Ahmedabad Textile Research Association (ATIRA) – the Ahmedabad-based premier textile research and testing institute, textile Testing labs set up way back in 1949 is mulling a big-jump in providing services to the Indian textile industry.
ATIRA was especially established to help the Indian textile and allied industries, more so its members organizations to become internationally competitive. ATIRA has been now designated as a “Centre of Excellence” in technical textiles by the government of Gujarat.
Among the valuable various initiatives ATIRA has provided to help the textile-value chain in the past few years, is in the modernization process of around 450 cotton ginneries. Between 2005 and 2006, an ATIRA project also helped ginneries improve realizations between 0.5 percent and 1.0 percent. This when seen in the correct perspective is a very big figure considering the huge volumes processed by individual ginneries.
The institute has also helped reduce power consumptions by 10-20 percent in cotton ginneries. In another project undertaken by the premier institute, gin productivity has increased by 25 percent by carrying out modernization of equipment. ATIRA has also helped reduce trash in Gujarat deshi cotton by 40 percent.
It had developed a prototype of a moisturizing system of cotton, which will help maintain correct and uniform moisture permissible in the cotton bale. It is now in the process of setting up a pilot plant for the same.
During the cotton marketing season, ATIRA on an average, tests around 50,000 samples of cotton and provides online results. It is one of the biggest sources of revenue for the autonomous body.