Ahmedabad Textile Industry Research Association (ATIRA) is investing Rs1.8bn ($33.5m) to build a centre of excellence (COE) to make fabrics composites in Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India.
The COE, in collaboration with Fraunhofer's Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) will focus on applications and product development for sectors including automobiles, defence, aerospace and marine transport.
Sanjay Lalbhai, ATIRA chairman, told the Press Trust of India that the association won the project to set up the composites COE in a national competition, beating bidders including IIT-Delhi and others.
"[We] will now get a grant of Rs25 crore from the Textile Ministry for the centre," Lalbhai said. "We have taken the proposal for setting up COE for composites to the Gujarat government, which has given its in-principle approval."
Composites use constituent hybrid fibre structures materials to provide light-weight solutions for sustainability without compromising on safety and strength.
In addition to the COE for composites, ATIRA has invested Rs188.2m ($3.5m) to open an incubation centre to develop fabrics such as carbon, glass and aramid yarns for aerospace and wind turbines industries.
The association has also collaborated with the Food Research Institute (DIL) of Germany to build a pilot plant designed to improve oil extraction from cotton and other oil seeds.
ATIRA, an independent non-profit association, has 93 member units which are involved in ginning, spinning, weaving, process houses and composite textiles, while 53 units are engaged in fibres, dyes, chemicals, instruments, equipment and machinery.