HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RECENTLY HELD MEGA EVENT – TEXTILES INDIA 2017?
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)