The 16th edition of the F&A Trade Show – Fabrics & Accessories Trade Show running along with the 10th edition of Yarnex was held from 20 to 22 July 2017 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. With over 175 exhibitors, and 5,953 visitors from around the globe, the twin-event’s 2nd edition held in New Delhi, has propelled itself amongst the best B2B business platforms in the series.

At the inaugural function Nidhi Dua, Country Manager, Marks & Spencer India Pvt. Ltd., was quite enthusiastic in seeing the variety of innovations in fabrics, yarns and Accessories at the show. “Shows such as these are great. You get to see all the products under one roof. One can see trends and capture them right at the beginning.”

The show has progressed tremendously in the last few years. The first show began with 28 participants; today the figure is over 175. One of the major highlights of the event was well-attended and actively participated Business Networking Forum on the evening of July 21, 2017. The topic ‘The Impact of GST on Indian Textile / Accessories and Clothing Industry’ addressed by Anita Rastogi, PwC, Indirect Tax and GST Partner, not only proved to be an eye opener to the various factors affecting the industry, but also very educative. Many attendees clarified their doubts about various thing in GST.

While speaking at the event, Pallab Banerjee, Director, GAP, said, “Things should definitely look up for the industry now. Since the last 26 years, this is the first time that a conclave was held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, where the textile industry was invited to give inputs to the government. And, it was not just speeches. They were very serious about sorting out the difficulties the industry faced and looking for ways for ease of business.” About the F&A show, he said, it was good and did get to see a lot of innovations.

“That the show was held at a time when the GST was in the process of being implemented and the discussion that was held on the subject was really an excellent one,” said Rohit Bhasker, Vice President (Marketing) Vardhaman Polytex Ltd., Ludhiana, Punjab. “The show was an excellent platform for relationship building and we did get to meet a lot of our customers.”

Visitors were extremely pleased at the kind of vendors and products they found at the show. Satheesh Kumar D. DGM – Sourcing, Arvind Lifestyle Brands Ltd., Bangalore said, “It’s much better than the previous edition. I really liked the Surat fabrics, the digital prints, and new yarns. I could even find two or three new vendors who had some excellent products. I could also meet a lot of our existing vendors at one place, so it really helped.”

Rose M Mwathi, Chair Person, Weavers Worth Enterprises, Kenya, who happened to visit the show through a newspaper advertisement, noted: “It was a very good show. We are weavers of handlooms and we got a good contact of button manufacturer here. We will be in contact with them and hope to do business with them in the near future.”

Tharaka Dissanayak, Merchandizing Executive, Concord Apparel (Pvt.) Ltd., Sri Lanka, said “The show was very good. We made a lot of contacts and have asked for samples. Once the samples are approved, we will be placing the orders.”

On all the three days of the expo, the visitor flow was unprecedented and the stalls were full with animated discussions. Buyers, came not only from all corners of the country, but from around the globe like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Singapore, Dubai, China, Thailand, Italy, New York, Kenya, Turkey, Bulgaria, Belgium, UK Istanbul, and South Africa.

Since inception, each and every edition of the F&A Trade Show and Yarnex has grown in scope and stature. “Each successful show prods us to do better at the next,” said P Krishnamurthy, CEO & Executive Director, SS Textile Media Pvt. Ltd., organisers of the event. “We ensure that no stone is left unturned to ensure that the show is a success – both for the visitors as well as exhibitors.”

F&A Show over the years has become a must visit event for almost anyone who is a part of the textile industry, for it is here that one gets a chance to meet genuine high quality buyers, representing a broad spectrum of the supply chain.

Exhibitors’ comments…

Ritesh Dodhia Director – Sales, Dodhia Group

Our company was established in 1975, we started with shirting fabrics and in 1996 we converted into yarn business. Right now we are one of the largest yarn dyers in India, doing 60 per cent of exports. We have strong presence in knitting, shirting, suiting and home furnishing. At this fair, we are focusing on knitting segment since it’s a knitting belt over here. We have introduced some polyester yarn with fancy effects on them. We have polyester with cotton look and feel with antimicrobial and advanced technology. Last year we had a very good response so it forced us to go with a bigger stall this time.

The show is bigger with a lot more participants and visitors this year. The quantity and quality wise also it is better. Customers from all over India have been to our stall. Overall, I would rate it 7 out of ten.


Akshay Jain Director, Sangam Weavers Pvt Ltd

Sangam Weavers is a wellknown name across India, recognised as a pioneering manufacturer of high fashion knitted fabrics and garments since 1964. Our current production capacity is 10 tonne per day for fabrics and 50,000 pieces monthly for garments. At F&A we are displaying our latest range of knitted fabrics and garments. The show has been very good and I had over 500 visitors on my list, and would be expecting business in next sixseven months. Buyers profile comprised export houses, buying agencies and good brands majorly from Delhi NCR.

Post GST we are getting more orders, so it’s going good for us. Nowadays, more of jacquards, good hand feels, and good finishes are in basic trends. Buyers prefer low GSM, lightweight, pastel colours and good to wear garments.

Jeet Ankit Singh Nanda Trident Group

We are mainly into yarns and home textiles including towels, bed sheets etc. Today, we are displaying mostly our spinning capacity. We are producing yarns for different kinds of end-products i.e. denims, knitting and weaving industries. We have showcased our towel range, bath robes and bed sheets along with some of the mélange yarn specialties, which we are doing. We have also displayed some of the knitted and weaving products. The response at show on day one was OK but second day onwards it picked up very well.

We have met a lot of end buyers and buying houses here. So, overall it has been a positive response for us. Though 60-70 per cent buyers are from Delhi NCR only but we can see a lot of buyers coming from cross India, and few from Bangladesh and China also. Hence, we will definitely come back next year.

Manoj Kacker VP-Production Planning & Mktg, Bhilosa Industries Pvt Ltd

The show is very good. Though on day-one it was little slow but after that improved. Our company is one of the biggest polyester yarn manufacturer producing 1,500 tonne per day. We are under expansion mode and will be doing 3000 tonne per day production next year. Apart from yarn we have ventured into fabrics also, having our own warp knitted setup. We export 15-20 per cent of our production.

Due to demonetization and GST we were little bit affected but business wise last one year went well for us. At this show domestic players mainly from Southern India, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Panipat have visited our stall. We are very satisfied but would like to suggest the organisers to promote it more aggressively next time so that we could have better footfall.


R. Saravana Prabhu Director, Lucky Yarn Tex India P. Ltd.

Our production capacity is around 100 tonne of yarn per day mostly into synthetic, viscose and modal base in cotton also. Our fabric capacity is 3 mn mtr per month. In near future we are planning to add 25 per cent more capacity to our range. We sell our fabrics mostly to exporters who value add on it and make final garments for buyers overseas.

We usually participate in F&A’s Southern India editions regularly but this is our second time participation in Delhi edition. Here we are displaying wide range of our latest fabrics. This edition we met buyers mostly from New Delhi region, Jaipur and a few from overseas. Lots of domestic brands who cater to women clothing along with exporters have visited our stall.


Ashish Chahar DGM Marketing, R.C. Velvet

We are displaying our Autumn Winter 18 range here. Our company makes 2 mn mtr of corduroy fabric per month and out of that domestic to export ratio is 60:40. Now we are eying to convert this ratio into 50:50. If we talk about our specialties as we do corduroy and velvets only, for us, this trend is coming into fashion this year. In last few years it was not there in the market but now more European buyers are coming up with more corduroy requirement, so it’s a big thing for us.

Despite all hiccups the market is good as we are getting good orders, so we are expecting to do well in AW season. As far as show is concerned, we saw good footfall on last day only as during first two days response was not very good. All the buyers who have visited till now are mainly from Delhi NCR and not overseas.

Amit Saigal Director, Eskay Yarntex (P) Ltd.

We are into trading of yarns, and also having own manufacturing units; one in Ahmedabad and two in Southern India. As of now we are doing almost 20 tonne per day and from next month will be adding another 10 tonne. For last 15 days, people are feeling this overcapacity problem in the yarn industry but before that demand was pretty good. We have to be very aggressive in the market nowadays because competition is growing. For cotton we have lots of enquiries but in synthetic because of GST as of now enquiries are not there.

To be in market and encash more customers we have participated in this exhibition. The response has been pretty good as we got lots of enquiries. Overall, we are satisfied with this exhibition and will be participating next year also.


Sukhmeet Singh Daman Textiles

Our company is located in Ludhiana, and we are dealing in all kinds of fabrics for outerwear sportswear, jackets, windcheaters, and all those kind of stuff. Our major market right now is among Indian brands. GST is very good move, which will benefit our industry in the longer run. Major people who are opposing it are the one who are dealing in cash market. Or they are the one who are unaware of doing business under GST regime. Overall, it is good not only for textile industry but economy as a whole.

These days PUs i.e. artificial leather is really popular among brands. As far as the show is concerned, the organsiers have done a lot of effort and taken this to another level. There is twice the no. of people than last year and it is very much well organised than before. I would rate this show 9 out of 10.

Sathish Shanmugam Manager Marketing, Lotus Knits

Established in 2000 as a knitting factory, our company has transformed into value added fabric finishing and digital textile printing factory. In India, we are the only company making digital printing on cotton Lycra fabric. We have our own unit to manufacture fabric and do digital printing in-house. The fabric itself is eco- and skin-friendly. At present we can make around 20,000 -30,000 pieces monthly. We started with domestic and now planning to make custom-made products for the exporting segments.

We have export license and are already making T-shirts for this segment. We are doing only leggings for domestic market. Through this show we got some good buyers from all over India. We generated some good enquiries from Delhi NCR and Haryana based buyers. Overall we are satisfied with this show and will be participating again next year.

Kapil Talwar Standard Woollen Mills

I have presented different special type of fabrics here which nobody else is displaying, so that is why we have got good response here. I am displaying woolen and some imported fabrics. It is a great experience for me because at this platform we met representatives of so many big brands and companies. The show is very well- organised and –promoted, so overall it’s been a very good experience for me.

Mostly, we have noticed buyers from Delhi NCR, and a few potential customers from Mumbai, Ludhiana and Bangalore visiting here. This is my first exhibition and I am highly satisfied with the same. In fact, I have already informed the organisers to book my stall for the next edition.


Marc Wang Asia Sales Manager Kingdom Holdings Limited

Kingdom was founded in 1999, having three production factories, as well as an organic flax raw material production base. The total scale of linen yarn production of Kingdom has reached 100,000 spindles with an annual production capacity of more than 18,000 tonne of wet spun linen yarn and it is currently the one of largest linen yarn manufacturers in the world.

Kingdom accounts for 50 per cent market share of linen yarn exports to high-end markets such as Japan, South Korea and Italy. Indian market is very important for us and we are successfully operating here for more than 10 years now. At this show we met many buyers but mainly small ones which are also our customers and very important to us.


Gaurav Sehgal Global Accounts Manager Coats India

Our company is the subsidiary of Coats plc. UK. We are global leaders in industrial threads and are displaying interlining products in industrial threads here. We had good response in terms of walk-ins coming in but we have to wait & watch to see how lead conversion happens. We have largely seen traders coming from Noida, Punjab and Delhi to our stall.

The most exciting thing at this stall is interlining business and we have tied hands with very world renowned player called Permess from Netherland for sales and marketing. Our main focus behind participating was to show what we can present in interlinings. Besides, we have presented our latest ranges in threads also. The show is OK, however, the strong presence from brands is lacking.


Dharmesh Rangani Madhuram Digital

We are based in Surat and are doing digital printing on polyester fabrics, cotton, viscose, silk and all kinds of linen. We are in this field since 2011, and have complete in-house facility for processing. Nowadays, people altogether are demanding digital textile printing as they get more clarity and finishing when compared to conventional printing on their products.

We are very happy to be a part of this exhibition as we have received very good response; hence we are planning to participate again in the next edition. We met many buyers from various parts of the country and quality wise, the footfall has been very satisfactory for us.


Lalit Daga CEO Promoter Diamond Embroidery Pvt. Ltd.

We are in this business since 1998, manufacturing embroidery fabrics, laces etc. We have introduced 3D fabrics in embroidery recently. F&A is a good, both organisation and participation wise. These days’ embroidered fabrics have very good scope. Our target buyers are buying houses and exporters and through this show we get to meet only 3-4 buying houses but good no. of exporters mainly from Delhi NCR.

We have participated in this exhibition after a gap of 12 years, as last time we participated in their Bangalore edition. Overall, we are satisfied with this show, and the organisers have done a good job. So, we will be participating again next year.


Sunil D Mody Director, Lion Tapes Pvt. Ltd.

The parent company is Stretch Bands, and Lion Tapes is evolved out of that. We are basically into all types of elastics including woven, knitted etc. We have been into this field for last 40 years, and have grown our business with very good customers support. Our focus basically is on services, new developments and to give whatever the customers demand as per their requirements.

At F&A we have presented new elastics for the sportswear industries; basically elastics with breathable nature. Also for the garment industry some very fine fibre prepared elastics with very smooth textures. The response has been really good as our stall was flooded with people. It is a very platform to meet all our customers from pan India under one roof and present them all our latest offerings.

Jathin S Amin Manager-Marketing Yama Ribbons & Bows Co., Ltd.

Our company’s HQ is in China manufacturing ribbons which are being imported to India. We have another factory in Vishakhapatnam where we manufacture bows. We have an organised set-up for bows which are exported to US, Europe and China and sold in domestic market also. We are global leaders in this segment and have clients all over the world. We have capacity of producing 2 lakh bows per day in India. The entire product line we have is been displayed here. Nothing new, but what we have is quite unique for this market.

The normal product which is available in India for this segment is quality wise quite low but we manufacture quite high quality products. At this show, in last two days hardly 20-25 customers have visited our stall but all those were serious. We don’t want the huge footfall of people just coming and looking at the products without any enquiries. We wanted the quality people to come, who did, so we are happy with F&A.

Piyush Jain Director, Sharman Udyog Pvt. Ltd.

We are displaying our complete range of garment accessories here. We are into this business since 1964 and are catering to both exports and domestic market with ratio of 60:40. This show has provided us the opportunity to interact with buyers and their teams which we generally don’t get. We wanted to show more presence in domestic sector as it’s a growing market post GST.

In terms of trend, these days people are going for simpler approach as they want a neat and clean label where there brand should come out very neatly and the density of the label should be very high. Footfall here has been pretty good, not as much as we expected but overall it was OK. Though buyers from Delhi NCR, Ludhiana, Surat, and a few from overseas visited but not many from Southern India.


Abhijit Rajput Director, Chaudhary Labels Pvt. Ltd.

Ours is a 35 year old family run company, which is very professionally managed. We have carefully selected and added each product category right from woven labels, printed labels to hand tags, so anything and everything that is attached to the garment except button and vinyl bags is manufactured by us. We have built up this portfolio to make it a one stop shop for the customers. At F&A we have displayed products from our wide range of collection. These days appliques, embroidery badges with or without sequins are in demand. The response has been pretty OK but we were expecting more no. of exporters here. In all we got very good enquires but let’s hope for the best and see how it gets materializes in future.