Odisha Invites Textile & Apparel Giants From Across India

Bhubaneswar: The recent industrial growth and its driving factors have made Odisha the manufacturing hub of the East because of its strategic location in ASEAN region in addition to the industrial infrastructure and skilled manpower, said Hemant Sharma, Principal Secretary of Industries.

He has also elaborated the strong driving factors of Odisha making it the manufacturing hub of the East such as the strategic location of Odisha in the ASEAN region, the industrial infrastructure, highly skilled manpower and especially the proactive governance.

He was speaking at a national seminar on ‘Making Odisha the Textiles Hub of the East’ organised by IPICOL here on Bhubaneswar on Monday.

Stressing on Industry readiness, Industries and SMSE Minister Dibyashankar Mishra said “We have more than 1.5 lakh acre land, ready to be used by industries coming down to the state. Odisha also has a long history in textile and global trading. The state government has prioritised this sector and is seeking mega-investments from major textiles and apparel players.”

“A special incentive package for mega investments in textiles and apparel, including technical textiles sector, is also on the cards. I would like to make an appeal to industry leaders across India to come and visit Odisha and we are here to support you,” he added.

Leading national and global players like Shahi Exports, Aditya Birla Fashion, Page Industries and Wild Lotus participated in the seminar and shared their experience in the state.

Domain leaders including Bhilosha Industries, Vardhman textiles, Dixcy textiles, Indorama industries and Shubhalakshmi polyesters were also present at the seminar.

Among others, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Upendra Prasad Singh; Director, Planning and Business Development, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL) Debasis Sen; Executive Director (Petrochemicals), IOCL Dhananjaya Srivastava and Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Handlooms, Textiles &  Handicrafts Department,  Shubha Sarma and Managing Director, IPICOL, Bhupendra Singh Poonia also spoke.

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