A matter of scale: powerloom vs integrated textile parks

New Delhi, Nov 15 | Updated: Nov 16 2005, 05:30am hrs
The textile ministry is not keen on including high-tech weaving parks in the new scheme for integrated textile parks (SITP). The ministry reckons that weaving being the weakest link in the textile production chain, it should specifically focus on promoting investment in the powerloom sector, which accounts for more than 90% of the loomage in the country. The SITP was formed by merging two existing schemes the apparel parks for exports scheme (APE) and the textile centres infrastructure development scheme (TCIDS).

The scheme for establishment of high-tech weaving parks (powerloom parks) came under the TCIDS scheme.

According to a senior textile ministry official, there is a huge difference between integrated textile parks and the powerloom parks.

Integrated textile parks are meant to be set up at a large scale while powerloom parks involve a much smaller scale. Powerloom parks are meant for specialised weaving units and hence they should not be included in the integrated textile parks scheme, the official told FE.

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There is a huge difference between integrated textile parks and the powerloom parks
Industry experts also share the same view as weaving continues to be a weak link in the production chain
The policy for establishment of high-tech weaving parks (powerloom parks) came under the textile centres infrastructure development scheme
Industry experts also share the same view as weaving continues to be a weak link in the production chain.

According to Confederation of Indian Textile Industry secretary general DK Nair, More than 60% of the fabrics used by major textile and clothing companies are imported as the fabrics produced within the country do not measure up in terms of quality and availability in large lots.

About 96% of the total fabric produced within the country is produced in the decentralised sector. Since weaving units are small, they are not able to deliver in large lots. According to industry sources, large-scale integrated textile production units have the demerit of not being able to fully tap the core competencies of spinning, weaving and processing at the same time.

Since powerloom parks are essentially high tech independent weaving units using shuttleless looms, such parks should be allowed to function separately and given due focus, feel industry watchers.

The scheme for establishment of high-tech weaving parks which aims to modernise the powerloom sector is a combination of three schemes- the TCIDS, the group workshed scheme (GWS) and the technology upgradation fund scheme. Since the TCIDS has been merged with the APE, whether to include powerloom parks into the larger scheme (SITP) was a matter of contention. According to sources in the ministry, there are five powerloom parks at present and apparel parks could ideally source their fabrics from these high tech-weaving parks.