The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has agreed a deal with four European Federations of the textile and apparel industry to promote Indian/European cooperation in the sectors.

The four federations involved are the Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry, British Apparel & Textile Confederation, Union des Industries Textiles, France, and Hungarian Apparel Manufacturers Association.

Connected with this deal, CII is organising SMATCHINDIATEX from 27 February to 1 March 2006 in Mumbai, and from 2 - 3 March 2006 in New Delhi. 

50 companies from Germany, France, Hungary and the UK will be participating in SMATCHINDIATEX and will be interacting with leading textile exporters in India, who deal with garments, fabrics, made-up goods, spinning mills and others. 

These fifty organisations will be interacting with 150 counterpart organisations in India. 

The project sets out to help European and Indian enterprises to internationalise their business strategies and to facilitate business co-operation between companies.

The European Union is a key market for textiles from India, which is a growing leader in the industry following the end of global quotas in January 2005.