel discussion

Day-2 started with panel discussions “Africa Emerging New Textile and Apparel Hub” moderated by Mr. Prashant Agarwal of Wazir Advisors, Mr. Ashish Agarwal from Arvind Ltd. All the panellists expressed their satisfaction in spite of many odds in Africa. Most of these units are in Ethiopia. They were substantial detailing and it was concluded various tax incentives and marketing incentives it is good to focus on Africa which is also emerging as big consumer market.

GST implications in Textile Industry by Mr. Arvind Bhansali, Sr. Executive Vice President, Reliance Industries Ltd. Mr. Bhansali gave overall picture of GST, how GST will benefit Textile Industry he also expressed there are many clarifications required from Government of India and the process is going very fast.

Mr. Arvind Sinha chairing the Session

Mr. Arvind Sinha chairing the Session

He also expressed serious concerns, application of GST on Job work, return on goods, discount offered by various consumer companies including telecoms, this was extraordinary presentations and audience liked it.

Mr. Shishir Mankad, Forex and Its management in imports and exports. Brilliant presentation and Shishir could clarified so many doubts which people had regarding Forex. He also expressed various modalities which are applicable to cover Forex. Over all presentation was very nice.

Dr. Anagha V. Soocheta, Sustainable Fashion: Design, Research and Innovation. Dr. Anagha spoke brilliantly and explained very well Fashion and connectivity between design research and of course innovation. She has expressed innovation is a continuous process and without this survival is very difficult. She gave many examples in new trade and new work created in Textile Industry.

Mr. Manish Daga delivering his presentation on the topic

Mr. Manish Daga delivering his presentation on the topic

Panel discussion – IV has focused on Future of Indian Cotton & Global Scenario moderated by Shri Suresh Kotak attended by Shri M.L. Jhunjunwala, Shri Manish Dagga, Shri Sundaramoorthy C. and Shri Hemant Sonare. All the panellists discussed on various situation changing for cotton and how it is impacting in Industry. Mr. Hemant Sonare highlighted the situation in Vidarbha region and how the farmers are getting disturbed. Today Cotton Industry is in a very bad shape and mills are losing money very heavily. There have been lot of discussions in deliberations and session ended with the remarks of Shri Suresh Kotak.

Dr. Gordana Colovic – Importance of Mapping for Development of the Fashion Company Business Strategy.

She mentioned in her presentation that Rapid change of fashion trends, new fabrics and more demanding customers impose the need for flexible production. Mapping is a tool that helps fashion companies in the process of strategic planning to define existing condition or the new strategy and strategic goals.

Most. Setara Begum presenting her paper

Most. Setara Begum presenting her paper

Most. Setara Begum – Surface Modification of Polyamide 6.6 Fabric with an Alkaline Protease – Subtilisin. She spoke about Subtilisin treatment is feasible in benign conditions, and grants a clean and dynamic approach for Polyamide 6,6 (PA 6,6) modification. In this study, the Water Contact Angle (WCA) method Capillary Height and Moisture Regain were applied for measuring hydrophilicity.

For characterizing the modification, the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Amino Groups determination, X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometry (XPS) were applied. The physio-mechanical properties were studied through Bursting strength and Fabric Hand Properties.

Mr. Ishtiaq Ali delivering his paper

Mr. Ishtiaq Ali delivering his paper

Braz Costa – Conductive Fibres for Sensing and Energetic Applications. He mentioned that the number of final consumer products based on technical textiles and garments having electronic functionalities are still very limited given the difficulty of such technical applications in combining added functionality, design, comfort and affordable and viable production costs.Therefore, theintegration of electronic components and interactive functionalities onto and into textile structures has been widely researched and developed in the last years.

Mr. Ishtiaq Ali, – Knowledge of Law in our Business Life Eliminating Risk.

Mr. Ishtiaq Ali, Senior Partner of Orbit Law done a remarkable presentation narrating details in our business life and how to take various pre-cautions while conducting business so that your losses are minimized.

Panel discussion – V Design Sustainability for Future Growth

Shri Sharad Kale presenting his paper

Shri Sharad Kale presenting his paper

Sharad Kale – The Prospects of 3-D Textiles in Indian Composite Industry. He spoke about the composites with laminated textile reinforcement have become basic ingredient in aeronautics and space sector. It is because of the high strength to weight ratio of the composites. In spite of the drawbacks of laminations, the aviation industry is using laminated composites to the tune of 60% to 70 % of the total weight. The new concept of 3- d weaving has added a new dimension to composite industry.

In addition of scores of advantages, it eliminates the problem of delamination which can be catastrophic in aviation.

Ms. Dimple Trivedi Rajani – Process of FDI coming into India and related laws.

Foreign Investment in an Indian Company can be in two forms –

  • Share capital (equity and compulsorily convertible instruments) – Foreign Direct Investment
  • Commercial loans and bonds (optionally and partially convertible into equity) – External Commercial Borrowings

Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) is a regulator of all FDI into India Automatic approval is available for investment in most sectors – certain sectors require prior approval of FIPB whereas FDI is completely prohibited in certain other sectors. The sector-specific policy for foreign investment is promulgated under Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident outside India) Regulations, 2000. Presentation was very informative.

Elliyas Mohammad – Waterless Dyeing in India

Elliyas Mohammad from Colourtex has presented a very interesting subject which was liked by audience.

Overall Conference was very excellent and a memorable. It was extraordinary with content, high profile quality speakers from India and abroad, power packed panel discussion, 360 Degree coverage of topics. It was a grand international participation of more than 568 delegates from about 18 countries including Consulate Generals of two countries in India. Conference venue was lavish with excellent arrangement and was a really a grand success.