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Have you been able to par­tic­i­pate in the re­cently held mega event – Tex­tiles In­dia 2017? Is there any sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fit (or value gen­er­ated) for gar­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers by tak­ing part in such fairs? Gen­er­ally, ex­hi­bi­tions are very seg­ment-fo­cused (ei­ther ma­chin­ery- or mar­ket-cen­tric). Do you think bring­ing ev­ery­thing un­der one ‘grand’ ex­hi­bi­tion can lift In­dia’s im­age glob­ally? How, in your opin­ion, can ex­hi­bi­tions be bet­ter po­si­tioned to gain in­ter­na­tional mileage?

Yes, Shahi Ex­ports’ team was very much a part of Tex­tiles In­dia 2017. These trade fairs pro­vide an easy plat­form for both the ven­dors and the cus­tomers at ev­ery level of the sup­ply chain to in­ter­act openly. Small ex­porters and en­trepreneurs are able to tap the mar­ket and ex­hibit their skills to their prospec­tive cus­tomers as per their strength and busi­ness goals.

These ex­hi­bi­tions, where com­pa­nies from the com­plete sphere of ap­parel in­dus­try par­tic­i­pate, ex­hibit a vast va­ri­ety of prod­ucts which can be man­u­fac­tured in In­dia. The buy­ers and sup­pli­ers have a direct vis­i­bil­ity of the man­u­fac­turer and can ap­proach them in­stantly based on their prod­uct lines. Fur­ther­more, I must say these ex­hi­bi­tions also give ven­dors across ge­ogra­phies an op­por­tu­nity to see and adopt the best in­dus­try stan­dards and prac­tices. Hence, such events are true learn­ing plat­forms for the en­tire in­dus­try.

As far as Tex­tiles In­dia’s first edi­tion is con­cerned, my sug­ges­tion to the Gov­ern­ment is to try and get big­ger play­ers (vol­ume buy­ers) on board from the next edi­tion on­wards to en­cour­age a true mix of buy­ers and sell­ers at­tend­ing such ex­hi­bi­tions.


Divi­sional Man­ager – Mer­chan­dis­ing, Shahi Ex­ports Pvt. Ltd., Farid­abad (In­dia)

Tex­tiles In­dia 2017 was a com­plete mess. No pro­vi­sions were made prop­erly for any­one, es­pe­cially the buy­ers. Shar­ing of data­bases with all as­so­ci­a­tions just cre­ated more con­fu­sion for the buy­ers as they re­ceived mul­ti­ple emails from dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tions. Par­tic­i­pants were sep­a­rated based on as­so­ci­a­tions and buyer lounges were segregated as well. Ad­di­tion­ally, with an ab­so­lute rainy weather, it was a to­tal chaos at the fair and many buy­ers went back to their ho­tels dis­ap­pointed and fu­ri­ous.

I have writ­ten a se­ries of let­ters to MoT, In­dia and Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi as well to refund the par­tic­i­pa­tion fees as it was not worth the value. The ex­hibitors still need to raise their voice to the In­dian Tex­tiles Min­is­ter in or­der to op­pose this event and en­sure such goof ups do not hap­pen ever again from the next edi­tion on­wards.


Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, Karni Ex­ports, Jaipur (In­dia)

My team rep­re­sen­ta­tives and man­agers par­tic­i­pated in Tex­tiles In­dia 2017 and ac­cord­ing to our ex­pe­ri­ence, it did not meet our ex­pec­ta­tions. We were su­per ex­cited about get­ting some or­ders, but un­for­tu­nately, we did not get any. The pri­mary rea­son was that buy­ers were stuck and were mis­man­aged all through the 3-day event.

As far as these types of ex­hi­bi­tions are con­cerned, they should be con­ducted seg­ment-wise like we have TexIn­dia, Yarnex, Gar­tex, Gar­ment Tech­nol­ogy Expo, IIGF, Fabrics and Ac­ces­sories Trade Show. But get­ting all seg­ments un­der one roof, as in the case of Tex­tiles In­dia 2017, gets pretty com­pli­cated for the buy­ers be­cause they plan their visit to any of the ex­hi­bi­tions on a prior ba­sis to dif­fer­ent coun­tries. And, hav­ing ev­ery­one in the same place ham­pers busi­ness too as many fac­to­ries are tied up with each other in some way or the other from thread to fab­ric to the gar­ment.

Since in this in­dus­try ev­ery­one is not ver­ti­cally in­te­grated, it be­comes es­sen­tial to seg­re­gate the ex­hibitors as per their de­fined cat­e­gories rather than ar­rang­ing their booths ran­domly. This would make the gar­ment mak­ers find the ac­ces­sories’ man­u­fac­tur­ers eas­ily and so on. How­ever, Tex­tiles In­dia saw no such cat­e­go­ry­wise ar­range­ment which made it dif­fi­cult for us to leave our own booth and visit booths of other seg­ments. Hence, it was un­or­ga­nized in the real sense and next time, there should be sys­tem­atic plan­ning done be­fore hold­ing such ex­hi­bi­tions.

YOGEETA PRABHAKAR Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, Prabhakar Over­seas Group, Noida (In­dia)

Par­tic­i­pat­ing in Tex­tiles In­dia 2017 was a mixed feel­ing. We gen­er­ated quite an im­pres­sive busi­ness over there, so busi­ness-wise the event was great for us. How­ever, the or­ga­niz­ers should be ques­tioned about the mis­man­age­ment all through the 3 days of the event.

Also, there should have been sep­a­rate halls for sep­a­rate cat­e­gories such as tex­tiles, gar­ments, hand­i­crafts, and ac­ces­sories to pre­vent a cus­tomer from run­ning to dif­fer­ent halls search­ing for sup­pli­ers ev­ery time just as it hap­pened this time.

Although I agree that sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions com­ing to­gether is im­por­tant for prod­ucts’ pro­mo­tion at such a grand event where the buy­ers are ar­riv­ing from all over the world, all de­part­ments and as­so­ci­a­tions should have ide­ally made one com­mon group and stood united with each other.


Owner, Damodar Group, Mum­bai (In­dia)

Yes, we did par­tic­i­pate in Tex­tiles In­dia 2017 as there was a lot of buzz around since the news of this first-ever B2B tex­tiles’ event of In­dia came out. But, frankly speak­ing, we ben­e­fited by no means from this par­tic­u­lar fair, the rea­son be­ing that all the for­eign buy­ers were busy in the re­im­burse­ment area. In­stead, their time should have been spent in see­ing the gar­ment col­lec­tion dis­played at the event. The foot­fall for the domestic buyer was even lesser as the halls were not di­vided as per the type of in­dus­try. For ex­am­ple, ev­ery hall had spin­ners, gar­ments and ac­ces­sories stalls, whereas the area should have been di­vided sep­a­rately as per each seg­ment.

I do not think it was a good idea, as the lime­light in the event was given to the com­pa­nies who hold bet­ter rep­u­ta­tion in the tex­tile sec­tor. New and small start-ups like ours were at com­plete loss as we could not get any busi­ness what-so-ever.

Re­gard­ing up­lift­ing In­dia's im­age glob­ally, I must say that it was a poor at­tempt and aw­fully man­aged ex­hi­bi­tion. As an ex­hibitor, we had to stand 4-5 hours just to get our badge. There were many peo­ple, who wanted to come as vis­i­tors but failed to even pass through visi­tor's reg­is­tra­tion process. There was not even a de­cent cafe­te­ria to han­dle such a crowd, for­get about the hy­giene part.

The In­dian Gov­ern­ment must learn les­sons from this edi­tion so that if they plan to or­ga­nize the event next year, they can work harder to im­prove these grey ar­eas.


Co- Founder, KatBro Cor­po­ra­tion Pvt. Ltd., Noida (In­dia)

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