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ATIRA - Ahmedabad Textile Industry's Research Association
ATIRA – Ahmedabad Textile Industry’s Research Association
The Genesis of ATIRA – Ahmedabad Textile Industry’s Research Association is deep-rooted and interesting to know about. Post independent era and in the late 50’s different laboratories and research centers were planned across the country to promote industrial growth. Textile was one such industry that the government planned to promote as it was one of the largest employment generators in the country. The same Government has decided to establish the Regional Research Association as a joint venture between the Textile Mills and Government.
Ahmedabad was the textile hub and known to be Manchester of the East. With so many textile mills flourished at that time, the city was early riser to catch the opportunity. The well informed and learned industrialist from Ahmedabad Mr. Kasturbhai Lalbhai and visionary scientist Dr. Vikram Sarabhai were first to take advantage of this policy. They registered a Society as Ahmedabad Textile Industry’s Research Association – famously known as ATIRA Ahmedabad in December 1947. The foundation stone for the ATIRA complex was laid by then Home Minister Shree Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and the building was inaugurated by then Prime Minister Shree Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Mr. Kasturbhai Lalbhai was the first Chairman and Dr. Vikram Sarabhai was the first Director of Society. The campus of ATIRA Ahmedabad is located at one of the finest localities of the city, and at a prominent distance from IIM Ahmedabad, Gujarat University and PRL – Physical Research Laboratory. The campus is spread across a 2,70,000 square meter area and has a plantation of more than 1,000 trees. ATIRA campus is also one of the jogger’s paradise in Ahmedabad. It is also one of the oldest gardens in the city of Ahmedabad with a thick green forest feel. Hundreds of people surround every morning for a pleasurable walk in the ATIRA campus.
At its inception, ATIRA was recognized and affiliated to the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research under the Science & Technology Ministry and later it was linked to the Ministry of Textile. Today ATIRA; The Ahmedabad Textile Industry’s Research Association is an autonomous, not for profit and largest association in India for textile research and development. The core objective of the ATIRA foundation was to boost Indian Textile and Allied Industries and especially to the members’ organization to become competitive internationally. Testing laboratories and product development support provided by ATIRA for composites, Geo – Textiles & Nano – Web is outstanding. The members of the ATIRA textile association is very unique and diversified. Most of them are from different industries like Weaving, Textile Processing, Ginning, Spinning, Composite Textile Manufacturing, Textile Chemical & Dyes Manufacturing, Textile Instruments, Equipment & Machinery Manufacturing, etc. ATIRA is also a third party agency for many Government & Private organizations like Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), National Institute of Design (NID), Arvind Mills, Reliance, L & T and more. ATIRA also has its associated campus at Indore, Madhya Pradesh, and Guwahati, Assam.
The textile laboratory and testing services provided by ATIRA is one of the best in the country. They provide testing for Fiber, Textile Yarn, Finished Garments, Strength & Performance Testing, Dimensional Stability, Color Stability, Fastness, Geosynthesis, Flame & Heat Protection Testing, Chemical Properties of Textile and more. ATIRA also provides test and calibration services for Dyes & Chemical and Textile Manufacturing Equipment related services. This is done by NABL accredited lab inside ATIRA with state-of-the-art infrastructure. This end-to-end testing, research & development facility of ATIRA Ahmedabad allows the textile industry to develop a new product with greater quality and at a reasonable capital investment.
Ahmedabad Textile Industry’s Research Association (ATIRA)
ATIRA Ahmedabad Campus
Address: Gujarat University Campus Road
Gujarat University Area, Ahmedabad
Mr. Pragnesh Shah
Phone: (079) 26307921, 26307922, 26307923,
ATIRA Indore Campus
Address: Mr. Adish Jain
ATIRA Regional Centre
Shri Vaishnav Polytechnic College Campus
Indore 452 002
Tele Fax: (0731) 2788232
ATIRA Guwahati Campus
Mr. P. S. Barbora
ATIRA North East Region Centre,
19, Bhabani Prasad Barua Road,
Guwahati – 781024
Phone: (0361) 2970338