Textile Association (India), with a motive to demystify the innovations showcased at ITMA 2015 through a conference with the theme “Innovation@ITMA 2015, Milan” on 12th February 2016 at hotel The Lalit, Mumbai received overwhelming response. Dr. Kavita Gupta, IAS, Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, graced the event as the Chief Guest and inaugurated the conference. In her inaugural speech, she highlighted the need to adopt modern technology in manufacturing to remain competitive and produce quality that meets customer’s need. She further added that the technology is evolving rapidly and hence, one must keep an eye on emerging trends and upgrade technology before being obsolete. Indian textile’s share in the global trade was around 45 to 50% nearly 200 years back which has now come down to about 5.8%. She appealed to the industry to work hard and increase this share to around 20%. To achieve such feat, she said, technology and machinery would play an extremely critical role. She then made a short presentation on “Overview of Textile Industry” which was very informative.
Aniruddha Deshmukh, Managing Director & CEO, Mafatlal Industries Ltd. was the Guest of Honour and addressed the delegates that ITMA was certainly a big extravaganza and the technicians benefitted from the innovations displayed at the show. He further added that customers are a priority and we have to make sure that not only we reach the customers in the best possible way but also to satisfy him with our products produced with state-of-the-art technology. V. C. Gupte, Chairman, TAI, Mumbai Unit and convener of the conference gave the highlights of the event. Gupte said that ITMA is the biggest global market place and one-stop sourcing platform for emerging trends and innovative solutions in textile technology. It covers the whole production chain from spinning, weaving, non-wovens, knitting right through to finishing.
In addition to machinery, ITMA 2015 covered dyes/pigment manufacturers as well. ITMA 2015 coincided with the dates of the Diwali Festival and hence many people were not able to visit this mega event. The TAI, Mumbai Unit immediately thought of this and invited dignitaries those who attended ITMA 2015 to give the first hand information about the latest developments in international market. TAI Mumbai has made all attempts to give the glimpse of ITMA Exhibition to the delegates. As the convener of the conference, he thanked all the speakers, sponsors, advertisers and delegates for their kind support to make this conference a great success. The finale session, a panel discussion drew much attraction and enthusiasm during the conference. There was substantial interaction from the participants during this session. The panel comprised Dr. A. N. Desai, Director, BTRA, Tapas Nandi, Country Head (India), Groz-Beckert Asia Pvt. Ltd., Dilip Gianchandani, COO, Fibre2Fashion, Nitin Bavkar, Director, Smitin Marketing Pvt. Ltd., Anand Jaiswal, Director, Euro Texmach Pvt. Ltd. and V. R. Sai Ganesh, GM-Marketing (National), Atul Ltd.