Medical textiles sector to witness tremendous growth

Medical textiles consumption in the country is poised to grow by 14 per cent annually till 2020, owing to an increase in the public awareness levels on hygienic healthcare, according to S. Thiruppathi, senior scientific officer, South India Textile Research Association (SITRA).

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“This estimated growth rate will be offering greater opportunities for the domestic textile manufacturers to give value-addition to their business portfolio considering that almost 70 per cent of the medical textiles consumption in India is presently met through imports,” he said.

Mr. Thiruppathi was speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of an orientation programme on ‘Business opportunities in medical textiles’ which SITRA organised in association with Textiles Committee, a body under Union Ministry of Textiles and Palladam Hi-Tech Weaving Park near here on Saturday.

He pointed out that entrepreneurs in power loom sector could also diversify from the routine production of grey cloth into medical textiles so as to rejuvenate the sagging (power loom) segment.


On the latest developments in medical textiles, he said that some of the innovations like non-woven scaffolds used for partial replacement of skin, sole used inside the diabetic shoes, bandages using bamboo fibres and barbed bi-directional sutures had given a new dimension to medical care in the country.

Listing out some of the demand sectors for medical textiles, he said that there was high volume requirement for single use lint free surgical garments and blood transfusion micro filters, among others. Sanitary napkins and baby diapers segments under the medical textile segment were also going to witness a tremendous growth in the country in the coming years.

Entrepreneurs from Tirupur, Palladam and Somanur clusters participated in the event.

Orientation programme on ‘Business opportunities in medical textiles’ held

Entrepreneurs from Tirupur, Palladam and Somanur clusters took part