The textile Industry has always played a pivotal role in the industrial and economic growth of Gujarat State. The Garment sector of this industry, which has witnessed an accelerated growth over last few years, is still having tremendous potential for growth in today’s era. Gujarat is home to major apparel industries in Ahmedabad, Surat, Gandhinagar, Baroda, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Valsad, Vapi, Silvassa and Pali producing for well-known clothing brands in the state.
Over the years, the state’s textile industry has made rapid strides, evolving as a leader not just in domestic but also in the global domain. Gujarat’s textile industry accounts for 18 percent of global silk production and 59 percent of the world’s loom capacity, making it the second-largest region for textile manufacturing capacity in the world today. Gujarat is the leading producer of textile raw materials like cotton, or silk, the state has established an acute dominance on the production of necessary raw materials. Now Gujarat is the leading cotton producer with around 28% of India’s total cotton and exports 60 percent of the country’s fiber. With a contribution of 65 to 70% to India’s denim production, Gujarat is the largest manufacturer of denim in the country and the third largest in the world.
Gujarat also produces 30 percent of the country’s woven fabric, has more than 50 percent of the country’s processing machinery manufacturers, and 90 percent of the country’s weaving machinery manufacturers. Making it an ideal place for garmenting in India. The Government of Gujarat promotes apparel & textile industry aggressively with good policy based incentives. It has sanctioned many apparel parks in the state to promote domestic and export sales of the textile and garments.
The current supply and demand factors provide very conducive and favourable business and market environment for the technological investment. In such scenario, there is a big need to the textile industry here to upgrade itself with the latest technological developments taking place worldwide. That is why for providing these technologies under one roof Garment Technology Expo (GTE) 2023, one of the leading international trade shows for garment industry was organised at Helipad Exhibition Ground, Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat (India) from 2nd-4th March, 2023.
The B2B Expo provides a single point meeting ground for the garment manufacturers and technology providers to discuss, source and access latest technological development in the industry under one roof. The growth of the expo in terms of the increasing number of new quality 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 technology in Western India.
In this edition, more than 500 brands & companies including leading manufacturers and suppliers garment machinery and accessories from India as well as abroad participated in the show. The show received very good response with more than 7900 visitors from Ahmedabad and nearby regions visited the show. The event brought together a large number of industry visitors from this sector where wide a range of garment machinery, accessories and support services from all over the world were showcased. In fact the show had a complete display of garment making machines. The show was approved by MSME and supported by the garment industry associations.
GTE has always been an integral trade platform for the companies to launch new technologies and equipment. The show covered all segments of garment manufacturing technologies including, CAD/ CAM, spreading & cutting machines, sewing machines, laundry machines, garment dyeing machines, finishing equipment, fusing machines, embroidery machines, printing & digital textile printing, packaging machines, quilting machines, knitting machines, software solutions, spares & attachments, accessories & trims, testing equipment, dyes & chemicals, fabrics, fancy yarns, support services, etc.
GTE Ahmedabad is a flagship event, which has been building partnerships between Gujarat garment making community and technology suppliers worldwide. The show provided an excellent opportunity and a wonderful platform to see latest automated apparel technologies in Gujarat itself that can make it more competitive. Earlier, to get latest updates and upgrade the manufacturing plants people used to travel to trade shows overseas or bigger cities like Delhi and Mumbai but GTE made it easier for them. To sustain and further enhance our growth it is necessary for the industry to work towards introduction of best practices and latest technologies for development of niche apparel products. All in all, GTE established itself as a must-visit destination for buyers from the textile and apparel industry in this region.
S Eswaran, Mehala Machines
We have been exhibiting at GTE Ahmedabad since the first edition and are dealers of automated garment machinery of several brands. We have displayed the latest technologies and most of the buyers are genuine and the response has been good. Buyers seem keen to upgrade their technologies. We have received a lot of inquiries and have also sold a few machines.
Manpreet Singh Walia, INL International
We take part in each and every GTE since several years and we are into supply of hanger systems, box conveyor systems, intelligent storage systems and data tracking systems for the garment manufacturing industry. We met a good number of buyers from Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Jaipur and many other cities of North and South India. We are satisfied with the response.
Santosh Lade, Singer India
Singer has a complete range of stitching machines which meets all needs of a garment manufacturer. Singer has almost 6,000 all India dealers and offers service in more than 300 locations in India, which extends even to small villages. We will now also directly sell to garment factories. We got a good number of orders and also met new and existing dealers, who came from all over India. Experience has been great.
Neville Turel, E.H. Turel & Co
We are participating at GTE Ahmedabad since the first edition and are distributors for several global brands of garment machinery. Buyers came from in and around Ahmedabad, Surat and a few other cities outside Gujarat. Our experience has been satisfactory.
Umesh Gaur, Tukatech
Tukatech takes part at each and every edition whether in New Delhi, Ahmedabad or Bengaluru. We offer solutions from concept to cutting including Designing and CAD-CAM solutions. We have customers in Ahmedabad who produce only 500 pieces per day, but still have adopted our solutions. We always have a good experience at any GTE edition. We met customers even from Lucknow.
Hitesh Luniya, Gauge International
This is our second edition at GTE Ahmedabad and are agents for well known sewing machine as well as spare part brands like StrongH, Kansai, Brother, etc. We met a good number of new prospective buyers and dealers. The market in Gujarat seems to be developing as compared to a few years ago. The buyers came from several cities of India.
Bhavya Anand, Hari Chand Anand & Co.
Here our focus is on automation and we have introduced many multi-needle sewing machines, which have UBT. These machines are top of the line, under the brand Duke. Apart from this we have displayed complete sewing solution for denims. We are always part of GTE and the visitor response was good. We had many customers from Gujarat and other places from western India. Overall we are happy with the outcome.
Parvinder Singh, Optitex
This is the first time we are participating at GTE Ahmedabad. Optitex deals in 2D & 3D software for CAD-CAM. The local garment industry still works in a traditional manner and buyers were very surprised to see the benefits of adopting our software. We have received many genuine inquiries from buyers in Ahmedabad, Surat, Indore and other cities. We are very happy that we created awareness of our software.
Praveen Kumar Jhadav, Kansai Special
Kansai is a 65 years old Japanese company which manufactures only Chain Stitch Machine for various garment fabrics. We also have a multi needle machine, which has around 90% global share. There has been a good flow of buyers. We met buyers from many cities of India like Bengaluru, Mumbai, Jaipur, Delhi and also several cities of Gujarat. For the next Ahmedabad edition, we will come back with a bigger stall.
Rahul Prakash, Ningbo Supreme
This is the first time we are participating at GTE Ahmedabad and are Chinese manufacturers of automated stitching machines. GTE is a very platform to show our technologies to end users and dealers. Our experience has been very good as we expect to generate good business from this exhibition. We are satisfied and based on this experience will come back again for next edition.
Lalit Dash, Sakho Enterprises
This is the first time we are exhibiting at GTE Ahmedabad and manufacture and specialise in Bonding and Stitchless technologies as well as import and sell automated technologies. Since we deal in niche technologies, most of the buyers were not aware of our technologies, so it was an enjoyable experience explaining our technologies. We met maximum number of buyers from Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
RC Patel, Daisen
This is the first time we are exhibiting at GTE Ahmedabad and are distributors of Gemsy brand sewing machines in Gujarat and also all-India distributor for Daisen. Our experience has been very good as we met many existing as well as new dealers from all over Gujarat and also Mumbai, Jaipur, Indore, Jabalpur, Ujjain and many other cities. We will be able to increase our dealer network significantly due to our participation.
Navin Sharma, Sonex Sewing Machine
This is the first time we are a participating at GTE Ahmedabad and have a sewing machine brand named Sonex. We offer the highest quality of machines. We have received a very good response and our experience at GTE Ahmedabad is similar to GTE Delhi as buyers came from all over India. They even came from smaller cities of Maharashtra and Gujarat. Overall our experience has been outstanding.
Mohit Sethi, Fablook International
We are participating at all GTE editions since a long time and are showing here automated cutting machines and finishing solutions. We can see an interest among buyers to switch to automated machines. GTE is an awesome platform to meet a large number of buyers from all over India. Just like GTE Delhi, GTE Ahmedabad now also sees visits from buyers from all over India.
Akash, Dilip Machines
This is the second time we are participating at GTE and are importers and distributors of industrial sewing machinery, spare parts, packing and finishing materials. We met a large number of new and existing buyers as well as dealers. We had a very good experience this time. For the next edition we will increase our stall size by three times. Buyers and dealers came from all parts of Gujarat and also from other cities of India.
Hemanth Kumar, Krishna Sewing
This is the first time we are exhibiting at GTE Ahmedabad and are showing single head multi needle computerised embroidery machines, which are suitable for smaller quantities and single designs. The Ahmedabad market seems small but response is good. We are also in talks to sell a few machines. We will definitely return for the next edition.
Mohd. Bilal, Ample Garment Machinery
This is the first time we are exhibiting at GTE Ahmedabad and supply technologies beginning from Cutting Room till Packing, which includes Stitching, Finishing, Fusing and QA machinery. Our experience has been very good, Apart from several cities of Gujarat; we also met buyers from Mumbai, Bhilwara and several other cities. We have also taken orders for a few machineries. We will surely come back for the next edition.
Kapil Gupta, RK Garment
We sell our own brand of stitching machines under the name of Sera and we offer the complete range of stitching machines. We met a very good number of visitors and the response was beyond our expectations. Other than Gujarat, the visitors came from all over India.
Ketan Shah, Stitchman
We are taking part at GTE Ahmedabad since the first edition and we are a 43 years old company dealing in industrial stitching machines. We are sole selling agents of Jack brand in Gujarat. There has been a good rush of buyers including dealers from practically all districts of Gujarat. From Vadodara alone, we met nine dealers. We are totally satisfied with our participation and will surely return for the next edition.
Harish Kamalanandan, Natwest Inc.
This is the second time we are exhibiting at GTE Ahmedabad and offer CAD-CAM solutions or entire cutting room solutions. We have got a very good response and most of them were quality buyers. Buyers came from Ahmedabad, Baroda, Surat, Jaipur, Delhi, Bengaluru and also Mumbai. We are fully satisfied and will absolutely come back for the next edition.
Vishal Prajapati, Ramsons
We manufacture sustainable garment washing technologies like Nano Particles machine, Ozone machine, Waterless technologies etc. The response has been excellent and we have sold all machines on display. Buyers came from Ahmedabad, Surat, Mumbai, Jaipur, Delhi and many other cities.
Harish Daffu, Omex Mechanical
We have been associated with GTE since 2005 and are manufacturing Flatbed Knitting machines since 2004. We see a lot of potential and so Ahmedabad will be a good market for us. Maximum inquiries came from Ahmedabad and buyers also came from Surat and a few other cities of India. We had a very good experience and will surely return for next edition of Harish Daffu GTE Ahmedabad.
Vishal Agrawal, Onyx Solution’s
This is our third edition at GTE Ahmedabad and offer CAD-CAM Solutions for the garment and leather industry. As always, this time too we had a good experience. GTE is a good brand and is always able to attract a good number of footfalls. We had maximum number of buyers from all cities of Gujarat like Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, etc. There is no doubt that we are satisfied.
Hiren Gadhiya, Hiren Gadhiya
We sell the entire range of Luoke stitching machine brand and also heat transfer machines and we supply all over India. We are here to meet garment factories as well as dealers. Our experience was fabulous as we met buyers and dealers from all over Gujarat and also India. We are 100% satisfied with our participation and will plan to take part in the next edition.
Tapan Kapadia, HSW Embroidery Machines
We are participating at GTE Ahmedabad for the first time. But still we received excellent response from buyers. GTE is a very good platform for those who want to start a new garment factory or want to upgrade their machinery as they will be able to see all technologies under one roof. Buyers came from all over Gujarat and from other cities of India, where there is a decent garment industry. We also met a buyer from West Africa.
Shrikant Patil, Perfect Textile Solutions
We are participating at GTE Ahmedabad for the second time and supply Flatbed Knitting machines in which sweaters, pillow covers, mufflers, socks etc, can be manufactured. We also supply Digital Printing Machines. The response has been beyond our expectations. Buyers came from many cities of Gujarat and also from Mumbai and other cities. We are fully satisfied with our participation.
Parthiv Panchal, Onyx Machinery
This is the first time we are exhibiting at GTE and manufacture sustainable industrial washing machines, which reduce lots of water and energy consumption or total cost is reduced by 60%. We are here to create awareness. The footfalls have been good. The majority of buyers came from Ahmedabad. We will surely take part in the next edition of GTE Ahmedabad. Regarding GTE Delhi, we will think about it.
Chintan Mehta, Sunny & Co.
This is our second time at GTE Ahmedabad and have increased our stall size by four times. We deal in spare parts of stitching machines, steam irons, cutting machines, etc. This time we met buyers from various cities of Gujarat as well as Mumbai, Bengaluru, Tirupur, Kolkata, Delhi, Ludhiana and many other cities. In 2019, most of the buyers were from Gujarat, but this time it has been pan-India just like GTE Delhi.
Chandrabhan Gosavi, Bapu Traders
This is the first time we are taking part at GTE and offer project consultancy, turnkey services and garment machines from cut to pack, including spare parts for garment factory. We also try to offer the highest level of services. We offer technologies from several brands. We met buyers from several states of India like Maharashtra, Rajasthan, MP and also from South Indian states. We are fully satisfied with our participation.
Chirag Desa, Jyot Sewing Machine
We are taking part at GTE for third time and are dealers of garment solutions from cutting to stitching and offer several renowned brands. We have also doubled our stall size as against the previous edition. GTE is a very good platform to build relations and network with new buyers from all Gujarat. We met many new buyers from Surat and Rajkot. We are 100% satisfied with our participation.