Gartex Texprocess India & Screen Print India to be held together

Hybrid event for Mumbai from 18 – 20 March 2021, Delhi exhibition from 6 – 8 August 2021

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Gartex Texprocess India & Screen Print India to be held together

India’s most comprehensive exhibition on garment and textile manufacturing – Gartex Texprocess India, is all set to be launched as a ‘hybrid’ event in 2021. The 2021 edition will be held alongside yet another fair for screen, textile, sublimation, and digital printing technologies – Screen Print India.

In conjunction with MEX Exhibitions, Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India announced that Gartex Texprocess India would be the first textile sector exhibition to take the hybrid route. Scheduled alongside Messe Frankfurt’s Screen Print India fair after a hiatus of one year due to trade and travel disruptions caused by the pandemic, both Mumbai and Delhi editions aim to bring the entire textile value chain together through their new co-located and hybrid formats.

A year after textile and printing sectors were hit by unprecedented business challenges, the much-awaited Mumbai edition is set to bring industry players face-to-face with new opportunities from 18 – 20 March at the Bombay Exhibition Centre. However, with the on-going travel restrictions that are still in place globally, the new-age multimodal exhibition will allow screen printing and textile sector exhibitors and visitors to take full advantage of both physical interactions and virtual networking opportunities.

The hybrid format for both the fairs are being specially curated by the organizers with live product demonstration features to allow exhibitors to showcase their innovations and new product range to buyers who may be unable to attend the physical fair, thus ensuring dual access to trade opportunities.

Raj Manek, executive director and board member, Messe Frankfurt Asia Holdings, shared, “We are delighted to announce our first hybrid venture for the co-located shows – Gartex Texprocess India & Screen Print that will offer an intelligent combination of digital and physical interactions for business exchange. The textile and printing businesses thrive on the ‘touch-and-feel’ aspect of networking, which makes the physical trade fair the number one choice for buyers. However, its virtual features will be the perfect extension to expand exhibitor visibility and networking opportunities with buyers.”

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Gartex Texprocess India & Screen Print India to be held together

Highlighting the synergic effects, Gaurav Juneja, director, MEX Exhibitions, added, “The demand to meet in-person for business networking is strong, and I believe the hybrid format together with its co-location with Screen Print India fair will create the perfect business synergy for the sector. We are looking forward to welcoming the entire industry for a successful first hybrid edition and are confident it will provide multi-fold trade opportunities to the sector.”


New Delhi edition of Gartex Texprocess India & Screen Print India rescheduled to August 2021


In order to keep the trade momentum going in the second half of the buying calendar, the organizers have also confirmed that the New Delhi edition of the co-located fairs (initially slated in December 2020) will now be rescheduled to 6 – 8 August 2021 at Pragati Maidan with its new hybrid format. Both Mumbai and Delhi editions will allow fairgoers to explore a wide range of features like targeted business matchmaking, real-time video calling, scheduling meetings in advance, live knowledge sessions through the digital platform alongside the traditional physical event.


An all-inclusive show that meets end-to-end business goals


As the world was gripped by the Covid crisis, the textile industry stood as a leading force driving need-of-the-hour textile product innovations in the market. The two premier fairs scheduled alongside each other can, therefore, open a gamut of new business opportunities.

While the focus segments under Gartex Texprocess India will draw attention to innovations in garmenting & apparel machinery, Screen Print India will track technological advances in digital textile and screen-printing technologies. Prominent highlights of the show include denim show, embroidery zone, garmenting & apparel machinery zone, digitex show, India laundry show, and fabrics & trims show. Together, the platform will host a series of insightful sessions aiming to keep the industry abreast with the latest developments in textile, garment machinery, and screen printing.

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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