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Institute plans business incubators

R. Vimal Kumar

Tirupur: The NIFT-TEA Knitwear Institute, promoted by Tirupur Exporters Association, is to set up ‘business incubators' shortly for developing new technologies to manufacture wide range of value-added apparel products catering to various seasons and purposes.

The proposed Rs. 30 lakh project will be of great significance considering that the garment manufacturers here are presently struggling to expand their product repertoire beyond the predominant cotton-based garments owing to lack of quality research and development (R&D) works in place.

“Under the scheme, we will develop technology to make apparels from jute-cotton blend, moisture management fabrics (MMF) and produce natural dyes exclusively for kids wears,” NIFT-TEA chairman Raja Shanmugam told The Hindu.

The institute is now awaiting fund support from Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India, to meet the capital expenditure required for setting up basic infrastructure for research and testing of products developed.

Innovation

“Business incubators are effective tools for innovation, employment and value creation and thereby minimise the failure rates of small and medium scale enterprises substantially,” G. Venugopal, Cluster Development Officer of Textiles Committee, Union Ministry of Textiles, pointed out.

The Textiles Committee will don the role of facilitator for the project giving technical advice to the institute.

Industry experts feel that a standardized technology for commercial production of jute-cotton blend apparels would be a boon to the manufacturers here helping them venture more into winter garments.

“Large-scale manufacturing of winter garments not only brings better unit value but also catapult the image of Tirupur cluster as a production base for all-season garments,” they said.

At present, the cluster produces primarily summer wears.

Focus

On moisture management fabrics, Mr. Shanmugam said that focus would be to develop sports and active wears that had the capability to absorb sweat and give a sense of comfort to the customer.

Once the technologies were developed and standardized, it would be disseminated by the institute to the industrialists through seminars and workshops. “We are also planning to publish the revelations in the news letter brought out by the institute,” Mr. Shanmugam said.

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