South Asia’s biggest fabric & accessories show ‘Source Zone 2011’ held in Gurgaon, India

To showcase world-class fabric, accessories, trimmings and embellishments for global apparel buyers

To witness participation from India, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan and Hong Kong

To benefit Indian exhibitors & buyers of fabrics & accessories

Gurgaon : Poised with the overwhelming success of its first edition of ‘Source Zone’ in 2010, Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) – the apex body of Indian apparel exporters – came out with the second edition of ‘Source Zone’ for 2011 for global apparel makers. Smt Rita Menon, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India and Mr Premal Udani, Chairman, Apparel Export Promotion Council inaugurated ‘Source Zone 2011’ at Apparel House, Gurgaon today. It was held from November 09, 2011 to November 11, 2011. ‘Source Zone’ was a first-of-its-kind annual international exhibition platform created and promoted by AEPC for global apparel manufacturers for sourcing the world-class fabric, accessories, trimmings and embellishments.

‘Source Zone 2011’ provided an opportunity for more than 10,000 buyers of fabric, accessories and services (ready-made garment manufacturers/exporters) to analyze the widest spectrum of existing and emerging products and services at the best rates.

Over 100 participants from various countries including India, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Thailand showcased their capabilities in fabrics and accessories. It offered the best buying opportunities to international buyers of fabrics and accessories from a wide array of existing and emerging products and services. ‘Source Zone’ has become an important platform where the textile value chain can network, interact and negotiate for the entire range of the best quality fabric, accessories and materials for garmenting. Some of the best qualities of fabrics of viscose, velvet, cotton, silk, etc were displayed in this exhibition.

On the occasion, said Smt Rita Menon, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, “It is a commendable achievement that India has been able to create such a prestigious fabric and accessories sourcing platform for the global apparel buyers. Through Source Zone, global apparel manufacturers and exporters have been accessing the best quality fabric and accessories products and services at competitive rates. It is proving to be a great opportunity for the USD 30 billion Indian apparel industry to strengthen their supply chain network with their global counterparts. In times to come, Source Zone has the potential to emerge as the most credible platform for global fabric and apparel accessory sourcing.”

Highlighting the success of Source Zone and revealing its importance for global apparel industry, said Mr Premal Udani, Chairman, AEPC, “The promotional platform like Source Zone will always award a level playing field to Indian and other global buyers of fabric and accessories. As these are crucial components of the apparel making value chain, a common meeting centre like Source Zone is a must. Source Zone not only upholds the interest of Indian and global exhibitors and buyers of fabrics and accessories, but also helps them ensure better business conversion.”

It is interesting to note that India consumes fabrics of USD 12 billion and accessories of USD 3 billion, each year. Source Zone is slated to impact the sourcing and consumption patterns of Indian apparel industry.

Supporting industry associations included Apparel Exporters and Manufacturers Association, the Apparel Handloom Exporters Association, the Confederation of Indian Apparel Exporters, The Clothing Manufacturers Association of India, the Garments Exporters Association, the Garments Exporters Association of Rajasthan and the Tirupur Exporters Association.

The following products were showcased at the exhibition :

India : Cotton laces, Fabrics in cotton, nylon, lycra, knitted fabrics, garment trims, nets, drill fabrics, polyester fabric, fancy fabric, heat transfer stickers, button, buckles, beads, embroidery items, labels, zippers, colour melanged, dyed yarn etc.

Taiwan : Interlinings, cotton yarn, laces, ribbons, Novelties and varieties knitting and lace, Hook and loop fastening tape, Curtain head tape, Waterproof and Breathable Fabric, Nylon Fabric, Polyester Fabric, Softshell Fabric, warp and weft knitting fabrics.

Japan : Synthetic fabric, Natural Fiber(Cotton, Flax, wool), Jacquard, Knit, Plain, Weave fabric, Linen/Ramie fabric, Jacqard, Yarn, dyeing, Fabric dyeing), Triacetate Fabric, Lace, Embroidery.

Hongkong : Trimmings and Garment Accessories, Button and buckle, Zipper, Label, Clothing Accessories, Jacquard Elastic & Knitted Elastic.
Thailand : Dyed and finished fabrics, fabric, lace, satin fabric, yarn, fancy & melangel with any effect, all kind of fabric cotton polyester

One of the largest textile exporters in the world, Taiwan, known for its innovative and functional fabrics, exhibited a wide range of innovative, trendy and high performance textile products at the SourceZone unlocking great opportunities in today’s exciting apparel business environment offering new business avenues for the textile and garment industry.

The textile and garment industry in the Delhi region accounts for more than a quarter of the value of the country’s total garment exports with an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 units. In the overall picture, the Delhi industry is mostly focussed on women’s wear. However, with the domestic apparel market growing at 10% per annum, semi-urban and rural Indian markets growing faster than expected and urban consumers increasingly seeking branded and lifestyle products, the market is set to grow like never before.

This kind of growth needs the momentum supplied by cutting edge products and that is exactly what the Taiwanese manufacturers want to bring to India.
Giving insights about the fair, Ms. Jennifer Liu, Project Manager, Taiwan Textile Federation says, “The Fair will act as a business matchmaking meeting and give opportunities to the Taiwan textile industry to expose their business concepts and services to the Indian marketers, business buyers, partners, distribution channels & key decision makers. Every year we come down to meet big format retailers, leading domestic brands and exporters. This year, we decided to make new ties and long association with some of the best in Indian textile industry.”

The creativity and functionality of Taiwanese textile products have long been recognized by international designers, brands, importers and retailers in all major importing countries. These products are in perfect synergy with the Indian exporters’ increasing requirements for world-class fabrics, yarns and trimmings. Powering India’s garment manufacturing and exports through a wide variety of innovative offerings, these leading companies from Taiwan exhibited their cutting edge and contemporary products in order to establish long-term business associations & tie-ups in the textile field.

The Taiwan Textile Fair will also take place in Bengaluru and Mumbai.