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Sweden is seeking a collaborative project with the Aditya Birla Group in smart textiles to increase bilateral trade, Swedish minister for enterprises and innovation and rural affairs Sven-Erik Bucht said in Mumbai recently. If the talks succeed, a joint venture between Swedish firm Domsjo and the Birlas along with the two governments will be signed, he said. 

As the target is to boost development of smart textiles using viscose staple fibre (VSF), cellulosic fibre and pulp as an alternative to cotton, the Birla group is a natural choice with its easily blendable cellulosic fibre, he said addressing select media. 

Sweden is investing heavily in developing textiles made from sustainable raw materials, he said after visiting the Birla Group's textile research application development centre at Kharach in Gujarat. 

The Birla Group is the world's largest manufacturer of VSF, a man-made bio-degradable fibre with characteristics similar to cotton.

His visit follows the ‘Make in India’ event in Stockholm organised by India’s commerce and industry ministry. 

Source  : Fibre 2 Fashion

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