Textile Production Research and Innovation Center

Textile Production Research and Inovation Center

About Textile Production

 Textile production is major industry. It is based on the processing and conversion of natural and manmade fibers in to yarns and then fabrics manufacturing depending on the requirement of final product applications. There are many variable processes and material available starting from fiber processing, yarn manufacturing and fabric -forming stages coupled with complexity of finishing and coloration process. The recent success and growth of using textiles for customized functional application rather than aesthetics in multidisciplinary sectors is creating new era of technological advancements and wider scope of possible application in the newly emerging area of technical textiles production.Textile Production Research and Innovation Center

EiTEX Textile Production RIC is launched to be the center of excellence for textile manufacturing process and textile machine development concerning   the production of yarns and fabrics. At present, the competence center is concerned with the study of natural and man-made fibres, ,yarns, woven and knitted materials, technical textiles, nonwovens, products and machinery. These include natural and manmade materials, interactions of materials with machine, safety and health, energy conservation and waste and pollution control. Additionally the professionals are enabled to do textile plant design and layout, textile manufacturing design improvement and designing and creating textile products. The tasks, which professional textile engineers undertake, are too many to list them all.


The center has four focused sub centers organized as LRI teams in the areas of   yarn manufacturing Technology, Woven fabric manufacturing technology, knitted fabric manufacturing technology and textile testing and quality control. The LRI center of specializations will facilitate teaching learning and research activities with instructors organized under a team.  

LRI Research Thematic Areas

Yarn manufacturing LRI team

  •   Cotton processing (optimization of process parameters, inventory control,)
  •  Cotton quality and spin ability
  •   Quality control in cotton spinning mills
  •  Air conditioning of cotton spinning mills
  •  A Framework for Estimating Savings and Losses from Product Mix,
  •  Operational and Commercial Parameters in a Spinning Mills
  •  A Study on the Quality of Yarns Made of Man-Made Fibres and its Blends
  •  A Study on Packing Materials Cost in Spinning Mills

Fabric manufacturing LRI team (Thematic Areas)

  • Quality control in weaving mills
  •  Techno-economic survey, Financial performance, cost control,
  •  Energy management
  •  Improvement of product quality and productivity of hand loom
  •  Technical textile (fiber composite, sanitary pad, diapers, sisal…. )
  •  Development of Fire Resistant  Fabrics
  •  Development of Bandages using Bamboo Fibres

Knitting manufacturing LRI team (Thematic Areas)

  • Quality control in knitting mills
  •  Operational and Commercial Parameters in a KnittingMills
  •  Project formulation and diversification,
  •  Evaluation of Knitting Behavior Using Artificial Neural Network
  •  A Study on the Cost & Quality of Knitted Fabrics
  •  Survey of Ethiopian Textile Industry with reference to Knitting
  •  Techno-economic feasibility study of setting up a new mosquito net manufacturing unit in Ethiopia.
  •  Survey of the knitters in Amhara Region especially in and around Bahir Dar.

Testing and quality control LRI

  •  Optimization of testing procedures and standardizing tests
  •  Raw material quality assurance methods
  •  Assuring production process quality parameters
  •  Total quality management principles in industries
  •  A Framework for Estimating production and quality relations
  •  focus on quality versus market relations

 3. Facilities and Laboratories

At present the center has five laboratories for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, research works, testing service and production. Significant efforts have been made to upgrade the laboratories to international standard level and add new technical laboratories for expanding the range of research and product development.  Additionally, there are knitting machineries for production and teaching service.

1.    Yarn Properties Testing Laboratory : - testing equipments



                2.    Fabric Properties Testing Laboratory

3.  Fabric Design Laboratory

 4.     Knitting Laboratory

  5. Textile Manufacturing Research Laboratory

 6. Textile Workshop

  4.  Services

 The center is providing service in textile education, applied research, testing service, training, product development and production by closely interacting with the industry, small enterprises and research and development organizations and academic institutes. 

Testing services

 ·         Cotton fiber testing using HVI instrument

 ·         Yarn properties testing

 ·         Sliver properties testing

 ·         Roving properties testing

 ·         Yarn properties testing

 ·         Sliver properties testing

 ·         Roving properties testing

Production Services

·         Yarn production for different end application

 ·         Hand woven fabric production

 ·          Knitted fabric production

 ·         Grey fabric Sizing 

 ·         Woven fabric production for different end applications

Consultancy & training services

·         training on operation of lab testing equipment

 ·         training on operation of production machineries

 ·         Hand woven fabric design

 ·         productivity and quality improvement in hand loom sector

 Contact person:

Gashaw Assagre [Asst. Professor]
Director of Textile Production RiC
Ethiopian Institute of Textile & Fashion Technology (EiTEX)
Bahir Dar University
Tel.: +251 588 209291  
Mobile: +251 920 518072
Fax: +251 582 266246
P. O. Box 1037
Bahir Dar / Ethiopia