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The Textile Industry of Surat

The Textile Industry of Surat

Surat, an emerging city in the state of Gujarat, is known as the textile city of Gujarat. And, the epithet is perfectly suited to the city. The textile industry is one of the oldest and the most widespread industries in Surat. A major part of the citys population is associated with the textile industry. Overview of the Surat textile industryThe textile industry in Surat is mainly engaged in the activities of yarn production, weaving, processing as well as embroidery. Surat is well known for its synthetic products market. It is mainly engaged in the production and trading of synthetic textile products. Nearly 30 million metres of raw fabric and 25 million metres of processed fabric are produced in Surat daily. The city has several textile markets that exist since times immemorial. Zampa Bazaar, Bombay Market, JJ Textile Market and Jash Market are among them. Katat Gam, Magdalla and Udhana are the areas of Surat where manufacturing is mainly concentrated. A few other brands like Parag and Prafful from Surat did become famous for a short time, but failed to create a lasting impression in the market. Major marketsThe main market for Surats textile products are India and other Asian countries. Around 90% of polyester used in India comes from Surat. However, international demand for its products is not very significant. The Middle East is the major export market for Surats textile products. According to experts, more improvisation in the quality is required to cater to the demands of the international market. GrowthThe Surat textile industry has grown considerably over time. As per recent figures, textile production in Surat has grown by 10% in the last 5 years, while the market for embroidery has grown from an almost negligible amount to around Rs. The city is quick to respond to any changes in the preferences of people. The industrialists here have strong entrepreneurial skills.