Some 23 research projects in the areas of specialty fibers, sustainable textiles, geotextiles, mobiltech and sports textiles have been cleared in India.
Among these 23 research projects are 12 projects of specialty fibers having application areas in agriculture, smart textiles, healthcare, strategic application and protective gears, four projects from sustainable textiles having application areas in agriculture and healthcare, five projects from geotextiles, one from mobiltech and one from sportech.
The growth of technical textiles in India has gained momentum in the past five years.The area of technical textiles in India has a technological gap, which is being addressed by identification of the area of research in technical textiles with industry interaction and promotional activities like conferences, exhibitions, and buyer-seller meets to promote the use of technical textiles in the country. Since industry and academia connect is essential for the growth of research and development in the application areas of technical textiles in India, priority is being given to building convergence with academicians, scientists and researchers.
India targets a fivefold increase in the export of technical textiles. There will be production-linked incentives for the textile sector including affordable infrastructure for textile manufacturing like cheap land and power and alignment with the best standards in textile manufacturing.