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Surat moves from synthetics to cotton

A textile cluster will come up in Surat on a 50 lakh acre plot.The next step will be garment manufacturing and diversifying into cotton fabrics.

A special purpose vehicle will be employed to invite processing units and meet their major requirements. The cluster will have a common boiler that supplies steam to all units, while provisions will be made for cheaper electricity, soft water, treatment of effluents, etc.

Foreign investors and investors from other states of India have shown interest in establishing units in the cluster.

Surat wants to expand through forward integration. As of now, yarns and fabrics comprise the major production. Now units want to move ahead into garment manufacturing and move ahead from manufacturing just synthetic fabrics to producing cotton fabrics too.

There are about 6,00,000 plain power looms, around 1,00,000 embroidery machines and also 50,000 water jet and rapier looms in Surat. There are also numerous yarn texturising units. Export of synthetic fabrics from the Surat textile industry is around Rs 20,000 crores.

The textile industry in Surat is mainly engaged in the activities of yarn production, weaving, processing as well as embroidery. Nearly 30 million meters of raw fabric and 25 million meters of processed fabric are produced in Surat daily.