Inaugurated by Smt Darshana Jardosh, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Textiles and Railways, Government of India, Gartex Texprocess India’s first-ever Mumbai edition succeeded in drawing 9,328 visitors under its roof. Along with the showcasing of manufacturing machineries and innovative textile products by 120 exhibitors, the trade fair hosted insightful knowledge sessions on the most unique and intriguing topics in the denim industry.

With Denim Show, Screen Print India, Fabrics and Trims Show held under its umbrella, the Mumbai launch of Gartex Texprocess India 2022 registered a strong footfall of 9,328 visitors from 27 countries and 253 Indian cities during its business proceedings at Jio World Convention Centre in BKC, Mumbai.

After witnessing an incredible response during all three days of the fair, Mr Raj Manek, Executive Director and Board Member, Messe Frankfurt Asia Holdings Ltd, commented: The feedback from the industry has been excellent. Gartex Texprocess India through its many editions has built a reputation as one of the leading and comprehensive exhibitions and by making its presence in Mumbai for the very first time, it has further enhanced its high reputation. We really appreciate the response and trust from the industry, the supporting associations and the collective efforts of all those who have made this debut a resounding success.”

Organised by Messe Frankfurt India and MEX Exhibitions Pvt Ltd, the trade fair displayed more than 500 innovative, efficient and competitively-priced technologies in textile and garment manufacturing, denim production, trimmings and screen-printing value added solutions for the industry from over 250 brands.

Mr Gaurav Juneja, Director, MEX Exhibitions Pvt Ltd, also shared his sentiments: “It was wonderful to see businesses converge here at the financial capital of India. The Mumbai edition did not only serve as a brand-new business platform, but most importantly it gave easy access for businesses in the south where there is a good chunk of textile and garment market to be explored. The signature edition witnessed massive success in terms of reviving and re-establishing the industry post challenging times. We are really proud to have a successful conclusion to this edition of Gartex Texprocess India.”

Addressing the industry during a press meet after inauguration, Smt Darshana Jardosh, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Textiles & Railways, Government of India, stated: “I congratulate MEX Exhibitions and Messe Frankfurt India for expanding this exhibition concept from Delhi to Mumbai and creating an international level show in India, which endeavours to bring the fabric to fashion solutions onto a single platform. Shows such as Gartex Texprocess India are excellent initiatives and are much-needed to fill the technology gap and promote ‘Make in India’ and ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ missions.”

Exhibitors at Gartex Texprocess India included industry’s leading textile and garment machine manufacturers, such as: Baba Textile Machinery (India) Pvt Ltd, Balaji Sewing Machine Pvt Ltd, EH Turel & Company, Felix Schoeller, Gayatritex Engineers Pvt Ltd, Mehala Machines India Limited, Orange O Tec Pvt Ltd, Ramsons Garment Finishing Equipment Pvt Ltd, Sera Machines and Zoje among others.

Mr S Bharath, Director, of one of the top companies on the showfloor, Mehala Machines India Ltd, conveyed his sentiments about the brand new edition: “We are very happy to have participated in the Mumbai version of Gartex Texprocess India. This year, we showcased many innovative products including Retrofit IoT systems that can be combined with existing machines along with automated manufacturing systems and several other products. Our overall experience has been excellent. We received good footfalls and met prospective customers and we are very happy about it.”

Also making its debut in Mumbai –the Denim Show drew visitors to witness innovative, fashionable and sustainable denim products from several leading brands, such as Hyosung India, Jindal Worldwide, Arvind, Ginni International, Raymond UCO Denim, Bhaskar Denim, LNJ Denim, Oswal Denims, KG Denim, Nandan Denim, and Ashima Group.

Impressed by the visitor footfalls, one of the chief exhibitors, Dr Yamuna Dutt Agarwal, CMD, Jindal Worldwide Ltd, commented: “The response and quality of buyers were both amazing. This exhibition seems to be taking the denim industry and the garment and textile manufacturing industry in a new direction. We were glad to see the fabulous response in the fashion capital, it will certainly help in achieving greater heights in terms of innovation and upgrading our buyers’ profile.”

The trade fair also played a major part in spreading awareness about natural denim dyeing techniques. A workshop by Neelpath allowed visitors to get a first-hand experience of soaking fabric in natural indigo.

After exploring products on the showfloor, Mr Narendra Goenka, Chairman, Apparel Export Promotion Council, (AEPC), elaborated on the importance of Gartex Texprocess India and his experience as a business visitor: “There are lots of successes and growth to come in the garment and textile industry. India needs automation and efficiency to meet international standards. Gartex Texprocess India will help us to identify right technology and give us the opportunity to expand our business and capacity.”

Moreover, a series of panel discussions were organised which gave industry experts a platform to discuss creative, efficient and sustainable and denim production methods:

CXO panel discussion on ‘Denim Dreams: Roadmap To Building A Sustainable, Profitable Future’

Bringing the ‘who‘s who‘ of the denim industry together, the CXO panel discussion highlighted India’s need to develop sustainable fabric by rebalancing and minimising the use of chemicals and water. The speakers hinted on use of recycled materials such as yarn, fabrics and polyester for sustainable manufacturing as well as reducing production costs by a huge margin.

Denim Talks discussed unique and ingenious techniques for sustainable denim production

Held on 13th May, the Denim Talks united denim industry stakeholders to discuss a series of topics on efficient and sustainable denim processing techniques.

Leading one of the sessions, Mr Jaydeep Umalkar Head, Operations – Takshvi Vogue Pvt Ltd introduced a new dyeing technology that can execute flash dyeing of indigo in milliseconds. Notably, the process does not only consume a minimum volume of water, but also executes denim dyeing with zero effluent discharge. Apart from being exceptionally eco-friendly, this process is also way more efficient as it avoids shrinkage of fabric material and provides output equal to the input. Such a technology is unique and is being introduced for the very first time in India.

Furthermore, discussing digital and bio-dyeing techniques – Mr Andrew Filarowski, Technical Director, Society of Dyers and Colourists, talked about use of local agricultural waste to create clean dyes, and micro-organisms to synthesise colours of nature and using advanced technologies to optimise automaton across processes and machinery as well as the need to reduce volumes of water, energy and dyestuffs required in processes.

The maiden Mumbai edition of Fabric & Trims Show also attracted a significant amount of visitors with its trendy displays. The section curated fashionable and apparel enhancing elements like fabrics, trimmings, embellishments and accessories from top companies, such as Royal Threads, Future Textiles, Cotton Council USA, MM Fabrics, Grasim Industries, Maharaja Shree Umaid Mills and KK Hangers.

 Screen Print India delivers with back-to-back successful editions

Continuing the success of its previous edition, Screen Print India once again drew businesses back to its show in Mumbai through new technological showcases in digital textile and screen-printing, digital sublimation, heat transfer and textile printing, from brands like Dhaval Color Chem Pvt Ltd, Konica Minolta, Skyscreen International Pvt Ltd, Stovec Industries, Epson India Pvt Ltd and many more.

Regular exhibitor at Screen Print India, Mr Sunil Singh, Manager, Skyscreen International Pvt Ltd, shared his experience at the show: “The crowd has been really good and the response towards our products has also been great. Most importantly, we were able to reconnect with those customers whom we could not meet earlier due to COVID. It feels good to meet both old and new faces and we hope that these meetings will convert into leads.”

The trade fair succeeded in drawing businesses from all parts of India including major states like Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

Taking the positive momentum forward, Gartex Texprocess India together with Denim Show, Fabrics and Trims Show and Screen Print India will once again welcome businesses back at its base in New Delhi from 4 – 6 August 2022 at Pragati Maidan.