Inspiring, touch-focused and close to the industry: Heimtextil regarded as the biggest and most important international platform for home furnishings and textiles, Began on 10th and finished on the 13th of January after four successful trade fair days in Frankfurt am Main. In spite of the snow, ice and storms, particularly on the first and last days of the trade fair, almost 70,000 (68,277 in 2016) trade visitors from across the world attended the leading trade fair for home and contract textiles and were won over by quality and variety of the exhibited products as well as the trends of the new season. A total of 2963 exhibitors from 67 countries(2864 in 2016), with over 380 from India, presented their new textile products and designs across 20 halls and were highly satisfied by the orders they received and business contacts they made.
“The figures speak for themselves: Heimtextil grew once again in 2017 in terms of its visitor and exhibitor numbers. But it’s no longer about quantity and hasn’t been for a long time. I am especially pleased about the high quality of the products exhibited as well as the intensity of discussions between purchasers and exhibitors. Frankfurt is the international meeting place and beating textile heart of the interiors industry.”
Detlauf Braun, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Representing India‘s strengths in these key segments, over 380 home furnishing and textile manufacturers presented their latest collections and textile innovations at the fair. Among the exhibiting companies at Frankfurt were India‘s leading players like Alps Industries, D‘Decor, Indo Count, K.G. Denim, Trident and Welspun among others.
Ms Riddhi Jain, winner of Interior Lifestyle Awards 2016 also represented India’s design talents – who showcased ‘Re-‘ by Medium, a collection of home textiles and wall art born from the idea of recycling, using the spontaneity of natural textures and tie & dye wastes. It is multilayered and elaborate yet deceptively simple. The textiles cannot be copied or recreated to perfection.
Leading government bodies including the Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL), Handloom Export Promotion Council (HEPC), Powerloom Development Export Promotion Council (PDEXCIL) and Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) participated collectively with over 380 Indian manufacturer-exporters, marking the 2nd largest participating country among the exhibiting companies. Second only to China, India’s participation opened doors for sector players for textile trade worldwide.
In the domestic arena, Indian home textile industry is expected to expand at a CAGR of 8 per cent and reach USD 5.29 billion by 2018. During the same period, curtains & upholstery and rugs & carpets will grow at CAGR of 8 per cent and 9.4 per cent respectively. Vying for this lucrative market, global players are set to come to the Indian edition of Heimtextil in June this year. Among these are leading industry giants such as D’Decor, Welspun, Raymond, Rumors, RR Decor, Shri Lakshmi Cotsyn,V& J Furnishing etc.
Heimtextil India will take place from 20 – 22 June 2017 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi alongside the world-renowned Ambiente India fair thus targetting the full spectrum of home textiles, furnishings and interior decor.
While Heimtextil India will provide the much needed impetus to the India’s home textile, decor and handicrafts sector by fostering trade and design exchange, India’s participation in Frankfurt is set to inspire confidence among global consumers.