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The 16th Edition of Screen Print India Expo (Mumbai) Receives Overwhelming Response

06 June 2022: The 16th edition of Screen Print India Expo was held along with Gartex Texprocess India at the Jio World Convention Centre, Mumbai from May 12-14, 2022. The three-day show, with a combined lineup of 100+ exhibitors and over 250 brands under one roof, was inaugurated by Darshana Jardosh, Union Minister of State for Textiles & Railways.

The show featured diverse garment decoration processes such as screen printing, digital textile printing, sublimation, DTG, DTF and HTV. The exhibitors’ list included machinery and equipment manufacturers and suppliers, materials suppliers and distributors, substrate suppliers, etc.

The Screen Print India Expo attracted visitors from all over India. It offered quality networking and unmatched business opportunities. This was for the first time that visitors have had an opportunity to visit multiple exhibitions simultaneously. Screen Print India, Gartex Texprocess and Denim Show were held on one side and next door there was PaperWorld and Corporate Gift Show, which also featured some interesting products in paper and gift products including corporate t-shirts, packaging, etc.

Some of the prominent exhibitors from the screen printing, transfer printing, and digital and textile printing segments included Behariji Enterprises (ready to print t-shirts), Bludigit Technologies (CTS), BMG Enterprise (HTVs), Britomatics India Pvt. Ltd (DTF and sublimation printer), Creative Industry (inks), Devraj Rangwala (raw materials), Dhaval Colour Chem (T-shirt printing and Sublimation printing), Digitech Digital Imaging (DTF), Electron Colour Chem (Textile inks), Epson India (Sublimation and DTG), Hitech Marketing (sublimation paper),Hi-Tech Systems (digital printers), Huned Rangwala (materials supplier),Indian Dyes Sales Corporation (textile, Heat transfer inks and paper), Impress Apparel (textile machinery), Insight Print Communications (sublimation printers), Jay Instruments & Systems (digital textile printers), Konica Minolta Business Solutions India, Mac Printing Solution (pad printing), Madhu Offset (garment accessories printing), Orange O Tec (digital textile printer) Premier Colorscan Instruments (color management tools), Prime Overseas (HTV), Pro Screen Technologies (CTS for textile printing), San Printech (raw materials), Schutzen Care (textile chemicals), Schoeller India Industries (sublimation paper), Skyscreen International (screen printing, HTV materials, Suman Products (screen printing materials), Tanya Enterprises (DTF), True Colors (digital textile printers), VAMA Prints (heat transfer films), etc.

Most of the exhibitors were quite satisfied with the outcome of the Screen Print India expo due to the fact that the show was held after a gap of two years due to the global pandemic. Plus, the show received an overwhelming response in terms of footfalls and quality of visitors.

As the travel restrictions were lifted, there were some overseas visitors as also principals of Indian distributors. Dirk Oelschlager, Technical Sales Manager from Kissel + Wolf, Germany, who represents Ulano, was present all three days of the expo in the stall of SkyScreen International, a high-profile consortium, a global conglomerate comprising leading international brands.

“I am delighted to be present in the exhibition which is held after a gap of two years. It makes sense to participate in physical exhibitions and interact with customers. For Ulano, the Indian market and Indian customers are very important. There is a huge market potential for our products and in the post-pandemic scenario, we foresee good growth as we are going to introduce the latest innovations,” said Dirk Oelschlager who was seen busy interacting with Skyscreen customers.

Hans Kiewiet, General Manager, Schoeller Technocell GmbH & Co KG (Felix Schoeller) was happy to share his experiences in the first Indian exhibition after the pandemic. “Physical exhibition allows meeting clients face to face. We can listen to success stories, how technology is developing, and all other industry feedback. I was relay excited to be here. Owing to the pandemic we could not visit Indian exhibitions. During the exhibition, I could get the feel of the Indian market by interacting with many of our leading customers. The exhibition was well organized,” he said.

Vivek Sehgal, CEO of Mumbai-based Pranit Color Concepts (representing Impress Apparel Machines) was rather delighted to witness an overwhelming response to the exhibition. Their stall received good footfalls as the company had showcased Impress Apparel Machines’ six-colour automatic heat presses and a poster display of Oval Textile Printing Machines, new inks and chemicals, and a curing machine. The company has also launched their new DTF.

“As this was the first garment printing exhibition in Mumbai after a gap of two years, we came across many buyers wanting to invest in new products. The garment printing sector is picking up pace and we have received good enquiries about the exhibition. We hope the market will boom further,” he said.

Amit Jha, Marketing Head, Hi-Tech Marketing, one of the exhibitors said “This kind of exhibition should keep happening. The show was not up to our expectations. In Delhi Gartex/ Screen Print India we had received a good response. In the Mumbai show, footfall was good but not much quality crowd related to our products.”

EPSON’s stall was one of the busiest stalls in the exhibition. The company had presented a live demonstration of their DTG, positive output printer, and other range of digital printers. Girish Bhatia, Director of CPS Imaging Technologies, representing Epson, said “There were visitors from all over the world because the Screen Print India/ Gartex Expo got attracted by visitors from the PaperWorld and Corporate Gift Show. So, we gained a lot owing to those multiple shows happening in one single hall. We explained how an Epson DTG can also be used for DTF printing with quality output. We showcased basic DTG as also industrial grade DTG for volume jobs and stable production 24/7.”

New Delhi based Britomatics India (P) Ltd. is a regular exhibitor in Screen Print India/ Gartex Expo. Sonu Saini, said “Since we are involved in the garment industry, we did not miss to exhibit in Screen Print India/Gartex shows. Although the Show is held in Mumbai, we received a response from all over India with some definite orders for DTF and sublimation printers. We also had a separate stall in Media Expo Mumbai. Overall we are satisfied with the outcome of the show.”

Huned Rangwala, Founder, Huned Y. Rangwala, was one of the most delighted exhibitors in Screen Print India as he did not expect such a huge footfall of quality visitors. “The show was a great success for us. Many new start-ups were enquiring about our products focused on textile printing such as plastisol and water-based inks and special effects. There are some non-traditional markets which are fast-growing in the garment sector. During Covid-19, there was not much business.”

There were mixed reactions from the visitors. While the new generation and start-up related visitors found the exhibition a perfect platform to explore new business opportunities and gather new ideas, the oldies felt dejected as there were not much of stalls from the traditional line of screen printing business such as industrial and graphics printing. The Screen Print India 2022 Mumbai show was mainly centred on garment decoration.

A first-time visitor, Naveen R., Proprietor of Ocean Edge Fashions, Bengaluru, a manufacturer of garment accessories, tried to explore various options for garment decoration. “We are looking for some innovative ideas to produce garment tags and heat transfers as we have clients all over India. DTF was one option we witnessed at the Screen Print India/ Gartex Expo in Mumbai. There were some heat transfer paper and ink suppliers with whom I could discuss various possibilities. Overall the show was informative.”

A regular visitor to Screen Print India show for the last several years, Kishore Kothapalli of Shree Varnishes & UV Prints, Hyderabad, spent time a day at the Screen Print India expo. “There was so much to see in digital printing, textile printing and other garment decoration. But there were not many stalls related to value addition and industrial printing technologies. So, the next day I visited Media Expo in Mumbai to explore other opportunities in digital printing.”

There were quite a several overseas visitors such as Irfan Dalwai, Proprietor of PrintoGraph, UAE, who deals in screen printing materials, gift and transfer printing, etc said “The gulf market is slowly picking up. There was total stagnation in the printing market. And there was no exhibition to source new product line and introduce in our market. So, Screen Print India combined with the Gartex expo was a good platform to explore various latest products in heat transfer printing, digital printing, DTF and sublimation. The exhibition dates also coincided with the Media Expo Mumbai as a result I could also spend a day there to explore some other technologies.”

Laxmi D. Sapkal, a Professor at PVG’s College of Engineering and Technology, was quite delighted to visit the exhibition. “Recently, our institute conducted a workshop on sublimation printing. Our Institute is exploring various new age printing technologies as showcased in the exhibition. We are also interested in garment decoration which is a vast area to be explored by the students in future. The show was well organized and I could gather some new ideas in garment printing which I can pass on to the students.”

The Next Edition of Screen Print India Expo will take place at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 04-06 August 2022.

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