Capacity Building of the MSME Cluster Stakeholders, West Bengal

26 May, 2016
The MSME Technology Facilitation Centre acted as a key information provider in a workshop cum sensitization programme organised by the MSME&T Department of Government of West Bengal for the cluster development of identified 183 clusters. The workshop was planned to address the technological issues of these clusters. The aim of this workshop was to understand the technological gap of each of these clusters and provide them required information about the available technologies within CSIR organisations and other R&D institutions as well as academia.

It was a month long programme that has begun from March 8, 2016 and continued till April 11, 2016. Each session included approximately 2 cluster members from each cluster along with GMs and IDOs of the respective District Industries centres. The workshop has begun with the Clay & Ceramic Sector that has about 10 clusters eventually programme continued with total 17 MSME sectors continuing with the sectors namely – Chemical Based, Plastic, Brass Metal, Steel, Automobiles spare parts, Food Processing and preservation, Leather, Jute & allied fibre, Gems & jewellery, Assembling & Services of machineries, Metal fabrication, Optical lens, Electrical, Machinery Equipment, Printing, Textile & Readymade Garments and finally completing with the wooden furniture sector.

Participants engaged keenly and expressed their concern over the unsatisfactory productivity level and identified technological issues and challenges that have acted as bottlenecks in this matter. TFC aimed at delivering interactive sessions by sharing news and videos of similar developed manufacturing processes and information on the technology providers.

The outcome of the capacity building session:
  • Information exchange and dissemination of requisite technologies
  • Networking with several technology providers
  • Assistance in exposure visit to the necessary technology avenues
  • Capacity building for clusters and entrepreneurs in identified product manufacturing areas
  • Advice and support to MSMEs in product/process design and development for improving competitiveness

New-Found Biodegradable Plastic Extends Shelf Life of Food
14 March, 2016
Plastic is used to produce a large number of products in India. Besides general household utility products, plastic materials are also used in cosmetic and personal care formulations; also plastic has found its application in food packaging. In modern day world, almost every food item is available in plastic packets, which are mainly thrown away to result in landfill. The increased amount of use of plastic items has eventually posed a threat to the entire environment. Furthermore, a report released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on the occasion of World Oceans' Day 2015 stated that most plastics produced worldwide make its way to the oceans, costing environmental damage to marine ecosystems. As plastic is a non – biodegradable material it is hazardous to the environment in many ways. Yet to solve this burning problem of plastic pollution, a team of researchers have developed a solution, Biodegradable Plastic which will not only provide solution for packaging food in a biodegradable material, but also reduce the amount of food that is thrown away by lengthening the product's shelf life.

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Add small firms to climate adaptation push
15 December, 2015
According to the United Nations, climate change adaptation will soon cost between US$200 billion and US$500 billion a year, even if the world meets its goal of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius. But the latest available data suggests that only US$25 billion was invested in adaptation in 2014. In addition, research shows that, despite the efforts of the UN’s current climate talks in Paris, France — which include the proposal for a more ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius — a two degree target is unlikely to be met. This leaves a huge and ever-increasing gap between what is needed to respond to climate change on the ground, and what is available to make things happen. In this interview, Heather McGray, an adaptation researcher at the World Resources Institute, argues that big changes must happen from the ground up. She says that untapped resources such as small businesses could play a crucial role by investing in adaptation efforts and adopting practices to cope with changing climate.

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The Far East Comes Nearer through the Technology Facilitation Centre
1 May, 2015
In a significant development, the Technology Facilitation Centre has entered into a MoU with Taiwan Textile Research Institute for knowledge networking through information dissemination in the area of textiles for a period of three years.

Textiles represent an important sector in Bengal’s small and medium enterprises, much of which is saddled with obsolete technology and large scale drudgery at workplace. Taiwan Textile Research Institute (TTRI) is a non-profit organization engaging in applied research and technical services aiming towardsinnovation in the sector and has been dedicated to helping industries stay competitive and sustainable.

TFC on its part being a joint initiative of Government of West Bengal the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research would Identify and mobilize active participation of stakeholders, clusters, entrepreneurs etc in the joint programmes; disseminate information pertinent to the state’s MSME sector relevant to the collaboration through its web portal, brochures, news line, etc; and facilitate networking between TTRI and other knowledge institutions/clusters in the state

Broad areas of cooperation have been identified as:

  • Information exchange and dissemination for enhancing sustainability of MSME;
  • Capacity building for clusters, entrepreneurs, start-ups in identified domains;
  • Advice and assistance to MSMEs in product/process design and development for improving competitiveness; and
  • Consultancy to Bengal’s textile sector for acquiring cutting edge technology in their respective fields.
  • Consultancy to Tool Rooms in Kolkata.

Assessing Technological Needs of Clusters
14 August, 2014
The MSME Technology Facilitation Centre has embarked upon a systematic survey to assess the technological needs of identified clusters in the state. The aim is to understand the gap and undertake mapping against available technologies within CSIR network and also outside.

The exercise has begun with the Rural Crafts Hubs, the first being the dokra hub at Bikna and the Terracotta Hub at Panchmura in the district of Bankura. Technological requirements for these hubs have been pin-pointed to those related to cleaner environment and eco-friendly processes. An advanced design furnace at the CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur is being provided for the dokra artisans both at Bikna and at Daryapur.

Problems at Panchmura have again focused upon furnace technologies and technologies for cleaner fuels.

The TFC is currently undertaking and proposes to undertake shortly need assessment for the wooden doll cluster at Natungram; wooden mask cluster at Kusumandi (Dinajpur) and sitalpati cluster at Ghugumari (Cooch Behar). It is believed prima facie that technological requirement would be essentially in the field of green processing; improved coatings so as to prevent fungal contamination to the woods and better luster.

Apart from the Crafts Hubs, the TFC has been active in refractory cluster in Asansol and in addressing certain community water purification needs for Kalna.