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In conversation with Dr. Dhaval Patel, Director-Nikol Advance Material

Aug 9, 2019

Talking to Dr. Dhaval Patel about the composite industry, the value of composite material, government initiatives and Techtextil India and World of Composites

EXPLORING DR. DHAVAL PATEL'S JOURNEY

OUR GROWTH IN THE COMPOSITE INDUSTRY

It has been a long journey, but as a technology oriented company we keep entering into wide area of technical textiles covering various industrial textiles through textiles with the tag and composites.

When we started entering the composite enforcement particularly, at that time, composite industry was a very small industry, and mainly it was nonwoven industry. But now with expanding horizons, lot of wool fabrics, lot of other digital fabrics and various high purpose fibre is used in Indian composite industry now. It was narrow in the beginning of technical textile manufacturer or composite reinforcement manufacturer because people were not that open minded to use other fibers or other reinforcement previously, but now people are trying different fabrics, different weave structures, and different textile materials for variety of applications and now this is opening very rapidly.

MY ADVICE TO YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS

I would like to advise new entrant or who want to enter technical textile field is to be specific to the applications or the area you want to grow in. Once you enter into technical textile field, so there is sky is the limit, there are wide application areas from Geo to industrial to agro - packing materials to protective clothing as well as composites. Be observant and decide the direction you want to proceed with and remember, wherever you go, sky is the limit. Be consistent, believe in yourself and start an innovative approach, when you enter technical textiles.

GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE IMPORTANT FOR COMPOSITES TO GROW

Nikol Advance Material, and the trade associations like ITTA are engaged with the Government very closely. The Government is also very proactive for technical textiles and composite industry. They have with the help of TIFAC, launched a vision 2035 for technology upgradation in 2035. Proactiveness of Ministry of Textiles is very attractive. We are working with the Lindborg and other ministries to keep things mandatory wherever it is possible. Apart from that, we are working with the Bureau of Indian Standard and are defining the Indian Standard for Composite materials whether it is a material oriented or work specific standards. So Government initiatives are very good and we want to keep the industry also involved in the growth.

COMPOSITES HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE USED ACROSS MANY INDUSTRIES

Composite itself is innovative product because it is ultimately is the replacement of the metal. Wherever we are using metal and we need qualities like lightweight, higher strength we can use composites - so it is like the user or the manufacturer has to define the new way of the composition of the composites or the uses of the composites. So there are plenty of areas like construction, concrete strengthening, defense, our day to day life like railways or in industries where there are metal is being used, people can use composite instead which comes at a low cost. People feel that the composite materials are high cost materials but it is not true.  It depends on factors like the application and the quantity required for that, the processing required for that. But there are plenty of innovations where composite materials may use.

INTERWEAVING TECHNICAL TEXTILES WITH INDUSTRIES

We are manufacturing concrete strengthening fabric, in which we are making large carbon fabric for concrete strengthening application. It is a woven fabric to wrap a columns and beams to stand a concrete structure. This type of application are a combinations of Techtextil India as well as Composite. So these are-there are other various other applications also where laminator fabrics are also being used as a composite material. So these are the products which can be featured in Technical Textiles and Composites.

TECHTEXTIL INDIA & WORLD OF COMPOSITE IS A GREAT PLATFORM FOR THE INDUSTRY

Techtextil India are World of Composite is definitely unique and huge platform for all the composite manufacturers or technical textile manufacturers as well as users because at the same platform one can see the synergy of composite materials as well as materials together at the same platform and at the elevated platform.

COMPANIES SHOULD INVEST IN TECHTEXTIL INDIA & WORLD OF COMPOSITES

Techtextil would definitely help the manufacturer particularly because Techtextil India is a leading industrial exhibition with  plenty of  visitors coming from different areas and even a supplier will come to this exhibition. It is the leading exhibition and the industry should take benefit of the exhibition. We will like to be involved in this exhibition and we participate in the exhibition. The launch of World of Composite will add a lot of value to the exhibition as well as to the exhibitors as at same place there will be a synergy of composites and technical textile will take place as well as people will also get aware about the new materials new composite applications at the same platform. It will be great to visit World of Composites for panel discussions, technical sessions and for knowledge sharing. 

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