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  • India’s Largest Apparel Trade Show Inaugurated By Kishore Biyani

    Published on July 17, 2018

    By Sachin Murdeshwar

    Mumbai :  The Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI) organized “India’s Largest  Apparel Trade Show – The 67th National Garment Fair” from 16TH  July to 19th   July 2018  at Bombay Exhibition Centre, NSE Complex, Goregaon (East), Mumbai. The Fair was inaugurated on 16th July 2018 by Chief Guest Kishore Biyani, Group CEO –Future Group.

     Mr. Rahul Mehta, President, The Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (Ex-Chairman, International Apparel Federation), stated that this B2B Fair was  spread over Approx. 6,50,000 Square Feet, covering all the Halls at the Bombay Exhibition Centre. There were916 Exhibitors in 986 Stalls displaying 1087 Brands. This was India’s Largest Ever Garment Fair held so far.  The Fair  displayed leading Brands in Men’s wear, Women’s wear, Kid’s wear and Accessories.CMAI had also published the ‘Show Directory’, popularly known as the Fair Guide.

    67thNational Garment Fair would be spread over 4 Days instead of the normal 3 Days Fair. The Fair timing would be from 10 AM to 9 PM. For the first time, the July Edition of the National Garment Fair has been  a ‘No Decoration Fair’. This B2B Fair would be open only to Trade Visitors & Garment Retailers.

     The Business Networking Sessions between the Exhibitors and Agents & Distributors, High Street Retailers, National Chain Stores & E-Commerce Companieswould also continue this year.

    This year CMAI is also Celebrating 25 years of Association with Bombay Exhibition Centre.

    Indian Apparel Market

    According to Mr. Rahul Mehta, President –CMAI, India’s domestic apparel market was estimated at US$ 67 billion in 2017 which had grown at a CAGR of 10% since 2005. Indian domestic market had performed better than the largest consumption regions like US, EU and Japan, where depressed economic conditions led to lower demand and growth.Due to presence of strong fundamentals, the domestic apparel market size of India was expected to grow at 11-12% CAGR and reach about US$ 160 billion by 2025.

    Table 1: Category-wise Break-up of Domestic Apparel Market


    Market Size (US$ Billion)

    % Share

    Ethnic Wear









    Intimate wear












    *Others include active wear, dresses, school uniform.


    Figure 1: Domestic Market Segmentation

    The domestic market size is dominated by Ready-To-Wear category, market size ~US$ 56 billion, with 84% share which is further growing at a CAGR of 10-11%. The Ready-To-Stitch market is also gaining momentum as more and more men who have been buying premium or luxury readymade clothing brands want to wear a shirt or a trouser that fits them perfectly. The Ready-To-Stitch market currently at US$ 11 billion is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7% and reach about US$ 20 billion in 2025.


    Recent Plastic Ban in Maharashtra

    On the recent Plastic Ban announced by the Govt Of Maharashtra, Mr. Mehta welcomed the Clarification issued by the Environment Department allowing the use of PP Bags for wrapping the Garments at the Manufacturing Stage under a mechanism for the collection of the used PP Bags through a buy-back mechanism and ensure the recycling and final disposal of the collected PP Bags.

    Mr. Mehta once again reiterated CMAI’s commitment, as a responsible organization, to protect the environment and assured that their Members will work hand in hand with the State Govt& Local Authorities and ensure that all used PP/Plastic Bags are responsibly recycled and disposed off.

    Decline in Garment Exports

    Mr. PremalUdani, Chairman- Board of Trustees of CMAI stated that Apparel Exports had taken a beating from October 2017 onwards. The introduction of GST had resulted in non-refund of several embedded taxes.  Consequently apparel exports for the financial year 2017-18 declined by 4% to USD 16.7 billion from 17.38 billion in the previous year.

     The downturn continues in FY 2018-19 with a month on month decline of 10%.  The Government iseized of the matter and has assured that embedded taxes will be refunded through the drawback route.

    CMAI’s First Apparel Training Center at AsmeetaTexpa, BhiwandiCMAI is setting up their First Apparel Training Centre, spread over 8,000 sq. feet, at AsmeetaTexpa, KalyanBhiwandi Industrial Area. The Centre shall be operational by the end of this year. This full-fledgedTraining Centre shall offer Courses for Sewing Machine Operators – Basic & Advanced, Supervisors, Quality Checkers & Finishers & Packers and will train up to 4,000 Trainees per year.

    A Tripartite Memorandum Of Understanding between Govt. of Gujarat, GIDC and CMAI was  signedon 10th July 2018 where CMAI shall  disseminate  information amongst its Members promoting Gujarat as a Destination for Investments.