SV Pittie Sohar Textiles is the subsidiary of ShriVallabh Pittie Group - one of the largest manufacturers of cotton yarn in India and a global leader in this sector.
Alongside the group chairman, Vinod Pittie and managing director, Chirag Pittie; other prominent guests who graced the occasion were H E Sultan al Habsi, deputy governor of the Central Bank of Oman; H E Abdul Salam al Murshidi, executive president of the State General Reserve Fund; H E Yahya al Jabri, chairman of Ithraa, H E Talal al Rahbi, deputy secretary general of the Supreme Council for Planning;. H E Mahana al Lamki, Governor of North Batinah; H E Sheikh Ali al Shamesi, Wali of Sohar and H E Sheikh Hammed al Abri, Wali of Liwa.
H H Sayyid Taimur also laid the foundation stone of cotton yarn spinning unit No 3. The invited guests were given a tour of cotton yarn spinning unit No 2, a 500,000 square foot facility, which will be fully operational by April 2019.
Altogether, there will be four state-of-the-art yarn manufacturing units on SV Pittie Sohar campus, covering over 2mn square foot area, housing the latest and most efficient automated technology in the textile industry. With planned completion by November 2019, the units will compose of 300,000 spindles and 7,000 rotors producing over 100,000 metric tonnes of world class compact cotton yarn.
Chirag said, “This endeavour has been challenging but exciting. I am glad we could start the production in a record time of approximately eight months. This would not have been possible without the support of our lead engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) partner Inexco under whose supervision we had almost 500 workers and over 100 engineers working 24x7 at site during this period. I would also like to thank the government, contractors, and all supplier partners for their efforts in supporting this mission.”
“Today we feel at home in Oman as we have esteemed stakeholders like Sultan’s Special Forces Pension Fund backing us. Besides, our bankers Bank Sohar, having complete trust and confidence in this project, have been with us in every way to ensure we continue to move forward, unhindered,” he said.
Chirag further said, “It seems like yesterday that we held this vision of creating a full-fledged textile cluster in this beautiful country. Today is our first step towards realising this dream, while also igniting what very well could be the next large industry sector for the sultanate. We have brought in the best-in-class machinery and technology and to work on them, we will be training and employing a large number of Omani youth. My special thanks to National Training Fund and its dynamic CEO Sharifa Tahir Aidid, who understood the employment potential of our vision and have extended their partnership to enable us in realising it, in minimum possible time.”
Chirag said, “Our goal is to build a strong national workforce and bring stability, comfort and pride to thousands of Omani families.”
Earlier in November, commemorating Oman’s 48th National Day, SV Pittie Sohar Textiles signed a partnership agreement with National Training Fund to train 1,000 Omanis for captive employment in the textile cluster. This comprehensive training programme, followed by guaranteed employment, will have a focus on foundational and textile technical skills and be especially suitable for Omani youth and women.
The SV Pittie Sohar Textiles Training Center will be a world-class programme by itself, building on the company’s vast level of operational experience in the textile industry, and will be partnered with other local training institutes to help them gain value with a common goal in mind: empower the next generation of Omanis and their families.