CHENNAI: Textile entrepreneurs in Tamil Nadu are seeking improved infrastructure for weaving and processing capabilities for the state and have begun lobbying for strengthening weaving and processing -weak spots in the apparel supply chain that need to be addressed -as the state drafts a new textile policy after about eight years.
State bureaucrats have held discussions with entrepreneurs on how the policy could differ from competitors like Gujarat, which has built strong capacities in yarn spinning through state-sponsored subsidies for businesses to build factories. CM Edappadi K Palaniswami also touched upon the policy while speaking at an event to celebrate the state’s handloom heritage on Monday.
Entrepreneurs want Tamil Nadu to strike at areas where Gujarat has taken the lead.”It’s the right time for Tamil Nadu to devise a policy specific to manufacturing competitiveness in the spinning sector to compete with the kind of factories that are coming up in Gujarat,” said Prabhu Damodharan, secretary of the Indian Texpreneurs Federation and a spinning mill owner based in Coimbatore. Textile units are also seeking subsidies for companies venturing into the areas of weaving and processing units -steps in apparel making that lead to value-addition and higher margins for businesses.
In Tamil Nadu, weaving clusters like Salem still run on obsolete technologies involving power looms, which have been surpassed by automatic looms known better through the European brand Sulzer. The latest advancement has been the air jet loom, which utilises propelled air to the move the weft in the machinery . It constitutes only a tenth of the used in the state while the proportion is higher in other states.