The Southern Gujarat Chambers of Commerce & Industry (SGCCI) which organised Yarn Expo 2018, a much awaited yarn exhibition from August 4 – 6, 2018 in Surat, was a resounding success with over 12,225 buyers visiting the exhibition. There were around 80 exhibitors, most of whom are renowned yarn producing companies from all over India.
Yarn Expo 2018 saw participation of yarn producers like Reliance Industries, Bhilosa Industries, Well-known Polyesters, Perfect Filament, Shahlon Group, Grasim Industries, RSWM Ltd, Indian Rayon, Nimbark Fashions, Century Enka, Madhusudan Group and many others.
Yarn Expo 2018 was inaugurated by Smriti Zubin Irani, Hon’ble Minister of Textiles. She was accompanied by Darshana Jardosh, Member of Parliament, CR Patil, Member of Parliament and Dr Jagdish Patel, Mayor of Surat.
The weavers and lace makers of Surat had never been exposed to such a wide variety of yarns and that too the latest yarn developments. Most of the buyers were of the view that since Surat is the biggest textile hub in India, a yarn exhibition was long awaited. The rush of buyers even in closing hours of the last day showed the enthusiasm.
Many of the buyers agreed that Yarn Expo will also provide a momentum to the textile trade in Surat, which is undergoing a slowdown. The reason being that the exhibiting companies were showcasing the latest developments in yarns, which gave an opportunity to weavers and lace makers to develop newer varieties of fabrics and try to beat the slowdown.
Apart from Surat, buyers came from several parts of India and also overseas countries, which included Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Italy, Dubai, Iran, Turkey, etc. The number of foreign buyers peaked at 208.
The exhibitors displayed a wide variety and latest developments in yarn’s in natural as well as manmade fibres like cotton, polyester, wool, silk, linen, viscose, ramie, spandex, airtex, catonic and also blended as well as dyed yarns. Yarns on show included various types of fancy and speciality yarns like elastic, metallic, embroidery, textured, slub, special effects fancy mélange, dope dyed spun, low torque, space dyed and many other varieties.
“Despite that Surat is the biggest textile hub in India, only one yarn exhibition has been held in Surat till date and that too many years back. SGCCI planned this exhibition keeping in mind the large consuming potential of yarns in Surat. We are totally astounded by the flow of buyers at Yarn Expo,” Hetal Mehta, President at SGCCI said.
“Following the success of Yarn Expo 2018, we have already announced dates of the 2019 edition. Most of the existing exhibitors have already committed to participating in 2019, while many have decided to double or even treble their stall space. We expect that the 2019 edition will be double in size as well as exhibitor numbers,” Devesh Patel, Head – Exhibition Cell at SGCCI added.
The Southern Gujarat Chamber Of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI) is an ISO 9001:2008 certified organisation. Established in the year 1940, it is the oldest apex trade body of Gujarat, with a total focus on growth and development of trade and industry of Southern Gujarat region from Bharuch to Vapi and Umargaon. SGCCI has a strong base of more than 8,500 direct members, 111 associations and indirect membership of more than 80,000, from a wide spectrum of trade and industry. SGCCI organises several industry specific exhibitions with a focus on segments like textiles, gem & jewellery, handloom & handcrafts, automobile, engineering, heavy industries and also showcases products and services from women entrepreneurs.