Gearing Up for the Big Day!
A countdown to CMAI’s 67th National Garment Fair, India’s largest apparel trade show
The Apparel Industry enthusiastically awaits CMAI’s 67th National Garment Fair, India’s Largest Apparel Trade Show, which is to be held from July 16th, 2018 to July 19th, 2018, at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, NSE Complex, Goregaon (E) , Mumbai – 400 063. Excitement levels are soaring high as the countdown to India’s Largest Apparel Trade Show begins. Read on…
It’s that time of the year again. After the stellar success of the 65th National Garment Fair in July last year, followed by a record-setting 66th NGF, the Industry eagerly awaits the 67th National Garment Fair. Bombay Exhibition Centre, NSE Complex, Goregaon (E), Mumbai, will house the upcoming edition of the Fair. The 67th National Garment Fair will be spread across Hall 1, the Open Bay, Halls 2, 3,4, 5 and The Grande, covering a Gross Area of Approx. 6,50,000 Sq. Ft and will have Approx. 1000 Stalls showcasing over 1100 Leading Brands. Approx. 50,000 Trade Visitors are expected to Visit India’s Largest Apparel Trade Show.
The Organisation of this Fair has been possible because of the persistent efforts of the Association with the Traffic Department of Greater Mumbai Police. The Association was able to get the NOC to Organise the Men’s, Women’s, Kids & Accessories Fairs together. For the First Time, the Association has decided to Organise the Fair for four days, on a trial basis, so that Retailers would get an opportunity to Visit all the 1000 Exhibitors. The Fair will commence on July 16th, 2018 and end on the evening of July 19th, 2018. The Association has received an Overwhelming Response towards Participation in the 67th National Garment Fair. The buzz around the show is undeniably striking and this edition of the NGF promises to be the largest, grandest edition of the Fair so far.
So, what awaits us at the 67th NGF and how does it differ from the previous years’ fairs? Let’s take a walk down memory lane and recap the action from the last edition of India’s Largest Apparel Trade Show to gauge what’s in store...
The 65th National Garment Fair was inaugurated by Hon’ble Smt Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister of Textiles, Govt of India, at Hotel Leela, Mumbai on July 9th, 2017. The Inauguration began by lighting the traditional lamp and cutting the ceremonial ribbon. This was followed by Dr Kavita Gupta visiting the Fair on its opening day to see the Exhibition in its 65th edition. This edition of the NGF was spread across an area of approximately six lakh square feet, occupying Exhibition Halls I, V, VI & VIIA of the Bombay Exhibition Centre. The Fair had over approximately 881 stalls showcasing over 1023 leading brands.
This edition of the National Garment Fair was a much awaited event among Industry players, specially because of the dawn of the imposition of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) system. The halls were abuzz with discussions about this new scheme, as Members of the Industry debated its possible impact on their Businesses. However, apprehensions, if any, were not visible among the Exhibitors or the Visiting Retailers, as the crowds came pouring in on Day One of the 65th NGF. Approximately 41554 footfalls were registered for the three-day Apparel Trade Show.
As with all previous Fairs, the excellent organisation and planning of CMAI was evident right from the beginning. Mr Rahul Mehta, President, CMAI, welcomed the Chief Guest Dr Kavita Gupta, IAS, Textiles Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, and gave her an overview of the Fair. Mr Rahul Mehta, President, CMAI, Mr Rajesh Masand, Vice President, and Mr Rakesh Biyani, Vice President & Chairman, New Projects Sub-Commitee, CMAI escorted Dr Gupta to the various stalls at the Fair.
The Textiles Commissioner interacted with the Exhibiting Brand Owners and discussed Garment Packages with them. She was more than keen to explain its workings to them and make them aware of the various facilities they could avail of. Dr Gupta and Mr Mehta then participated in a media interaction. Speaking at this interaction, Dr Gupta said, “The ready-made domestic market is our strength and portraying the same through an exhibition like this certainly encourages and uplifts the industry’s pulse to a great extent. This platform will certainly help in generating business, boost the confidence of this segment and also showcase the best of the segment to the world by clearly giving out the message loud and clear, that they have more than arrived.”
The 65th NGF witnessed an enthusiastic participation from Brands across the various segments of the industry, such as Western Menswear, Western Womenswear, Ethnic Menswear, Ethnic Womenswear, Ethnic and Western Childrenswear, and various accessories and allied Industry Players. Taking advantage of the fruitful presence of so many industry players under one roof, the CMAI facilitated many interactions
and healthy business discussions during the three days of the exhibition. The Business Networking Session with High Street Retailers was held in the early hours of the day between 12 pm and 2 pm; while the session with National Chain Stores and E-Commerce companies was held from 3 pm to 5 pm.
The Second Day of the 65th National Garment Fair was clearly planned extremely efficiently. The Fair received an amazing response from its participants and was rewarded with huge footfalls on day two as well. The hesitation shown by exhibitors and visitors alike to leave the event venue, even as the shutters went down on the second day, was an unsaid testament to the Fair’s massive outreach and how the Industry eagerly awaits the same every season.
The final day of the 65th National Garment Fair began with the same enthusiasm and with the business vigour that had been registered over the first two days. Footfalls to the exhibition right from the start of day three was fabulous and the urgency in visitors was evident, as they wanted to make the most of the last day just before this edition of the Fair wrapped up.
The 65th NGF received participation from several new brands as the exhibition grew bigger in scale this time around. The halls of the Bombay Exhibition Centre were all abuzz with eager participants of the Fair proudly displaying their work and buyers eagerly placing orders, setting up future business endeavours. Vivek Shah, Manager-Marketing, Spykar, talked to Apparel about these new horizons, saying, “For the first time we have exhibited in the womenswear pavilion and the response is surely mind-blowing!”
Yogesh C Kuruba, Owner, B Enterprises, Focus Jeans, was also all praises for the Fair: “The footfalls right from Day One have been remarkable and as expected, it only grew to give us a full house by the end of Day Three. But when I begin to compare the last few years of the exhibition with this year, I can only say that there is a stark difference and this year the exhibition is not only bigger in terms of the floor area increase, but there is a vast change in terms of the number of participating brands, and therefore, the quality of the same too as compared to the previous years is impressive. Big brands have started showing their prominence and this is certainly a noteworthy.”
As the curtains finally came down at 9 pm on July 12th, 2017, the Third Day of 65th National Garment Fair, the exhausted yet jubilant faces of the Exhibitors and other Stakeholders served as a testament to the resounding success of the Fair. This edition of India’s Largest Apparel Trade Show certainly set the bar higher, and raised the expectations for all its future Editions.
BACK TO THE FUTURE
In 2018, the Apparel Industry has been through a tumultuous financial year, full of ups and downs. In such a climate, the 67th National Garment Fair holds a beacon of hope for fostering a productive business environment. Through the noteworthy ‘Business Networking Sessions’, which provide a platform for Exhibitors at the NGF to meet Agents, Distributors and High Street retailers, the Fair offers the Industry a chance to renew itself with vigour and enthusiasm.
The 67th edition of India’s Largest Apparel Trade Fair promises to be the biggest of its kind so far, being spread over Four Days for the First Time. With over 1000 Brands queuing up to display their best, the event is sure to lead to fulfilling business interactions and foster creative conversations.
The 67th National Garment Fair is bound to be the harbinger for a better and more prospective tomorrow. So block your calendars and don your business best! An opportunity of a lifetime awaits you and your business at this historic Exhibition.