KANNUR: There is a large but untapped demand for flame-retardant home furnishing products in both the international and the domestic markets, experts in the textile sector say.
J.V. Rao, Director, Northern Textile Research Association, said at a seminar on ‘Flame-retardant (FR) finish on home textiles' here on Friday that the country's manufacturing capabilities in the field of technical textiles, including flame-retardant textiles, was almost nil, though there was a huge demand for them in the domestic and the export markets.
Much of the technical textile imports in the country were from China, he said.
The Ministry of Textiles had initiated measures to popularise the use of technical textiles, including flame-retardant home textile products, by creating an awareness of safety of public places, he said. The Ministry was now approaching the Ministry of Home Affairs and the State governments to use flame-retardant textiles in public places to prevent accidents.
Dr. Rao said in two or three years, the national building code in the country would include specifications that the textile products used in public places should be flame-retardant. Small and medium-scale entrepreneurs in the textile sector should be equipped with the technology to produce personal and property protecting textile materials.
Kerala Textile Exporters' Organisation president C. Jayachandran was the chief guest at the seminar. A. Subramanian, Principal of SSM College of Engineering, Komarapalayam, which co-sponsored the seminar, was present. Textile Committee Assistant Director H. Nagendrappa also spoke.