Messe Frankfurt India and MEX Exhibitions tie up with the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry

Bid to provide strong business push to the textile and apparel sector

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Messe Frankfurt India
MoU signing ceremony

Messe Frankfurt India and MEX Exhibitions have joined hands with the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) for the maiden hybrid edition of Gartex Texprocess India, which has now been rescheduled to December 2021. Ahead of the hybrid exhibition, the organizers will keep the garment and textile manufacturing segment players engaged through a series of digital symposiums.

In a bid to provide a strong business push to the textile and apparel sector, the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) has signed an MoU with Messe Frankfurt India and MEX Exhibitions, organizers of India’s leading textile and garment machinery and accessories fair. The strategic partnership aims to reconnect the textile and apparel value chain for business at the first hybrid edition of Gartex Texprocess India and support the sector as it recovers from the effects of the pandemic by enabling reach to domestic and international buyers through the show’s new multimodal format.

At the signing of the MoU, S. Sunanda, secretary general, Confederation of Indian Textile Industry shared, “India has shown that it is innovative and self-reliant when it comes to the textile sector, and as the sector is gearing up to demonstrate value-added benefits of Indian products, we are happy to partner with Gartex Texprocess India, which has proven to be a credible platform for business. We are confident that with the organizers’ vision and the platform’s hybrid format, we can facilitate the growth, development, and business collaborations within the industry.”

Gaurav Juneja, director, MEX Exhibitions, added, “By partnering with CITI, we intend to bring greater participation and product showcases on the show floors of Gartex Texprocess India. The support and reach of CITI will go a long way in bringing the industry together and creating opportunities for trade and investment.”

Additionally, the organizers have also announced that the fair will now be held from 3 – 5 December 2021, instead of its originally planned schedule in August 2021. This move ensures better planning flexibility for exhibitors and will render a stronger B2B engagement experience through its physical and virtual platforms.

Commenting on the developments, Raj Manek, executive director and board member, Messe Frankfurt Asia Holdings, shared, “We are glad to join hands with the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) and believe that the support and reach of CITI will bring in strong value to the fabric segment of our trade fair while opening doors to lucrative business engagements for the industry.”

Further elaborating on the decision to host the trade fair in December, Manek added, “We are optimistic that the increasing roll out of vaccination and setting up of vaccination drives will help in stabilizing the socio-economic scenario and provide a healthy business environment to host the fair. It will also give exhibitors more time to prepare for the hybrid edition and bring their best product showcases on stage. However, until the exhibition goes live, we aim to keep the textile and garment industry professionals engaged with crucial learning.”

Gartex Texprocess India Digital Symposium series to mark its launch this week. Messe Frankfurt India and MEX Exhibitions are set to host a Digital Symposium series on crucial industry topics until the hybrid edition. The symposium will play a significant role in highlighting emerging trends and keeping business players engaged in the field of textile and garment manufacturing so they can prepare themselves according to the changing dynamics of the industry. Given that the landscape of textile and apparel manufacturing is changing with more focus and demand for “sustainable solutions” and circular economy, a wide set of industry topics will be addressed covering the changing trends across global fiber and yarn business, benefits of recycling in textile and retail segments, denim design, as well as insights depicting the way forward for garment wet processing manufacturers.

The aim of these periodic digital knowledge sessions is to keep the industry closely connected and provide stakeholders with crucial insights to strengthen their knowledge base and channel it towards optimizing their business.” added Manek.

While both the physical and virtual platforms will showcase a plethora of products with live demonstrations, the physical show will be divided into major zones – Embroidery Zone, Garmenting and Apparel Machinery, Digitex Show, Denim Show, India Laundry Show, and Fabrics and Trims Show.

The virtual show, on the other hand, will place emphasis on product showcases as well as exhibitor search. Both of these segments will be driven by an “AI matchmaking tool”, enabling visitors to connect with the exhibitors based on their individual product requirements.

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