In­dia: Tex­tile and gar­ment tech fairs set to clash

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From decades, the In­dian gar­ment industry has felt the need for world-class sourc­ing and tech­nol­ogy events. But in­stead of work­ing in that di­rec­tion, each or­gan­iser is only con­cen­trat­ing on put­ting up their shows to­gether, without any con­sid­er­a­tion of what the visi­tors/industry wants.

Not so sur­pris­ing, this year as well, the clash of dates of sim­i­larly placed events is a con­cern for most of the industry stake­hold­ers. The irony is that most of these events are well-es­tab­lished and many in the industry would like to par­tic­i­pate/ visit all the fairs.

In­dia In­ter­na­tional Gar­ment Fair (IIGF), the only in­ter­na­tional ap­parel sourc­ing fair of In­dia, sched­uled to take place from 16th to 19th July at Greater Noida, is clash­ing with the pres­ti­gious Na­tional Gar­ment Fair, Mum­bai of CMAI (a ma­jor event for do­mes­tic brands), which is go­ing to be held from 16th to 19th July in Mum­bai. Though the ma­jor­ity of par­tic­i­pants and visi­tors are dif­fer­ent for both the events, few ex­porters or do­mes­tic man­u­fac­tur­ers are keen to par­tic­i­pate in both. Be­sides, from 16th to 18th July, there is also the Fabric and Ac­ces­sory (FNA) show sched­uled to be held at Pra­gati Maidan in Delhi.

Not only the ap­parel sourc­ing fairs, the dates of tech­nol­ogy-based events are also clash­ing, as both Gar­ment Tech­nol­ogy Expo (GTE), Ban­ga­lore, and Gar­tex, Delhi are sched­uled to take place from18th to 20th Au­gust. Some of the par­tic­i­pants seem to be com­mon for the shows. Apart from es­tab­lished gar­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers, both events at­tract many new visi­tors from across the coun­try.

See­ing the cur­rent sce­nario of the In­dian tex­tile and ap­parel ex­port industry, it be­comes ex­tremely rel­e­vant for the or­gan­is­ing bod­ies to host shows in a sys­tem­atic man­ner, thus al­low­ing play­ers to show­case strength ac­cord­ingly.

Tech fairs are the mir­rors which re­flect the po­ten­tial of the tex­tile and ap­parel mar­ket to the world

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