STRATEGIES FOR PROMOTION OF TECHNICAL TEXTILES IN INDIA
Although various quarters of textile industry have started identifying the concept and composition of technical textile and related products, still there are prevalent apprehensions to venture into this field. Strategies required to be put in place as early as possible. Some are identified as below:
To identify application areas with a strong potential in the domestic market, and which will in the long run, help exports. MOT survey has helped in this regard.
Initially such items should be selected for which there exists know-how, production facilities, raw material etc. Such products may be on the lower end of technology but should have a big impact in terms of volume, value addition, etc. The existing production capacity/capability with incremental addition to the facilities may be focussed. It will create a favourable psychological impact and climate for future investment in more demanding products.
Indigenisation of value added products of relatively easier technology capable
of quick assimilation should be aimed at the beginning.
To develop technical textiles in high tech application of aerospace, defence, etc.
Attempts should be made to use indigeneously available fibres - both natural and man made, for the technical textile products. However, it is not a deterrent to import of high performance fibres for specific products where volume is less or ab initio development of polymer technology will be prohibitively costly.