ITF is a 500-member strong organisation covering all textile operations concentrated in Tamil Nadu. ITF’s mandate is to promote the textile sector. Its 500 members collaborate in an environment of confidentiality and mutual respect to share best practices to improve the industry’s operational standards. Externally, the group’s leadership partners with the government to raise awareness of challenges facing the industry.
Given rising energy costs, textile units are exploring opportunities to reduce the cost of compressed air. To support the textile industry’s focus on energy reduction, ELGi partnered with the ITF to design a comprehensive energy programme. This included information sessions for owners and general managers on the compressed air best practices, practical training sessions for textile maintenance engineers, and critically, freeof-cost air audit programmes that helped recognise significant cost savings.
Anvar Jay Varadaraj, Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications, ELGi said “For ELGi, ITF members have provided generous access to how textile customers are managing their compressed air systems, while mills have benefitted from our expertise. With ITF, we’ve had an opportunity to directly engage with textile CEOs to understand their manufacturing challenges”
Prabhu Damodaran, Secretary, ITF, said, “In our efforts to compete in the global market, this relationship focused on intelligent energy monitoring and optimising air consumption levels. ELGi enabled us to bring about improved manufacturing efficiency and cost leadership through energy conservation.” The ELGi-ITF air audit program across 130 textile customers recognised annual savings of Rs 14 crore, with an average compressed air energy cost reduction of 43%. It will continue its engagement programme.