The 8th -edition of Home Expo India 2019, a combination of three integral segments of Handicrafts sector i.e. Home- Textiles, Houseware and Furniture concluded recently at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida. OP Prahladka, Chairman- EPCH, Ravi K Passi, Vice Chairman-EPCH, Rakesh Kumar, Director General-EPCH and prominent members of committee of administration were present during inauguration ceremony.

On the occasion of opening of Home Expo India 2019, OP Prahladka, Chairman – EPCH said that the show is in response to the industry demand and International trend of organising sector specific shows enabling better focus on specific requirements of buyers and is much appreciated by International visitors who can concentrate on products they are looking for without getting lost in the myriad of products, services and exhibitors.

Home Expo India covered sectors with maximum thrust and growth potential in home décor, furnishing, furniture, flooring, and textiles. About 500 companies in permanent marts will be exhibiting their collection under these categories at the stateof- the-art India Expo Centre & Mart from 16 – 18 April, 2019. Home Expo India concentrated on select exhibitors, premium products and thoughtfully invited buyers. This obviously leads one to think that whole exercise of Home Expo India is very methodical, scientific and selective and hoped this kind of approach will yield very good results informed Rakesh Kumar, Director General – EPCH.

The premium expo, organised by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), registered visit of 556 overseas buyers as well as their representatives and buying agents and retail buyers to source their focused requirements from a diverse range of international quality products under one-roof showcased by more than 375 exhibitors said Rakesh Kumar, Director General – EPCH.

Countries from where buyers came included traditional markets of the US and Europe and buyers from countries like Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, France, UAE, Lebanon, Kenya, Tajikistan, Russia, Taiwan, Singapore, Kuwait, Iran, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and Vietnam.

Kumar further said that showcasing of product range through an event is a best tool to create awareness and market its potential. EPCH in India has always taken lead in promoting the Indian handicraft sector. With every step forward, the products package from India is becoming more diverse and tasteful amongst the overseas buying community. The efforts for organising product specific Home Expo India show for the last many have beard fruits by showing growth in exports of 27.13 per cent in Furniture & accessories, in houseware and decorative 15.19 per cent growth and in Home furnishing, flooring and home textiles 6.3 per cent in last year.

A highly specialized and product-segmented triple show – Home Expo India – was the culmination of Indian Houseware and Decoratives Show, Indian Furnishings, Floorings and Textiles Show and Indian Furniture and Accessories Shows offered three opportunities to the visitors to source their requirements under one roof. Buyers were also seen busy in finalising their orders on last day of the show. The show in this edition, gave a valuable business platform to artisans and budding entrepreneurs of North Eastern Region and SC crafts of Northern India informed Kumar. The Handicrafts exports during the year 2018-19 is Rs. 26,590.25 cr registering a growth of 15.46 per cent over the previous year, said Rakesh Kumar, DG – EPCH.

EPCH is the nodal export promotion body for handicrafts in India and plays an important role of a catalyst between the exporters, buyers and the Government with the main objective of boosting handicrafts exports from the country and also projects India’s image in the global markets as a reliable supplier of handcrafted exquisite and quality products.