Past Efforts of the Association
Some of the important activities undertaken by the Association were -
Formation of different study groups to go into the details of the specifications of textile machinery required by the textile industry.
Representing the TMI on the Working Groups set up by the Planning Commission for the Five-Year Plans, participating in their meetings and submitting necessary inputs from the Textile Machinery Industry.
Continued representation on the Development Council for Textile Machinery set up by the Government of India and contributing to the implementation of the recommendations made therein.
Establishment of a Joint Consultative Body to look into the mills’ complaints on indigenous textile machinery.
Evolving price increase formulae for textile machinery in co-operation with the user industry and the Government.
Bringing out documentary films, audio visuals and video films depicting the image of the industry for screening to prospective buyers in India as well as abroad.
Giving wide sectoral publicity to the products of member-manufacturers by way of advertisements etc. at the industry level in overseas textile magazines/newspapers thus projecting both the industry’s and the national image.
Participating in International Fairs and Exhibitions relating to textile machinery, parts and accessories.
It was at the TMMA level that the proposal to set up the India-ITME Society was mooted and subsequently implemented with the exclusive purpose of organising International Textile Machinery Exhibitions every four years in India in line with those being organised by CEMATEX in Europe and ATME in America. The Society has already organised five Exhibitions in Mumbai from 1980 to 2004 and the 8th in the series will be held in Mumbai from December 2008.
Sponsoring delegations/study teams/sales teams to different countries for studying the market potential for Indian textile machinery, parts and accessories.
The Association had been inviting various delegations to visit India to show them our manufacturing facilities: delegations from Myanmar (Burma), Bangladesh, Tanzania, Uganda, Indonesia, Poland, South Korea, GDR, Bulgaria, Russia, Italy, Vietnam, Mexico etc. had visited India.
TMMA had also been actively associated with the World Bank Teams which visited India to carry out detailed survey of the Textile and Textile Machinery Industries.
In order to encourage exporters, the Association instituted in 1969 an Export Awards Scheme under which awards were given every year for excellence in export performance in different sectors of the industry.
One of the creditable achievements of the Association on export front was setting up of a complete turnkey spinning project in Ubango, Tanzania through a consortium of machinery manufacturers under the Association’s umbrella.
In the field of Research and Development, the Association encourages import substitution, sends technical oriented delegations to important international exhibitions and conferences abroad with a view to studying latest technological developments in textile machinery and promoting transfer of latest technology to India.
The Association has been closely associated itself in the R&D efforts of various Textile Research Associations for the country and contributed substantially to strengthen their infrastructure in Research and Development of textile machinery.
TMMA has submitted reports to the Government on low cost technology machines for the handloom sector.
The Association has instituted a Technical and R&D Awards Scheme to encourage development of indigenous technology.
It has set up G.K.Devarajulu Chair at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai to train Engineering Graduates leading to Post-Graduation in Textile Engineering. Implementation of Rs.500 million (about US$ 12 million) project proposal for Textile Machinery R&D Centre is taken on hand.
On the recommendation of the Development Council for Textile Machinery Industry a High Power Committee consisting of representatives of the Textile Machinery Industry, Textile Mill Industry, Office of the Textile Commissioner etc. was set up and an assessment for the long term demand for the modernisation of the Textile Industry was made and submitted to the Government.
The Association is one of the sponsors of the Federation of Indian Textile Engineering Industry.
The Association has submitted to the Government necessary inputs on the indigenous availability of textile machinery, parts and accessories enabling it to frame suitable trade policy for Textile and Textile Machinery Industries.
In the liberalised economic and trade regime, the Association has been encouraging its members to upgrade their technology in keeping with the developments taking place elsewhere in the world, induces them to acquire ISO 14000 accreditation, inhouse development, participation in the Technological Seminars and Conferences etc. to be competitive both in the domestic and international markets.
TMMA is one of the segments in preparing the long term Action Plan for promoting export of textile machinery.
The TMMA (I) has played a significant role in the formulation of the Textile Policy by the Government of India with a view to boosting the demand for the indigenous textile machinery & accessories.
In the realm of liberalisation of economy and trade, the Association has been the guiding source to its members to compete in the domestic as well as international markets by upgrading their technologies, adhering to the delivery schedules and providing effective sales-after-service.