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Techtextil India pushed back

25-27 November 2021, Mumbai, India

Originally scheduled for September 2021, the first hybrid edition of Techtextil India has now been postponed to November 25-27, 2021 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, due to the current Covid-19 situation.

Even as companies look forward to an economic revival, the continued difficulties posed by the pandemic makes it necessary for industries to recover, plan and prepare before they can get down to business. The organisers feel that moving the show ahead is a necessary step that will in-turn create a healthy business environment when the industry can finally come together.

“We are glad to have the support from the industry and our exhibitors whose interests are at the centre of this decision,” said Raj Manek, executive director of Messe Frankfurt Asia. “Both exhibitors and organisers are working around undefined parameters which require adequate planning flexibility. In the coming months, our efforts will be strongly focused on meeting the safety imperatives and working in co-operation with venue authorities and service providers to implement a comprehensive safety concept, aligned with government guidelines.”

During the pandemic, technical textiles have emerged as a powerful sector with advanced solutions in protective textiles, antiviral and air-purifying furnishing fabrics and antimicrobial home textile products, he added.

“During the critical stages of lockdown when global trade came to a grinding halt, the medical textile industry proved its resilience in meeting demand for protective textiles while also providing a much-needed boost to the economy,” Manek observed. From being a primary importer of PPE kits to becoming its second largest producer in just two months, India had exported over 20 million PPE kits and more than 40 million N-95 respirators around the globe – including to countries such as the US, the UK, the UAE, Slovenia and Senegal, –by the end of 2020.

“Even in these challenging times, the industry remains future-focused and prepared to meet vital demand for many sectors.”

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