India is the world’s second - largest textile producer after China. It has a large raw material base and Capable of producing a wide variety of textiles and end products. India has one of the most cost competitive textile manufacturing base for all types of products across the entire value chain. Labour cost in India is lower than most of the competing countries except Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Kenya. Although power cost is on the higher side but still cheaper than China and Cambodia. Buyers look at India as the next alternative of China as it offers big domestic market, better adherence to compliance and political stability. Government of India, National Textile Policy, vision Document projects Indian textile and apparel exports to grow from $39 billion to $300 billion by 2025.
For several years, India has enjoyed the position of being the second largest producer exporter of textiles in the world largest being China. The good news for India is that due to rising labour costs, China is gradually losing its competitive edge. Other factors contributing to the downfall of China’s textile exports include appreciating currency value, rising material & energy costs and a high focus on the domestic market. The decline in China’s market share in textiles provides an opportunity for India to excel in this sector.The Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme is anticipated to render a growth of 11.5 percent in cloth production, 15 percent in value exports and an additional employment of almost 15.81 million workers.