By admin       2017-12-19

The Mumbai-based world's second largest terry towel producer developed the technology after a large customer terminated a contract following mislabelling of provenance of fibre in certain consignments. The technology enables it verify the origin of cotton at each stage of the manufacturing process to ensure an authentic final product, chief executive Dipali Goenka said. Welspun had partnered with global forensic science company Oritain Global to develop the solution, WelTrak, using RFID and customised software. It involved an investment of around $6 million (38.5 crore) and more than six months of rigorous efforts. Apart from deploying this solution in several cotton growing areas across the globe, Welspun India is now looking at helping cotton farmers grow better quality cotton and also encourage them try organic cotton. "Adversities happen in the world of business. When we looked into it (the crisis with the large customer), we felt that there were gaps. Today, we are proud to say we have Wel-Trak, the patented process, which helps us track the cotton to its source," Goenka told ET. Being India's largest consumer of cotton, Welspun is currently working with farmers at various cotton growing locations across the country to help them adopt better quality cotton crops, said Goenka. The company is "guiding and mentoring the farmers on right practices, right seed and right pesticides". Cotton farmers are being mentored on the kind of crops to grow after cotton harvest so as to help them improve the overall soil nutrients like nitrogen. "Currently, we are guiding over 3,000 cotton farmers in the Wardha region near Nagpur and the Nakhatrana region near Bhuj and we are aiming to take it to at least 10,000 cotton farmers soon," she said, adding that the company was looking to coverat least a fifth of farmers supplying cotton to it by 2021. On its end-products, Welspun would provide details of not just the origin of the cotton but also the practices adopted by the farmers who had supplied that cotton, using the fibre-tracking technology. Efforts are being stepped up to forge more alliances with global hospitality and healthcare giants for supply of home textile products and strengthening brands like Christy, Hygrocotton and Spaces, she said. Welspun is also investing on augmenting integrated manufacturing infrastructure for ancillary units for intermediates including trims and packaging material. Having crossed $1 billion in revenue for the first time last fiscal year, Welspun India is confident of achieving its target of doubling revenue to more than $2 billion by 2022, said Goenka.

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