Gar­tex 2018 Re­view: Vis­i­tors from Small Cities Throng the Show...

Gar­tex 2018 Re­view

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The 3rd edi­tion of Gar­tex ex­hi­bi­tion held in New Delhi, at­tracted many vis­i­tors from across the coun­try, par­tic­u­larly from small towns and emerg­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing cen­tres like In­dore, Pa­ni­pat, Lud­hi­ana, Sa­ha­ran­pur, Su­rat, Jaipur, Kolkata, Ker­ala, Ahmed­abad, be­sides many big and small play­ers, both from the ex­port and do­mes­tic seg­ments of the Delhi-NCR re­gion. The event, with an in­ter­est­ing com­bi­na­tion of tech­nol­ogy and denim fab­ric, had some­thing for ev­ery­one who vis­ited the fair. The pos­i­tive vibes gen­er­ated from the vis­i­tors and par­tic­i­pants alike is proof that the gar­ment in­dus­try is far from dead and though strate­gic shifts may be hap­pen­ing, the in­dus­try is very much alive and kick­ing. It was pointed out by many of the ex­hibitors that the slow phase in busi­ness has helped com­pa­nies to fo­cus on R&D. So the in­dus­try is see­ing many in­no­va­tions, whether in fab­ric or tech­nol­ogy. Among the tech­nol­ogy on dis­play, print­ing was the ob­vi­ous fo­cus and that too dig­i­tal print­ing in par­tic­u­lar. Com­pa­nies show­cas­ing dig­i­tal print­ing ma­chines gar­nered much at­ten­tion, how­ever most of them were sub­li­ma­tion print­ers. Only two com­pa­nies namely Tanya En­ter­prises, ex­hibit­ing its model TE-1600, and Color­jet ex­hibit­ing its model Vas­tra­jet, show­cased di­rect-to-fab­ric print­ing ma­chines. Kor­nit dis­played its Avalanche HD dig­i­tal print­ing ma­chine that uses pig­ment-based ink and hence can be used on any type of fab­ric from nat­u­ral fi­bres to polyester. En­try level sub­li­ma­tion print­ers were another ma­jor at­trac­tion for vis­i­tors who at­tended the three-day long event. Ahmed­abad-based Me­hta CAD CAM Sys­tems and Gur­gaon-based

FIT Tech­nol­ogy were the ones that launched their sub­li­ma­tion print­ers for the first time at the event.

Swiss com­pany Mou­vent launched its dig­i­tal print­ing ma­chine for the first time in In­dia. Mou­vent’s agenda is to print in one pass with dif­fer­ent shades and with a print qual­ity of 2,000

DPIM. Vinod Kr­ish­na­murthy, CEO, VK Con­sult­ing who is rep­re­sent­ing the brand in In­dia, shared that the main agenda as of today is to un­der­stand the needs of the cus­tomers and move into the mar­ket ac­cord­ingly. In fact for cus­tomer’s ease, they have set up proper sep­a­rate demo cen­tres. Cheran Ma­chines dis­played its dig­i­tal with screen printer in Delhi for the first time. The ma­chine is an amal­ga­ma­tion of screen print­ing as well as dig­i­tal print­ing. “The pur­pose of this syn­ergy is to save the ink cost as well as labour ex­penses. In ad­di­tion, it is a high-speed printer and can print 350 pcs/hr,” said Sud­heer. V. Nair, CEO, Cheran Ma­chines.

Even in the em­broi­dery seg­ment, the crowd-puller was the Unix booth, as San­jay Jha, Di­rec­tor, Unix

Stitch Ma­chines, who is known for his em­broi­dery ma­chines in the in­dus­try, has now en­tered into dig­i­tal print­ing as well, see­ing its great de­mand in the mar­ket. Mu­rari Lal Para­sur­am­puria of Baba Tex­tile Ma­chin­ery shared his be­lief that the mar­ket for em­broi­dery will re­main slow for the next four to five years and the main rea­son for this is the change hap­pen­ing in fash­ion as peo­ple pre­fer more of knit­ted and weav­ing de­signs than the tra­di­tional em­broi­dery de­signs. “At this point of time in­stead of giv­ing new tech­nol­ogy to the cus­tomers, they should be given op­tions in dif­fer­ent at­tach­ments like beads, pearls etc,” rea­soned Para­sur­am­puria.

Deepak Chaud­hary from Aura Tech­nolo­gies agreed that there is a slight slow­down in the ex­port mar­ket, and ac­cord­ing to him, this is the right time to bring in in­no­va­tive and cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies to the mar­ket to cope up with the plunge.

The com­pany show­cased the new in­no­va­tion ‘iota’ (in­ter­net of things by aura) in which real-time data track­ing is pos­si­ble.

A tech­nol­ogy, away from value ad­di­tion, that at­tracted much at­ten­tion was the SPLASH wash­ing ma­chine from Fab­care that will save 70 per cent of the wa­ter gen­er­ally used in ev­ery cy­cle and will re­duce en­ergy con­sump­tion by 50 per cent. “Now that the pol­lu­tion depart­ment has asked peo­ple in­volved in gar­ment dye­ing, denim en­zyme wash­ing and denim wash­ing to strictly ad­here to ZDHC guide­lines, our tech­nol­ogy will be very help­ful in achiev­ing the goal,” said Ab­hi­nav Arya from Fab­care.


Ac­ces­sories like sub­li­ma­tion paper at KMB were also well re­ceived. “Our pa­pers are com­pat­i­ble to print­ing on polyester fab­rics and with the fair fo­cus­ing on print­ing, mostly sub­li­ma­tion, we got good at­ten­tion from the vis­i­tors,” shared Vipin Jain, Di­rec­tor, KMB Pa­pers, who has a fac­tory in Sahibabad, UP. Mo­hit Hora, Di­rec­tor, Gold­star, that man­u­fac­tur­ers polyester and urea formalde­hyde but­tons shared that though they have many com­peti­tors, what sets them apart is the deep un­der­stand­ing of the mar­ket that al­lows them to be re­li­able part­ners right from qual­ity to de­liv­ery to price – all of which are very crit­i­cal for the in­dus­try today. At Chi­nese-based SBS, which claims to be the largest zip­per man­u­fac­turer in the world, the col­lec­tion on dis­play in­clud­ing fancy slid­ers was very im­pres­sive. Jesse Zhang, Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Man­ager of SBS Zip­per shared that the com­pany is now ag­gres­sively look­ing at in­creas­ing its pen­e­tra­tion in In­dia as the do­mes­tic mar­ket has be­come re­ally big and the po­ten­tial to ex­pand busi­ness is huge. Also im­pres­sive was the dis­play at Coats booth, which show­cased all the ap­pli­ca­tion ar­eas for its prod­ucts with spe­cial fo­cus on re­cy­cled pet bot­tles.


The denim seg­ment of the fair was a ma­jor draw for vis­i­tors, many of who had come spe­cially to see the lat­est in denim from not only tra­di­tional lead­ers like Arvind and Ray­mond, but also from rel­a­tively new and in­no­va­tive play­ers like Ul­tra Denim, Om Denim and Jin­dal. The sem­i­nar ti­tled ‘Denim Talks’, wherein var­i­ous in­dus­try ex­perts shared their views on trend­ing top­ics such as Sus­tain­abil­ity, Fab­ric 2.0, Digi­ti­sa­tion and In­dus­try 4.0 in the denim seg­ment was ap­pre­ci­ated by many.

While Arvind show­cased ‘Azu­rite™’ – the com­pany’s patented tech­nol­ogy in den­ims in a wide range of bot­tom weight and shirt weight denim prod­ucts, Ray­mond came up with an in­no­va­tive dis­play show­cas­ing a range of 360-de­gree den­ims with four-way stretch, be­sides eco-friendly and clas­sic ver­sions. Ev­ery denim player was talk­ing about three selling points – sus­tain­abil­ity,

The event, with an in­ter­est­ing com­bi­na­tion of tech­nol­ogy and denim fab­ric, had some­thing for ev­ery­one who vis­ited the fair. The pos­i­tive vibes gen­er­ated from the vis­i­tors and par­tic­i­pants alike is proof that the gar­ment in­dus­try is far from dead.

com­fort and in­no­va­tive wash­ing. With denim be­ing the next big fab­ric for the masses, the vis­i­tors from small cen­tres were ex­cited to see the pos­si­bil­i­ties.

Less than a year old in denim, Lud­hi­ana-based Om Yarn Plus spe­cialised in rope dye­ing and knit­ted denim. “Denim has a good fu­ture in In­dia and we have in­vested heav­ily in lat­est wash­ing tech­nolo­gies that are sus­tain­able and which will help us get busi­ness,” said Aashray Tal­war, Di­rec­tor, Om Yarn Plus, con­fi­dently. Another new player in denim, UL­TRA DENIM, a 3-year-old com­pany that has en­gaged Arvind Pandey, who has over two decades of ex­po­sure in the denim seg­ment, as Pres­i­dent to over­see the busi­ness. Cur­rently the com­pany is man­u­fac­tur­ing only denim fab­ric with a ca­pac­ity of 2.1 mil­lion me­tres a month, but a new 10,000 per day sewing set-up is be­ing es­tab­lished to pro­duce jeans at their Su­rat premises.


Many of the small gar­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers with 20 to 40 ma­chines were at the event to seek out op­tions to ex­pand and ex­plore new ar­eas of busi­ness. Most of them said that apart from know­ing the lat­est in tech­nol­ogy, the event also gave them an in­sight into where the busi­ness was head­ing. Of the few ex­porters who did visit the fair, the gen­eral feed­back was that there is busi­ness in the mar­ket for those play­ers who are com­mit­ted to the trade, but sadly not ev­ery­one wants to make that much ef­fort. “It is dis­ap­point­ing the way ex­ports are go­ing, but com­pa­nies that are se­ri­ous are look­ing for ways to be ef­fec­tive, whether in terms of sav­ing on cost of pro­duc­tion or ad­ding value through tech­niques like print­ing.

And that is why vis­it­ing such fairs is im­por­tant,” said Amar­jit Singh of Indigo Ap­parel, Delhi.

While the play­ers from the ex­port seg­ment were talk­ing of 20 per cent de­crease in busi­ness, play­ers from the do­mes­tic seg­ment were ex­cited about the fu­ture. San­deep Gupta, Head of Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Asia Pa­cific, Sol­u­naris, Ahmed­abad averred that in next five years, ap­parel busi­ness will grow at a rate of 30 per cent an­nu­ally. Ankur Na­har, Owner, LS En­ter­prises, Uj­jain, Mad­hya Pradesh spoke about rel­e­vance of cost-ef­fec­tive­ness and how im­por­tant it is for the busi­ness growth of ap­parel sec­tor. Over­all most of the vis­i­tors looked con­tent and be­lieved there is al­ways some­thing in­ter­est­ing com­ing up in tech­nol­ogy ev­ery year. It was in­ter­est­ing to see lot of sports­wear man­u­fac­tur­ers/com­pa­nies at­tend­ing the event – yet again show­ing the grow­ing promi­nence of sports­wear. Many felt sports­wear has been boom­ing since last decade. Sub­stan­ti­at­ing fur­ther on the above, Yogin­der, Owner, Aerotech Wears Pvt Ltd, Delhi said that sports­wear in­dus­try has been do­ing well and the In­dian ap­parel in­dus­try is see­ing year-on-year im­prove­ment. He how­ever added that In­dian fab­ric qual­ity needs im­prove­ment. Mean­while Ra­jesh Gupta, MD of RMP Fab Sourc­ing, Pa­ni­pat which has an an­nual turnover of Rs. 300 crore and calls it­self an in­no­va­tive fab­ric sup­plier, was look­ing for lat­est dig­i­tal print­ing tech­nol­ogy.

The or­gan­is­ers of the event were very sat­is­fied with the turnout and shared that most of the ex­hibitors were happy with the en­quiries and some of the com­pa­nies even con­firmed that they booked busi­ness. “The buzz that was gen­er­ated through­out the three days was am­ple proof that Gar­tex has cre­ated its place in the mar­ket and peo­ple pan-In­dia have come to un­der­stand the di­rec­tion of the in­dus­try and are seek­ing new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties,” con­cluded Gau­rav Juneja, MD,

MEX Ex­hi­bi­tions.

The Coats Team at Gar­tex led by Dr. Ra­jesh Lakhan­pal (Ex­treme left), Com­mer­cial Di­rec­tor, Coats

Mo­hit Hora (Cen­tre), Di­rec­tor, Gold­star Gar­ment Ac­ces­sories Pvt. Ltd. with his team

San­deep Gupta, Head of Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Asia Pa­cific, Sol­u­naris, Ahmed­abad

Amar­jit Singh, Di­rec­tor, Indigo Ap­parel, Delhi

Ankur Na­har, Owner, LS En­ter­prises, Uj­jain, MP

Arvind Booth with its patented indigo tech­nol­ogy ‘Azu­rite™’ in a wide range of bot­tom weight and shirt weight denim

Aashray Tal­war (Right), Di­rec­tor Om Yarn Plus with In­tex Team that is pro­mot­ing Om Denim

Team Mou­vent at Gar­tex – Ghis­lain Se­gard (R ), Sales & Mar­ket­ing Man­ager – Tex­tile, Jan – Fredrik Lange (C ), Mar­ket­ing & Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Mou­vent with Vinod Kr­ish­na­murthy (sec­ond from right ), CEO, VK Con­sult­ing who is rep­re­sent­ing the brand in In­dia with other mem­bers

San­jay Jha (C), Di­rec­tor, Unix Stitch Ma­chines with San­deep Se­h­gal (Right), Pro­pri­etor, Sita Shori Fab­rics

Ul­tra Denim Pvt. Ltd. team – Arvind Pandey, Pres­i­dent, Ul­tra Denim (Left)

Ji­ten­der Pal Singh (Left), Busi­ness Head – Tex­tile, Color­jet was con­tent with the re­sponse re­ceived for its dig­i­tal print­ing ma­chine Vas­tra­jet

Vipin Jain, Di­rec­tor,KMB Pa­pers Pvt. Ltd., Sahibabad

Jesse Zhang, Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Man­ager, SBS Zip­per, China

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