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Intex – South Asia’s Premier International Textile Sourcing Show Back in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Published: July 29, 2023

 International Exhibitors from 11+ countries including India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, China, Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, USA, UK and more

 India Pavilion with 70+ companies representing the entire textile value chain

 International Business Forum – the global knowledge sharing platform featuring WGSN, Cotton USA and more

Intex, the highly anticipated International Textile Sourcing Show, is back in Sri Lanka and scheduled to take place from 9 – 11 August 2023, at BMICH (Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall), Colombo.

Since 2015, Intex has been facilitating business collaborations, fostering innovation, and promoting trade opportunities. This year, Intex Sri Lanka will present a range of exhibitors spanning the entire textile value chain including yarns, fabrics, accessories, denims, dyes and ancillary support systems comprising certifications & designing solutions and more.

Keeping in mind, Intex Sri Lanka’s continuous support for the industry, Dr. Kingsley Bernard, the Chairman & CEO of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board said, “The EDB has joined hands with Worldex India in organizing the Intex South Asia exhibition since its inception in 2015 taking into consideration the opportunities created for the Sri Lankan apparel exporters to source their raw materials under one roof. I hope this event will be an opportunity for Sri Lankan exhibitors and apparel manufacturing companies to upgrade the industry, move up the value chain and gain a competitive advantage.”

With Sri Lankan garment exports touching US$ 5.93 billion in 2022, Intex looks to strongly support Sri Lanka’s apparel sector across multiple levels by increasing industry and brand visibility, helping to expand market presence internationally, and creating opportunities to strengthen its position in the regional and global supply chains.

Yohan Lawrence, Secretary General of the Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) stated, “The Joint Apparel Association Forum is very proud to once again partner with Intex in Colombo and are really excited in having a physical show in August this year.

Intex is being organised at the right time as post-Covid, the Sri Lankan apparel industry has seen an incredible recovery with the industry operating at full capacity.”

In 2022, Sri Lanka imported US$ 146.47 million in yarn, US$ 311.78 million in knitted fabrics, and US$ 278.38 million in woven fabrics from India. The India Pavilion at Intex Sri Lanka which brings over 70 companies from India including members of the Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL), looks to fulfil these and other demands for raw material by the Sri Lankan apparel industry.

Ms. Arti Bhagat, Executive Director of Worldex India, the organisers of Intex Sri Lanka since 2015 said, “Sri Lanka’s textile & apparel sector has a strong international reputation for quality, craftsmanship and ethical manufacturing practices. Intex Sri Lanka aims to help the industry sharpen its competitive edge through value additions in order to further enhance product quality, diversity and availability.”

In addition to the exhibition, Intex Sri Lanka will showcase the flagship market intelligence event – the Interactive Business Forum (IBF) Seminar Series featuring WGSN, Cotton USA and industry stalwarts to name a few. Topics including market trends, sustainability, digital transformation, supply chain management, traceability and more would provide valuable insights and knowledge to navigate the evolving textile landscape.

INTEX Sri Lanka is endorsed and supported by Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB), Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF), Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association (SLAEA), Sri Lanka Apparel Sourcing Association (SLASA), Sri Lanka Apparel Brands Association (SLABA), Sri Lanka Chamber of Garment Exporters (SLCGE), Fabric & Apparel Accessory Manufacturers Association (FAAMA), Free Trade Zone Manufacturers
Association (FTZMA), The Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL), High Commission of India, Colombo, KOTRA Colombo, Embassy of Indonesia in Colombo, Sri Lanka and others.

Be sure to mark your calendar for this must-attend event that promises to shape the future of the textile industry in Sri Lanka and beyond.

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