Ongoing R&D Activities (Achievements)
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Indian Jute Industries’ Research Association is currently engaged in carrying out number of sponsored R&D Projects to develop new process technologies and products mostly for the organized Jute Industry as well as for the   Jute diversified product units.

Projects sponsored by the National Jute Board, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India under Jute Technology Mission (Mini Mission-IV, Scheme DDS 7.1)

To find alternative to conventional Jute Batching Oil for improving spinnability and to produce non-toxic and hydrocarbon free Jute products
For eco-processing of Jute fibres, a fibre lubricant based on modified Rice Bran Oil and eco-emulsifier (APEO-free) has been developed as a viable eco-alternative to mineral oil (JBO). Modified RBO treated Jute products are free from toxic- hydrocarbons and objectionable odour and having good export potential for   their eco-compliance. Modified Rice Bran Oil Technology developed is ready for commercialization in Jute sector.
Manufacture of Jute Braided Cloth by appropriate design incorporation  in Braiding Machines
Jute braided nursery sapling bags with maximum cover and lowest mass has been developed using a unique combination of Jute tape and yarns as a eco-substitute of poly-sapling bags.
Development of lightfast, bleached, dyed and finished Jute Fabrics for Manufacturing Export Quality Home Textiles
Using modified bleaching and dyeing technologies improved light fastness properties have been obtained in bleached and dyed jute fabrics for their export oriented home textile applications.
Development of Technology for manufacture of Ramie Based Products
To facilitate the growth and promotion of ramie fibres in North-East region of India, a low cost, farmer’s friendly, enzymatic degumming technology has been developed for decorticated ramie. Using appropriately degummed ramie fibre and jute, different blended fine yarns have been spun using jute processing system and semi-worsted spinning system. Different types of bleached and dyed fabrics are developed out of jute and ramie in order to explore their suitability in home textiles and other diverse applications.
Development of Jute Bamboo Composites for Application in Rural Areas
Different types of Jute-Bamboo composites have been developed using jute non-woven and plain bamboo mat as substrates and synthetic resin as binder. Jute-bamboo composites developed conforms to BIS Standards meant for Plywood shuttering, fibe hard board, decorative laminates and medium grade compressed wood laminates and can be effectively used as low cost building components, and also in automobile sector, as packaging material and furniture.
Energy Efficient Green Sizing Technology for Jute Sector
A  Green sizing Technology based on modified starch and compatible eco-additives has been developed for Jute yarns. New sizing recipe is more eco-compatible (lower B.O.D & C.O.D) than the existing tamarind kernel powder based sizing formulation. Green sizing technology developed is energy efficient in terms of energy economy in preparation of size paste, maintenance of sow box temperature and drying of sized yarns and weaving performance of green sized jute yarns has been observed satisfactory both on shuttle looms and high speed shuttleless looms at mill shop floor.
Projects sponsored by the Office of the Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India
i Development of Aroma based Home Textiles
Aroma finished textiles of Jute and its blends have been developed using Microencapsulation Technology for value added life-style products and other home textile applications. Aroma products of Jute are durable and having good export potential. Aroma Technology developed is ready for commercialization.
ii Multifunctional Ceramic Based Nano finishing of Outdoor Textiles by Sol-Gel Technique
Using ceramic nano-particle based finishing technology multiple functional properties such as super hydrophobicity, anti-microbial, UV-resistance and self cleaning have been imparted to jute, cotton and their blends for outdoor applications.
iii Development of Low cost Jute Bags for Food grains and Sugar
Two different types of new light weight Jute bags (580 gms) manufactured both in conventional and shuttleless looms, for packing 50 kgs food grain have been designed and developed. Similarly three types of lighter weight jute bags for packing sugar have also been developed. Newly developed jute bags are 8-13% lighter than the existing varieties with an estimated cost reduction of 6-10%. Development of BIS Standard of light weight food grain Jute bags is in progress.
iv Projects sponsored by the Office of the Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India
Dyeing of silk, cotton and art silk with natural dye from plants of North Eastern region for specialty dress materials of the region. Literature review, infrastructure development & market survey at North East region are in progress.