17th Knit Show, Tirupur fails to im­press the ex­hibitors

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Or­ga­nized by City Leaves, the 17th edition of Knit Show, Tirupur, saw par­tic­i­pa­tion of al­most 200 ex­hibitors of tech­nol­ogy and so­lu­tions for the tex­tile and ap­parel in­dus­try, but many were left dis­ap­pointed after the event. Apart from many small- and medi­um­size accessory man­u­fac­tur­ers and traders, job­work­ers, screen print­ing, sub­li­ma­tion print­ing and gar­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing ma­chines were the show’s ma­jor highlights. Ink man­u­fac­tur­ers and traders, be­sides ac­ces­sories com­pa­nies were also seen in good num­ber.

But ‘pro­fes­sion­al­ism’ and ba­sic ameni­ties were miss­ing at the show. Ex­hibitors in­sisted that the show needs to be or­ga­nized more pro­fes­sion­ally. Lack of ba­sic pro­vi­sions, like proper aisle space be­tween the booths, un­even sur­face, ab­sence of booth num­bers, lack of proper en­try and exit points, be­sides un­hy­gienic wash­rooms, were the dom­i­nant spoil­ers.

Be­sides, the num­bers of vis­i­tors at­tend­ing the show were quite less com­pared to the pre­vi­ous edi­tions, adding to the woes.

The fair wit­nessed par­tic­i­pa­tion of gar­ment ma­chin­ery providers like IIGM, HCA, Silver Sun, etc. which rep­re­sent al­most all ma­jor brands of stitch­ing tech­nol­ogy. The show also had on dis­play em­broi­dery ma­chines of Ta­jima and Baru­dan, and few play­ers of cir­cu­lar knit­ting ma­chines.

Most ex­hibitors shared sim­i­lar views with re­gard to the show.

“As far as lo­cal in­dus­try is con­cerned, it is a good fair but it needs to im­prove over­all. Even se­cu­rity at booths was not ad­e­quate after the show tim­ings. The event should be in B2B pat­tern and not a ‘ca­sual’ one where one sees chil­dren roam­ing around ev­ery­where,” informed Ajay Gandhi, Se­nior Man­ager – Do­mes­tic Sales, Gar­ware Bestretch Lim­ited,

Pune. The com­pany has in­no­vated its rub­ber elas­tics to be used in out­er­wear also and is en­joy­ing pos­i­tive re­sults in the same. Dis­play­ing cir­cu­lar knit­ting ma­chine of ‘Run­shan’ and Kor­nit’s direct to gar­ment dig­i­tal printer at the show, Umesh Top­khanewale, CEO, ICC In­ter­na­tional Agen­cies, Mum­bai shared, “We are not sat­is­fied with the show as in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­i­ties and ar­range­ments were very poor. The or­ga­niz­ers may be hav­ing ex­pe­ri­ence or­ga­niz­ing events with small ex­hibitors or accessory man­u­fac­tur­ers but they don’t have ex­pe­ri­ence con­duct­ing a show for ma­chin­ery dis­trib­u­tors. We could not com­plete our ma­chin­ery in­stal­la­tion on time for the show.”

Ir­re­spec­tive of the fair ar­range­ments, what­ever dis­cus­sion Ap­parel On­line had with the vis­i­tors and ex­hibitors, they all were of the opin­ion that de­spite the chal­lenges within In­dia as well as over­seas, the com­ing sea­son should have good or­ders. As print­ing is still dom­i­nat­ing value ad­di­tion with re­gard to Tirupur gar­ment in­dus­try, some of the ink sup­pli­ers were en­thu­si­as­tic about the mar­ket. Rep­re­sent­ing the popular ink com­pany, The

Global Inc., V. Prakash, MD and S. Thiru­ven­ga­dathan, Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Man­ager of Lak­shmi Bio Chem, Tirupur

shared, “We are ex­perts in screen print­ing ink and cater to most of the ma­jor play­ers of screen print­ing. We are like one-stop so­lu­tion for ink re­quire­ments. Oeko-Tex, and GOTS cer­ti­fi­ca­tion are our strength. Our new of­fer­ing AIR ink is also an ecofriendly ink which gives very good qual­ity.” Lak­shmi Bio Chem claims to have 30 to 40 per cent mar­ket share in Tirupur, and de­spite hav­ing qual­ity of global standard, it of­fers its prod­ucts on rea­son­able price. It too has clients like Shahi Ex­ports and Ki­tex Gar­ments.

Of­fer­ing a wide range of va­ri­ety for tex­tile from fi­bre & yarn lu­bri­cants, aux­il­iaries for prepa­ra­tion, dye­ing and fin­ish­ing and com­plete range of prod­ucts for screen print­ing etc., Italy-based Achi­tex Min­erva was also present at the fair with its In­dian as­so­ciate In­dian Dyes Sales Cor­po­ra­tion (IDSC). Luca Bot­tigelli, Sales and Tech­ni­cal Man­ager of the com­pany briefed AOI: “In­dia, es­pe­cially Tirupur, is very im­por­tant mar­ket for us and we are quite en­thu­si­as­tic for the de­mand of our prod­ucts. 90 per cent of our pro­duc­tion is in Europe and ap­proval from In­di­tex and many world-fa­mous cer­ti­fi­ca­tions shows our strength.” The com­pany is also geared up about its as­so­ci­a­tion in In­dia with IDSC as IDSC is ex­pert enough to mar­ket these prod­ucts. Achi­tex Min­erva has very strong pres­ence in coun­tries like US, South Africa, Mid­dle

East, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pak­istan also.

Some of the ac­ces­sories’ com­pa­nies were also points of at­trac­tion for the show as they were hav­ing a wide range of va­ri­ety which serves most of the needs of a gar­ment man­u­fac­turer. Tirupur-based Sree See­taram Stores of­fer­ing in­ter­lin­ing, tapes, scis­sors, tag­ging sys­tems, branded nee­dles etc., was also one of them. Chan­dresh, third gen­er­a­tion of the busi­ness and Direc­tor of the com­pany stated, “Be­ing one-stop so­lu­tion is an ad­van­tage, so we keep adding new of­fer­ings in our prod­uct bas­ket. And we have enough stock of all our prod­ucts, which saves time of our clients, es­pe­cially the ex­porters who have less lead time. As we have stock in bulk, it makes us cost-ef­fec­tive too and we are able to of­fer prod­ucts at rea­son­able price.” En­thu­si­as­tic about the mar­ket, he is quite hope­ful for good busi­ness in Tirupur as well as other ap­parel hubs of the coun­try. The com­pany is fur­ther plan­ning to of­fer some parts of stitch­ing ma­chines also.

Some of the vis­i­tors at the fair were re­ally keen to ex­plore over­all process of gar­ment­ing as they have plans to en­ter into gar­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing. S. Gu­rusamy, MD, Guru Spin­ning Mills, Udu­malpet, sup­pling yarn to wo­ven mills, is keen to try his hands at gar­ment­ing as his ex­it­ing busi­ness is slow. Provogue team from Mum­bai also ex­plored lat­est tech­nol­ogy as well as ac­ces­sories. Chris McCue, Whole­sale Su­per­vi­sor of Clas­sic Al­paca (Fine Al­paca Cloth­ing & Ac­ces­sories), Clarks Sum­mit (US), al­ready has his own man­u­fac­tur­ing of sweaters, socks and ac­ces­sories and was seen search­ing for prospec­tive sup­pli­ers at the fair. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of sev­eral Tirupur­based buy­ing houses were some of the other key spec­ta­tors at the show.

Team of KC Astir & Co., Delhi, in­ter­act­ing with vis­i­tors at their booth. Vijay Mo­han Nair of the com­pany informed about their good busi­ness at Tirupur

(L-R) S. Mani Nair of Shri Vig­nesh Sales Cor­po­ra­tion; Ajay Gandhi, Se­nior Man­ager and G. Deep­akku­mar, As­sis­tant Man­ager, Do­mes­tic Sales, Gar­ware Bestretch Lim­ited, Pune

Chan­dresh (L), Direc­tor, Sree See­taram Stores, Tirupur with his col­leagues

Laskhmi Bio Chem had a good team present at the fair. V. Prakash, MD and S. Thiru­ven­ga­dathan, Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Man­ager (3rd and 4th from the left) of the com­pany with the team

Ra­jiv Arora, Arun Elec­tron­ics, Delhi (sit­ting) of­fer­ing new va­ri­ety of his prod­ucts like plas­tic seal tags, rub­ber la­bels, plas­tic hang­ers. His as­so­ciate in Tirupur, VJ John Suresh (C) of VJS Con­ver­tors, is happy with the over­all busi­ness

Luca Bot­tigelli, Sales and Tech­ni­cal Man­ager, Achi­tex Min­erva (C) with Jayesh Shah (R) and Bi­noy Shah of In­dian Dyes Sales Cor­po­ra­tion (IDSC)

“I am al­ready sourc­ing yarn from South In­dia and ex­plor­ing be­yond this also to find out how In­dia can help me as my com­pany has its own man­u­fac­tur­ing.” – Chris McCue, Whole­sale Su­per­vi­sor of Clas­sic Al­paca (Fine Al­paca Cloth­ing & Ac­ces­sories), Clarks Sum­mit, US

“We ex­plored most of the things dis­played at the show to gain max­i­mum up­dates be it tech­nol­ogy, ac­ces­sories or fab­rics.” – Rashmi Jakhmala,

Man­ager – Buy­ing & Sourc­ing, Provogue, Mum­bai

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