Dr K S Murthy (Pidilite Industries Limited) gives his personal review of the SDC EC National Conference, which took place on 6th June 2014 at the Textile Committee Auditorium, Mumbai, India.
The Chairman Mr Ullhas Nimkar welcomed the audience and briefed them about SDC activities and the theme of sustainable textiles which has been growing in importance. A paradigm shift of industry from the West to Asia, mainly India and China, has resulted in a decrease in European production and hence it has become necessary to address the new challenges through sustainability initiatives and develop new standards for test methods. Challenges are dynamic and changing rapidly including Manufacturing Restricted Chemical Substances (MRSL) just launched by Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC Group). The Indian chemical industry including dyestuffs and finishing chemicals has to comply with this because textiles contribute to exports from India.