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‘KNITCON 2015’, was a first of its kind Conference on Advancements in Knitting, Processing and Stitching Industryheld on May 09, 2015 at The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata.

The Conference served as a veritable platform for discussing about trends and various issues on the knitwear industry. With Speakers / Experts drawn from both national and international textile machine manufacturing companies, the discussions &information sharing were manifold. It was organized by FOHMA in association with West Bengal Hosiery Association (WBHA) and Bengal Hosiery Manufacturer Association (BHMA).

In his Welcome Address, Mr. K B Agarwala, President of FOHMA mentioned that the Indian knitwear industry which started as a domestic player, had expanded into the global markets with great success. Despite seventy percent of the units operating in unorganized sector, the growth was praiseworthy - both on the domestic as well as the exports front. The Indian knitwear industry had evolved significantly over the past few years - owing to several inter-related factors which worked positively for this segment. The slowing down of production in many countries, the bullish nature of the fashion industry and cash rich consumers seeking newer products & stylish outfits had shored up the demand for knitwear products. The online trend for purchasing was growing rapidly and had opened up new vistas for product marketing. He hoped that the domestic knitwear players would make efforts to innovate and upgrade their facilities – so as to become competitive and sustain themselves amidst local and global competition.

Mr. Pradeep Arora, Convener of KNITCON 2015 spoke about how this Conference had been conceived with the objective of getting insights about knitting, processing and stitching – so that existing manufacturers could know about more about the new technologies, adopt them and grow their businesses. He added that while this Conference was being organized in the eastern region where the knitting industry was predominant, the learnings would be applicable for all levels of manufacturers located in India.

In his presentation, Mr. M. Chaudhary, Regional Head, Textile Commissioner’s Office (Eastern Region) outlined the assistance it could offer to the hosiery & knitting sector. He emphasized the need for having more manufacturing units for faster development of the sector. Referring to the importance of SkillsDevelopment Program, Mr. Chaudhary said his office had set up a training Centre at Ranaghat in Nadia district of West Bengal where people were being trained to serve the industry. Concerned companies could hire skilled personnel from there for their Industry.

In the ‘Fibre & Yarn session’, speakers discussed various aspects of yarns in the context of growing cost of cotton fabric resulting in higher price of the cotton made item, which was now becoming beyond the reach of common people. They stressed the need for selecting good quality of yarns producing different parts of the country for substitute to cotton. They felt that more attention should be given for collection of proper quality of yarns for producing quality items in the face of severe competition world-wide.

It was also opined that manufacturers should select proper types of cotton avoiding contaminated thread that caused qualitative differences from the quality one. They said India being producer of multi-category yarns, there was no dearth of quality fibre which should be chosen with great care and proper verification. At the same time, polyester was now becoming the fastest growing sector which had to be utilized properly to meet the growing demands of the Indian domestic market. They also urged the manufacturers to take advantage of the declining export in the countries and increase their export volume to obtain the new markets.

In the knitting session, representatives from several international textile machine manufacturing related companies highlighted the advancements taking place in the machinery front and the trend of manufacturing companies adopting the new technologies to boost quality and production in the current global scenario. They also demonstrated the latest technology invented by the companies to bring about a significant change in production capacity as well as quality of the products.

The Processing Session saw a galaxy of some of the best equipment manufacturers under one roof including: Thies, Fong's, Bruckner, Ferraro, Bianco and Corino.

Speakers representing the manufacturers spoke on the salient features of their equipments along with the latest developments being done by their research team. Further, they apprised the gathering about the types of processes possible on their machines and various kinds of savings conceivable by virtue of latest technological advancements. The dialogues provided for greater understanding of the subject matter, while giving the participants relevant insights about new developments in the processing segment.

One of the companies speaking on this segment was Britacell Silicones. They were clear about the contribution of their products to the sustainability issue and emphasized how they were able to incorporate several benefits on water saving, effluent treatment facilitation and maintaining an ecological balance. They also spoke about various kinds of “value added finishing”, which were possible with their new products. It was a worthwhile experience to get so much inputs, with such clarity during this Conference.

The Garmenting &Printing segment had a very interesting thing to offer - with the participation of one of the best creator of ultra-modern garmenting line in India. He gave a clear insight into the ways and means of setting up a modern garmenting line and advised on the modalities of the same. This was a novel experience for the participants, as it gave the importance of productivity and quality and development of local female personnel for the unit. The viewpoint was different and had a successful approach. With units operating on different parameters in West Bengal, the ideas were a welcome change.

M & R – representing the printing segment had speakers talk about their machine and the benefits thereof. The piece printing machine was gaining in popularity in the eastern part of the country.

The Title Sponsor of this Conference was VOLTAS, while Co-Sponsors were Birla Cellulose, Hari Chand Anand& Co., Duke and Kansai. The Associate Sponsors included M & R, Fongs, Britacell Silicones, Anaadih Vincom, Bianco, Ferraro, Fongs and Groz Beckert.


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Venue-The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
Speech given by FOHMA President--Mr. K.B. Agarwala
Speech by Mr. Sanjay Jain, (Vice President,  FOHMA)
From left: Mr. Pradeep Arora, Mr. B.D. Kothari (Vice President, WBHA), Mr. K.B. Agarwala (FOHMA,President), Mr. M. Choudhury (Regional Head, Textile  Commissioner ), Mr. Sharad Bhatter (BHMA, President), Mr. Sreemoy Bannerjee (FOHMA, Secretary )
Speech by Mr. M.K. Kim, Creora, South Korea
 Speech by Mr. K. Alakan, Pallavaa Group, Tamil Nadu
 Delegates attending the conference
Speech By Mr. Franz Hudi, Terrot, Germany
Speech By Mr. Sanjay Chawla, Groz Beckert
Speech By Mr. Nizar Ali, Voltas
Speech By Mr. Bhaskar Dutta, Batliboi
Speech By Mr. Jochen stillger, Thies, Germany
Speech By Mr. Amos Shek Hiu Yeh, Fong’s, Hongkong
Speech By Mr. Silvano Rizzo, Corino, Italy
Speech By Mr. Michele Zampeiri, Bianco, Italy
Speech By Mr. Petruzio Leopoldo, Ferraro ,Italy
Speech By Mr. Venkatesh Babu, Bruckner, Germany
Mr. Arindam Chaudhuri, Britacal, Silicones, India
Speech By Mr. Narendra Dadia, M& R, Dhaval Colorchem Pvt. Ltd.
Speech By Mr. Masatoshi Ikeda, Kansai,Japan, Morimoto Manufacturing Co.
 Speech By Ms. Megha Dudheria, Hari Chand Anand & Co.
Speech By Mr. Gayan Ruhunage, Exodus Futura Knit Pvt. Ltd.