A high level of energy, business networking and dynamic synergy was seen at the 6th edition of Techtextil India where 173 exhibitors from 11 countries showcased a gamut of technical textile solutions to 5,436 visitors from across the country. Smart future textiles, recycled fibres, sustainable alternatives, welding, wearables, functional solutions were among some of the highlights on the showfloor. Closing its three-day run with positive impressions, the 6th edition hosted a series of business and knowledge-oriented features as well as the successful launch of Texprocess in India. The co-location of the Texprocess pavilion with Techtextil India resulted in intense synergy and has created the foundation of what is to become independent co-located platforms for technical textiles and garment machinery in the coming years for India.

Maiden Texprocess India show

For the first time Texprocess, the leading international trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials, launched a Pavilion at Techtextil India this year which was supported by VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies. For the first time, international exhibitors of garment-manufacturing and textile processing technologies had the opportunity to present their innovations under the Texprocess brand in India. The pavilion was organised by Messe Frankfurt India, a subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt. The exhibitors at the special pavilion included Amann Group, Bierrebi Italia Srl, Duerkopp Adler, Pfaff, EH Turel Technology Pvt. Ltd., GA Morgan, Gerber, IIGM, Girison Engineering Systems, Juki, H&H, Lectra, Macpi, Mehala, Morgan Technica, Optitex, Tukatech, and ZSK.

With India being one of the largest producers of garments worldwide, the demand for automation solutions is increasing,” said Elgar Straub, Managing Director of VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies. “But the market for technical textiles is also growing steadily in India and thus is the demand for processing technologies. The Texprocess Pavilion at Techtextil India became the ideal platform for German and European manufacturers of garment machinery and machines for the processing of technical textiles to present their technology solutions to the Indian market.”

“Texprocess brings together the garment-manufacturing and textile processing industry from all around the world making it the leading fair for the sector. We want our customers worldwide to benefit from the opportunities Texprocess offers them to present their products and to accelerate their business growth. Setting up the Texprocess Pavilion at Techtextil India was a logical step in our brand expansion strategy as India is one of the most promising textile markets,“ says Michael Jänecke, Director Brand Management Technical Textiles & Textile Processing at Messe Frankfurt.

Overall, the new venture got mixed reactions from the exhibitors and visitors.Some visitors said they were disappointed with the number of exhibitors despite being organised by leading brand like Messe. They were expecting to a witness a bigger show with more leading apparel technology supplier’s presence. On the other hand, some of the exhibitors were happy that they got to meet new set of customers due to show happening coincidentally with Techtextil. However, few also complained about the lesser visitor footfall from apparel industry due to less promotion by the orgnaisers in this segment.

“Response obviosuly depends on the expectations, you come up with in such a show. Yes, the visitors coming here are mostly interested in technical textiles as it is well known show. But for Texprocess we have to look into it and need to be addressed. Its a learning process, may be Mumbai is not the right location for Texprocess as its not the garmenting hub, but is ideal for technical textiles. There were a lot of common vistors who were interested in both Texprocess and Technical textiles. If you look at the number of visitors registration on papers it doesn‘t look that bad when considering the overall response we have got for this maiden event. This concept has worked in past in other countries, I hope it will also grow in India too,” said Michael Jänecke.

Pleased with the fair’s expansion into garment machinery segment and resultant visitor footfall, Martin Legner, Head of Technical Textile Product Management, Stoll said, “The number of meetings we have had are far beyond my expectations and the quality of people coming in is much better and diverse. We have met many wellestablished companies as well as spinning companies who are interested in change overs, recieved positive response from the medical industry and in the next edition we hope to see more participation from automotive and sports sectors. We are definitely waiting to come back the next time Texprocess takes place in India.“

Director of the renowned Killer Jeans brand (Kewal Kiran Clothing Ltd), Dinesh P Jain, who was visiting the fair said, “Visiting Texprocess has been insightful and gave me a chance to see the new technologies on display by our regular vendors. I am looking at initiating new orders soon with exhibitors here.”

Techtextil India symposium highlights industry growth vision

Led by industry visionaries, the symposium hosted 18 sessions covering a wide range of topics from global trends to domestic market focused subjects like protective agrotextiles, aerospace applications, advanced composites, fibre innovations and smart textiles.

The full-packed hall saw 130 high-profile speakers and delegates from Garware Wall Ropes Ltd, Ginni Filaments Ltd, Grasim Industries Ltd-Birla Cellulose, Reliance, SRF Ltd, Strata Geosystems (India) Pvt Ltd etc. who took advantage of the platform to gain insights on new applications and market outlook. Sharing his experience, Manoj John, Vice President – Strategic Initiatives, Sutlej Textiles and Industries Ltd said, “We were here to see if there are any high-tech technologies that we can invest in and the topic which discuses about Carbon Composites seemed very interesting. We also liked the topic that discussed about coatings and finishing in fabrics. They are good value adds for our business.”

Presenting a new concept for smart wearable textiles at the symposium, Saumil Shah, Co-Founder & VP – Institution Sales, Broadcast Wearables Pvt Ltd who was one of the speakers at the last session explained, “We chose Techtextil India to publicise the launch of our wearable LED shirts and the response has been encouraging. Delegates have shown interest in this new concept and we have acquired good leads with whom we can initiate trade in the coming months.” Having met potential partners at the fair even in previous editions, he added, “We were also here last edition and had some very good discussions and are in the advanced stage of closing deals with a few renowned brands whose contacts we acquired from the fair. It works both ways for my business as I not only acquired leads but could also use this platform to source fabrics and raw materials for my product.”

In conjunction with the symposium, the special telecast of Dornbirn MFC was another first and was highly appreciated by sector players for providing access to the plenary lectures that the industry looks forward to every year. While several exhibitors could not attend this due to the busy schedule at stands, visitors were seen taking advantage of this new feature at the fair.

Partner State Telangana explores long-term global co-operation

As the Official Partner State for Techtextil India 2017, Telangana highlighted its policies, potential and textile park at the fair and concurrent symposium. The positive prospects and leads acquired during the three days has ensued a close co-operation with a proposed MoU to be signed between the State of Telangana and Messe Frankfurt for global outreach and promotion of State policies.

Mihir Parekh, Director, Department of Handloom and Textiles, Government of Telangana said, “The Telangana State is developing Kakatiya Integrated Mega Textile Park in Warangal over an area of 1,200 acres with full complement of high quality trunk infrastructure. Through this partnership with Techtextil India and Messe Frankfurt India, we want to reach out to this niche sector and invite them to explore the immense growth opportunities that Telangana has to offer. We have acquired good leads and look forward to partnering with them to create a roadmap for technical textiles in Telangana.” State representatives from Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand also visited the fair to explore the investment potential in technical textile industry.

Some of the exhibitors of Texprocess India…