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Ambiente India reviewed

The fourth edition of Heimtextil India & Ambiente India in June show strong trade potential, while exhibitors laud business match-making programmes

Even as Delhi witnessed unexpected rains this June, it was raining orders inside Pragati Maidan as Heimtextil India and Ambiente India marked the start of the pre-festive retail season in India, taking place June 20-22.

Highly regarded for its trade potential, India’s leading home fashion trade fair duo closed its doors welcoming 198 exhibitors and attracting 7,457 visitors.

Business comes first – be it for new brands or well-established industry players both of whom managed to acquire new leads. Mr Ajay Arora, MD, D’decor shared: “Increased customer walk-ins and over 130 new inquries – for D’decor, this edition has been better than expected. Our association with Heimtextil in Frankfurt stands through ages. This is where it all began for us and we continue to support it as we truly believe in the business effectiveness of the platform. For home textile players, this is where you have to be if you are in the trade.”

Mr R. Surenthar Kumar, Dy. GM sales & marketing, Shri Laxmi Cotsyn Ltd said: “This show not only caters to the domestic market but also the international market. We have received great response from international buyers from Europe, as well as countries such as Kenya, South Africa and Japan. The enquiries and the communication between us and the buyers have been very clear, which is important for us.” 

Ambiente India Exhibitor, Mr Ahmad Arsalan, director, Ahmad Gift Exports was also very happy with the internationality of the visitors shared: “This has been our first time at Ambiente India and we are overwhelmed with the kind of visitor response we have received. We have got a lot of enquiries from different industries such as hotels, designers as well as international buyers from Thailand, Germany among others. We would like to have this exhibition happen twice a year!


Buyer-Seller Meets: Setting the tone of business
One-on-one buyer-seller meetings set the tone of business networking at Heimtextil India and Ambiente India 2017 right from day one. Delegations from the hospitality, retail and large-scale buying segments were present at the fair over the three days and many exhibitors confirmed to have recieved orders through the pre-arranged buyer-seller meet format.

As part of the match-making programme, Mr Dinesh Keshwani, Purchase Manager at Krishna Décor said: “As a platform Heimtextil India and Ambiente India 2017 proved to be beneficial to me for having meetings and discussing my requirements directly with manufacturers.  We will be placing orders for the season with two of the exhibitors I met KC Fabrics & Styler. I also visited the ‘Exploration Zone’ and the experience was quite different, nothing of which I have ever come across. I am definitely looking forward to the next year edition.”

Buyers, mainly from the hospitality and retail segments were satisfied that some of their immediate requirements got catered to through the direct interactions with exhibitors. Among the delegation was also Ms Dipti Pandey, Deputy Merchandiser-Home Stop, Shoppers Stop who shared: “We managed to meet new vendors which we were trying to search and couldn’t get connected and we finally found them here. It is a great platform for networking and building contacts. Overall it was a good experience and we look forward to visit the fair next year.”

Not limited to product sourcing, Heimtextil India and Ambiente India also hosted several features inspiring new design visions at every turn from hall 11 to 12A.

GST Workshop – Addressing industry concerns

As consumer goods and textile traders raced against time to align themselves with the new GST regime, an exclusive seminar was organised during the fair to address concerns in the industry with the presence of notable tax guru and experts.

“While the GST implementation is expected to positively impact the Indian economy in the coming years, Indian textile industry in particular is poised to grow from the long-term benefits that the new legislation offers. The government projects two percent growth in GDP by 2020,“ shared CA Bimal Jain while addressing delegates at the GST seminar organised during the fair. Inventory clearance, documentation and an impact on margins were among the major concerns which were discussed in detail and addressed with case studies at the seminar.

Exceeding expectations with an unparalleled spectrum of innovations and more importantly with the right profile of influencers and decision makers, Heimtextil India and Ambiente India once again closed doors but not without confirming bookings for the next edition. The co-located fairs will be back in 2018 from 27 – 29 June in New Delhi.

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