With a view to meet today’s technological advancement and ongoing challenges of textile industry, it has become imperative to discuss and brainstorm on how India can match pace with its global counterparts in adopting global ideologies in the digital textile printing sector. India is one of the largest textile industries in the world. The market for digital printing technologies is moving out of the preliminary laps and gaining momentum in India. Especially Gujarat is poised to be a lucrative market for digital textile printing technologies. It presents huge business opportunity waiting to be harnessed and has the potential to grow exponentially in the coming years.

Considering the recent government initiative, focus areas like… Scope and need of digital textile printing, to encourage new entrepreneurs, supply of accessories for digital printing and trend of digital printing in fashion designing needs to be discussed by industry stakeholders. Besides that the prospective beneficiaries need to be aware of the Government of India’s Initiative announced in Union Budget 2017-18.

Keeping this backdrop in mind, The Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry organised a National Conclave on “Digital Textile Printing” on May 30, 2017 at Platinum Hall, Sarsana, Surat. It was a four hours conclave addressed by six experts of all areas of the topic like technology, inks, opportunities, investments, cost factors, potential market and commercial aspects. Besides, digitally printed garments were also showcased by students of the STERS (Surat Technical Education & Research Society).

Various presentations made during the event were “Future of Digital Printing Textile” by Neeraj Duggal Partner, Bluejade Texink Pvt. Ltd., “Brief about durst Italy & India and Italian Technology” by Dr. Rajiv Verma Managing Director, Durst Image Technology India Pvt. Ltd., “Digital Textile Printing – Pigment Printing” by Fabio Gromo, Sales Director, Durst Phototechnik AG Italy, “Brief about SACE Italy and Financial aspects of Digital Printing Textile” by Sandeep Babbar, Head of Mumbai Office, International Network SACE SpA, “Green Technology in Textile / Difference between Traditional Printing and Digital Printing” by Bijoy Roy Marketing Director, Orange O Tec Pvt.Ltd., “Importance of Digital Printing Textile in Fashion Industry” by Subas Dhawan Chairman Gokul Tex Print, Current trends in “Digital Textile Printing in India” by Aditya Chandavarkar Partner, CNT Expositions and Services LLP, and “Digital Printing -Today and Tomorrow” by Parimal Vakhariya Director Dream Digital.

Overall, it was a very interactive event, attended by more than 500 delegates including leading textile industrialists, leading official and chief operating officers of various textile companies, leading finance & project consultants, corporate decision makers, industrialists/investors from South Gujarat, Firms who source textile products from Gujarat. During the Conclave the SGCCI also organised a concurrent show to showcase the latest digital printing technologies and related services.