NEW DELHI: Industry chamber Ficci has called for stronger industry-defense partnership to promote innovation in technical textiles in India.
In its report on 'Opportunities for Technical Textiles in Indian Defence', Ficci said there is a need for faster testing and trial procedures for the approval of a product in Indian defense, especially for the textiles items.
Technical textiles refers to protective and special clothing used by defense forces, which is largely imported by the government.
The study reveals that personnel uniforms alone account for Rs 2,000 crore expenditure by the Indian defense forces. "Besides uniform, the industry could also provide parachutes, bullet proof jackets, geo-textiles for border roads and tents, thus offering a new and large market for the Indian textile manufacturers," the report said.
Ficci calls for stronger partnership to promote technical textiles.
17 Jan 2009, 1736 hrs IST, Mahima Puri, ET Bureau