India-based Reliance Industries (RIL) and DuPont Apparel & Textile Sciences are to join forces in a strategic alliance to develop the Indian market for DuPont Lycra stretch fibres.

Reliance will use its distribution network and long-standing customer relationships in the textile industry, and provide technical and marketing support to enable the fibre-to-garments value chain to use DuPont lycra.

Mr Subodh Sapra, president of RIL polyester sector,said: "This strategic alliance to sell products and market the DuPont global brand Lycra in India is yet another important milestone in the 20 year long relationship between Reliance and DuPont.

"Both partners will leverage their unique and complementary strengths to deliver value to the textile and garment chain of our country."