India should seek to become a global player in textile machinery: Piyush Goyal
New Delhi: Union Minister of Trade and Industry, Textiles, Consumer, Food and Public Distribution Piyush Goyal urged the textile industry to focus on speed, skill and scale and enter into an innovative partnership. He called for the development of 100 Indian textile machine champions recognized across the world.
This is what Goyal said during an interaction with textile machine manufacturers during a video conference on the topic “Technological gap and the way forward for textile machine manufacturers”. Goyal also called on textile machine makers to step out of the command and control mindset and work through plug and play to make the textile industry vibrant in name and spirit.
The Union Minister said that India should seek to become a global player in the production of textile machinery, producing on a large scale, producing with quality and quantity the machines of choice that the world needs. He said that we are not opposed to imports, but that we must reduce the dependence on imports of textile machinery in India through a concerted effort between the textile engineering industry and the government. He added that the focus on quality will help to capture larger markets and higher productivity.
Goyal expressed hope that a modern and improved textile machinery ecosystem would have a cascading impact on India’s unorganized textile industry. This would provide an impetus for continuous advancement and innovation, leading to constant evolution and improvement in competitive capabilities throughout the value chain. He said the machinery manufacturing plant would change the inertia of the status quo, increase dynamics along the value chain and improve domestic consumption and further stimulate exports of higher-value goods while gradually reducing the dependence on imports.
For this, it is important to synergize the efforts of branches of government between textiles, the Ministry of Heavy Industries, digital innovation / adaptation possibilities in our quest to increase efficiency by reducing costs. throughout the manufacturing value chain.
The Minister informed that the heavy industry capital goods program is a pilot program designed to help the industry to modernize domestic technologies. He said the National Capital Goods Policy is a manufacturing sector policy designed by the Indian government to increase the production of capital goods from about $ 31 billion to $ 101 billion in 2014-2015 d ‘by 2025.
Referring to India’s recent achievement of 100 crore vaccines, Goyal said the historic achievement was the result of a collective effort of 130 crore by Indians and proof of India’s âAtmanirbhartaâ. He also referred to the Chandrayan mission, which was also a breakthrough in the Indian space program. The minister asked textile machinery manufacturers to consider the same breakthrough of this nature in the textiles sector.
Goyal said we are on a transformational change mission. He said that when the Prime Minister talks about Atmanirbhar Bharat, it means giving India its rightful place on the world map. He mentioned that today India, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, feels invigorated, re-energized to think big and bold, to be more ambitious and to set tough goals. The minister said the government has set a target of $ 100 billion for textiles and clothing exports over the next five years and the textile sector has an important role to play in achieving this.
He added that the Indian Textile Engineering Industry (TEI) is the cornerstone of improving manufacturing excellence where national R&D, entrepreneurship and exploration of joint ventures have ushered in new opportunities.
The Minister also mentioned that the history of textile production in India dates back to time immemorial. He said that simply adopting the khadi and charkha, as propagated by Mahatma Gandhi, brought the freedom movement to the masses and made the charkha a symbol of autonomy. In many ways, it also resonates with our Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for India and the spirit of âAatmanirbhar Bharatâ (Autonomous India), he added.
Speaking about the Production Incentive Program (PLI) which talks about global champions and the PM MITRA program which tries to bring textile clusters together, Goyal said that seven locations will soon be identified to encourage the industry and prepare a common infrastructure for plug and play. He also urged manufacturers to join the PM MITRA device and set up manufacturing units by taking advantage of its advantages.
The minister said that there are still challenges such as liquidity and rising costs of raw materials and freight transportation for which the government is actively taking many steps so that TEI can overcome these issues with confidence. He also suggested that there is nothing wrong with securing international capital that will help create jobs in India, add value and develop the entire textile ecosystem.
Referring to the Center of Excellence (CoE) for Textile Machinery, the Minister informed that the CoE of the Central Manufacturing Technology Institute (CMTI) of Bengaluru has been established for the development of shuttleless looms of 450 revolutions per minute ( RPM), to promote indigenous technology. innovation and advancement of manufacturing processes.
Likewise, CEFC in Bardoli, Surat was initiated by the Science Engineering and Technological Upliftment Foundation (SETU) and will have a design center, a tool room, a training center and a laboratory. tests to meet the requirements of the textile industry. In Delhi, the IIT-Delhi CoE was established to focus on product development, particularly with specific industry partners. Goyal also called on the younger generation to engage in business.
The Minister expressed the hope that this very initiative to bring together all relevant stakeholders, namely industry, institutions and various government departments on the same platform, will synergize our efforts and enable TEI India to strengthen its energies in the areas of the state of the situation. R&D in art technology, ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ and export promotion.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Textiles Darshna Jardosh said that for the textile industry it is the golden period for investment and business expansion as many important measures such as PM MITRA Parks, PLI, RoDTEP, RoSCTL have been taken to boost the sector. . She also said that textile machinery plays an important role in the growth of this sector. And not only big machines, but also small machines, are important to promote the looms and handicrafts sector, which is our cultural heritage and we must preserve this heritage.
Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, UP Singh, Addl. Secretary, Vijay. K. Singh, Textile Commissioner, President / Chairman of Textile Machine Manufacturers Associations and CMD / MDs / India Heads of Major Domestic and Foreign Textile Machine Manufacturers attended the conference. 15 textile machinery manufacturers from foreign regions, 20 leading domestic textile manufacturers and 7 associations of textile machinery and related industries participated and also submitted their views.
The interaction aimed to design a possible strategy to develop an ecosystem facilitating the growth of Textile Engineering Industry (TEI) in India under Make in India to compete globally in all industry segments. on the strength of technology and scale, Initiatives towards Atmanirbhar Bharat: Meeting 75% of domestic demand by 2026-2027 and reducing costs for textile manufacturers and enhancing exports.