While the Indian textile industry is an important component of the domestic economy, the global importance of the Indian textile sector is steadily growing.
And individual companies are quite capable of achieving global success and distancing themselves from questionable working conditions. Many products of the Indian fibre and yarn manufacturer Century Rayon meet the human ecology requirements of OEKO-TEX Standard 100.
In 1954, Syt BK Birla laid the foundation for the current company in Shahad, about 55 kilometres from Mumbai, the metropolitan area and capital of the federal state Maharashtra.
In the beginning, production focused on rayon yarns for the clothing industry, but in the 1960s new applications soon became available: Textile reinforcement materials for the production of tyres for the automotive industry – so-called cord fabrics – are still used in modern tyre manufacturing.
Today, Century Rayon use state-of-the-art machinery to produce special yarns for technical sectors such as V-belts, fabrics for flexible tubing or fire-resistant fabrics. Beyond this, the company offers an extensive collection of yarns for further processing into different types of fabrics for the clothing sector and the home textiles sector.
With around 5,000 employees at two production units and many years of experience in yarn production, Century Rayon is one of the leading providers in this industry sector.
First-rate quality and a pronounced customer focus play a vital role in the economic success of the company. Shri..O R Chitlange, CEO, explains: “We have been continuously focusing on quality and sustainability since the mid 1990s – we owe that to our customers and our staff.”
The company has been certified to the requirements of the quality management system ISO 9001-9008 since 1995 and the environmental management system of ISO 14001 has been implemented since 2007.
The OHSAS 18001 standard was also introduced in 2007 to form the basis for an efficient health and safety management system. The globally accepted standard focuses on personal safety, occupational health and safety as well as health prevention for employees.
Century Rayon also take on special responsibilities where environmental protection and sustainability are concerned. The company had the first items from their range certified according to OEKO-TEX Standard 100 as early as 2006.
The certified filament yarns meet the strict human ecology requirements of OEKO-TEX product category II for textiles worn close to the skin. Shri..O R Chitlange is convinced that certifications are a guarantee for sustainable company success: “In addition to perfect quality, it is almost compulsory today for products to be rated as safe with regard to harmful substances.”
The company has also been investing in steps for improving the environmental balance for some time now. This primarily includes extensive measures for preventing or limiting harmful substances in production, compliance with limit values for wastewater and waste air as well as optimised use of energy.
The installation of state-of-the-art, energy and water saving plants in different areas has led to enormous energy reductions in the facilities. Processing water, for example, can be reused with the help of an in-house water treatment plant.
Shri.O R Chitlange is sure that the measures taken represent great added value for the company as well as for the customers: “We are convinced that the future belongs to products from environmentally friendly production that have undergone testing for harmful substances. And we have to permanently adjust to this.”