The Indian Technical Textile Association (ITTA) in association with Indian Navy, supported by the Office of the Textile Commissioner – Ministry of Textile organized a two day Clothing and Footwear Seminar cum Exhibition at Mulla Auditorium at Navy Nagar, Colaba Defence Station, Mumbai on January 7-8, 2016.
First Indian Navy- ITTA Seminar Cum Exhibition on Clothing and Footwear was attended by more than 300 delegates from both the Indian Navy and the Technical Textiles Industry. The exhibition showcased the entire technical textile and Footwear products developed by various manufacturers showing the possible improvements of the different products used by the Indian Navy. Some of the prominent exhibitors for the event were – Raymond, Arvind, Welspun, Shiva Texyarn, Venus safety, RSWM, ACCENT Inds., Euro safety, Liberty, Mayur, Bata, etc. In addition, Indian Navy displayed their entire range of products currently used by them.
The two day seminar was inaugurated by Vice Admiral SPS Cheema, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command. He said that India is known world over for its textile industry and pointing out on the procedural difficulties faced by the services and vendors, he emphasized that the procurement procedures are being reviewed by the government. He added that this Seminar is yet another effort by the Indian Navy towards achieving improvement in quality of clothing and footwear. He also requested the participants to use this opportunity to understand each other’s requirements and come out with the solutions.
Dr. Kavita Gupta (IAS), Textile Commissioner, addressed the delegates highlighting the importance of different segments of the Technical Textile and its growth rate of in India. She also spoke in details about the initiatives taken by government on the promotion and growth of technical textiles. He appreciated the efforts take by ITTA to bring together Indian Navy and the Indian Technical Textile Industry along with the regular segments of the Textile Industry, through the seminar and exhibition to understand and improve the quality and supply of the products used by Indian Navy.
In his keynote address , Gautam Singhania, CMD, Raymonds group representing the textile industry, he apprised the audience about the developments in textile industry which can be of great use to the armed forces and also talked on the huge scope of using technical textiles in Indian Navy, like fire retardant, antimicrobial, water proof, etc products.
Vice Admiral Jaywant Kode, Controller of Logistics, Ministry of Defence (Navy) spoke in his opening address, that this seminar has been organized to have dialogue and better interaction between the Indian Navy and the Technical Textile Industry.
Pramod Khosla, Chairman, ITTA, welcomed the delegates and narrated the ITTA’s contributions during the last couple of years to the growth of various segments of Indian Technical Textile Industry and the objective of this seminar.