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09 Mar 2021-|Mumbai

Amity University mumbai Organizes Interactive Webinar Series On Textile Industry And Its Dynamics

 India imports $460 million worth of synthetic yarn and $360 million worth of synthetic fabric (nylon) from China annually as well as over $140 million worth of accessories like buttons, zippers, hangers and needles. This excludes machinery such as knitting machines, lace-making machines, spinning machines and more.  With the ban of Chinese products and then the pandemic the textile industry has been negatively impacted in a lot of ways. 

The main motive behind the Webinar is to seize on the opportunity with various Govt. initiatives like “Silk Samagra” to improve the quality and domestic production of silk yarn. Indigenous manmade fiber industry is also getting a support from government due to its minuscule export share of just 0.7 per cent in the total global market of $150 billion. The scope to promote home grown textile industry thereby reduce reliance on Chinese Imports thus affecting our manufacturing and employment. The lecture provided students awareness about the ways the industry plans to coping up with the impact of ban from China and their future plans to restore working in full swing.
 
The expert speaker Mr. Raja. M. Shanmugam, the President of Tirupur Exporters Association, Chief Mentor at NIFT – TEA Knitwear Fashion Institute and Founder of Confederation of Indian Industry, of Tirupur chapter is very well connected with the knitwear industry which is a major sector of the textile Industry. Mr Raja. M. Shanmugam was connected through our Industry network with textile exporters. The guest lecture was attended by all faculty members and students of School of Fashion Design and Technology along with faculty members and students from AUM and other campuses of Amity University. Guest lecture was attended by students from Under-graduate, Post-Graduate and PhD scholars. Attendees were from various Under-Graduate programmes of Fashion Design, Textile Product design, Fashion styling and Image Design and Fashion Communication. Faculty from fashion institutes of Mumbai University, SNDT University were also present. 
 
The guest speaker shared some wonderful insights on how the textile and clothing industry is influenced by the economic downswing, theory behind international contraction of consumption and the cost of inflationary inputs. How due to pandemic the industry has gained momentum in manufacturing non-woven fabrics used for PPE suits, face mask, head covers. The speaker talked about sustainability along the value chain of knitwear starting from spinning, knitting, wet processing, printing, garment manufacturing and exports. With the ban on Chinese textiles, there is the possibility of immense growth in the domestic market. The interaction also brought to light that the jobs in textile sector is seeing a dull period currently but will revive soon. 
The guest offered internship and placement options for students. Projects based on knitwear industry can also be facilitated by them. Such interactions will built network with exporters of Triupur and students gain an insight into the world of Fabric and garment exports and get a chance to learn from the experts of the fabric designers, manufacturers of fabric, apparel, and accessories used in the industry.