Taiwanese Textile Delegation Visits Coimbatore for Potential Collaboration

A 10-member delegation from the Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF) arrived in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu for a two-day visit. They were invited by the CII – Tamil Nadu’s Textile Panel to explore collaboration opportunities with the state’s textile sector.

The TTF, a 50-year-old organization representing over 4,000 Taiwanese textile companies, is led by President Justin Huang. Their visit aims to understand the strengths of Coimbatore’s textile ecosystem and explore potential joint ventures with local entrepreneurs.

Unlike the US, Taiwan is gradually shifting its textile business away from China. They have established partnerships in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia, and are now looking to expand into India.

This visit follows a trip by an Indian textile delegation to Taiwan in October 2023. The Indian delegation, comprised of representatives from Coimbatore, Karur, Tirupur, Erode, and Salem, aimed to learn about Taiwan’s expertise in synthetic garments, sportswear, and textile research (including the 900 patents held by the Taiwan Textile Research Institute). They also expressed interest in collaboration.

Building on this connection, the CII is working to establish an alliance between India’s SITRA (South India Textile Research Association) and TTRI to facilitate research collaboration and technology transfer.

The Taiwanese delegation’s itinerary includes:

  • A discussion with 40 Tamil Nadu textile business owners tonight.
  • Visits to textile companies and stakeholders in Coimbatore tomorrow.
  • A meeting with Tamil Nadu government officials and ministers.

This visit signifies a promising step towards potential collaboration between the Taiwanese and Tamil Nadu textile industries.

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