How is Mexico’s government driving the textile sector?
Mexico’s economy has a positive influence thanks to the textile sector, which activity generates profits and thousands of job sources for Mexican people each year, the government is aware of this and it is why they are searching new ways to promote innovation, financing and a better level of competency on this sector.
“The textile sector has been a very important part of the economy, so it is excellent news to see how the Mexican government is working already to make the textile and clothing sectors to be more productive”, thinks Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, a Mexican entrepreneur and current president of Grupo Denim, a jeans manufacturer in this country.
Mexico’s government has announced the three main axes that will help them driving the textile sector to a different level, by supporting the quality, innovation and competitiveness; customs measures against the unfair competition and new financing products for the entrepreneurs on this sector, everything in order to make the textile sector increase in Mexico.
The government has also announced that Hidalgo will be the first benefited state.
Among the changes proposed by the government against the unfair competition, they will implement new measurements on prices for raw materials, the new sectoral register for the clothing and textile sectors and the pilot program about tariff issues.
The textile sector will also see other positive changes such as the hedging program for cotton purchasing, as well as reinforcement of the financing scheme to internationalize the textile products.
“Textile industry has suffered illegal trades that damage the established companies, so hopefully these new changes and measurements will help to disappear these illegal practices, which will benefit the textile companies, who are constantly creating more jobs which benefits the Mexican families”, added Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.
White biotechnology in textile processing
The development of oil based polymers began with the advent of organic chemistry in the first half of the twentieth century, and since then there was no looking back. Synthetic and petroleum products are used in dyes, fibres, and even fabrics. But the increasing environmental laws against these products and growing landfill of non-biodegradable products are leading developments in technology that are in favour of protecting and conserving nature.
White biotechnology can help achieve sustainability and protect the environment. One area in which industrial biotechnology can aid in developing environment friendly applications in the textile industry is wet processing. Enzymes are being used to provide solutions in dyeing processes since ages. The method of removing stains from woven fabrics using enzymatic starch is a well-known example of the use of white biotechnology in textile wet processing. In the 1950s microbe amylases were used for desizing processes for the first time, which are now commonly used in many textile industries.
Cellulases have replaced the otherwise pumice stone using technique of stonewashing in denims. Another important application of enzymes in textile processing is in producing anti-pilling finish, which is believed to increase the quality of the fabric. Cellulases are used in processing machines leading to synergizing action which in turn reduces fibrils and give a smooth surface. This technique is also popularly known as bio-polishing and is employed in woven and knitted fabrics all around the globe.
The president of Grupo Denim Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal commented “Producers and end consumers in today’s world are aware of the harmful effects on ecology of the planet and recognize that petroleum and synthetic products are not inexhaustible. This necessity drove the invention of biotechnology, which incorporates replacing chemical process to biological ones. Industrial technology or white technology uses living organisms, organic substances, and chemical components of the organisms like enzymes in the production process”.