SITRA Conference

Excellence in cotton R&D can translate into value-added textiles

Posted January 6, 2022


By Seshadri Ramkumar


LUBBOCK, Texas – Value addition in textiles will be the driver. 


Coimbatore, India-based The South India Textile Research Association (SITRA) is conducting its 33rd Technological Conference after a hiatus of two years in hybrid mode. The need to grow the textile industry beyond its established strengths such as spinning and knitting is being discussed.


Dr. Sanjay Jayavarthanavelu, noted industrialist and chairman of Council of Administration of SITRA, made a clarion call to the industry to actively participate in the research institute’s project. Noting that capacity addition is happening not only in spinning, but also in other areas such as home textiles, made-up garments, collaborative efforts are needed, he said.


SITRA has been playing a vital role in helping the Indian textile sector enhance its knowledge base and manufacturing capability in medical textiles.  


Excellence in cotton R&D has to be translated into value-added textiles, according to Dr. S. K. Sundararaman, vice chair of The Southern India Mills’ Association.  


Dr. Prakash Vasudevan, director of SITRA, in his welcome address, made a call for greater interaction of industry personnel with other institutes to translate technologies to commercial scale.


Industry-academia participation is vital in moving the textiles sector to the next level. In this aspect, a collaboration between this scribe and Aruppukottai-based Jayalakshmi Textiles, 73,000 spindles cotton spinning mill has resulted in a sustainable industrial textile product.


Texas Tech University has been collaborating with this textile mill in developing value-added cotton products that have applications beyond the regular fiber to fashion supply chair. 


The translation of research to reality is the need of the hour. Such technological conferences provide much-needed support to grow the industry. 


Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar, Ph.D., CText., FTI (U.K.), FTA (honorary), is a professor at the Nonwovens & Advanced Materials Laboratory at Texas Tech.

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