The ministry of textiles organised Textiles India 2017, the first such mega-event, to give the much-needed fillip to the Indian textiles and apparel industry. Fibre2Fashion spoke to sales and marketing heads of some companies who visited the fair.
I assume for the first time India is presenting this industry on such a big platform, so the show is very good. We had a very good response from the people, especially from the foreign delegations and many visitors for our new product that we showcased here. Our new product here was a polyester filament yarn which has fancy effects about it and is already available in the market.
The exhibition was fantastic. The event should be organised every year. However, management at the exhibition could have been improved. It is a platform to meet people from the textiles industry.
This was a huge fair. We have been attending such kind of textiles fairs globally, but I have not seen such a big fair on an Indian platform. The best advantage of such kind of fairs is to make more contacts and learn the products made by the industry here. We get to showcase products to customers. We get to meet new buyers. Such kind of fairs should definitely be held frequently.
We expected more export-oriented clients like overseas clients, but instead got more domestic clients. There was an entire hall for exporters, but we were not informed. If you look at the crowd right now (last day), the visitors are not business-purpose clients; it is more of a family outing and Sunday kind of fair. The fair has to be only for B2B customers; everybody is entering the hall looking at things and asking for prices. The efforts are good, the venue is good, but the only problem is they missed the publicity part. They must have made the effort, but the results are not encouraging enough to participate next year. That is the bottomline.
We are attending such a huge fair for the first time. The footfalls were okay. Many international buyers came, and they would have definitely visited many stalls at the fair, but the domestic footfalls were limited. Since our exports are already doing well, we are not realising the joy of getting orders from foreign delegates. Domestic manufacturers have benefitted through this fair.
The exhibition was good because this was an integrated exhibition. It was an opportunity to meet our customers and partners.
Published on: 06/09/2017
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