The 3rd edition of Intex South Asia Had a Great Success

The 3rd edition of Intex South Asia – the largest and only international textile sourcing show in South Asia concluded with great success on 15-16-17 November, 2017 at Sri Lanka Exhibition & Convention Centre (SLECC), Colombo.

The show was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, H.E. Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe in the presence of the Hon’ble Minister of Industry & Commerce, Mr. Rishad Baithudeen and Hon’ble State Minister for Development Strategies & International Trade, Mr. Sujeewa Senasinghe. In his special address, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, H.E. Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe said that “events such as Intex South Asia are a way for Sri Lanka’s integration with the South Asia region. It is also an indication of how we are integrated to the global trading system. Sri Lankan apparel industry is important for
our economy and is important for integration of Sri Lanka with the global trading system and the rest of South Asia. But there is more to be done. There are many opportunities in the value chain in the region that we have not taken. This type of events will lead to closer integration with South Asian countries.”

The Hon’ble Minister of Industry and Commerce, Mr. Rishad Baithudeen who also graced the occasion, said that “Intex South Asia 2017 was denitely going to be a landmark event to promote, strengthen and signicantly develop the export of apparel from Sri Lanka”.
The opening ceremony was well attended by several Diplomats, Heads of Trade Associations and Industry stalwarts from Sri Lanka, South Asia and beyond.

The exhibition showcased textile products of 180 suppliers from 15 countries. This edition witnessed a growth of 40% in buyers turnout resulting in trade buyers from more than 20 countries, namely – Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, UAE, Oman, Mauritius, Italy, Australia, UK, France, USA, Hong Kong, Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand and others, who attended the show over 3 days for sourcing and networking with like-minded industry professionals. This year, it was encouraging to see sourcing, merchandising and design teams of many apparel exporters, international and domestic brands, buying and sourcing ofces, retailers and e-tailers, fashion labels from Sri Lanka and other markets attending the show and looking for innovative textiles and trims for new product development for their next season 2018/19 SS and AW.

Some of the leading buyers/brands that attended the show were Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, George ASDA, PVH Corp., Next, Regal Calibre, Midas Safety, Columbia Sportswear, Adeem Uniform, Decathlon, Dewhirst, Triumph, Speedo, L Brands, Tesco, Crystal Martin, Asmara International, MGF Sourcing, MAST Far East, Brandix, MAS Holdings, Hiradamani, Timex Garments, EAM Maliban, Omegaline, Star Garments, NOLIMIT, Odel, Hameedia, Interloop, Hermas, Twinset, 3Squids, Tessitura Monti, Turtle Ltd., Raymond Apparels, Lifestyle International, Madura Lifestyle amongst others. This makes, Intex South Asia a must-visit show which successfully brings together the entire valuechain And supply-chain of the textile and apparel industry under one trading platform.