Textiles division undertakes demand driven textile technology research, development and innovation and disseminates findings to the Kenyan textile industry and other stakeholders. This includes, but not limited to; fibre and composite materials development, textile product design and development, textile machine design and development, textile processing technology development, textile testing and quality control technology development. The division is in the process of setting up state of the art infrastructure that will include physical and chemical textile testing laboratories and pilot plants for testing, piloting and demonstrating new technologies and products developed.
The division’s main objective is to ensure regional and global competitiveness of the Kenyan textile industry by embracing modern technology in textile raw materials development, textile products design and manufacturing and in quality assurance and environmental compliance. The division endeavours to fulfil the institute’s commitment to the customers as stipulated under KIRDI’s service delivery chatter as well as upholding the institute’s corporate values.
Vision: To become a centre of excellence in textile technology research, development and innovation.
Mission: To ensure that the Kenyan textile industry is competitive regionally and globally through undertaking demand driven textile technology research, development and innovation.
Division’s strategic focus
- Development and manufacture of high quality woven and knitted cotton and cotton blend fabrics for local and regional apparel industries
- Development and manufacture of natural fibre based packaging materials to replace synthetic plastics
- Development of appropriate technologies to build productivity and product quality capacities of textile MSMEs
- Elimination of technical barriers of trade (Quality standards and environmental compliance) hindering Kenyan textile products from entering export markets.
- Value addition to local grown natural fibres such as Cotton, Sisal, Roselle, Coir, Banana fibre, Pineapple leaves, Wool etc.
- Development and manufacture of natural dyes and pigments from locally grown plants to replace synthetic dyes and pigments
- Development and manufacture of textile composite materials for medical and industrial applications
Divisional functional sections
The work under this division in grouped into 4 functional sections as follows:
- Fibre and composite materials development
- Textile processing (process and machine development for spinning, weaving, knitting, non-woven manufacture, dyeing, printing, finishing and clothing technologies)
- Textile product design and development
- Quality assurance and Environmental compliance
The division carries out the following services at very competitive fees:
- Textile Technology Needs Assessment
- Textile Technology/Product Feasibility Studies
- Textile Testing
- Textile Testing Laboratory Development
- Textile Manufacturing Plant Feasibility Studies, Design, Assembly and Commissioning
- Textile Enterprise Incubation
- Product Design and Development Training
- Technology/Product Commercialization Strategy Development and Implementation
- Textile Manufacturing Process Re-engineering
- Design and Implementation of Environment Management System for Textile Industries
- Design and Implementation of Quality Management Systems for Textile Industries
- Supervision, Training, Piloting and Implementation of projects for researchers and innovators from Universities and other Institutions of Higher Learning, Non Governmental Organizations, Community Development Organizations, Private Companies and Individuals.