The wait for the sole home textile and floor furnishing technology event, Home Fashion Technology Week (HFTW India), organised by Tech Communiqué Multi Media (TCMM), got over for the industry on April 18, 2017. As expected, the niche event witnessed handsome participation from the industry leadership. The special focus of HFTW 2017 was on bed linen, towels and curtains. With 12 fully packed booths, the industry veterans
were very positive about the outcomes of this event, which generated $50-60 million (Rs 350 crore) worth of technology related inquiries. A large number of business deals also materialised.
Stakeholders and veterans can vouch that there is no other event of this nature and stature and in India. TCMM provides a unique platform for machine manufacturers of the textile industry. Even the audience/participants visiting the event, which were more than 100 in number, atThe Renaissance Hotel, Mumbai, received excellent food for thought as far as ideas and understanding of textiles and their production is concerned. The exhibitors for this event were companies from all over the globe which are manufacturing machines/ provide support to serve the Home textile and Rugs and Carpet industry. The companies were very positive on participation in this event where potential clients from all India were present and were also provided with a platform where they were able to inform the clients on how they can add value in any part of the value chain in Home textiles and Rugs & Carpets.
The exhibitors included the names of the likes of Durst, Tuftco, Magetron, Espritech, Smart MRT, Sontech, Stentex,
Sunwin, Staubli, SMS Gartex, Zund, The Ideasmith, SP Setia & Associates, Home extile Views, Textech Communique and
Floortech Communique. Some of the prominent exhibitors included Welspun, Trident, SSM Mills, Indocount, Alok Industries, Rangoli Solapur, Deesan Group, GM fabrics, Li & Fung and GOTS, among others.
Ms Sevi Virdi, Director and Co-Founder of SMS (Sourcing and Marketing Services) Gartex, expressed that an initiative like HFTW is something that is needed in the industry. Such platforms take the focus on what is needed to make manufacturing processes more international. It is also about India becoming a global player and it’s industry coming at par with other countries. It is also about the competitivess to improve productivity, less use of manual labour and more use of machines.
The event was further strengthened by the fact that representatives from the 12 companies, who are veterans in their field, made presentations before the industry, which provided solid input, outlook, as well as vision for the textile industry and its future. The animated discussions brought about fruitful analysis. The organisers
were happy about the fact that the second edition of HFTW India fulfilled its aspiration and aim to benefit Home and Floor Furnishing Industry of India on a single platform bringing all 4 segments together – Machinery & Technology Suppliers, Buyers and Consultants, Indian Retailers and Home and Floor Furnishing manufacturers.
There is confidence in the industry that there is no event held in India so far which is focused on Home Textile and Floor Furnishing wherein Technology producers & suppliers share the same platform as buyers, retailers and manufacturers. There are many events for machinery for Garments and general Textiles, but none of them focuses on the new technology available in the Global Market for Home and Floor Furnishings. The week-long event will be held at two different venues as per following dates for the convenience of the producers to attend near to their location.
Home Fashion Technology Week (HFTW) 2017 is the only platform that brings together the world’s most influential
Textile Machinery Manufacturers and Indian Home and Floor Furnishing Producers in presence of Niche Buyers to know about the best technology available from around the world to help producing Home and Floor Furnishings products at each region of North India, West India and South India with better efficiency in line with ‘MAKE IN INDIA’.
Industry experts opine that such kinds of events are the need of the hour for the Indian home & floor furnishing industry. The industry must invest in the latest technology, given that technology is the base on which the survival of the industry depends. In spite of difficult times, companies having good R&D and an advanced
infrastructure are doing good.