Top class clothing, textile, footwear and leather manufacturers from India will be showcasing their latest collection to buyers in South Africa in March.
The India Clothing & Textile Trade Show, now in its eighth year, will take place at the CTICC in Cape Town on Thursday, 13 March and Friday, 14 March 2014 and at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Monday, 17 March and Tuesday, 18 March 2014.
The show has become a highlight for discerning buyers in South Africa and will feature an exceptional selection of contemporary creations designed specifically for the South African market. The ranges on display from more than 30 reputable manufacturers will include womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, scarves, home and apparel fabrics as well as made-ups.
This year the Council for Leather Exports (CLE) will also be exhibiting with 35 leading manufacturers from India in the same hall in Cape Town only. They will be exhibiting non-leather footwear, leather footwear, leather goods and accessories, leather garments as well as finished leather.
The show is an initiative of the Ministry of Textiles and Commerce in India as well as the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India under the auspices of the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) and the Council for Leather Exports (CLE).
Deidre Harte, Owner of Lte South Africa and local management company of the show, says buyers can expect to see the latest trends, colours and designs admired by industry professionals throughout the world. "The event provides an ideal platform for India clothing, textile, footwear and leather manufacturers and South African buyers to combine expertise, identify synergies and to establish successful and profitable partnerships."
India is today recognised as one of the best sourcing destinations for garments, textiles, footwear and leather. Labour is skilled and economical while prices are highly competitive without taking away from the quality of the final product.
India's natural assets also play a large role in boosting the country's garment industry by providing raw materials of world-class quality. India is the largest producer of jute, the second largest producer of cotton, silk and cellulosic fibre, the third largest producer of raw cotton and the fourth largest producer of synthetic fibre.
There is no entrance fee and the exhibitions will be open from 9:00am until 4:30pm
each day. Interested parties can also register online at www.indiaclothingtradeshow.co.za
or on arrival at the show.
- South Africa is the largest consumer of clothing in the African market.
- India is South Africa's 2nd largest clothing import partner.
- Imports from India grew positively from the previous year.
- South Africa Imported US$ 1453.8 million worth of apparel from the rest of the world in 2012.
- The top apparel suppliers to South Africa are China, India, Mauritius and Bangladesh. China is still the dominant supplier.
The Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) is the official body of apparel exporters in India that provides invaluable assistance to Indian exporters as well as importers and international buyers who choose India as their preferred sourcing destination for garments.
For Indian exporters, AEPC is a one-stop shop for information, technical guidance and market intelligence. Members have access to updated trade statistics, potential markets, information on international fairs and assistance in participating at these fairs. It also plays a large role in identifying new markets and leading trade delegations to various countries.
Twice a year, AEPC showcases the best of India's garment export capabilities through the prestigious India International Garment Fair.
AEPC's expertise and all the advantages that India has makes for a truly win-win situation - Indian exporters grow stronger each year in their achievements, skills and proficiency, while international buyers get superior solutions for their garment imports.
The Council for Leather Exports (CLE) is the single largest Apex Trade Promotion Organisation for the Indian leather and leather products industry.
The Council's main objective is to develop and strengthen the leather industry in India, grow their export markets, provide assistance to importers on their sourcing needs, guide overseas entrepreneurs on how to establish strategic alliances with Indian manufacturers and to serve as a vital link between the Government and the leather industry (representing important policy measures, focusing on overall health and growth of the entire sector).
CLE disseminates market information, trends, policy matters and publish information on commercial, technical and technological developments in the Indian leather industry.