Gartex Texprocess India’s Delhi edition draws visitors from India, abroad

Textile industry event came to an end with a footfall of 11,258 visitors

Inauguration ceremony of Gartex Texprocess India 2022. Photo Gartex Texprocess India

After a successful launch in Mumbai earlier in May, Gartex Texprocess India, a leading trade fair related to garments and textile machinery, fabrics, accessories, and allied industries, recorded its second successive edition this year in New Delhi. 

The trade fair that concluded recently drew 11,258 business visitors from states and union territories. The extensive display of over 1,000 products and machinery from 207 exhibitors also attracted international visitors from 21 countries, including France, Indonesia, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, UAE, the UK, and the USA.

The fair received support from the ministry of textiles and trade bodies such as the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI), Retailers Association of India (RAI), and the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC). Highlights were the Denim Show, Fabrics and Trims Show, and Screen Print India.

Organizers MEX Exhibitions Pvt Ltd, and Messe Frankfurt India joined hands with industry bodies such as Denim Manufacturers Association (DMA) and Fabexa, the nodal arm of Maskati Cloth Mahajan, to bring India’s top denim and fabric manufacturers to showcase their production capabilities.

Companies from Ahmedabad’s Maskati Cloth Mahajan booked orders worth Rs 300 crore (US$37 million). Babulal Sonigra, ex-chairman, Fabexa Committee, Maskati Cloth Market Mahajan, said, “Over 11,000 traders visited the show and around 300 crores orders were booked during the three show days. We look forward to a prosperous Diwali season and are hopeful that orders worth Rs 400 crore (US $50 million) will be booked by then.”

With a 42% growth in exhibitor participation, business visitors were impressed by the scale and quality of Gartex Texprocess India. Jayesh Kothari, president, Buying and Merchandising, V-Mart, said, “It is a great place for people to meet, connect, place orders and look at new developments that are coming through. I saw a lot of new things and will definitely get in touch with the exhibitors.” 

Gartex Texprocess India got positive feedback from exhibitors such as Parag Kothari, director, Jaysynth Group, who said, “This year we displayed our Digichrome printing solutions and new reactive inks and received an excellent response from clients and visitors. We look forward to participating next year..”

Promoting India’s expertise in denim fabrication, The Denim Show featured the top 25 denim mills, including Jindal Worldwide, Arvind, Raymond UCO Denim, LNJ Denim, Siyaram Silk Mills, Kanchan Group. 

Aamir Akhtar, Group president & CEO, Jindal Worldwide, said, “Gartex Texprocess India gave us an opportunity to meet the entire supply chain at a single platform. The exhibition keeps getting more popular with each passing edition, attracting all categories of customers such as distributors, retailers, dealers, cutters, and much more.”

Hosted under a specially allotted segment, the Fabrics and Trims Show displayed products from around 82 Gujarat-based fabric manufacturers and hosted over 200 fabrics sourcing representatives. Dhruv Agarwal, owner, Anjali Textile Mills, said, “We encountered various clients who showed interest in our old products as well as new developments. This exhibition also allowed us to meet our old clients and rejuvenate business relationships.”

Screen Print India showcased manufacturing technologies for textile, digital, and screen printing from various leading brands. Bunny Bhardwaj, Business Development Manager, DCC Print Vision LLP, who exhibited at Screen Print India, said, “We were greatly looking forward to this exhibition as soon the pandemic receded. Footfalls were good during all three show days. We thank Gartex Texprocess India for giving us great exposure.”

An exclusive forum addressed insightful topics such as ‘impact of content creation’, ‘trends AW 2023’, ‘reducing audit fatigue through SLCP’, and ‘Fashion Forward – Challenges, strategies, and opportunities.

Gartex Texprocess India’s eighth and ninth editions will be held from 11 to 13 May 2023 and 3 to 5 August 2023 at Jio World Convention Centre, Mumbai, and Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, respectively.

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