TEXMAC 2007: A Resounding Success

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ndia’s newest textile machinery exhibition premiered in January in New Delhi and was
pronounced “a resounding success” by its organizers. Texmac India 2007, held concurrently with the
Second Asian Textile Conference (ATEXCON), showcased the products and services of 200 exhibitors
from 14 countries, including 60 Indian companies and 140 from abroad, at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan
Exhibition Centre.

New Delhi, capital city of the Republic of India, is located in northern India and
well-positioned to draw visitors not only from India, but also from neighboring countries Pakistan
and Bangladesh. Top textile-manufacturing executives, decision-makers and engineers from these
three countries were counted among Texmac India’s 6,000 trade visitors.

Filling four exhibition halls and national pavilions, Texmac India exhibitors presented
their latest innovations in spinning, weaving, knitting, nonwovens, washing, bleaching, printing,
finishing and making-up machinery and accessories; dyestuffs and chemicals; transport and handling
machinery; recycling equipment; software; testing equipment; auxiliary goods and services; and
technical information sources. The show’s organizers, Germany-based Internationaler Messe- und
Ausstellungsdienst GmbH (IMAG) and New Delhi-based Fair Design India Pvt. Ltd. (FDI), reported
exhibitors expressed great satisfaction with their business results during the fair, with more than
75 percent expecting follow-up orders.

“Visitor quality at Texmac India 2007 was very good, even the ‘top shots’ of the Indian
textile industry were represented among the customers,” said Hermann Selker, head of marketing,
Trützschler GmbH & Co. KG, Germany. “Many new projects were discussed with us, and this is
certain to result in new contracts. We are awaiting good follow-up business from the fair.”

“The many customer contacts at Texmac India 2007 were a very positive experience, and we are
looking forward to the new opportunities, especially also with our new clients,” said Gianluigi
Sora, sales manager, Smit S.p.A., Italy.

“India is the most promising market for our company,” said Su Shanzhen, chairman, Kunshan
Kaigong Machinery Co. Ltd., China. “We have experienced a very high quality of visitors and met
mainly decision-makers instead of technical people.”

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Exhibitors also praised the fair’s organization, presentation and efficient
staff, and are looking forward to the next Texmac India, which will take place in 2009, with exact
dates to be determined shortly.

“Texmac India is a very well-organized show with very nicely done booths, very efficient
staff and very good technical organization,” said Yogesh Garg, sales manager, Textile Machinery
Division, Voltas Ltd., India — which represents Germany-based Oskar Dilo Maschinenfabrik KG. “
Personal attention is given by the organizers, and the requirements of the exhibitors are
understood.”

“[Texmac India] is very well organized and the quality of visitors was very good,” said B.M.
Bindal, director, Matex India Pvt. Ltd., India. “We would like to look at a bigger participation at
the next Texmac India.”

Joining IMAG and FDI to help promote Texmac India abroad were the Association of Italian
Textile Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT), British Textile Machinery Association (BTMA), Indo-German
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IGCC), Swiss Textile Machinery Division (Swissmem), Turkey-based
Textile Machinery and Accessories Industrialists Association (TEMSAD), and German Engineering
Federation Textile Machinery Division (VDMA). The Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI),
organizer of ATEXCON, also provided active support.





India’s Textile Industry: A Snapshot

The textile industry in the Indian subcontinent has experienced significant growth in recent
years. In India alone, production has increased by 33 percent since 2003, according to Texmac India
organizers IMAG and FDI. The country boasts some 3,000 textile mills employing some 38 million
workers directly, while an additional 50 million people are employed indirectly by the industry,
which is India’s second-largest employer.

In 2002, the Indian textile industry produced goods worth US$36 billion, and in 2003-04
exported goods worth US$12 billion. Production value is projected to increase annually by 11
percent to US$85 billion in 2010, while export growth is projected at 18 percent annually, to US$40
billion. Investment in textile machinery is expected to total US$23.4 billion until 2008. Imports
of such machinery totaled US$462 million in 2003-04 and US$650 million in 2004-05.



March/April 2007
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