US-based technology giant DuPont has been a pioneer in the fabric innovation for over a hundred years and has developed products such as rayon, nylon and lycra. DuPont has joined hands with Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and Vipul Sarees for use of its renewable fibre product Sorona to make an 'environment-friendly' version of Indiaâ€™s ethnic ladies wear Saree by giving it a 'green' touch.
Under their partnership, while Reliance will produce yarns based out of Sorona fibres Vipul will be responsible for creating the sarees. The saree collection is made using a yarn of Sorona fibre, which is developed from renewable plant based sources instead of traditional synthetic fibres which are sourced from fossil fuels.
On the Sarona-based 'green' sarees, DuPont president-South Asia and ASEAN Balvinder Singh Kalsi, said that by partnering with industry veterans Reliance and Vipul, DuPont is able to bring together all the elements necessary to offer a compelling product for today's evolved Indian consumers.
DuPont is launching the company's product called Sorona in the sarees market and they are introducing this product along with the Indian ethnic wear incorporated in to the sarees.
According to Kalsi, India is a very strategic market for overall growth of DuPont and is about the 8th largest country globally from a revenue perspective. Commenting on the company's growth expectations for the coming year, they expect around 12 to 13 percent growth in sales in 2015.
On the main drivers for growth for the company, Mr Kalsi said that it would be mainly three focus areas - agriculture and food, advanced materials and industrial biosciences. DuPont would continue to bring sustainable, eco-friendly products that are suited for the Indian market.
Commenting on the development, Reliance polyester sector head Rakesh Gaur said that they are pleased to bring yarns based on Sorona to the Indian textiles through this collaboration with DuPont now.
While, Vipul Fashions managing director Anil Agarwal said that their premium collection of sarees made from Sorona offers the superior softness and colour brilliance of silk, are light weight, easy to maintain and offer excellent drape.
Vipul will make the product available across 1,000 stores in over 100 cities across the country.
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