Gartex 2018 Review: Visitors from Small Cities Throng the Show...
Gartex 2018 Review
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 FIND THEIR SPOT AMONG TECHNOLOGIES…
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.
DENIM TAKES CENTRE STAGE…
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.
VISITORS FROM SMALL CITIES EXPLORE NEW GROWTH AVENUES…
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,
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