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November 8, 2021

Techtextil India makes comeback with hybrid edition

Techtextil India is due to make a comeback with a “hybrid edition” launch, a series of live product demonstrations, insightful knowledge sessions and B2B networking opportunities, the multimodal trade fair will provide a strong avenue for technical textile professionals to reimagine their business potential.

By Hannah Abdulla

Techtextil India is returning after three years between 25-27 November at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, India.

The organisers had hit pause on events due to the pandemic, however the show’s return will unite technical textile players from across its varied application areas. Top technical textile brands include JB Ecotex, PARK Nonwoven, Loyal Textiles Lenzing, Mehala, Meera Industries.

The conjunction between the physical exhibition and the online business matchmaking platform will make way to a wider range of networking. Local and international visitors who are unable to attend the venue will be able to witness the exhibition virtually through the ‘MFI virtual app’ which will host live knowledge sessions and product demonstrations for visitors. The two-day multimodal trade fair allows the visitors to search for specific products like fibres, yarns, nonwovens, machinery, coated textiles with easy to use filters further to which they can share their query or connect directly with the respective exhibitors.

At the same time, visitors attending the venue will be welcomed under a well-organised physical exhibition following the government-authorised safety protocols of ‘MFI SafeConnect’. These protocols will enable visitors to engage in secure face-to-face interactions with exhibitors and witness the latest technical textile technologies and innovations in-person.

Raj Manek, executive director and board member, Messe Frankfurt Asia Holdings Ltd, shared: “After a tough and lengthy period of slowdown, I am sure that the industry is eager to go full steam ahead and regain its momentum. There are plenty of lucrative opportunities in technical textiles, owing to the reforms and schemes introduced by the Indian government. Through Techtexil India 2021, we aim to provide a collaborative atmosphere that the industry needs to get back on its feet and look ahead towards the future. Moreover, the return of face-to-face exhibitions combined with the virtual model will open doors to excellent sourcing, collaborative and learning opportunities for professionals. I greatly look forward to welcoming the technical textile industry back on the showfloor of Techtexil India.”

The government of Tamil Nadu has also confirmed its close co-operation with the event in a bid to strengthen indigenous production through the state and attract investors.

Pooja Kulkarni, IAS MD & CEO, Guidance Tamil Nadu, stated: “While there are several inherent advantages for the growth of technical textiles in Tamil Nadu specifically, many raw materials used in the production of sanitary products, artificial ligaments, seat belt webbings and airbags are still heavily imported. In this context, the alliance with Techtextil India Forum can help us reduce import dependency and bring investments in R&D, manufacturing and innovation by partnering with global technical textiles companies.”

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