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Australia Expo sees largest participation from India

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Dec '18
India's participation across both the International Sourcing Expo and Footwear & Leather Expo in Australia was the largest of all national representations, with a total participation of 130 companies across the two events. The fashion and footwear trade stepped out in record numbers, reflecting the industry’s endurance in a changing and competitive sector.

Over 720 manufacturers and agents from 19 countries namely China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, United States, Fiji, Australia, Turkey, South Africa, Taiwan, Nepal, Serbia, Italy, and Thailand, exhibited at the events.

"This year’s International Sourcing Expo Australia and the co-located Footwear & Leather Show Australia was the strongest we’ve seen with record visitation numbers. We are thrilled to see this event embraced by the Australian fashion trade and proud to offer this opportunity for Australian companies to review or rationalise their supply chain and expand their product offer, compare production supplier capability and costs, or even consider developing their own label. This show offers something for everyone, for both exhibitors and visitors alike, with access to vertically integrated multinational suppliers and SMEs in attendance. Equally the breadth of visitor participation spans companies looking to review offshore production to emerging companies looking to produce their own label or import established brands," Julie Holt, exhibition director, IEC Group Pty Ltd said.

Led by key export organisations including substantial involvement from Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), as well as Apparel Export Promotion Council, Wool and Woollen Export Promotion Council, and Handloom Export Promotion Council, the strong presence supported India’s continued focus on the Australian market.

Council for Leather Exports India led their industry contingent at the Footwear and Leather Show with 30 suppliers joining their pavilion, the largest at the Footwear & Leather Show for the third consecutive year.

"It’s especially heartening to receive incredibly positive feedback from our exhibitors. This is a unique sourcing event that they tell us provides an exceptional platform for their businesses to meet face to face with Australian buyers and effectively market their product and services," Holt added.

The three-day sourcing expo's highlight was the launch of Global Runway, where emerging and established designers from Indonesia, China and Australia showcased their collections on the runway. Positioned on the show floor, the runway shows were supported by Australian Fashion Council and enjoyed by strong crowds across two days.

"Global Runway was an energetic addition to our successful and established program. The designers brought their collections to life on the runway and feedback from our visitors has been very positive. We are always looking for new ways to showcase the incredible breadth of the expo’s exhibitors and we are delighted to have introduced Global Runway to highlight some of the vast talent and craftsmanship on the show floor," Marie Kinsella, CEO, IEC Group Pty Ltd, exhibition organiser, said.

The expo’s Global Sourcing Seminar series was well-attended by exhibitors and visitors to the show and proved to be a major drawcard. The comprehensive three-day program led by industry experts and facilitated by fashion commentator and journalist, Patty Huntington, provided valuable market insights and business tips. From international denim trends, expert sourcing tips, legal information, ethical sourcing advice, help for fashion start-ups, international fashion and footwear insights and more, the seminar series had something for all industry professionals.

Among the most popular seminars was 'Source for Success' presented by fashion business consultant and Fashion Equipped founder, Elizabeth Formosa and ‘The Changing Nature of the Garment and Textile Industry in China’ presented by China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textiles (CCCT). Strong attendance was also seen at the seminar presented by Hong Kong-based sourcing expert Brian Garvin who shared his ten biggest sourcing lessons to find and manage the right supplier among the thousands on offer.

"We know from the feedback that the Global Sourcing Seminars are also a highly valued feature of the event and we look forward to bringing another insightful series to the show next year," Kinsella said. (RR)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


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