INKJET Forum India ventured into Delhi with its flagship "Inkjet India" series of conferences. The conference focusing on digital textile printing for Fashion & Home Textiles held on February 26th, 2014 at The Shangri La's - Eros Hotel, New Delhi was well-received and attended by all the stakeholders from the global digital textile printing community and the textile printing industry from the North Indian region. The conference gave the participants an overview of the market trends and also helped determine the business potential which digital textile printing provides in the areas of apparel, fashion, home textiles & garments. With over 150 delegates from various disciplines of the Textile industry, it proved to be an interactive networking platform. The unique table top display areas allowed the technology providers to interact with the delegates, discuss further technical details about their products and display the capability of their technology.
Lighting of the traditional lamp. From L to R: Mr. Ashish Dhir, Mr. Sudhish Aggarwala, Mr. Gajanan Chandavarkar & Mr. Aditya Chandavarkar
The Conference began with a traditional lighting the lamp ceremony by Mr. Sudhish Aggarwala (President - TAI, Delhi), Mr. Ashish Dhir (Wisedge Consulting) & Mr Gajanan Chandavarkar, (Convener - Inkjet India 2014). Aditya Chandavarkar, Founder & CEO, Inkjet Forum India welcomed the sponsors, speakers, esteemed guests & delegates to Inkjet India 2014. Mr Chandavarkar emphasized "tremendous progress has been made, but there are still many challenges. However, the opportunities for digitally printed textile applications are so large that many technology providers & ink manufacturers are investing largely in textile and textile-related products and systems."
Delegates at the Table-top display & Networking Area
The conference was spread over four sessions focusing on Opportunities & Innovation in Digital Textile Printing, Digital printing Home Textiles & industry trends. Mr. Ashish Dhir (Wisedge Consulting) opened the conference sharing his insights on the Indian textile & apparel industry and the opportunities for digital textile printing in it. Jos Notermans (SPG Prints), spoke about the gradual developments and coming to age of Digital Textile Printing. According to Mr. Notermans, "Digital Printing is great for just-in-time production for fast-fashion brands." Mr. Ayush Rathi (MS Orange) concluded the session by elaborating on latest printing technology developments and importance of Sublimation in Digital Textile Printing.
Panel Discussion at the Conference. From L to R: Dr. Sanjiv Kamat, Mr. Vinod Krishnamurthy, Mr. Ashish Dhir, Mr. Jos Notermans & Mr. Smitesh Jhaveri
The esteemed Speaker Panel
A view of the distinguished audience
The second session begun with Mr. Stephan Nocke (Sensient Imaging Technologies) sharing his views on the technology of Digital Sublimation and weighed its pros and cons. Ms. Samen Boota (National Textile University, Faisalabad) presented her research on how printers & exporters can drastically cut the costs in ethnic wear for ladies in Pakistan and how the Indian markets can adopt this. Dr. Sanjay Gupta (GD Goenka Institute, School of Fashion and Design) spoke on how Digital Printing is transforming luxury fashion products by providing limitless opportunities in Design. Mr. Nobuyuki Kimura (Konica Minolta) provided a perspective on business models companies should adopt to survive in the Digital Textile Printing scenario. "Textile inkjet printer is now not only for sampling machine," he concluded.
Session three focused on digital printing for home textiles. Mr. Omer Kulka (Kornit Digital Ltd.), emphasized on the future prospects of Home Textiles printed digitally. "Neo-Pigment - The right way for digitally printing home textiles." Mr. Kulka concluded. Mr. Vinod Kumar (Reggiani Macchine) shared his views on the global solution for Home Textiles. Mr. Smitesh Jhaveri (Chimora Print) spoke about the challenges faced by the users of Digital Textile Printing and also showcased how Web to Fabric has revolutionized Digital Textile Printing.
The concluding session of the conference comprised of interesting topics on how Digital Textile printing can revive Hand Embroidery and a Designers' Perspective on digital textile printing in India presented by Mr. James Wu (BlueJade TexInk) & Mr. Ashish Tagra (Aharin Design) respectively. The conference concluded with an interactive panel discussion moderated by Mr Vinod Krisnamurthy (Mentor - Digital Printing, Inkjet Forum India) and included Mr Jos Notermans, Mr Ashish Dhir, Mr Smitesh Jhaveri & Dr Sanjiv Kamat (Kothari Infotech) on the panel. The topics discussed in the panel discussion evidenced the need for further standardization at every stage in the supply chain of the Indian digital textile printing industry and the fact that digital textile printing is coming to age in India with the next two years really poised to be the growth years for this disruptive technology !