Post Event Release
The 5th Edition of Intex South Asia 2019
- A Resounding Success!!
220+ Suppliers from 13 countries successfully connect with 3,900+ Buyers from 20+ Countries & Regions @ the Largest International Textiles Sourcing Show of South Asia
The 5th edition of Intex South Asia was held on 13-15 November 2019, at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre (BMICH) in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The show was inaugurated by H.E. Shri Vinod K Jacob, Deputy High Commissioner, High Commission of India, Colombo with Special Guests Mrs. Indira Malwatte, Chairperson & CEO, Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) and Mr. Saifuddin Jafferjee, Deputy Chairman, Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF). The opening ceremony was well attended by heads of JAAF member bodies, the Indonesian Embassy in Colombo, KOTRA Colombo, TAITRA Sri Lanka, industry leaders, delegates from several countries as well as electronic and print media of Sri Lanka and South Asia.
The three-day fair connected over 3,900 international buyers from 20 countries and regions to network with 220+ quality suppliers from over 13 countries showcasing Yarns, Apparel Fabrics, Denim Fabrics, Clothing Accessories and Allied Services, Dyes & Chemicals at the biggest international apparel textile sourcing show in the South Asian region.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Saifuddin Jafferjee, Deputy Chairman, Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) and Managing Director, JB Apparel said, “Happy to be here at the 5th Intex Exhibition. It is growing and we have been here for the first one as well. We can see that there is much more interest. It is a well-organized exhibition and looking forward to the next three days. It’s an important occasion for textile calendar in Sri Lanka and apparel calendar.”
Michael Liu, Taiwan Textile Federation said, “Next year 2020, I promise we will be here and our booths must be 180 sq.m. Of course, Intex is very important for us. We want to extend our business in Sri Lanka and South Asia market.”
Piotr Nowaczyk, Export Manager, Modus Przedsiebiorstwo Odziezowe S A Poland, said, “We are suppliers of uniforms for airlines, railways & hotels. This is our initial visit to intex South Asia. We find it very attractive in terms of the number of suppliers of textiles as this provides us a good opportunity to meet all those people. We would be taking part in it for sure next time and we are also on our way to Intex South Asia Bangladesh in the next few days. Thank you very much!”
As the largest trade fair of its kind in the region, Intex South Asia welcomed more than 200 leading and quality textile suppliers from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand, Korea, USA, Switzerland and Netherlands who showcased their wide range of innovative yarns, apparel and denim fabrics, clothing accessories, dyes & chemicals and allied services at the event. The show has ramped up its offerings not only in terms of new pavilions like the Indonesian Pavilion and large pavilions from India and China but also added categories such as the Dyes and Chemicals Zone which added more depth to the show.
There were Country Pavilions from India with 80+ companies, China with 60+ companies, Indonesia Textile Pavilion with 5 companies, Korea Textiles Showcase Pavilion with 28 companies and Taiwan Textiles Showcase Pavilion with 8 companies. The India pavilion was organised by Texprocil (Cotton Yarns & Fabrics), FIEO (Yarns, Fabrics & Accessories) and Chemexcil (Dyes & Chemicals).
All the pavilion organisers were extremely happy with buyers’ footfalls as their member companies were able to meet with potential buyers and existing suppliers from South Asia and other international markets and conduct business and explore new business opportunities.
The 5th edition also saw the arrival of confirmed buyer delegations / groups such as the delegates of the Buying Agents’ Association (BAA) from India. These groups were satisfied after their interaction with international suppliers for their textile sourcing requirements and were hopeful that more business would happen post their visit to Intex South Asia.
The host country industry representatives such as Brandix, MAS, Hirdaramani, Timex, Star Garments, Emjay International, EAM Maliban, KASH Garments, Marks & Spencer, TESCO, H&M, NEXT UK, Decathalon, George, ASMARA, MGF Sourcing, Regal Calibre, etc. attended the show in large numbers with their sourcing, merchandising and design teams. Overall, the show was attended by 3,920+ leading apparel exporters, sourcing offices, brands & retailers, indenting agents, e-tailers and others from 20+ countries and regions who came to Intex South Asia looking for new products, new suppliers and to gain market intelligence & explore new business and sourcing opportunities in Sri Lanka and other international markets.
Intex South Asia also organised a panel discussion on “Materials, Sustainability & Circularity” which saw top industry leaders from across the region present their views on sustainability processes of the industry in South Asia. The panellists included KV Srinivasan, Chairman, The Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL) and Managing Director, Premiere Mills Ltd. (India); Muhammad Shuaib, Supply Chain Manager, Better Cotton Initiative (Pakistan); Demith Goonaratne, Manager – Environmental Sustainability, Hiradaramani International Exports (Sri Lanka); Sharika Senanayake, Director of Environmental Sustainability, MAS Holdings and Felix Fernando, Managing Director, Omegaline Ltd. They presented their views on the challenges and future of the textiles & apparel industry of South Asia and how they see the concepts under discussion could be implemented in their respective countries and businesses. The discussion was gracefully moderated by Dr. Lloyd Fernando, Director of Global Business Development & Innovation, Shore To Shore | Expo Industrial Engineering (Sri Lanka). The discussion was attended by an august gathering of 300+ industry representatives.
Intex South Asia’s ‘Interactive Business Forums’ always deliver high quality market intelligence to support industry efforts to upgrade, move up the value chain, and better understand intra-regional trade to help manufacturers gain a competitive edge.
This year’s ‘Interactive Business Forum’ was a huge success where for the first time, Cotton Council International (CCI) - also known as Cotton USA - which is the export promotion arm of the National Cotton Council of America (NCC) brough to Sri Lanka the latest in research, highlighting new ideas in technology, fashion, blends, processes, etc. Also presenting for the 1st time at Intex South Asia was ‘Fashion for Good’, providing insights on “Trends & Technological Textile Innovations; Driving Sustainability in the Textile Value Chain” and its South Asia programme. In the third and last session, the ‘Better Cotton Initiative’ highlighted “Sustainability in Textiles” for a clearer understanding of environmental, social and economic sustainability.
The Q&A interaction afterwards was quite encouraging for the industry professionals (domestic as well as international) who attended the event in large numbers.
The ‘Networking Reception’ organised by Intex South Asia was an event where high level interactions took place in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. The organisers took this opportunity to celebrate the 5th Edition of their show by felicitating their long term support partners in industry as well as the Boards and Associations through whose support Intex South Asia has grown to become the largest international apparel sourcing show in the region.
At the end of the 5th edition, there was 20% growth recorded in the buyers’ footfall and 15% increase in exhibitors as compared to last year. This increase was confirmed by both Exhibitors & Buyers’ feedback who were positive about all aspects of Intex South Asia. These promising views are expected to keep growing year-on-year with increasing trade and investments. This comprehensive and must-attend trade show is making its mark in South Asia’s textile and apparel industry as well as amongst the global buyers who are increasing their presence at Intex South Asia.