The Indian Government is promoting technical textiles by implementing four schemes for the purpose, Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge) Santosh Kumar Gangwar informed the lower house of the Indian Parliament.
Technical textiles are manufactured primarily for their performance and functional properties, as opposed to the usual aesthetic purpose.
Gangwar said the four schemes for the purpose are: a technology mission, a scheme for strengthening of database and standards for technical textiles, a scheme for usage of agri-textiles in the Northeastern region, and a restructured technology upgradation fund scheme. Additionally, eight Centers of Excellence (CoE) for indigenous development of prototypes have been set up.
The Ministry approved the establishment of integrated textile parks, where assistance is offered for creation of infrastructure in the parks up to 40 percent, with an upper limit of Rs 40 crore ($6.31 million).
Gangwar said under the mini-mission of Technology Mission on Textiles, fund support is being administered for undertaking research on a contract basis. Five contract research projects have already been approved by the ministry, totaling a cost of Rs 1.27 crore ($200k) with government support of Rs 75.12 lakh ($118k).
A paper released by PhD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Technopak in July titled, “Opportunities and Challenges on Non-Woven Technical Textiles” noted that India’s technical textile market has an anticipated growth of 9 percent from its current estimated value of $14 billion. It is expected to reach $32 billion by 2023.