INDIA: International conference on Advances in Textiles, Machinery to be held

COIMBATORE: An International Conference on Advances in Textiles, Machinery, Nonwoven and Technical Textiles-ATNT 2007, will be held here from June 18 to 20, 2007; Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar, Assistant Professor,  Nonwoven and Advanced Materials Laboratory, The Institute of Environmental and Human Health, Texas Tech University Lubbock, said here on March 17.

It is jointly organized by Kumaraguru College of Technology, India and The Institute of Environmental and Human Health, Texas Tech University, USA. The conference is broad based and will focus on the emerging and cutting-edge  advancements in the frontier areas of Natural and Synthetic Fibers, Polymer and Fiber Production, General Textiles, Textile Machinery, Coloration   and   Finishing, Textile Testing, Nanotechnology, Smart Textiles, Nonwoven and Technical Textiles.

India is emerging as a textile and manufacturing powerhouse with enormous growth opportunities.  With the burgeoning middle class population over 300 million; there will be an explosion of textile material usage in all sorts of applications, providing a huge market for global textile players. India is a preferred place for multinationals to venture into a myriad of business opportunities including nonwoven, medical, technical textiles and apparel sectors.

The  conference theme and the place are ideal in the globalized economy and will  provide  a  common  platform  for international  community  to  exchange knowledge on the latest technological developments taking place in the global arena of textiles and allied fields. Given the importance of India in the global trade, this conference is timely and would open up a number of opportunities for global players for collaboration. This year’s conference will be the fourth international conference organized by Texas Tech University in India.

Papers are invited from prospective speakers on the following themes:

1. Advances in Spinning, Weaving and Knitting
2. Nonwoven Processes and Applications
3. Medical and Technical Textiles
4. Defense Textiles: Personnel Protection and Decontamination Technology
5. Advances in Natural Fibers and Synthetic Polymers
6. Composites Processing and Applications
7. Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials
8. Smart and Wearable Electronic Textiles
9. Developments in Textile Machinery
10. Developments in Textile Testing and Instrumentation
11. Current Development and Research in Coloration and Finishing
12. Garment Processing and Apparel Fashion Trends
13. Fiber and Textile Economics and Marketing
14. Textile Trade and Marketing
15. Globalization in Textile and Fiber Industry

Abstract of papers not exceeding 300 words, preferably in MS Word format should be sent by Email to: [email protected] on or before 27th April 2007. Papers must  be  presented  by  the  authors  or  coauthors  personally  and  will  not  be  published  in  the proceedings unless presented.


The conference is an international collaborative endeavor between Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT), India and The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH), Texas Tech University, USA.

KCT Coimbatore, established in 1984 is one of the premier engineering institutions in Tamil Nadu, India It is affiliated to Anna University and approved by AICTE, New Delhi. Courses offered are accredited by National Board of Accreditation (NBA). The Institution is ISO 9001: 2000 certified.

The Chairman of the college Arutselvar Dr. N. Mahalingam, Chairman of Sakthi Group is a well-known industrialist, educationalist and philanthropist. He is ably assisted by experienced structural engineer and administrator Professor Dr. K. Arumugam, Correspondent. Currently, KCT offers 12 Undergraduate and 12 Post Graduate programmes in Engineering & Technology, M.B.A, M.C.A and 3 Doctoral Research Programmes.

The 150 acres campus is provided with excellent infrastructure and all modern facilities. KCT has established R & D centers for Energy studies, Water & Environmental Studies, Structural Technology Research and Textile Technology & Machinery. At KCT, this conference is hosted by the Departments of Textile and Fashion Technology and the Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council’s Centres of Relevance & Excellence (CORE) in Textile Technology and Machinery.

Textile Technology Department at KCT started in 1995 has excelled in academic activities conducting B.Tech. Textile Technology and M.Tech. Textile Technology programs. The department is a recognized research center by Anna University, India for pursuing Ph.D.

Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) has been established in the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India with the objective of undertaking technology forecasting, assessment studies and techno market surveys and establishing a national technology information system. TIFAC launched the Mission REACH (Relevance & Excellence in ACHieving new heights in educational institutions) as part of its Technology Vision 2020. The Mission REACH aims to create a chain of world-class Centres of Relevance & Excellence (CORE) in India targeting excellence in areas of relevance to Indian industries and society. TIFAC-CORE is joint venture involving intense participation of an educational institution, the government and the user organization.

The Centre of Relevance & Excellence (CORE) established at KCT is the 20th CORE in the country under the Mission REACH, which will be specializing in Textile Technology & Machinery. KCT-TIFAC CORE is the only centre dedicated to the textile/apparel sector in India. The Departments of Textile Technology, Fashion Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering and Electronics & Communication Engineering at KCT jointly promote KCT-TIFAC CORE.

The Institute  of  Environmental  and  Human  Health  was established  in  1997  as  a  joint  venture  of  Texas  Tech University  (TTU)  and  Texas  Tech  University  Health  Sciences  Center  (TTUHSC), Lubbock, Texas, USA.

Ten years later, the program has developed into a world-class academic program with state-of-the-art laboratories where research conducted   has tremendous impact on industry, education, governments and individuals around the globe.  

In this short time, scientists at TIEHH, in collaboration with faculty at TTU and TTUHSC, have created a unique multidisciplinary research and academic program working to find answers to real-world issues related to the effects of toxics on the environment and human health. 

Located at Reese Technology Center in Lubbock, TX, USA,  TIEHH  is  also committed  to  stimulating  the  area's  economic  development  through  it’s  almost  $50  million  in research grants and contracts facilitated through TIEHH since its establishment, creating close to $200 million dollars of economic impact.

Within TIEHH, the Division of Nonwoven and Advanced Materials  was established to focus on and facilitate  the  development  of value-added nonwoven  and  novel  materials  to  enhance  human  life  such  as defense  textiles  and  bio-based  automotive  textiles.

Nanotechnology-based research activities focus on nanoparticles for environmental contamination remediation, nanofiber filters, and bioengineered nanomaterials for human health improvements.

TIEHH is the first academic facility in the United States to house the most modern H1 technology needlepunching machine. Students  involved  in  advanced  materials research  also  graduate  with  MS  and  PhD  degrees  in Environmental Toxicology, which is also housed through TIEHH, as it is rated the leading environmental academic program in the nation.

Important Dates

Last date to submit abstract  : April 27, 2007
Notification of paper acceptance : May 04, 2007
Last date to submit full text  : May 27, 2007
Registration for exhibition and advertising in the souvenir  : May 15, 2007

Full text of the accepted papers not exceeding ten pages in MS Word format should be sent by Email to: [email protected]

Papers submitted after 27th May 2007 may not be included in the conference proceedings.


Papers presented in the conference would enrich the knowledge of the delegates  in  the  frontier  areas  of  textiles,  fibrous  structures,  fabric  finishes,  nanotechnology,  nonwoven and technical textiles. The deliberations and proceedings will be very valuable for the global textile audience and multinational companies. The conference will provide enormous opportunities for interactions which can spearhead new opportunities for academia and international companies.


Registration form can be downloaded from conference website

Category Paid before
1st June 2007 Paid after
1st June 2007
Foreign Delegates US$ 300 US$ 350
Foreign delegates (Students ) US$ 125 US$ 150
Indian Delegates Rs.1500 Rs. 2000
Indian Delegates (Students ) Rs.1000 Rs.1500
Registration fee covers admission to all presentations, conference lunches, refreshment, social programs, inaugural and valedictory functions.  In addition, each participant will receive the conference docket with the book of papers (CD-ROM) and conference souvenir.

All delegates attending the conference will receive participation certificates. Completed registration form from Indian delegates along with registration fee should be sent to Mr. G. Ramakrishnan. E-mail: [email protected]; Cell Phone (India): 98423-13921.

International participants should contact Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar at [email protected]; Tel: 001-806-885-0228; Cell Phone (USA): 001-806-445-1925; Fax: 001-806-885-2132.


Registration fee can be remitted by way of Cheque/Demand Draft/Credit Card

1.Cheque/Demand Draft should be made in the name of “The Principal, KCT” Payable at Coimbatore and marked “Account Payee Only”

2. If  the  payment  is  made  by  credit  card  (VISA,  American  Express,  Master  Card)  Please send us the following:

a. Photocopy of the credit card (front and back)
b. Letter authorizing “ATNT 2007” to debit your card for the equivalent amount.
c. Credit Card number and validity printed separately. (In case of Masters / VISA Card please mention three digit CVV code and for AMEX card, the four digit batch Code)
This  international  conference  provides  an  excellent  opportunity  for  companies  to  gain  global visibility  and  publicity  by  promoting  their  products  and  services  to  a  highly  focused  audience besides networking with the participants from various parts of the world.

Sponsors  are  assured  of  full  visibility  through  the  conference  souvenir,  conference  backdrops, conference documentations, conference CDs, inserts, advertisement materials like CDs, brochures about  the  products  in  the  conference  dockets  and  conference  website Sponsors  will  also  have  the  privilege  of  presentation/display  of  their  products  during  the conference.

Sponsorship enquiries are highly appreciated towards this international conference.


Coimbatore  city,  popularly  known  as  ‘Manchester  of  South  India’,  is  situated  in  the  western part of Tamilnadu and is also the district headquarter. Coimbatore is well known for its textile industries  and  considered  to  be  an  industrial  city  with  many  foundries  and  machinery and accessories manufacturers. A number of textile spinning, weaving, garment and textile machinery manufacturing industries are located in and around the city. Coimbatore is the engineering hub of India  with  many  engineering  industries  producing  motors,  pumps,  machinery  and  spare  parts. Coimbatore  is  also  famous  for  its  good  academic  infrastructure  with  a  number  of  textile  and engineering  schools.

The  city  is  located  at  432  meters  above  the  mean  sea  level.  It enjoys a salubrious climate because of its proximity to the hills of the Western Ghats. It enjoys an excellent climate throughout the year. It is well connected by air and surface transport. This  city  is  surrounded  by  major  tourist  spots  and  has  always  been  a  natural  favorite  with international  tourists.  Scenic  hill  stations  of  Ooty,  Munnar  and  Kodaikannal,  the  historic temples of Perur, Palani, the historic cities of Madurai and Thanjavur and the nearby exciting Kerala with its enchanting back-waters and ayurvedic health resorts to name a few, are all a couple of hours drive from Coimbatore.


There are many hotels in star and middle level categories in Coimbatore offering affordable prices ranging from US$25 to US$100 per day.  For delegates, hotel rooms will be reserved by the conference secretariat in hotels of their choice as per their request. Hotel tariffs in Indian Rupees for some well known hotels in Coimbatore are given below.

For further details on the conference, please contact:

Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar
Organizing Secretary
Assistant Professor
Nonwoven and Advanced Materials Laboratory, TIEHH
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-1163, USA.
Tel: 1-806-8850228
Cell (USA): 001-806-445-1925
Fax: 1-806-8852132
E-mail: [email protected]

Mr. G. Ramakrishnan
Joint Organizing Secretary
Senior Lecturer
Department of Textile Technology
Kumaraguru College of Technology Coimbatore- 641 006
TamilNadu, India
Tel: +914222669401-405
Cell (India): +919842313921
Fax: +914222669406
Email: [email protected]

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Added: March 20, 2007 Source: Press Release.
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