Celebrating its 5th edition as India’s largest exhibition for the technical textiles and nonwovens industry, Techtextil India lived up to its promise of a truly business and growth-oriented trade fair for India. The huge product portfolio by 158 exhibitors, strong international participation from 11 countries, concurrent Techtextil India Symposium, intense interactions with 5,050 business visitors from 35 countries and re-bookings for 2017 by over 30 per cent exhibitors exemplified the trade potential and dynamism of the platform.
Vikas Sharan, VP, Textile Engineering – Knitting, Synthetics, Nonwovens & Carpets, A.T.E. Enterprises Pvt Ltd said: “We have been participating in Techtextil India since 2009, and it gives me great pleasure to see the exhibition expanding and adding new Indian and international participants to its fold. We have witnessed the industry gatekeepers and decision-makers and had good interactions with those visiting our booth. The exhibition is not only holding ground but also showing positive signs of expansion.”
German exhibitor Lindauer Dornier GmbH strongly believes that the Indian market is advancing and demonstrates good potential for textile and technology players. Mr Alois Felder, Head of Product Management said: “We are machine makers who explore existing technologies and use them. Techtextil India enables us to understand the Indian market scenario and gain an idea of the competition. Currently, filtration is a big subject and we have come across focused visitors in that segment.”
First-time participants from China, Zhentai also reported a good business experience. Cherry Zheng, Manager said: “In India, nonwoven fabric production is expected to go up and we met many useful contacts in this regard who showed strong interest in our machinery. We look forward to coming again for the next edition.”
The well-established format covering the entire technical textile value chain through its 10 product groups and 12 application areas brought to the forefront innovative concepts that can help the Indian technical textile industry better employ technology and resources to meet market demand.
BB Sharma, CEO (Textile Projects), Sintex, who is looking at making sizeable investments in the sector, found the exhibition very useful. He said: “We are looking at setting up a spinning cotton plant in Gujarat with an investment to the tune of 6,000 crore, and came to meet some selected exhibitors at the show. However, there was so much to see and explore at the exhibition and integrate in our business. A lot of new products caught our interest. Dornier, for example, showed how weaving can be implemented for different applications, replacing conventional legacy of fabrics. The exhibition was very useful.”
Pradeep Sharma, Proprietor, Ridham Synthetics Pvt Ltd, said: “I was in Kolkata and had to cut my trip short to visit Techtextil India because this is a very important fair for us. There were so many things I saw for the very first time including the plastic welding machine and felting equipment. We are setting up a new line of business for handbags and Techtextil India has provided a fair deal of variety in high-quality fabrics for our requirements – both from Indian and international exhibitors. I am glad I did not miss the show this year.”
Continuing the ethos of promoting the development of the technical textiles sector in its entirety, the annual Techtextil India Symposium brought together an eminent gathering of professionals and set the stage for discussions and deliberations within the textile fraternity.
Pranaya Sabat, Marketing Manager, JCT Ltd, who presented new developments in technical textiles in terms of raw materials at his session found the discussions highly productive. He said: “It was a stimulating discussion as the subject was fairly new and delegates were keen to know more and get their reservations cleared. Technical textiles is mov