The Society of Dyers and Colourists, India (SDC EC) organised its 11th International Conference themed “Innovations for Sustainable Textile Production… Connecting the Dots” on February 20, 2015, at The Lalit, Mumbai.
Over 200 delegates from brands, process houses, retailers and textile and coloration industry from India, U.K., Sri Lanka attended the conference.
Punit Lalbhai, Executive Director, Arvind Ltd, in his keynote address listed the key factors that will drive growth - higher farmer incomes, cost saving, yield improvement, liquidity and transparency, capacity building, lasting social infrastructure and profitable value-chain integration. He also spoke on the breakthrough innovations of affordable Zero liquid discharge through biological and chemical methods.
Arvind is working with both organic cotton and BCI, and the company’s executive director opined that organic farming can give good results even where irrigation is less and the soil is not so good; whereas BCI can be more suitable in high yield environments. Selection of the right area and right technique are important in the decision making as India has suitable areas for both options.
He stressed that a united value chain is essential to bridge the gap and meet the challenge of putting sustainability theories into practice.
Various innovative ideas and latest technological innovations were discussed as a means to achieve sustainable textile production - post-wash recovery, low temperature processing, nanofiltration, foam technology, use of electronic sensors in the dye-house, etc. Using services of risk solution provider was also noticed as a rewarding option specially for the beginners.
Some of the speakers at the conference included Dr. Binay Kumar Choudhury (CUICIPL), Jayant Khera of Novozymes South Asia Pvt Ltd, Ernst Siewers of Dyecoo, Kiran Prayagi of Graphic Arts Technology & Education.