The Second Edition of ‘Screen Print Sri Lanka’ expo (22-24 June 2018) was concluded at Sri Lanka Exhibition & Convention Centre (SLECC) in Colombo. Sri Lanka being an emerging market, the exhibition received good response.
There were 40+ stalls, representing over 200 global brands. The products and services on display were related to screen printing, textile printing, sublimation printing, and digital printing and signage. Besides Sri Lanka, products and services from India, China, Japan, Thailand, S. Korea, France, Germany, Turkey, Taiwan, USA, etc, were on display.
Upon interaction, some of the visitors who are leading textile printers in Sri Lanka, said that the Screen Print Sri Lanka was a great opportunity to explore new technologies and see live demonstrations of different garment decoration techniques, the traditional screen printing, new age DTG, heat transfer vinyl films, sequin and stone motif machines, sublimation printing, textile embossing, tagless label printing by Pad printing process, etc.
For the Indian exhibitors such as Skyscreen, Lakshmi Bio Chem, TechNova (exhibited through local dealer), Hi-Tech Marketing, Chola Heat Press Machines (exhibited through local dealer), and Varsha Transprint, the exhibition was opportunity to display their export capabilities.
As a value addition to the exhibition, a series of technical seminars were conducted which received overwhelming response including a houseful session. The technical seminars on textile printing vis a vis garment decoration were conducted by Charlie Taublieb, Taublieb Consulting, USA, who is an international textile screen printing expert and a Board member of ASDPT and member of SGIA. On the other hand, Charles Arputhaswamy, a Screen Printing Consultant & a Printing Technologist, conducted a series of seminars on advanced screen printing with special focus on screen making and industrial printing.
On a concluding note, Devang Sheth, Director of Aditya Exposition, said: “The expo was also an opportunity for some of the Indian exhibitors to proudly showcase ‘Make in India’ products in an overseas market. Many of the exhibitors said that they received ‘focused’ visitors’ footfall, rather than overcrowding. They said that they could spend lot of time with potential customers. Most of the overseas exhibitors were very optimistic about the Sri Lankan market and wish to expand their presence in the Island nation.”