The 2nd North India Garment Fair (NIGF 2024) by CMAI Commences; Brings Together 200+ Exhibitors and Expected to attract about 7000 Trade Visitors

New Delhi, June 11, 2024: The 2nd North India Garment Fair (NIGF 2024) organised by the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI) commenced on Jun 11 till June 13, 2024, at the Yashobhoomi Convention Centre (IICC), Dwarka, New Delhi. NIGF 2024 features over 200 exhibitors showcasing a diverse array of menswear, womenswear, and kidswear.

The inauguration ceremony was graced by leading North India retailers, including Manik Jain & Sahil Jain of Aristocrat Garments, Bharat Bhushan Taneja of Paul Garments, R D Gupta of Bindals Group, Ranjit Surana of Bachoomal Collection, Sanjeev Garg of Stanmax, Mohinder Chaudhary and Saurabh Chaudhary of Suvidha Stores, Tarun Langer & Chander Shekhar Mahajan of Yougal Sons as Guests of Honour. Key dignitaries from CMAI present at the Inaugural included Rajesh Masand – President; Rohit Munjal – Vice President; Santosh Kataria, Chairman – NIGF; Rahul Mehta – Chief Mentor and Pankaj Jain – Hon. Secretary – North and other office bearers of CMAI.

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Rajesh Masand, President, CMAI, expressed, “The Domestic Garment industry in India is poised for significant growth, driven by the country’s dynamic demographic and economic potential. NIGF 2024 is a testament to CMAI’s commitment to supporting MSMEs and enhancing the garment trade in North India. The upcoming festival season is a crucial period for the Garment industry and hence NIGF 2024 plays a pivotal role in connecting manufacturers with thousands of buyers ensuring they are well-prepared to meet market demands”.

At the Inauguration, Santosh Katariya, Chairman said, “NIGF 2024 has fast developed as a successful platform for Manufacturers from across the country. It offers North India’s Retail industry a fantastic opportunity to meet new Suppliers, new Brands and refresh their merchandise for customers from across India. For the benefit of Exhibitors, we have also organized a Business Networking Session tomorrow with leading Agents & Distributors from pan India”.

NIGF 2024 features a diverse array of garment manufacturers, with over 95% representing MSMEs from various parts of India, including key hubs like Mumbai, Surat, Jaipur, Bengaluru, Indore, Ludhiana, Uttar Pradesh, and the Delhi-NCR region. Retailers from across the country have pre-registered to visit the fair and expected to attend the fair.

Success of CMAI FAB Show 2024 Beckons a Bright Future for India’s Textile & Apparel Industry

Mumbai, April 19, 2024: The Fabrics, Accessories & Beyond Show 2024 (FAB Show 2024), hosted by the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI), wrapped up its 4th edition on a successful note consequently boosting Textile industry sentiments with exceedingly high business prospects. The three-day event, which took place from April 15 to April 17 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, outperformed industry expectations with an estimated business generation of more than 2,100 crores.

The trade show successfully attracted 10,200 trade visitors from 320+ cities across India which included over 1,500 elite platinum buyers. Moreover, overseas buyers from 16 countries mainly Bangladesh, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Russia, Hong Kong, USA, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Nepal also visited the show. The presence of sourcing heads from renowned brands and retail majors like Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail, Bestseller, Gokaldas Exports, Kora, Mufti, Pepe Jeans, Reliance Brands, Shoppers Stop, Soch, Stori, Spykar, Westside and many others further boosted industry confidence thus reflecting the event’s importance as a prime sourcing platform.

Speaking about the success of FAB show, Rajesh Masand, President, CMAI expressed, “The impact of this grand sourcing event will resonate across the garment industry supply chain, promising not only immediate business but also long-term strategic developments and new sourcing relationships for all stakeholders involved. The remarkable success of this year’s show reflects a buoyant industry outlook, fuelling optimism for a robust recovery in the upcoming seasons. This resurgence comes at a crucial time as our industry was stressed with tepid demand and recent challenges like the amendment affecting MSME payments. With the positive momentum generated by the FAB Show, there is a renewed confidence that the industry outlook will soon be back on growth path.”

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This year’s FAB Show was a focal point for industry Innovation and Sustainability, showcased by over 200 domestic exhibitors, including major names like Grasim, Arvind, Siyaram’s, Gokul Print, Jindal, Banswara Syntex, Ruby Mills, Bhagwan Enterprise apart from many MSME’s. Noteworthy participants from diverse sectors such as fabric suppliers, accessories manufacturers, and software developers demonstrated their latest offerings and services to a discerning audience.

“FAB Show 2024 has set a new benchmark for success in the textile & apparel industry, reflecting our commitment to driving growth and sustainability,” said Naveen Sainani, Chairman FAB Show, CMAI. The Sustainability zone was a major attraction at the fair which showcased fabrics crafted from waste, recyclable materials and educated about benefits of waste water management promoting innovation & circularity which is a cornerstone of CMAI’s holistic strategy to engage, educate, and inspire the garment industry. He further elaborated “Our environment is changing and if the world can’t avoid deforestation, we need to invest in reforestation. On behalf of the 2876 visitors who pledged to voluntarily become earth warriors, CMAI will be planting 2876 tree saplings to create a healthier environment, fight climate change, and protect biodiversity”.

The Surat Pavilion organized by the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SGCCI) showcased over 40 leading fabric manufacturers for the fourth consecutive edition of FAB. One of the key reasons for the popularity of the Surat pavilion amongst the visitors is their ability to present the latest trends and understand the needs of the garment industry. Speaking about the current business landscape, Siddharth Dhawan, Director, Gokul Tex Print – a leading fabric manufacturer from Surat, expressed, “We have seen a steady growth over the last year, which slowed down in the last few months due to the MSME payment amendment that came in. This year, we are confident that starting June till December, signs of growth will become evident as we deliver the merchandise to manufacturers, which they will provide in the market.” Another participant, Ritesh Patel, Director, Surbhi Textile Mills from Surat said “We received an extraordinary response for all of our products and the presence of buyers from all across the country gave us a great exposure. We are looking forward to participate in the next CMAI show”.

Speaking about their business outlook, Murugan Thenkondar, President – Marketing & Global Head – Business Development, Aditya Birla (Cellulosic Fibres) stated “The export market is facing a lot of turbulence currently and our domestic market has been growing steadily which is the reason we are exhibiting here. CMAI has been highly successful in presenting the textile value chain to participate mainly in cloth manufacturing brands, yarns, weavers, knitters, spinners and fibres thus offering a one-stop-destination to meet sourcing requirements. Distinguishing from other fairs, FAB is an excellent annual platform for the domestic customers and we are seeing a lot of positive energy at the show”.

Sailesh Kukreja, Managing Director, Bhagwan Enterprise from Mumbai elatedly said “We thank CMAI for implementing innovative measures to ensure the presence of buyers from across the country that made the fair a thrilling success. The exhibition was well organized and the on-spot visitor registration process was very swift. The overall publicity campaign was very well designed and consistently created a buzz on social media. We look forward to participating in all upcoming CMAI fairs and hope for a grander success”.

Speaking about Sustainability, J.P. Singh, Director, Ramtex – Parmeshwari Silk Mills from Ludhiana said, “We are committed to Sustainability and have adapted eco-friendly processes to save approximately four lakh litres of water daily. It is heartening to see that consumers are getting more environment-conscious by the day and are preferring eco-friendly fabrics such as ours. Our main markets have been Punjab, Haryana and Delhi; however, we have started receiving increased demand through our distributors from Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Indore too.”

A lucky draw contest was also held on all the three days of the show wherein Rupees 10 lacs worth of scooters, gift cards and holiday vouchers of leading brands were handed out to visitors and exhibitors.

CMAI’s FAB Show 2024 will boost sentiments for India’s Apparel Industry

Mumbai, April 12, 2024: The Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI) is thrilled to host the much-anticipated 4th edition of Fabrics Accessories & Beyond Show 2024 (FAB Show) from April 15th to 17th, 2024, at the Bombay Exhibition Centre (NESCO) in Mumbai.

FAB Show has already become the largest Fair showcasing the entire Supply Chain to the country’s Apparel Manufacturers. Over 200 Fabric Suppliers from different parts of the country, along with leading Accessories Manufacturers, Machinery Suppliers, Real Estate Developers, and Software Developers display their offerings and services to more than 10,000 Brands, Manufacturers, Retailers, and Exporters who visit the show.

FAB Show 2024 presents unparalleled opportunities for industry stakeholders to engage, network, and explore the latest innovations in the textile manufacturing industry. Anticipated to attract more than 1500 top platinum buyers, and more than 10,000 trade visitors, which includes domestic and international buyers from the USA, Bangladesh, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Russia, Hong Kong, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and others. At the show, the industry can witness an innovative zone made through recyclable materials to educate and raise awareness for Sustainability which is a cornerstone of CMAI’s holistic strategy to engage, educate, and inspire the Garment industry.

Rajesh Masand, President, CMAI, said “The FAB show exemplifies the vibrancy and optimism of the Indian Apparel industry, aligning with the ‘Make in India’ initiative. The last edition of the fair had facilitated over Rs. 2500 crores of business for participants in three days, showcasing its role as a catalyst for trade and partnerships within the textile manufacturing sector. The FAB Show serves as a platform for promoting Sustainability, Technological advancements, and adapting to changing Consumer preferences, shaping the industry’s Future.”

Speaking about the fair, Naveen Sainani, Chairman FAB sub-committee said “In the pulsating landscape of textiles in India, an evolution is underway, marked by a shift towards Sustainability and eco-conscious initiatives. Through FAB show, CMAI paves the way for a future where Sustainability is not just a choice but a fundamental aspect of all business operations, reflecting our vision for a greener and more resilient world. CMAI heralds a sustainable future where brands can redefine success by leaving a positive impact on both consumers and the environment. It’s an era for harmonious blend of innovation, conscious consumerism, and brand responsibility, signalling a promising era where Sustainability becomes synonymous with the essence of Indian brands.”

Among the esteemed list of participating companies are Grasim, Arvind, Siyaram’s, Banswara, Ruby Mills, Jindal, Gokul and many others. The expected visitors, includes over 4000 primary CMAI members mainly Garment manufacturers, Brand owners, and e-commerce platforms, underline the FAB Show’s importance as a premier gathering for the Fashion and Apparel industry highlighting its significance as a key platform for their sourcing requirements.

78th National Garment Fair by CMAI Sets tone for Apparel Industry Outlook in FY25

Mumbai, February 2, 2024: The National Garment Fair (NGF 2024) Spring-Summer Edit, organised by the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI) in Mumbai, unfolded over three days from January 29 to 31, 2024. The event drew an impressive crowd of close to 18,000 visitors including national and regional retailers, distributors, and wholesalers. The robust business activities and bookings recorded during NGF 2024 clearly mirror the positive momentum in retail sales anticipated for the upcoming Spring-Summer season.

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Encompassing an expansive 700,000 sq. ft. across seven halls, the Spring-Summer Edit of the National Garment Fair 2024 (NGF 2024) took place at the Bombay Exhibition NESCO Complex in Goregaon East. With over 1025 participants showcasing more than 1,120 brands across Women’s wear, Men’s wear, Kids wear, and Accessories.

Speaking about the domestic garment industry, Mr. Rajesh Masand, President, Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI), said, “The revival of the apparel industry post-pandemic has been less than robust, with retailers contending with a substantial backlog of inventory. The predominant driver of retail sales growth of apparels in the past year has been the result of both stores and network expansions. Although it is difficult to estimate the business conducted during the Fair, our interaction with the Exhibitors indicated most of them were more than satisfied with the enquires/orders received, serving as a positive indicator of the industry’s gradual progress towards normalisation in H1FY2025.”

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Speaking about the NGF 2023, Mr. Rohit Munjal, Vice President and Chairman of the Fair Committee, Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI) said, “The success of the 78th National Garment Fair stands as a promising indication of its significance. Distinguished retailers and distributors from across the country graced NGF 2024. The sustained vitality of NGF can be credited to the steadfast support and proactive engagement of both brands and retailers. Their persistent involvement has played a pivotal role in elevating the fair’s influence and ensuring its ongoing success.”

Speaking about the present outlook of the domestic garment industry, Mr. Rahul Mehta, Chief Mentor, Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI), said, “The notable expansion of major retailers and brands into Tier 2 and 3 markets in the past year has played a substantial role in driving the retail sales growth within the apparel segment. Anticipating a shift from the initial trend of consumer “revenge-shopping” immediately post-pandemic, we saw a transition to a restrained shopping behavior last year. This year, there is an anticipation of consumers refreshing their wardrobes, signaling a return to normalcy in shopping patterns.”

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Furthermore, the prestigious CMAI Apparel magazine was relaunched during NGF 2024 with a far Special edition. The Apparel magazine is not only resuming publication but is undergoing a significant upgrade as a quarterly edition, which will provide more exclusive content, in-depth features, and exciting apparel trends. The new avatar of the magazine boasts of careful curation and enhancement of content, promising a better reading experience with fresh perspectives from industry experts, insightful interviews, and stunning visuals. This transition aims to celebrate the world of apparel with captivating stories.

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Recognised as the largest and most awaited bi-annual trade fair of the Indian Apparel Industry, the National Garment Fair by CMAI serves as a vital platform for connecting National and Regional Brands, Manufacturers, Designers, and Fashion Accessories manufacturers with Retailers, Agents, Distributors, and E-commerce Companies. This biannual event holds significant prestige in the industry and is widely regarded as India’s foremost trade fair, offering a comprehensive sourcing platform that maximizes both time and cost efficiency for all stakeholders involved.

CMAI Welcomes Continuation Of RoSCTL Scheme

CMAI welcomed the decision by the Union Cabinet to extend the Scheme for Rebate of State and Central Taxes and Levies (RoSCTL) for export of Apparel/Garments and Made ups upto 31st March 2026.

CMAI President, Rajesh Masand, thanked the Government and in particular, the Ministry Of Textiles saying that the “Continuation of Scheme for proposed duration of two (2) years will provide predictability and stability which is essential for long term trade planning, more so in the textiles sector where orders can be placed in advance for long term delivery.”

“The RoSCTL Scheme is in line with the universally accepted principle of International Trade that taxes and duties should not be exported, to enable a level playing field in the international market for exports” he added.