Attended by leading home textile manufacturers and buying houses

The 3rd Home Fashion Technology Week (HFTW) 2018 for Indian home & floor furnishing industry was organised successfully from July 2-4, 2018. The week-long event, organised by Tech Communiqué Multi Media (TCMM) in association with MSBC, was held at three different venues based on requirements and focus of areas of the industries in these regions. The event started from Karur (The Residency on 2nd July, 2018), Mumbai (The Renaissance Hotel on 4th July, 2018) followed by Panipat (Hotel Swarn Mahal on 6-7 July, 2018) focusing on bed linen, towels, curtains, blankets, rugs and carpets.

At HFTW 2018, companies presented their technology through audio visuals to the audiences which included home & floor furnishing producers in a seminar hall along with an opportunity to attendees of one-by- one interaction with these company personnel at their booth outside the seminar hall before and after presentations. The aim of HFTW was to benefit home and floor furnishing industry of India on a single platform bringing all three segments together- machinery and technology suppliers, buyers and consultants and home & floor furnishing producers.

During the event various expert presentations from made by the technology suppliers from spinning to weaving/tufting, to dyeing and finishing, to printing, cutting, folding and packing and at one place. Some of presentation highlights were Folding & packaging technologies by Espri Tech, Textile dyeing and textile drying machines by Texpro, Unit Production System by Smart MRT, BCF Yarn Technology by Oerlikon, Finishing machinery for the carpet industry by Sellers, Cutting technology for home textile industry by Zund, Digital textile printing technology by ATEXCO, Cutting, sewing, folding, packing automation by Magetron, Tumble Dryer by Sunwin, Carpet Weaving Machines by Stäubli, Machinery for the carpet and textile industry by Handsaeme Machinery, Carpet making technology by Tuftco, Cutting Solutions by Asahi Trading Co. Ltd. and other presentations by Jaipur Rugs Company Pvt. Ltd., SMS, Exclusive Fibers Ltd.

According to the organizer Manjeet Singh Bakshi, “After the success of our 2nd edition in 2017, I am happy to inform you that this edition we have better participation from both exhibitors and visitors. In India, 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. HFTW provides a platform that brings together the world’s best textile machinery manufacturers and Indian home and floor furnishing producers alongside niche buyers to get familiar with the technology available from around the world. This will certainly help manufacturers produce home and floor furnishing products in India with better in-line efficiency and ‘Make in India’ tag.”

Overall, the event received very encouraging responses from home & floor furnishing industries at all three locations. This was proved by presence of representatives from some of the leading home textile producing, exporting and buying houses companies in India. The event witnessed presence of leading names from the fraternity.

Guest & Speakers at various events included – Karur: Nachimuthu, President – Karur Textile Exporters Association; Arulalan Pillai, CEO – Wise Advisors; Srinivasan, GM – JVS Export; Daniel Fung, Sales Director – SmartMRT; Manjeet Singh Bakshi, MD – MSBC; Jane, Sales Manager – Richpeace; Christian Moore, Director – ACG Kinna; Nicola Barioni, Sales Director – Magetron (Italy); Kalpendra Kashyap, Sales Manager – Dohle.

Panipat: Ashok Gupta, MD – Devgiri; Lalit Goel, President – Panipat EA; Deepak Nath, Chairman – Raj Overseas; Ramesh Verma, President – Handloom Exports Manufactures Association; Kuldeep Kumar Singla, Chairman – Riviera;

Michael Ruebenhagen, Sales Director – Oerlikon Neumag; Keith White, Sales Manager – Tuftco; Jane, Sales Manager – Richpeace; Samuel Gerber, CEO – Espritech; Nicola Barioni, Sales Director – Magetron (Italy); Kalpendra Kashyap, Sales Manager – Dohle; Daniel Fung, Sales Director – SmartMRT; Arulalan Pillai, CEO – Wise Advisors; Saurabh Gupta, Director – Devgiri Exports; Geert Libbrecht, Sales Manager – Handsaeme; Joe, Sales Manager, Atexco; Jason Ledbetter, Marketing Director – Tuftco; SP Setla, CEO, SP Associates; Sandeep Gupta, Material & Technology – IKEA; Manjeet Singh Bakshi, Managing Director – MSBC; Kapil Sethi, VP – Raj Overseas, Fernando, Sales Director – SmartMRT.

Mumbai: Mahavir Pratap Sharma, Chairman – CEPC; ArulalanPillai, CEO – Wise Advisors; SP Setla, CEO, SP Associates; Keith White, VP – Tuftco finishing; Manjeet Singh Bakshi, Managing Director – MSBC; Jane, Sales Manager – Richpeace; Samuel Gerber, CEO – Espritech; Nicola Barioni, Sales Director – Magetron (Italy); Kalpendra Kashyap, Sales Manager – Dohle; Daniel Fung, Sales Director – SmartMRT; Geert Libbrecht, Sales Manager – Handsaeme; Joe, Sales Manager, Atexco; Jason Ledbetter, Marketing Director – Tuftco; Michael Ruebenhagen, Sales Director – Oerlikon Neumag; Ashish Sonwalkar – Industry Expert.

2nd Industry Night, Panipat

For India’s home textile, rugs & carpet industry, the future is bright indeed. India will ultimately become the world’s largest producer of these products. However, the quality and value issues will remain if the whole sector is to reach its full potential in the competitive global market place. Looking at all this, MSBC organised its second “Networking Night with a panel discussion” to discuss “Panipat Textile Industry – Potential, Challenges, Trends, Innovation& Technology” on 6th July, 2018 in city. The Networking night/Panel discussion provided an opportunity to meet industry representatives from various different companies manufacturing home textile, rugs & carpet, buying houses and consultants. The panel discussion broadly discussed the key challenges faced by Panipat manufacturers, global competitiveness of the industry, productivity and skill development, innovation, technology upgradation within new government framework and policies. Basic idea was to highlight where the industry lacks, and other challenges it is facing like infrastructure, on time delivery, lack of commitment fulfillment etc. to become world’s leading home textile manufacturing and exporting hub.

The panel discussion also highlighted the evolution of the industry’s value chain and opinions on future trends and international developments by the key panelists who are specialists in their fields as manufacturers of home textiles, rugs & carpets, retailers, buying houses and international machinery manufactures for this industry. The event was attended by senior management of technical, projects & production department of home and floor furnishing manufacturing companies and buyers and buying house in Panipat and nearby regions.