The powerloom industry has traditionally been one of the cornerstones of the Indian economy in terms of foreign exchange earnings and employment. In 2011, the Indian textile and apparel industry size (domestic and exports) was estimated to be US$ 89 billion. The powerloom industry is equipped with approximately 2.32 million looms, concentrated in clusters across the country - Erode, Salem, Madurai, Ichalkarnaji, Solapur, Bhiwandi, Bhilwara and Malegaon, to name a few.
- Production in the powerloom sector has increased by 2.38 per cent during 2006-07 to 2012-13. In 2012-13, the industry accounted for around 61 per cent of the total cloth production in India
- Approximately 37,800 million sq m of fabric is produced annually, employing over 5.7 million workers
- The domestic textile and apparel market is witnessing strong growth owing to rapid growth in organised retail and disposable incomes, and the market is estimated to reach US$ 141 billion by 2021
Key Markets and Exports Destinations
The US, China, the UAE, the UK, Germany, Bangladesh, France, Italy and Spain are some of the major global markets for Indian exports. The US is India's largest market, with a share of 16.9 per cent in the total textile exports in 2011-12
In 2012-13, powerloom exports accounted for around 42 per cent of the total textile exports. Between 2007-08 and 2012-13, powerloom exports grew from US$ 7.7 billion to US$ 13.1 billion, at a growth rate of 11.1 per cent
Powerloom Development & Export Promotion Council
The Powerloom Development & Export Promotion Council (PDEXCIL) is the nodal agency for the development and promotion of exports of powerloom products. The Council undertakes direct promotional activities such as participation in international trade shows, sending and hosting trade delegations, and sustained image building exercises through advertisements abroad, publications and audiovisuals.
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