The F&A Show – Fabrics & Accessories Trade Show conducted its 17th glorious edition from 9 to 11 March 2018 at Trade Centre, KTPO, Whitefield, Bangalore. F&A Show 2018 was inaugurated by industry stalwarts Neetu Jotwani, Sr. Vice President, Sourcing and Product Development, Myntra Ltd., and Atul Ujagar, Managing Director, Nike India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan. The F&A Show is an integral facilitator of the textile supply chain where manufacturers and suppliers showcased their latest developments. The scope and scale of the F&A Show is representative of a mix of Indian and international companies. Manufacturing companies and suppliers of apparel fabrics, trims, embellishments and related services acquired new customers and augmented their business by participating at the F&A Show. As buyers converge in Bangalore to source, network and update themselves on current and forthcoming trends, the excitement is palpable as industry anticipates a resurge in the economy. This year’s Business Networking Forum (BNF), discussed on topic “Growth of the Indian Textile/Apparel industry under huge challenge…Urgent need for competitive, sustainable development in this area.” The BNF highlighted the opportunities and challenges and how these can be addressed collectively. The forum also aims to provide close interaction amongst the senior professionals on exploring potential collaborations and joint ventures going into the future. This interactive session was held at the Trade Centre, KTPO, Whitefield, Bangalore on 10th March 2018.
The speakers at the session were Ganesh VS, Executive Director, Manufacturing & Operations, Page Industries Limited, (Jockey), Bangalore, Sarbajit Ghose, Managing Director, Laguna Clothing F&A show continues to deliver more value and business opportunities Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, and Venkatesh Babu, Director, Texport Syndicate India Limited, Bangalore. Besides, moderator of this discussion was Suresh Balram, Director – Material, Newtimes India. The Trend Forum, was conceptualised and executed by the JD Institute of Fashion Technology, Bangalore. Visitors to the F&A Show represent a diverse category including apparel brands, apparel exporters, buying houses & agents, retailers, wholesalers, fashion designers and labels. The 2017 edition saw 3811 senior sourcing professionals, CEO’s and merchandizing teams visit the show. With several new product launches, informative seminars on the side-lines and product displays, the F&A Show is expected to further raise the benchmark set by the event in the past.
Major exhibit categories included: Fabrics: bottom weight fabrics; dress materials; embroidered fabrics; grey fabrics; imported fabrics; knitted fabrics; outerwear fabrics; printed fabrics; processed fabrics; shirting fabrics mill made; shirting fabrics powerloom silk fabrics; speciality fabrics; terry fabrics; velvet fabrics; woolen fabrics. Accessories: buttons; hangers; interlinings; labels; laces; motifs; stones & studs; tapes; thread – sewing & embroidery; zippers. Services: Textile related CAD/ CAM; CAD/CAM; quality assurance; chemicals & auxiliaries, design institutes & agencies; design & stylings; logistics; textile trade publications; textile testing/ certification; textile trade portals.
The long list of exhibitors, which included some of the topmost names in the fibres, yarns, fabrics and accessories domain, reflected the positive sentiments prevailing in the market and the enthusiastic reception that the event generated.