Tradition to trend under one roof at India ITME 2022 expo

India ITME Society, the non-profit apex industry body from India organized the India Networking Programme in Nairobi, Kenya on Friday, September 16, 2022. The Networking programme was held with the purpose of highlighting the strengths and opportunities offered by India, home to second largest textile market in the world and invite business delegation from Kenya to India ITME 2022, the most prestigious textile machinery and accessory exhibition hosted in India every once in 4 years from December 8 – 13, 2022 at IEML, Greater Noida, India.

Mr. S. Hari Shankar, Chairman, India ITME Society extended warm welcome to the Chief Guest Shri Rohit Vadhwana, Deputy High Commissioner and DPR (UN Environment and UN Habitat), High Commission of India, Nairobi and to all the esteemed Invitees and Guests.

India ITME 2022 is the most important, prestigious and acclaimed event showcasing Textile Engineering & textile technology from across the globe and serving whole of Southeast Asia. India ITME event has received acknowledgement and support from Ministry of Textiles – Government of India, Department of Heavy Industries – Govt of India, Ministry of Micro, SMEs – Government of India, Make in India – Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade – Government of India EEPC as B2B Partner and National Small Industries Corporation.

The event provides an avenue for export promotion councils, trade promotion departments, Research Institutes representing 22 chapters of Textile segment to come together to interact, explore and expand business network.

India ITME is the single platform where all stalwarts of textile industries come together along with financial institutions, policy makers and government officials, making it the best and ideal forum for catapulting Textile business efficient and competent globally.

This year, the exhibition is expanded to include end to end solution for Fibre to end products and complete Sourcing Solutions and latest technology.

India ITME Society has invested significantly over the past several years to bolster its capabilities in helping the Textile industry clients in their B2B transformation initiatives and now has already started working on buyers sellers meet and technology workshops and seminars useful for the future growth of the Textile Industry.

India ITME 2022 ensures optimum experience and value addition for its exhibitors and visitors with the interactive and focused sessions on enthralling topics by renowned Speakers and Industry stalwarts on practical topics which is the need of the hour. It is the best opportunity to discover new knowledge and discuss with experts doing ground breaking work in the textile & textile engineering industry vertical.

  • Circular Economy in the Indian Context will be presented by Thomas Gries, RWTH Aachen University, Germany; Uday Gill, Group Chief Strategy Officer, Indorama Ventures, Indonesia; Prashant Agarwal, co-founder and Joint MD, WAZIR Advisors; Justin Kühn, Aachen University, Germany; and Gurudas Aras, India consultant to the ITA group.
  • Innovate: Smart Manufacturing Conference by WTiN, UK
  • Technical Symposium on of ‘Reduce-Reuse-Recycle: State of the Art’ in Textile Sector by VJTI
  • Composites for the Energy Sector in India by Mr. PKC Bose, Global Sustainability Advocate; Dr. Mohit Raina, MD, Raina Industries; Kumar Jois, Scientist, RWTH Aachen University (ITA), Germany; Prof Asim Tewari, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay; Dr. Rajalakshmi Natarajan, Former Senior Scientist and Head, Centre for Fuel Cell Technology, ARCI, IIT Madras; and Gözdem Dittel, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Customised Joining Technologies for Technical Textiles by Mr. Philip Huber, RWTH Aachen University, Germany; Dr. Yves Simon Gloy, RWTH Aachen University, Germany; and Antonio Braz dos Santos Costa, the GM at CITEVE – Portuguese Technological Centre for Textile and Clothing Industries, Portugal.

India ITME 2022 strives to assimilate and disseminate more knowledge and power for industry through the futuristic Technology topics at the Conference Sessions and planned B2B meetings with visiting foreign delegates as well as business visitors. 

India – Kenya building new opportunities for growth in textile and machinery

Kenya has strong roots in the textile Industry and for years has been an entry point for sea trade & transport from Asian and Arabian countries. The textiles and apparel export in FY2021 has grown by 5% as compared to FY2017. However, Kenya’s imports in FY2021 also increased by 10%. The market is driven by the imports of man-made fibers having a share of more than 97% in total fiber imports having a recorded worth of $73.3 million in FY2021.

With a strong taste for fashion and skills, the country in terms of value addition is directly exporting the end product i.e. garments. In FY 2021, it exported $388.2 million worth of apparel. As far as the exports of the other value chain products are concerned, the value chain is running on imports sourced from other countries. The country exported yarn only worth $9 million in FY2021, with Fabric only worth $3.7 million whereas the imports were worth $49.8 million and $369.5 million respectively. From the preliminary look, the country is having an excellent textile background with few missing lines where a strategic alliance between India and Kenya can play a major role.

Kenya imports most of its textile engineering and technology requirements. Its imports were highest in FY2018 recording purchases worth $41.88 million where spinning machinery alone was accountable for 28% of purchases followed by weaving and processing machinery. The imports of $18.53 million in FY2021 showed more inclination towards import of garmenting 35% share and processing machinery having a share of 31%. Spinning machinery, one of the promising sectors, accounted for a 5% share. Majority of the machines – around 44% – were imported from China. India is the second largest exporter of textile machinery with a share of 29%, indicating the strong presence of India in the Kenyan market.

The major focus of Kenya today is on developing the value chain. There is an abundance of raw materials, so Kenya can strategically partner with India for gaining experience not only for developing strong dominance in the spinning segment, but also cash-in on the excellent state of art machinery manufactured by the Indian players. It is an opportunity not only for India but also for Kenya to bring in investment from India by showcasing its strong roots and culture in textiles, thereby channeling investors and big players from India for growth and expansion of the industry.

India today is home to the world’s second largest textile Industry and ITME 2022 hosted in India brings maximum market opportunities to interact with the biggest and the best of the machinery manufacturers in the Industry.

India ITME 2022 is being held at the state-of-the-art venue, IEML Greater Noida, a well-designed facility in the National Capital Region and one of the largest in India spread across 235,000 sq. metres area. Visiting and participating at India ITME 2022 is perfect opportunity to combine business with travel, experience and explore Northern India, while enjoying the lovely cold weather in December.

India ITME 2022 is expected to host more than 1,500 exhibitors from Austria, Belgium, China, Czech republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the UK, US in 22 Chapters with over 1,50,000 visitors over the 6-day period.

India ITME Society has been serving the industry for more than 43 years based on transparent, authentic and genuine parameters, a philosophy deeply imbibed in its values. Today, ITME Society has evolved into a global phenomenon embracing internationalism and reaching out to emerging economics to do business with India.

Mr. S. Hari Shankar, Chairman, India ITME Society, formally extended an invitation to India ITME 2022 in December to “Explore the Soul of Textiles”. He also encouraged an official delegation from Kenya that could mark a beginning of a stronger bilateral trade and investment activities in Textile Sector between India and Kenya.


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