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Collaborative network targets to shape resource efficiency in the textile supply chain

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Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and cKinetics collaborate to develop a network across textile production hubs
With an increasing thrust towards driving resources management across global textile supply chains, the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and cKinetics have launched a collaborative network in India. The network aims to facilitate exchange of expertise, learnings, best-practices, knowledge and data between its members, and provides factories in India (as well as globally in future) with added-value created through continuous engagement.  
The MoU to build the network was signed by Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director, SIWI and Upendra Bhat, Managing Director, cKinetics on occasion of the UN World Water Day 2015 in the presence of a number of Swedish and Indian businesses and other stakeholders at the Swedish Embassy. Sustainability Outlook’s Sustainability Business Leadership Forum would act as the secretariat to the network.
The textile supply chain is a large consumer of inputs such as water, chemicals and energy; and is also amongst the largest contributors to industrial waste-water worldwide. Within that context, SIWI and cKinetics are developing a model of collaborative action on resource reduction amongst production facilities through continuous learning. The India Textile Water Network has been launched with manufacturing firms that cut across the supply chain. Initial network participants include manufacturers engaged in cut-sew operations, fabric weaving as well as wet processing operations (dyeing and laundry).
During 2015, the network would be seeking to expand enrollment in the Delhi-NCR belt as well as the Tirupur-Coimbatore production region. The approach is to combine regional expertise with global expertise to spread best available techniques (BATs) in areas such as measurement and monitoring, process control, zero-liquid discharge, alternative chemicals, newer heat recovery opportunities, amongst others. 
Benchmarking is a key component of what the network will build and share with its members. Benchmarking would be on aspects related to resource consumption as well as on prevalence of best practices. The network seeks to leverage the comMIT benchmarking tool developed by cKinetics as well as the STWI (Sweden Textile Water Initiative) guidelines.
The India Textile Water Network in future would connect to a global network of factories from other major global production hubs in Turkey, China, Bangladesh and Ethiopia, among other countries, by 2017. 
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Author: Sustainability Outlook