Launched in 2004, the F&A show has become a comprehensive and robust global platform that provides manufacturers and suppliers of fabrics, trims, embellishments and related services from India and overseas, an opportunity to reach out to buyers across the textile value chain. The 20th edition of F&A was held on 15 – 17, July 2019 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
A well balanced product mix display by manufacturers from across the textiles and accessories spectrum met buyers’ expectations. India’s textile value chain reaffirmed its faith in F&A brand as a strong and meaningful platform for bridging the sourcing gaps and providing opportunity for dialogue amongst industry leaders from South Asia.
The fact that a majority of companies who exhibited in this edition have once again confirmed their participation with bigger space, F&A Show is confident that a large number of new exhibitors will be added to the show next edition. Visitors to the show included serious decision makers from India and overseas who represent international buying houses & buying agents, garment manufacturers & exporters, apparel brands, retail chain stores, fashion designers, wholesalers; distributors, importers & trade body representatives.
Supported and endorsed by some of the leading and proactive trade bodies, F&Ashow launched in 2004 in Bangalore is fulfilling a vital need of bringing the textile value chain together in an effort to not make sourcing easier but also encourage manufacturers to showcase their new products and innovations. Introducing: “Textile processing, dyes & Chemicals Zone” at textile fairs India 2019.
F&A shows 20th edition in Delhi, added a separate zone for the processing houses, dyes & chemical manufacturers / suppliers. To provide value additions, this special zone was created at the show after interacting with the buyers, who visited the previous editions of Yarnex and F&A show.
This exclusive textile processing, dyes & chemical zone at the show constituted the ideal place for managers, decision makers or other businessmen involved in the process, dyes & chemical sector to meet key professionals in order to share knowledge, have a look at the latest products and production processes as well as to discuss future aspects of the industry. The sector presented future oriented innovations for the international garment manufacturing and textile processingsectors. Also provided insight into a wide range of application areas reachingfrom organic to inorganic chemicals used in nearly all matters of daily business.
The trade fair featured products intended for both spring/summer 2020 and autumn/ winter 2020-21. A special focus was on sustainable fashion. Industry professionals discussed how to make production more environmentally friendly and a dedicated sustainable fashion showcase shined the spotlight on recycled and upcycled clothing. A number of design and product awards also featured during the event.
Yarnex is where Fashion Originates
The 15th edition of Yarnex was held together with F&A New Delhi. Yarnex once again brought together manufacturers and suppliers of fibres, yarns and related services to showcase their merchandise to buyers from across the world. The 2019 edition of Yarnex provided an enhanced all round sourcing experience with a larger number of exhibitors showcasing a wider range of their products spread over 10,000 sq rmtr of exhibition space.
Survey results of the 2019 edition reflect a clear appreciation by buyers in terms of product-mix, innovativeness and quality of exhibiting companies from all over India and overseas. Yarnex was strictly a “Trade Only” event, coupled with its business like environment allows exhibitors and visitors to conduct discussions in a serious manner. Trade visitors to Yarnex comprised serious decision makers from India and overseas who represent international buying houses & exporters, apparel brands, fashion labels, composite mills, powerloom weavers, knitters, retail chain stores, fashion designers, wholesalers, distributors, importers & trade body representatives.
I am representing Century Rayon which manufactures viscose filament yarns, part of Grasim Group. We are showing our latest yarn as well as value chain partners here. This is for the first time we are participating in this show as it is a good platform to showcase our latest collection, new inventions and developments we’ve done. So, we are having a good connect with the buyers about the requirements which they have.
We got good number of enquiries here. They are really happy to see the final fabrics made out of our yarn being presented here. Trend wise people are more talking about sustainability like organic cotton, recycled, eco-friendly things these days. Response was really nice from day one and fashion show was an added advantage here.
We’ve been in this industry from past 22 years now and we are manufacturing all kinds of embroideries from Schiffli, multihead, multi-colour, 3Ds, appliques, which are going into new dimensions. Also multi-colour schiffli which are exported to new markets. So, lately applique design is in fashion which is chemical with fabric, then 3Ds have been in good demand.
At this show, first day was ok, second day was really good and 3rd day followed the trend. Overall response was pretty good. Customers from Delhi NCR mainly followed by few from Tirupur and one each from China and Brazil visited us. However, last year the show response was better than this.
Basically, we are Birla Cellulose, which is world’s biggest viscose fibre manufacturer. So, our main motive is to promote the industry and through our partners. Liva has participated in YARNEX exhibition, to facilitate our brand partners who are showcasing products made with Liva fabrics. We are focusing on knits and woven fabrics and stoles. This range has been carefully crafted to meet the requirement of Western and ethnic womenswear. Buyers appreciated the collection exhibited by Mercury, Mukut Mani, RK Handlooms, and Shree Sakthi Vinayagar at Liva Pavilion. Exhibition is good, and this is our first participation in its Delhi edition. We were already participating in Bangalore and Tirupur editions. We had customers from all over India including Surat, Coimbatore, Kolkata, regional players were always there. Looking at the response we are also thinking of its Ludhiana edition positively.
It’s a good exhibition; most of the people are coming from Panipat, Ludhiana and Delhi NCR. Customers are looking for some innovative products, which we are displaying so response is good. We have presented some good products from Panipat region basically some fancy yarns. However, buyers from all over India in fact Sri Lanka has been here.
Market is very slow as there are more manufacturers when compared to demand. We are producing around 6-7 thousand tonne yarn per month, 2700 tonne textured and FDY, 500 tonne poly sustainable fibre. We don’t have any expansion plans right now. Indian industry is very much competitive when it comes to yarn manufacturing capabilities but in terms of dyeing and processing our plants are outdated when compared to China.
Our company is more than 100 year old, and is into sequins manufacturing. We supply sequins to the exporters and domestic market also. We got TFI exhibitor award for best product F&A show 2019, for our SITARA (Sequins) which is stitched on fabric. Sitara is manufactured from a film that is not derived from the fossil fuels petroleum product.
The film is made from wood pulp and cotton liner that comes predominantly FY sustainable forestry initiative. So, it is pallet free and heavy metal free. Response at F&A is very good, customers from all over India including Delhi NCR, Tirupur, Ludhiana, Bangalore have been here. This is for the first time we have participated in this show, and looking at the feedback, we may participate in the next edition also.
We’ve been associated with SS Media for quite a long time and participate in all their shows in Bangalore Tirupur, Delhi and Ludhiana. We are promoting sustainable fabrics so, now we’ve moved into everything sustainable. Lezing’s ecovero and Birla’s Livaeco we are promoting. This is the right time as everybody is looking for sustainable products.
Response is very good as Delhi is national capital having all major exporters and brands here. Market is doing ok, exports market has not picked up yet and only domestic is doing little well. We expect August onward, export orders will flew in. We are increasing production with another 150 looms in weaving. Right now we are producing 4,75,000 mtr per day which will reach 5,50,000 mtr post expansion. So, we will be supplying 1.5 cr mtr per month.
We are mainly dealing with leading international brands and some domestic brands. Our company has been doing viscose fabrics, cotton fabrics, and blended fabrics. We are doing about 35 lakh mtr per month production. Out of this exports is 25 percent, 50 percent is to international brands and 25 percent to domestic brands.
Response on the first day was not much, as being Monday people are busy scheduling the week plans. Second and third day has been quite good. Last year also we participated in this show, and looking at the response we have already decided to participate in the next edition.
Our company is here to provide one stop solution to all these export houses as well as buyers, that they can get one stop shop at the right location. For everything from yarns, fabrics, accessories and processing unit they have to visit only one show. They can get that particular thing right here. The show has two major highlights i.e. trend forum area and a fashion show, which were very useful for the industry people visiting here.
Response was amazing because of buying houses, brands visiting here. We have presented here certain sustainable washes called MIDORi which are very organic which we have recently introduced for Japanese buyers. These washes are not made from harmful chemicals, but very natural material. Japanese buyers are very particular about what they are putting on their garments as well as quality and sustainability.
We are a grey fabric manufacturer. We are doing specialised organic cotton, bamboo cotton and Tencel, Modal and Viscose. We are showing all the grey fabrics and dyed fabrics. These days’ organic fabrics are in good demand. 100 percent cotton and 100 percent organic are doing really well.
Response is good at this exhibition, around 70-80 buyers visited our stall and footfall was mainly dominated by customers from Delhi, NCR region. Next year we are planning to start a processing unit. We are producing 30 lakh mtr per month. Out of this, 40 per cent is exported. Overall we are happy with the response we have received here. We’ve been associated with F&A for last 10 years and will be participating in its next edition also.
We are focusing mainly on sustainable products. We are basically making yarns, used by recycled polyester, organic cotton, BCI cotton, flatted cotton, also the doorpad viscose; our main focus is to promote the sustainable products. Response wise show is really good. We are producing 55 tonne yarn per day. To 15 tonne knitted, 22 tonne dyeing and approx. 1 lakh pieces garments per day.
In future knitted will be doing better compared to woven, which will be in a very tough situation. The scenario is not only there in India but all over the world. Entire world in facing financial crunch which is affecting the sales.
We are displaying complete range of yarns, starting from Melange, fibre dyed, raw white, not only for one particular segment but for knitted, flat knits, furnishing, textiles separately. For yarns we are producing 50,000 tonnes in a month, denims 30 lakh mtr, Mayur Fabrics 12 lakh mtr. People often look after complete solution, they want to have complete supply chain all together.
As far as yarn is concerned, we have all kinds of solutions, fashion, functional, effects, and, much more. But in fabrics we have limitations. Nowadays, customer is asking for sustainable solutions in value chain, proper supply chain. Response at the show was OK, maybe because of the rain, footfall got affected this edition. But still serious buyers visited the same.
We have come up with new collection that is majorly ecofriendly yarns. So, we have huge collection in that. Everybody knows that Winsome keeps on presenting something new. We have a dedicated team which always develop something innovative. We can meet entire industry under one roof at F&A.
It takes so much time to go and meet all of them at their respective places, so through this show they all come together to meet us at a single platform. Efforts are tremendous and footfall is also good. Trend is towards eco-friendly yarns as every buyer is after that. Market as of now for yarns is not doing well due to lot of tribulation in spinning industry. Since we are a value added yarn manufacturer so we are able to perform better than normal grey yarn manufacturer.
We’ve been displaying linen and linen blends like linen viscose, linen modal, linen cotton, jacquards, dobby’s and plains. The response had been good so far. The fair is doing better I presume in the quality of buyers. Our targeted clientele is there. We are producing 6-10 lkh mtr per month which is 100 per cent exported.
Innovative and anything related to sustainability, recycled is in trend nowadays. We are satisfied with the show; it has been getting better every year. Customers primarily from Delhi NCR have been visiting the show. A few from Jaipur and couple of them were from Bangladesh.
Our company deals in menswear product and we have our own brand called Lorenzini. Under this brand, our company caters to OTC channels. Apart from that we have another business model where we have sourcing partner for the entire leading national brand and we supply them fabrics as per requirement. This season we are introducing collection made out of wool fibre.
We have made technical collaboration with one international company and we are bringing that upmarket product for Indian consumers. We are satisfied, because we always meet our committed buyer and get new leads also at the fair. Customers mainly from Delhi NCR and a few from overseas have been to the show. We will be coming again next year.
We are majorly dealing in fabrics for outerwear, jackets, cotton bottoms lycra and non lycra both. In outerwear category majorly nylon and polyester are in demand. We are getting decent response at the exhibition.
We are already coming to this event since last four years. More or less every time we have good footfall, we have new visitors coming to us and we have lot of database. This year also it is doing fine.
We exhibit here every year. Our group is vertically integrated we start form yarn manufacturing to lot of filament based polyester yarn. Then we have our yarn dyeing process so we are displaying that. We have a fabric division which covers weaving and knitting. So, we are displaying complete range of yarns and fabrics we make here.
Nowadays trend is sustainable fabrics, which we are also promoting. It’s a good exhibition, first day surprisingly was outstanding with very genuine buyers visiting in good numbers unlike other shows where first day is usually slow. After that day two and three were also good.
Recently, we have come up with two concepts one is durable anti-bacterial anti-microbial which lasts upto 100 washes. Since the climate global requirement is green chemistry so we have come up new concept which is totally green. Products are totally green and easily bio-degradable. They are certified so there are no issues and we are working on that.
For the first time the organisers have introduced chemicals segment to the show so we had an advantage of going direct to channel partners, where earlier we used to go through processing units but now job workers have are approaching us directly. The distance of communication has reduced. Here we met customers from Delhi NCR, Nepal, Surat, Mumbai, Badoi, Varanasi etc.
We are a division of womenswear Ankur Textile from the house of Arvind Ltd. We are participating for the second time in this show and are displaying all the varieties which are running in the market in women’s wear category.
Our main products are voiles and dress material segment where we are doing different multi-fibre products such as viscose, rayons, modals and poly cotton blends. We have displayed particular products which are cotton Lycra which is doing very well in ladies trousers. Response is huge and better than last time. We witnessed huge footfall throughout the show.