Joint Italian/Indian Textile Machinery Training Centre in India
In late December 2012 ACIMIT, the umbrella organisation of Italian textile machinery manufacturers, and the Textile & Engineering Institute Ichalkaranji (DKTE) signed an agreement to establish an Italian Machinery Technology Training Centre at Ichalkaranji, Maharashtra, and for the benefit of India’s textile sector
The project includes providing, on a free using basis, textile machinery of interested Italian manufacturers for a maximum period of three years. Also training activities will be provided by the same companies belonging to this initiative. Further it entails the distribution of ACIMIT’s digital technology manual containing Italian state-of-the-art technology, and the provision of scholarships to three students selected by a committee of DKTE’s factulty to assist them to pursue their professional training.
DKTE’S Textile and Engineering Institute was founded in 1982, by K.B. Awade, Former Industry Minister. Presently it is catering to 10 under graduated programmes, five in textiles and five in Engineering, as well as three Diploma programmes in Textiles, five post graduate programmes (three in textiles, two in engineering). There is also a doctorate programme in textile engineering and two management study programmes. The Institute has over 3200 students and 180 faculty members engaged in teaching and research activities.
The initiative and project will be coordinated by a working group representing ACIMIT and such will participate in all engagements both to be held in Italy and India. The Indian counterpart, Raretech will be coordinating all local activities.
The technology training centre is to be seen as part of the larger initiative called Machines Italia, financed by the Ministry for Economic Development (MiSE). In turn, the organisation was entrusted to Federmacchine (Federation of Italian Manufacturers of Capital Equipment). Machines Italia in India aims to lend its support to the internationalisation efforts of companies of the sector, one of the world’s most developed industrial areas. Through the centre ACIMIT intends – according to a statement of its President, Sandro Salmoiraghi – to strengthen the profitable relationship which already exists with India’s textile industry. And he added: This initiative aims to increase the awareness of the important synergy with the territory’s textile manufacturers, represented by the world of academia. The benefits in terms of image will be felt, not just by individual participating Italian businesses supplying machinery, but for the whole of Italy’s textile sector”.
Prakash Awade, member of Governing Council of DKTE’S Textile and Engineering Institute and former Indian Minister of Textiles, will assist and support the successful implementation of the project and expressed hopes that the training centre, equipped with state-of-the-art Italian textile machinery will go a long way by catering to the needs of the Indian textile industry and through strengthening the ties between the two countries.
For Italian textile machinery manufacturers, India is actually the third most important destination for exports and in the first half of 2012 exports amounted to EUR 58 million.
Of course, it is clever to offer training on certain machinery to students around the globe. Because such students will have possibly the say in future investments when they are engaged in the textile industry and in general this influences the type and origin of machinery they plan to use in their plants.
On the other hand, ACIMIT President Sandro Salmoiraghi states that the initiative will enlighten not only the image of Italian textile machinery manufacturers, but also for Italy’s textile sector. This statement might be true for Italian textile manufacturers exporting to the upper crust of Indian customers, but for the majority of the remaining textile sector in Italy it means also intensified competition by Indian exports of growing quantity and quality. This could lead also to another consolidation of the Italian textile sector!