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Technical textiles

Technical textiles

  • Technical Textiles or functional textiles, considered a sunrise sector in the country, are defined as Textile material and products manufactured primarily for their Technical performance and functional properties rather than aesthetic and decorative characteristics.
  • Technical textiles include textiles for automotive applications, medical textiles (e.g., implants), geotextiles (reinforcement of embankments), agrotextiles (textiles for crop protection), and protective clothing (e.g., heat and radiation protection for fire fighter clothing, molten metal protection for welders, stab protection and bulletproof vests, and spacesuits).
  • Functional textiles can be woven or non-woven.
  • Automobile, geo, medical, industrial, and agro textiles are among the range of products that are made in the country.
  •  Technical textiles sector is all set for demand taking off for products such as geo and agro textiles.

Significance of technical textiles sector

  • Technical textiles sector is a thrust area for the Government because of the value addition involved.
  • It can be used in infrastructure projects, including ports, roads, and railways, and in sectors such as agriculture.

Challenges for technical textiles

  • Technical textiles is a fragmented sector with several small and medium-scale industries manufacturing specialised products.
  • The main challenges for technical textiles in the country are awareness among consumers, need for technology and knowledge about it among entrepreneurs, the investments and time needed to be innovative and develop applications, and raw material availability. 
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Prelims Question of the Day

With reference to 'Natural Rate of Unemployment', consider the following statements.

1. It is the level of unemployment in an economy that is just consistent with a stable rate of Inflation.

2. It is the unemployment that prevails when all markets in the economy are in equilibrium.

 

(a)1 and 2

(b)2 only

(c)1 only

(d)None of the above

Mains Question of the Day

1.GS-No party in power can afford to ignore Directive Principles of State Policy. Comment.(200 Words)

2.Political Science - Explain the role of non state actors, like IMF, World Bank, European Union and MNCs, in modulating and transforming the broad dynamics of international relations. (250 Words).

3.SOCIOLOGY - What is the impact of Globalization on the structure and mobilization of the working class in India? (250 Words).

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