"Techtextil India 2017, the three-day premium international show for technical textiles and nonwovens, opened in Mumbai on September 13, 2017. With growing focus on making India the textile hub, the trade fair has drawn strong support from Ministry of Textiles; the Department of Handlooms and Textiles, Government of Telangana; Indian Technical Textile Association; and the renowned international association - VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies."
Techtextil India 2017, the three-day premium international show for technical textiles and nonwovens, opened in Mumbai on September 13, 2017. With growing focus on making India the textile hub, the trade fair has drawn strong support from Ministry of Textiles; the Department of Handlooms and Textiles, Government of Telangana; Indian Technical Textile Association; and the renowned international association - VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies.
The inaugural saw dignitaries like Jürgen Morhard, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Mumbai; Anoop Rakshit, Executive Director, Indian Technical Textile Association (ITTA); Michael Jänecke, Brand Management Technical Textiles & Textile Processing; Elgar Straub, MD, VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies and Pramod Khosla, Chairman, ITTA & CMD Khosla Profil.
This was also the launch of Texprocess for the first time in India with 29 brands exhibiting garment machinery along with latest innovations and product launches by major players of technical textiles industry like Garware Wall Ropes, Reliance, Luwa India, Low & Boner, Welspun, and Tex & Twist and more. The mega event hosted over 175 companies from Austria, Belarus, China, France, Germany, Italy along with domestic players.
The launch of Texprocess Pavilion was the biggest highlights at the exhibition. With India being one of the leading markets for textile manufacturing and exports, there is continuous need for enhancements in the technology used in this sector. The pavilion will prove to be the centre point for product manufacturers to get live demonstrations and evaluate the latest technologies available for their line of business. Market leaders such as IIGM, Tukatech, Mehala Machines., Turel Sales Corporation, GA Morgan Dynamics., Bierrebi, Optitex, Lectra are among the key brands providing live demos at this pavilion.
Speaking on the occasion, Raj Manek, MD, Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India, said, “Recognised as one of the most successful global platforms, Techtextil India continues to be on the forefront of India’s technical textile and nonwoven industry’s advancements by showcasing the latest in technology, ideas and solutions. India’s textiles sector is also one of the largest contributing sectors of India’s exports contributing 14 per cent to the country’s total exports basket. Today, India's textiles market stands at $150 billion and is expected to touch $250 billion in the next two years (by 2020). The textile industry employs about 51 million people directly and 68 million people indirectly. India has overtaken Italy and Germany to emerge as the world's second largest textile exporter. Modernising machinery is the need of the hour, for boosting Make in India. Country should focus more on skill development, infrastructure and machinery as a whole.”
Techtextil India also offered the right platform to the eight Center for Excellence units to foster R&D in the sector. Market creation is a biggest challenge since technical textiles are an important element at every walk of life. There has to be national level awareness on seamless movement between government and the industry, shared UK Gangopadhyay, Executive Director.
This year, the Telangana is the official state partner for the fair promoting textile policies and networking with potential investors. The Department of Handloom and Textiles is currently working to strengthen the textile and apparel industry, and has launched many incentive-based programmes in areas such as capital support, power tariff and land price to attract investors. The Kakatiya Integrated Mega Textile Park is one of the key focus areas presented by the state at the 6th edition.