Nonwoven producers must look at value-added products not low-margin, volume-based markets
Sidwin Fabric is a manufacturer and exporter of polypropylene textiles and a wide range of nonwoven fabric used in the medical, packaging and agrotextile sectors. Suresh Patel, managing director, discusses the potential of these segments in India.
We have seen tremendous growth. We have reputed clients in the industry in the domestic market as well as abroad. We offer high quality with new developments in products.
We began with the packaging industry. For the last three years, we have diversified into medical disposable fabric, hygiene, functional nonwoven fabric like anti-static, fire retardant, hydrophilic nonwoven fabric and industrial use fabric as well as agrotextiles.
Our presence is mostly in the Gulf countries, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and North America. In our experience, the United States of America and Canada are the biggest markets for nonwoven industries with converted products for the construction as well as agriculture industry.
The technical textile industry has made remarkable progress in the last three years, thanks to the efforts of both the Government of India and industry leaders. Without referring to growth in numbers or statistics, it would suffice to say that the technical textile industry can only move in one direction, and that is upwards. This is partly because the base is still low. Growth may be uneven across different segments of technical textile, but overall growth is anticipated to be good. Certain sectors like protective textiles, packing and agrotextiles should grow because of large potential. Sectors like medical textiles need more awareness from users and decision makers.
We spare sufficient budget for new development and market awareness programmes, specifically in the agriculture sector as well new developments in industrial products in nonwoven fabric.
We source raw material mostly from the domestic market.
Nonwoven manufacturers should look at high-end, value-added products rather than low-margin, volume-based markets. Coated nonwoven, hygiene application fabric like baby diapers, sanitary napkins, construction textiles and functional nonwoven fabric like anti-static and fire retardant fabrics can witness growth in the near future.
Growth in Asian countries will continue but due to high volatile price factor in polymers and currency, the industries may be affected. Only with favourable efforts from the government can the Indian export industry compete with players in China and the Gulf.
We are working towards use of nonwoven in agrotextiles and hygiene products in India. For agrotextiles, we are working with different farmers for trials in the western as well as northern parts of India. As far as hygiene products are concerned, our focus is mainly on sanitary napkins and baby diapers.
The agrotextiles sector has huge potential in India so nonwoven manufacturers need to concentrate on this sector by providing products with high quality standards.
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