12th October 2021, Mumbai:
Textile facilities in Surat may close for a month due to numerous problems. Several mill owners in Surat have recommended that dyeing and printing mills remain closed for the whole month of November.
Members of the South Gujarat Textile Processing Association (SGPTA) voiced this viewpoint during a meeting. The textile sector in Surat is experiencing a number of problems, including a fuel shortage caused by a lack of coal, as well as a rise in the cost of colour and chemicals, which has resulted in higher manufacturing expenses.
"The mill owners proposed keeping the facilities closed for a month owing to an increase in the prices of colours, chemicals, and coal," stated Jitubhai Vakhariya, President of the SGTPA.
Textile traders are resisting increases in dyeing and printing fees." He went on to say that a meeting has been scheduled for the 20th of October to examine the problem and make a decision. Weavers in Surat sell grey cloth to textile dealers, who then send it to mills to be dyed, printed, and finished. Steam is generated by boilers in dyeing and printing plants using coal, the majority of which is imported.
However, a lack of coal has resulted in a threefold increase in the price of colours and chemicals, prompting textile mill owners to meet with the SGTPA and propose that the dyeing and printing mills be shuttered for a month beginning November 1.
According to industry sources, coal supplied from Indonesia is utilised more frequently in Surat than lignite coal. The price of imported coal was around Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 5,000 per tonne 15 days ago, but it has now risen to Rs. 14,000 to Rs. 15,000 per tonne.
In order to create steam, the textile sector typically uses 30 to 35 tonnes of coal each day. Colors and chemicals, some of which are imported from China, are also in limited supply in the industry. For example, Hydo's price has risen from Rs. 60 per kg to Rs. 200 per kg, while formic acid's price has risen from Rs. 32 per kg to Rs. 150 per kg.