Gartex Texprocess India announces new dates

Expo for textile supply chain

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Gartex
The expo was originally scheduled for August 2020

Gartex Texprocess India, an exhibition on the garment and textile manufacturing supply chain, has announced new dates for its Delhi and Mumbai editions. While the Delhi edition will take place from 17 – 19 December 2020 in Greater Noida, the Mumbai edition has been scheduled from 19-21 March 2021.

Organized by MEX Exhibitions Pvt Ltd and Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India, Gartex Texprocess India was originally scheduled in August 2020. The organizers believe that the new dates will ensure the optimal revival of trade and provide additional time to exhibitors to plan their exhibits and product launches more effectively in the current environment.

The decision which was taken on the basis of feedback from exhibitors, partners, and industry associations, also aims to ensure that the event serves its objectives of business, knowledge, and tech-exchange in a more meaningful way when the entire textile fraternity can come together.

According to the organizers, the three-day fair provides an experience to participants not just by way of an extensive display of exhibits, but also through a series of seminars and workshops aimed at facilitating dialogue that highlight on-going trends, opportunities, and challenges for the business of textiles. Prominent highlights of the show include denim show, embroidery zone, garmenting & apparel machinery zone, digitex show, India laundry show, and fabrics & trims show.

Between now and it’s opening in December 2020, the organizers aim to continue to keep the industry connected through its webinar series to draw focus on sustainable measures and support the sector during its recovery phase.

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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