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‘Salem needs a hi-tech weaving park to boost textile industry’

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Business speak: The Powerloom Development and Export Promotion Council Chairman M.S. Mathivanan addressing the Cluster Development Meet in Salem on Wednesday. —
Business speak: The Powerloom Development and Export Promotion Council Chairman M.S. Mathivanan addressing the Cluster Development Meet in Salem on Wednesday. —

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It will help manufacturers avail themselves of more facilities

SALEM: A hi-tech weaving park should be established to promote textile industry in Salem, Powerloom Development and Export Promotion Council Chairman M.S. Mathivanan said.

Mr. Mathivanan was speaking at the cluster development meet organised by the Council in association with Salem Federation of All Fabric Manufacturers Association and Association of Garment Exporters at Indian Institute of Handloom Technology (IIHT) premises here on Wednesday to seek suggestions for promoting Salem as a hub for yarn-dyed weaving and garmenting.

He said Salem had a huge potential for growth in the dyed-yarn woven fabric manufacturing. But the cloth manufacturers here were facing problems in marketing, design development, research and upgrading technology. Setting up a hi-tech weaving park and adopting a cluster approach would help manufacturers avail more facilities and overcome various problems. Marketing and tapping the export markets would also become easier, he said.

Cloth manufacturers, while giving suggestions for promoting textile industry here, said the Union and state governments should provide more assistance for marketing, training of labourers and research and development activities. An integrated marketing facility and guidance for exports were essential. Facilities should be created to train labourers on modern textile technologies. More financial support should be provided to the textile units for expanding their activities, they said.

Mr. Mathivanan said the council would prepare a report based on the suggestions and submit it to the Prime Minister. It would help the government formulate a special scheme for promotion of textile industry in Salem and to equip it with modern infrastructure.

Salem region Powerloom Centre Development Committee convenor S.S.Yuvaraj, Federation president Harikrishna Das and IIHT Director S.B. Muttagi also spoke.

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