RAJEEV KUMAR DWIVEDI

Historically, the invention or commercial use of majority of plastic materials kicked off between 1940 and 1960; and in Indian context the decade of 70s could be the era of commencement of use of plastics in numerous applications from commodity to engineering or industrial applications. By the end of 90s or in the beginning of the new millennium, globally it has been proven that we live in the 'plastics age' and 'plastics' is inseparable from mankind due to inherent merits such as cost effectiveness, convenience or user friendly, and density advantages over many conventional materials (high strength to weight ratio).

There are over 30,000 plastic processing or product manufacturing units across India with total installed capacity of around 30 million tonnes and actual plastics consumption (virgin) has crossed 12 million tonnes in 2014 with investment in processing machinery to the tune of USD 5 billion and 1.2 million workforce employed directly and indirectly. India’s raffia industries are organized in terms of operation but are labour intensive with larger number of requirements of Loom operators (60% of total strength), winder man, tape plant operators, conversion machine like BCS / Volvomatic machine operators etc. This sector consists of about 1200 industries across India with installed capacity of around 3 million tons. In terms of number of machines there are around 1500 tape plants, 42000 looms & CAGR of raffia sector is estimated between 5-6 %, as per report of a working group of Ministry of Textiles, Govt of India published in 2014.

As envisioned by Shri Raj Kumar Lohia, Chairman, Lohia group, Technical Training & Research Centre (TTRC) - the 1st Institute for the raffia sector globally commenced its journey in 2012 with focus on structured Training of manpower to take up job roles from Operator to Supervisory to managerial functions. As on June 30,2016, LOHIA-TTRC has trained around 600 operators & 200 Supervisors & Engineers through specialized training programs. In addition, around 50 new Entrepreneurs were trained on all aspects of Woven sack manufacturing including production planning & control, manpower management, quality regulations etc. LOHIA’s TTRC services to raffia industries are expected to go in long way in bridging the gap of demand & supply of trained manpower in coming years. Recently introduced initiative of Onsite training at Factory premises of Industries is truly a sincere effort to upgrade or enhance the skill & knowledge of existing Workforce thereby improving the operational practices in raffia industries.

On behalf of Lohia-TTRC team, I invite the attention of young aspirants who wish to pursue a technical career in the field of growing Raffia Industries to become trained Technicians, Operators, Maintenance technicians, Supervisors, Production Engineers, to apply for TTRC Courses. Also, new Entrepreneurs, Existing personnel / Management of Raffia industry can contact TTRC for our services like Customized training - at TTRC or Onsite training at factory premises Technical services or Manpower requirement through Placement cell.