While interacting with the textile machinery manufacturers in a video conference on ‘Technology Gap and Way Forward for Textiles Machinery Manufactures’ through a video conference, Union Minister Piyush Goyal called for developing 100 Indian textile machinery champions recognised across the world and reducing import dependence of the sector through concerted efforts between the textile engineering industry and the government.
Goyal also asked textile machinery manufacturers to get out of command-and-control mindset and work through plug and play to make the textile sector vibrant in name and spirit, the textile ministry said.
A total of 15 textile machines manufacturers of foreign regions, 20 leading indigenous textile manufacturers and seven textile machinery and associated industry associations participated and submitted their view points.
The interaction was aimed at devising possible strategy to develop a facilitating ecosystem for growth of the textiles engineering industry (TEI) in India under the Make in India programme. He said that the National Capital Goods Policy is a manufacturing sector policy devised by the Government of India aimed at increasing the production of capital goods from the 2014-15 value of about USD 31 billion to USD 101 billion by 2025.
Goyal urged the textile industry to focus on speed, skill and scale and get into innovative partnership. He called for developing 100 Indian textile machinery champions recognised across the world, the statement said. The minister said India should look to become a global player in producing textiles machinery, producing at scale, producing with quality and quantity the machinery of choice that the world requires.
“He said we are not averse to imports but we must reduce the import dependency of the textile machinery in India by concerted effort between the textile engineering industry and the government together. He added that focus on quality will help to capture bigger markets and higher productivity,” the ministry stated.
Goyal expressed hope that a modern and upgraded textile machinery ecosystem would have a cascading impact on unorganised Indian textile industry. This will set the momentum for continuous advancement and innovation resulting into ever evolving and enhancing competitive capabilities along the value chain.
He said the machinery manufacturing facility will change the inertia of the status quo, augment the dynamics along value chain and enhance the domestic consumption and further boost the exports of higher value goods while gradually reducing the import dependency, the statement said.
“For this, it is important to synergise efforts of arms of the government between textiles, Ministry of Heavy Industries, and digital innovation/ adaptation possibilities in our quest of increasing efficiencies by reducing costs across manufacturing value chain,” the minister stated.