The Textile Association (India), Mumbai Unit organized a Seminar on “Challenges & Opportunities in Textile Processing – A Way Forward” in Thane on May 21, 2015. The Chief Guest was Mr. R. R. Gorakhia, Director, Textiles Committee, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India. Mr. S. M. Khire, Director – Operations, Welspun Syntex Ltd. was the Guest of Honour.

Mr. V. C. Gupte, Chairman, TAI, Mumbai Unit welcomed the guests and delegates.

Mr. Arun K. Narkar, Jt. Hon. Secretary, TAI, Mumbai Unit & Convenor of the Seminar said that this seminar was organized in Thane so that the textile processing clusters around the city of Mumbai will be benefited. The focus of the seminar was mainly on Green Environment & Green Technology.

Mr. S. M. Khire, Director – Operations, Welspun Syntex Ltd. in his address said that there are many challenges in the field of processing and these challenges creates opportunities to over come various issues.

Mr. R. R. Gorakhia, Director, Textiles Committee, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India in his inaugural address emphasised on “zero effect & zero defect” concept initiated by Government on Make in India. He also discussed about the conservation of water, steam, electrical energy, etc. in textile processing.

Mr. A. V. Mantri, Hon. Secretary, TAI, Mumbai Unit proposed a vote of the thanks.

The Inaugural Function was followed by Paper Presentation in which 5 papers were presented by eminent speakers.

Mr. Elliyas Mohammed, Business Development Manager (Disperse Dyes) and Mr. Subrato Modak, Business Development Manager (Reactive Dyes) Colourtex Industries Pvt. Ltd. jointly presented the paper on “Development in Dyes at Colourtex to meet changing customer demands”.

Dr. Ashok Athalye, General Manager – Technical Service, Atul Ltd. expressed his views on “Processing of High quality Yarn dyed Shirtings”.

Mr. S. M. Khire, Director – Operations, Welspun Syntex Ltd. expressed his views on “Zero Liquid Discharge System”. He discussed the core of Zero Discharge System developed by Welspun Syntex Ltd. as a success story.

Mr. Vishwanath S. Shastri, Deputy General Manager, A. T. E. Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. presented the paper on “Effective technology in managing Textile Effluents”.

Dr. Binay Kumar Choudhury, General Manager, Control Union Certifications India Pvt. Ltd. discussed the importance of “Sustainable Certification in Textile Processing for Value Addition”

The Paper Presentations was followed by Panel Discussion which was moderated by Dr. G. S. Nadiger, Textile & Management Consultant. The Panel Comprised of Mr. Prabodh Patel, Textile Consultant, Mr. Prasad Pant, CEO, NimkarTek Technical Services Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. Mahesh Sharma, M-Tex Textile Processing & Environment Consultant. Dr. Nadiger explained various initiatives taken by industry and Govt. in regard to common effluent treatment plants for the last 20 years. He said the Govt. has given utmost priority for pollution related issues alongwith technology upgration and product diversification. Mr. Prabodh Patel discussed the importance of laboratory functioning to get the consistent results in bulk processing. Mr. Pant expressed his views to restrict the use of hazardous chemicals in the processing and why process and product chemicals knowledge is becoming a critical issue for business development. The hazardous nature and its effect should not be associated with international market as it affects environment & mankind and process optimization to target desired quality. Mr. Mahesh Sharma emphasized on cleaner production and stressed upon on resource conservation. The cleaner production helps to reduce volume and load of effluent and emission. The delegates raised various questions which were answered by the Panel.

The Seminar was grand success and was attended by over 150 participants.