Indian technical textile market is expected to witness substantial growth from 2016 to 2024. Technical textiles refer to products and textile materials used mainly for their functional properties and technological performance rather than their decorative and aesthetic characteristics. The market comprises diverse applications and products; based on functional requirements, end-user applications, and product features.
India is developing as a significant player in technical textiles. The rapid economic growth leading to higher disposable income as well as infrastructure development has made India a vital market for the technical textile products. Additionally, the country has established a foothold in the manufacture of technical textiles owing to its technological and skilled manpower as well as rising availability of raw material.
Hometech, Packtech, and Clothtech are the prime segments of the Indian industry, encompassing around 65% of the Indian technical textile market, while Geotech, Hometech, Sportech, Oekotech, Packtech, and Indutech are anticipated to accomplish high growth rates. India is a significant producer of technical textile products including jute carpet backing, flexible intermediate bulk containers, crop covers, hessian, tarpaulins, surgical dressings, and fishnets which are typically commoditized.
The Industry is characterized by the presence of multinationals like Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly-Clark, Ahlstrom, SKAPs, 3M, and Du Pont who have set up their industrial plants in India, as well as big domestic players like Kusumgarh Corporates, SRF, Century Enka, Supreme Nonwovens, Techfab India, Entremonde Polycoaters, Union, Pacific Non-Woven, Garware Wall Ropes, and Vardhman. The low scale segment also plays a crucial role, with the production of certain goods like stuffed toys, carpet backing, soft luggage, a canvas tarpaulin, fabrication of awnings, shoe laces, woven sacks, and zip fasteners being concentrated in the small scale segment.
Contributing more than 25% to the national technical textile business, Gujarat is a foremost player in the national professional textile division. Gujarat’s more than 800 technical textile units involved in each of the 12 subsectors of the functional textiles sectors, moreover, Gujarat is a key manufacturer of commodity products for the technical textile industries. The key players in Gujarat’s technical textile industry include Reliance Industries, Ambika Polymer, Ginni Filaments Ltd, Supreme Nonwovens Pvt Ltd., and Anjani Udyog Pvt Ltd. Moreover, the state also has several international players like American Hygienics Corporation, Austrian firm TenCate Geosynthetics, and Finnish firm Ahlstrom.
Tamil Nadu is also a fast growing epicenter of technical textiles in the India. It is one of the foremost producers of medical technical textiles, nonwovens, sport technical textiles, and geotextiles.The state’s investor-friendly environment has enabled the development of textile parks dedicated exclusively to technical textiles.
Maharashtra is providing a substantial stimulus to the domestic technical textiles industry. It is a significant producer of woven technical textiles, coir fiber, ropes and corsages, and agro textiles. Key players located in Maharashtra include B&V Agro, Kwality Nets, and Malmo Exim Ltd. Considerably, the state is also propelling the research and development in the national sector by holding four of the country’s eight Centers of Excellence on technical textiles, COE: Agrotech (SASMIRA), COE: Sportech (WRA), COE: Non-wovens (DKTE), and COE: Geotech (BTRA).
Rajasthan is a prominent leader in the global textiles sector. Bhilwara has appeared as one of the largest engineering centers for viscose polyester textiles. Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation Ltd (RIICO) coordinated a seminar in September 2010 to focus on the opportunities for Rajasthan to become a national and global leader in the technical textiles sector. This is anticipated to impact the market positively over the next seven years.
Andhra Pradesh is an important manufacturer in the agro textiles sector and is a prominent consumer in mobitech and protech. A hub for the aerospace, defense industries, and national textile state is a chiefly important consumer of protech and indutech products.
Punjab is a promising market for Indian sportech manufacturers. It is among India’s major sports industries and is a vital supplier to the Indian cordages, ropes and raffia industries. Thus, with rising demand for sport technical textiles, the state proves the significant potential for the expansion of the sports technical textiles sector over the forecast period.
Madhya Pradesh has been growing at a fast pace and is expected to show significant growth in the industry over the next seven years. The optimistic industrial environment created by the state through several initiatives and a stable government, decent infrastructure and connectivity with all principal parties of the country make it advantageous for technical textiles industry development over the forecast period.
The above eight state textile, MSME, and industrial policies have been influential in propelling the growth of the technical textiles industry not just locally, but all over the country. Specific incentives of these state’s policies have been included both for investors looking to realize and execute their interests in India’s technical textiles sector and for policy-makers and administrators of different states seeking to promote the local docile technical textiles sector.
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