The final day of Garment Technology Expo (GTE) 2018, held from January 19-22 at NSIC Complex, Okhla (New Delhi), India, concluded on a very bright note for both visitors and technology suppliers that displayed the latest advancements.
On Day 4, despite being the start of the week, people came out in huge number to make the 26th edition of the garment technology expo a huge success. The likes of GS Madan, MD, Madan Trading Company, Delhi; domestic brand and manufacturer Harjot Takkar, Director, Sahib Textiles (Tacfab), Sonepat; Consultant Pooja Makhija, Director, Fashion Futures, Delhi; pattern services provider Shri Niwas Sharma, Director, Apparel Solutions, Delhi visited the fair on the very last day.
GS Madan explored automation in all segments, be it cutting, stitching or finishing, etc. He told Apparel Resources, “As the industry is still on oxygen, the only way to survive is to adopt automation as much as possible so that we can reduce workforce and minimise cost.”
Technical and PD teams of various companies also shared the upcoming developments of their respective organisations with Apparel Resources. Nikita Gupta, Merchandise Manager, Sreepriya Exports, Kolkata told us that her company is installing CAD systems and has recently started working on the Lean project as well to boost efficiency.
Not just that, Day 4 also witnessed visitors from cities like Agra, Pune, Jodhpur and others where ‘garmenting’ is not at big level but definitely growing.
Bringing back the SPOTLIGHT to ‘technology’, the key attraction of the fair was the exquisite showcase of Machine-to-Machine communication systems powered by several tech bigwigs including Juki, Jack, Hikari, Duerkopp Adler and Brother.
Further, the display of Pick and Place Heat Seal Machine by Cheran was a must-watch. The machine is said to reduce the time of tag attachment in the garment by replacing the conventional stitching with the automatic sticker attachment – this attracted a lot of attention at the 4-day technology extravaganza.
Not behind than any other development demonstrated at the show, ‘Shirt Automation’ by Italian pioneer MAICA drew quite a good visitation at the company’s stall. MAICA displayed ‘UAM 04’, which is an automatic placket attachment machine. Not to forget, the tech provider marked its presence for the very first time at any trade fair in India and received a prodigious response as well, which will push the firm to come next year as well.
Further, one segment that has been setting the industry ablaze is ‘digital printing’. The segment was tapped greatly by India-based ColorJet, which presented digital printer TXF at the fair. The printer offers speed of up to 24 square metres per hour and can achieve print resolutions of up to 1,440 dpi.
At the show, ColorJet shared its plans with Apparel Resources. The company has ambitious projects in place to expand in the manufacturing hubs like Bangladesh and Vietnam. “India has already been our stronghold and now we are looking to capitalise on the lucrative opportunities in other emerging countries. We are looking to collaborate with local partners, especially in Vietnam,” told Smarth Bansal, Brand Manager, Colorjet.
All-in-all, if the positivity and feedback of GTE 2018 are to be believed – the fair was a success and so will be the year 2018 for the Indian apparel manufacturing industry. From technology suppliers to trims manufacturers to the visitors all were quite bullish about the market.
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