Textile Research Associations
Ahmedabad Textile Industry’s Research Association (Atira)
ATITRA – An association for Textile Research & Allied Industries in India. Was established on December 13, 1947. The foundation stone for the ATIRA complex was laid by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on 1 November 1950 which was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on completion on April 10, 1954. Dr. Vikram Sarabhai served as its first honorary director. ATIRA is situated close to many prominent research and educational institutions like Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Physical Research Laboratory and Gujarat University.
Ambawadi Vistar, University Area, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380015
Bombay Textile Research Association
The Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) was registered by members of the Millowners' Association, Bombay, under the Societies Registration Act, XXI of 1860 on 21st April 1954, with nine mill companies contributing to the Memorandum and Articles of Association.
BTRA has grown leaps and bounds over the years since its inception in 1954 to meet the technological needs of the Indian textile industry as well as to achieve S&T objectives set at the national level. BTRA members include not only textile units (from mill sector as well as decentralised sector) but also manufacturers from man-made fibre, machinery, dyes and chemical auxiliaries industries. The BTRA zone largely comprised composite mills and from the beginning, the R & D and services were fine-tuned to satisfy their comprehensive requirements.
The Bombay Textile Research Association,
Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg,
Ghatkopar(W), Mumbai - 400 0861
South India Textile Research Association
SITRA, The South India Textile Research Association, and established in the year 1956, is governed by a Council of Administration consisting of member representatives of the Industry, Government and Scientists. SITRA is sponsored by the Industry and is supported by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.
Sprawling in a campus of about 13.14 hectares, SITRA is within easy access of a large number of textile mills. With a floor space of about 15,000 sq. m., SITRA houses its well equipped testing, electronics and calibration laboratories, pilot mills, library, etc. SITRA has a full range of sophisticated textile testing instruments and modern machines and is one of the best equipped textile research organisations in the World.
13/37, Avinashi Road,
Coimbatore Aerodrome Post,
Coimbatore - 641 014
Northern India Textile Research Association
Northern India Textile Research Association (NITRA) certified with ISO 9001:2015 is one of the prime textile research institutes in the country. The textile industry and Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India jointly established NITRA in 1974 for conducting applied scientific research and providing support services to Indian textile industry. The organization is situated at NCR Ghaziabad, near national capital New Delhi. Today NITRA’s prime activities include research & development, technical consultancy, quality evaluation of materials, manpower training, third party inspections and publishing technical books and papers..
NITRA has been designated as Centre of Excellence for Protective Textiles and Automotive Textiles by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. It has expertise and technical capability for quality evaluation, product development and knowledge dissemination in the field of protective textiles. It has an incubation centre and a Focus Incubation Centre (FIC) to provide necessary facilities to the entrepreneurs for incubation of new ideas/ technologies. Both Centres were set up with the financial assistance from Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.
NITRA also offers AICTE approved B. Tech programs in Textile Technology and Computer Science & Engineering. In addition to this, Job oriented Short Term Programs (approved by Apparel, Made-ups & Home Furnishing Sector Skill Council, Govt. of India) are also offered by NITRA for youngsters.
Sector-23, Raj Nagar, Ghaziabad-201002
Synthetic & Art Silk Mills' Research Association
The Synthetic & Art Silk Mills' Research Association (SASMIRA) established on 12th January 1950 under Registration No. 2505 of 1949-1950 granted under societies act XXI of 1860 and is a cooperative venture set up by the man-made textile industry of India after independence as a multi-functional institute to serve its scientific and technological needs.
At that period the pioneers of silk and art silk industry, composed of large number of small units with a rare foresight mooted the proposal for creating a co-operative research organisation.
This proposal was supported by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and other Government agencies that culminated into establishment of SASMIRA, earlier known as Silk and Art Silk Mills’ Research Association.
SASMIRA entered into its golden jubilee in the year 2000 AD, coinciding with the new millennium. The land mark building of SASMIRA at Worli is in the heart of the city of Mumbai, the imposing building covering nearly 12,000 sq.mts. of area was conceived as far back as in 1950, and completed in 1958.
Commencing with the testing of silk and art silk materials, SASMIRA has geared its activities since then to meet the changing needs of the man-made textile industry thereby fulfilling its objectives
The Synthetic and Art Silk Mills' Research Association
Sasmira, Sasmira Marg, Worli, Mumbai - 400 030.
Man-Made Textile Research Association
To cater to the ever incrasing quality control needs of growing MAN-MADE TEXTILES industry around the city of Surat in South Gujarat, in late nineteen seventies an idea was mooted to set up a full-fledged independent Research Association for the region. MANTRA was to be set up on similar lines as other National Textile Reserch Associations.
This was with a view to carry out reserch and devlopment activities as well as to provide testing and technical service facilities to the man-made fiber textiles industry, in particular, and other allied industries, in general, in South Gujarat.
Man-Made Textiles Research Association
Near Textile Market, Telephone Exchange,
Ring Road, Surat - 395002,
Indian Jute Industries' Research Association (IJIRA)
Indian Jute Industries’ Research Association (IJIRA), registered under the Societies Registration Act 1961, is an autonomous R&D organization and is one of the premier Co-operative Research Associations in India. Funded by the Ministry of Textiles, IJIRA is a non-profit making organization and is not engaged in any commercial activity. The institute is recognized as “approved body for conducting Testing, Research and Developmental activities related to the textiles sector” by the Ministry of Textiles. IJIRA is also recognized as Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO) by the Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India.
IJIRA was established in 1937 with the purpose of bringing about improvements in the jute and allied fibre based industry through the application of science and technology. In order to achieve this purpose, the institute has acquired scientific staff, research laboratories, pilot plant.
Since its inception, IJIRA has grown into a premier research organization on jute that aims to be transformed into a world class-in size and sophistication, in reach and resources, in capabilities and commitment. The major R&D contribution made by IJIRA in recent years is – • IJIRA SUBHRA – an innovative and farmer friendly jute plant retting technology • Rice Bran Oil (RBO) technology for food-grade jute product • 580 g B. Twill jute bags which are now being procured the Govt. of India under JPM Act • Bluetooth enabled digital moisture meter for jute for remote monitoring • Sanitary napkins from jute • Jute geotextiles • Jute based green composites
In the present day context, where jute is poised for massive application in both textile and a non-textile area, IJIRA has greater responsibility to play a leading role, gear up its activities in keeping with the world market.
Indian Jute Industries' Research Association
17, Taratala Road,
Kolkata - 700088, W.B., India
Wool Research Association
Wool Research Association was established in 1963, the only national institute in the field of Wool Technology, is located in a green belt about 35kms from Bombay (Mumbai). WRA is a centre of business activity of the country. It is well connected by two Highways. The concept of Research & Development in the field of wool technology was initiated by foresighted woolen industrialist and WRA was set up at the well-known Textile Training Institution in the premises of the V.J.T.I., Mumbai. During infancy it had a small laboratory and some educational facilities leading to Diploma in Textiles (Wool). WRA is also recognised for carrying out Applied Research leading to M.Sc and Ph.D. Degrees of Mumbai University.
Impressed with the performance most of the industrialist came forward and decided to have a full-fledged institution dealing with all aspects of wool procured a land site in 1980 of 75,000 sq. yards for the purpose. Subsequently, in 1983 the main building was constructed. In 1993 a Pilot Plant comes into being. In 1996 the ultra modern National Ecological Testing Laboratory was established to create a required infrastructure for undertaking micro analysis of dyes and chemicals, with a view to help exports, check environment & textile pollution, food and drug analysis.
Wool Research Association, Akbar Camp Road, P.O. Sandoz Baug Kolshet Road, Thane - 400 607