Keeping in touch with customers and abreast of current issues in the global textile industry has proved pivotal in Reliance Industries' decision to join the Textile Institute.

According to Sudoph Sapra, president (polyester sector) of Reliance Industries - India's largest private sector company - and chairman of The TI's Indian National Office, and TI regional president for India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the continued success of any manufacturer in today's marketplace depends on access to market trends and knowledge.

He says: "We are extremely pleased with The Textile Institute's authority and the value-added benefits it offers to its members such as the wealth of knowledge available and the access to global events. I believe the exciting opportunities we derive from our membership will play a key role in the continued growth and success of our organisation."

About Reliance Industries
Reliance Industries is a major player in the Indian petrochemicals sector/ Reliance's operations capture value addition at every stage from producing crude oil and gas to polyester and polymer products, and are vertically integrated to the production of textiles.

About The Textile Institute
The Textile Institute is a worldwide chartered association for professionals working in the fibres and fabrics, clothing and footwear, interior and technical textiles industries. It exists to promote quality and professionalism - providing a global network for the long-term development of industries across the whole spectrum of the worldwide textile industry.