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Industry yet to tap potential of technical textiles sector

There is great potential for the technical textiles sector but the industry was yet to tap it, Textile Secretary Raghavendra Singh said Wednesday.

The Ministry of Textiles has prepared two reports on technical textiles, to tap the potential and also how to utilise it, he said addressing the one-day 'National Conclave on Technical Textiles' here.

Another major need was skilling the people in the sector, Singh said.

DRDO Life Sciences Director General Ajay Kumar Singh said there was also tremendous potential for technical textile in defence and agriculture sectors.

The conclave was organised by Indian Technical Textile Association, Southern India Mills Association and Indian Texpreneurs Federation, in which nearly 200 delegates participated.

Technical textiles has been identified as the thrust area for an exponential growth by the Centre and also by all the state governments considering its potential for value addition, exports, domestic demand.

According to the organisers, the central government offers 15 per cent credit linked capital investment subsidy for technical textiles machines under Amended Technology Upgradation Fund scheme apart from providing various other benefits.

The Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka governments have also offered special incentives for investments made in technical textiles.

The Tamil Nadu government in its recent Integrated Textile Policy has announced 6 per cent interest subsidy for technical textiles products.