Digital textile printing at Gartex 2019

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Gartex Texprocess, an exhibition for garment and textile machinery, fabric accessories and allied industries, was organized by MEX Exhibitions and Messe Frankfurt from 10 to 12 August 2019 at Pragati Maidan, Delhi. Spread across the halls 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 12 A, the event brought together approximately 200 Indian and international textile technology providers under one roof and was divided into various segments, such as digital textile printing, laundry show, denim show, embroidery show and fabric show.

Of all the focus segments, the digital textile printing segment saw significant footfall. More than 25% of the exhibitors at the event comprised digital textile printing machinery providers. Apart from creating new business opportunities, the event provided participants and visitors with strong networking opportunities. The manufacturers and providers were seen engrossed in conversations with old and new customers and their industry peers.

In particular, the direct-to-garment and fabric printing technology attracted significant attention with vibrant print demonstrations of machines by Kornit Digital, Apsom, Mimaki, Negi, Colorjet and Colorix on their respective Indian distributors’ stands. The die sublimation textile printing demonstrations by providers including HP, Epson, Atexo, Konica Minolta, Mouvent, MS, Reggiani, Mimaki, and Smartjet left passerbys spellbound.

The exhibitors such as Arrow, Negi and JN Arora reported that it wasn’t their first time participating at Gartex and the show is known to be a success every year. The show was just warming up on the first day but they were expecting serious inquiries by the second day. Additionally, the event proved to be a great platform to interact and catch up with the entire value chain.

Talking about the Indian digital textile printing sector, Vitesh K Sharma, country manager for HP India said, “The Indian textile industry contributes 2% to the country’s GDP and in that the penetration of digital textile printing is very small. The way the garments are being printed today is still very traditional. But we anticipate that in future, digital textile printing will definitely grow.”

Ashish Arora, marketing director, JN Arora said, “The digital textile printing will definitely grow and we are offering new products to the industry. These are interesting times for us; the customers are demanding both screen printing and digital printing technologies.”

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Akanksha Meena
Correspondent. Akanksha Meena is striving to learn to write and the fundamentals of publishing with every opportunity with hopes of being able to write something worth publishing someday. She works as a correspondent with Indian Printer and Publisher and Packaging South Asia. In her free time, she can be found pursuing her other interests such as reading, writing, sketching, and painting.

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