24th edition of Garment Technology Expo (GTE), one of India’s largest events dedicated to apparel & knitting technology, was held successfully at NSIC Exhibition Complex, Okhla, New Delhi from March 3-6, 2017. The show was inaugurated with traditional lamp lighting ceremony by the leading technology-solution providers participating in the exhibition along with oragnisers of GTE, which included including Ricky Sahni (Garment Technology Expo), Ambrish Chopra (Garment Technology Expo), Anil Anand (HCA), Sunder Belani (Ramsons Garment Finishing Equipments), Madhu Kapoor (ALT), Raghav Sharma (IIGM), R Selvan (Mehala Machines India Ltd), Ram Sareen (Tukatech Inc.), Deepak Chawla (Xcel Stiro Pvt. Ltd.), Prabhat Chakrabarty (Cosmic) and Arvind Kumar (Apparel Views).

While speaking during the inauguration ceremony, Ricky Sahni, Joint Managing Director, Garment Technology Expo said, “A hearty welcome to you all and a big thank you for joining hands with GTE for creating this mega international show. The result of our collective efforts is there for all to see. This year also as always there are many new product launches and some of the most advanced machines and materials are on display here. GTE is the only international show in this part of the world where anything and everything that goes into making a fine garment is showcased under one roof.”

Speaking on the sidelines of the ceremony, Inderjit Singh Sahni, CMD, Garment Technology Expo said, “There are more than 400 companies and brands displaying their latest products. This year the show has increased by 10 per cent in terms of exhibition area. These will provide assistance to the Indian apparel manufactures in terms of technical up gradation to produce world class high quality products, and make garment industry more confident and will help them in facing the growing competition worldwide.”

The B2B Expo provided a single point meeting ground for the garment manufacturers and technology providers to discuss, source and see new launches & latest development in garment & knitting manufacturing technologies industry under one roof. The growth of the expo in terms of the increasing number participants from across the globe and the increase in overall size of the exhibition speaks for the fruitful & appreciable role played by GTE for the apparel & knitting technology in India.

This edition, more than 250 companies including leading manufacturers and suppliers of garment machinery and accessories from various countries including Germany, Japan, Taiwan, China, Korea, Turkey, Italy, USA and India etc. have participated in the show. The four-day expo hosted around 15,000 trade visitors including exporters and domestic manufacturers from various parts of India & neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, & Pakistan, Myanmar, etc.

The profile of the exhibitors participating in the expo included companies dealing in CAD/CAM, sewing, spreading, fusing, laundry, finishing, cutting, printing, embroidery, testing equipment, knitting, dyes & chemicals, software solutions, spares parts, attachments, accessories & trims, support services, trade publications, etc. One can find anything and everything that goes into making a garment at this expo.

Ambrish Chopra, Director, Garment Technology Expo said, “This 24th edition of GTE has better improved infrastructure. This year, we are witnessing a very sizeable increase in direct participation from leading companies from over 22 countries. Among these countries China has biggest number of participation. GTE for the last 16 years is dedicated in giving the Indian garment manufacturers an opportunity to get acquainted with the latest world trends and still upgrade their manufacturing processes by adopting the latest technologies in vogue internationally.”

The show this edition was rated successful by most of the exhibitors. Both in terms of organisation and buyers footfall (Quality and quantity wise) the show in 2017 was better than 2016. Moreover, looking at exhibitors and visitors comfort this edition, the organisers made special arrangements for air cooling systems for better comfort and also the parking was made bigger and better. Besides, they provided shuttle service from textile clusters in Noida and Gurgaon and also within the show premises from the parking area to exhibition halls for both, the visitors & the exhibitors. All these initiatives were very well applauded by the attendees.

Growing trend towards automation

Garment Technology Expo provided a single point meeting ground for the garment manufacturers and technology providers to discuss, source and see new launches & latest development in garment & knitting manufacturing technologies industry. This year also as always there are many new product launches and some of the most advanced machines and materials were on display here. According to exhibitors, the response has been very encouraging as Indian apparel manufactures nowadays are willing to invest in automation, which will provide make garment industry more confident and help them in facing the increasing competition world over.

The show also witnessed a growing trend towards digital textile printing with many leading players from the segment using this platform to introduce their latest machineries to customers in India. At present there are around 3,000 dyeing mills in India and around 3 per cent of them have deployed digital printing machineries. Some of latest innovations presented during the show were TXF eco-friendly digital textile printer by Colorjet, Tx300P-1800B” entry model belt-type direct-to-textile inkjet printer by Mimaki, Texart Dye Sublimation Transfer Printer XT-640 and Roland DG Texart XT – 640 by Apsom, VEGA 3180S by ATEXCO China, Aura Nano digital textile printing machines and latest digital printer by Monotech Systems to name a few.

Following are views of some of the exhibitors about their latest product offerings presented during the show.</em

Ram Sareen, Tukatech Inc.

Our focus always has been on product development and getting the samples approved as quickly as possible. We have reduced down 90 days cycle to seven days with our integrated technologies and are showcasing the same. This includes TUKACAD PATTERN Design Software, TUKA3D Digital Design & Development Software and TUKACLOUD Cloud – Based Digital Sample Room to collaborate with buyers to suppliers all on one platform. Our main target here is to expose the people which are the solution available. This is not to close the deals but educate them about what is available.

Tomohiro Ikeda, Mimaki India Private Limited

Here we are displaying our new “Tx300P-1800B” is a new 1.8 mtr wide, entry model belt-type direct-to-textile inkjet printer for textile and apparel industry, along with few other machines. This new printer product targets mainly various types of textile, especially sheer and elastic textile. The show is having good impression but not so many visitors. We met both our existing and new customers who were interested in digital printing machines. Last year we opened our office in Delhi and in April will be launching one more in Bhiwandi printing area. After our comeback we have seen a lot of demand for Mimaki machines in Indian market, so it’s going well for us.

Ronny Timauri, INL International Technology Pte Ltd

We want to concentrate more on to get customers and visitors in GTE to understand our Hanger System’s functions and benefits. The show has improved little bit but still not up to the target of international standards. So far visitors’ quality has been good as we met a lot of new visitors also. Nowadays, customers know that they need systems & technologies to get efficiency in production because not only the sewing machine and manpower is required to produce your product, but how you can manage the manpower easily and efficiently with optimum utilisation of machine are also important. It’s not easy to recruit and train manpower nowadays. Slowly they are moving towards technologies like ours that increase production efficiency on the floor.

Peter Pan, Kaulin Mfg. Co., Ltd

GTE is the biggest exhibition of our industry in India, which we attend regularly whether it is in Delhi, Bangalore and this year in Ahmedabad. Every exhibition we display some new models with focus on automation this edition. Like automatic elastic band joining machines, automatic button feeder along with lockstitch button stitch machine and automatic jeans bottom hamming machine. India is very huge, having different markets like Delhi, Kolkata, Tirupur, Bangalore, Ahmadabad etc with altogether different requirements. This year we have displayed many direct drive technologies, that can bring down the factory cost, which customers mainly want. India is a very important but competitive market for Siruba in terms of price and quality requirements. So, we have to launch new machines with change in our marketing strategy for different areas every year.

Stefano Bordogna, Macpi Group

The continuous attention to the needs and tendencies of the market, combined with the strong tradition of design and manufacturing, have Macpi Pressing Division to produce very high-tech machines with a constant technical and commercial development throughout time. At GTE we have presented jeans finisher and other machine for ladies blouses finishing. We also have these two machines for pressing shoulders and collars of garments. Very soon we will be launching machines with latest software programming, which can be connected with computer system, enabling easy operations.

Jay Nugessur, SIP-Italy

Our company is the complete automation providing brand for jeans manufacturing. There are around 15-16 operations, which can be automised and completely deskill the jeans manufacturing process. At GTE, we are displaying fully Automatic Pocket Setter Unit, which gives extra productivity of 25 per cent compared with single head pocket setter unit. We are also presenting our Chain stitch machine and Belt loop setter machine here. So, far we have received very good feedback from all our customers as we have latest machines in this world, which no other company is having.