Gartex Texprocess 2019 – 10-12 August, New Delhi

Textile and garment processing

Gartex 2018
Gartex 2018

MEX Exhibitions, the organizers of Gartex, are hosting the 4th edition of the show at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, from 10–12 August 2019. This year, Messe Frankfurt will also be a part of the show. MEX entered into a strategic alliance with the German company for bringing together Gartex and Texprocess. So far, more than 200 exhibitors have confirmed their participation at the show.

Gartex Texprocess is one of the few exhibitions that offer diverse players in the garment industry to converge under a single roof and identify trends for the coming year. The show has been divided into three focus segments – Embroidery Zone, Garmenting & Apparel Machinery, and Innerwear Manufac Zone – encompassing four concurrent shows – Digitex, Fabrics & Trims, Denim, and India Laundry Show. India Laundry Show and Innerwear Manufac Zone will be two new highlights of this year’s exhibition. This segmentation has been done to address the interests of both mainstream and auxiliary industries.

Apart from showcasing innovative and state-of-the-art manufacturing technology and products, the show will also provide networking opportunities. Seminars and workshops at the show will allow players to discuss recent trends, opportunities and challenges in the industry.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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