European workwear and protective fabric manufacturer Klopman International is to set up a new EUR50m (US$63m) facility in India to produce polyester/cotton, polyester/viscose and cotton fabrics.

The plant will be developed in conjunction with MW Corp, the Indian multi-national that bought the controlling stake in Klopman earlier this year for EUR70m (US$109m). 

MW Corp is also a leading manufacturer of polyester/viscose fabrics in India which are marketed under the S Kumars brand of workwear and schoolwear fabrics.

The new facility will encompass the existing MW Corp plant in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh, India, and will have a combined production capacity of 30m metres of fabric, with an option to expand this to 50m metres.

The development, which is due to be completed by mid-2010, will give the new group a total production capacity of 80m metres across its two plants in India and Europe.

Research and development facilities in product development will be shared with Klopman's European operation which is based in Frosinone, Italy.

The new plant will service the local market in India and the Far East, as well as European customers who source their garment production in the Far East.

It also has potential to move into the North American market, and is seen as an  important step towards establishing MW-Klopman as a leading global supplier of polyester/cotton fabrics for the specialist workwear and casual apparel markets.

The Italian facility will continue to serve the European and Mediterranean Rim markets.