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2012-05-10

ATIRA launches incubation center for technical textiles

Ahmedabad Textile Industry\'s Research Association (ATIRA) today launched an incubation center for technical textiles at its existing premises in Ahmedabad. The incubation center encompass state-of-the-art machineries from Germany and Switzerland to devel

Ahmedabad Textile Industry's Research Association (ATIRA) today launched an incubation center for technical textiles at its existing premises in Ahmedabad. The incubation center encompass state-of-the-art machineries from Germany and Switzerland to develop various high performance fabrics prepared from composite materials like carbon, glass, aramid yarns. The center is the first of its kind to be launched in India.

Speaking on this occasion, Saurabhbhai Patel, Minister of State for Industry, said, “It is a great pleasure to be associated with such an esteemed project which will help the textile industry to expand its product portfolio thereby increasing the export potential of such highly sophisticated value added products.”

The center has witnessed investments worth Rs 18.82 crore and is majorly financed by the government of Gujarat and rest from ATIRA and other industries in the state. The move will facilitate the industrialists and entrepreneurs of Gujarat to augment their capabilities and add value to their products.

“ATIRA has initiated the process to realign its activities with advanced technology to effectively serve the needs of small, medium and large industries. The center offers high quality and reliable services for testing, certification, calibration and support for product development through collaborative, cooperative, sponsored and grant-in-aid R&D. With the launch of this incubation center, we look forward to embark on the new emerging fields of technical textiles, putting the nation on the global map,” said Sanjay Lalbhai, chairman of the council of administration at ATIRA.

The services offered can be used during the product’s techno-economic viability study before investing huge capital amount, product development and conducting trials. It also aims to reduce the initial capital required, cost of product development as well as the lead time.

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