Textile mills and weaving units from different parts of Tamilnadu have displayed their products at a three-day event organised there by the Powerloom Development and Export Promotion Council along with the Regional Office of the Textile Commissioner.
With as many as 18 stalls, the business-to-business (b to b) meeting has companies from Palladam, Karumathampatti, Dindigul, Coimbatore and Erode displaying bed spreads, dress materials for men and women, aprons, shirts, towels, etc.
According to G. Kummaravel, assistant director at the Regional Office of the Textile Commissioner, this is an opportunity for hospitals, hotels, and educational institutions to select products and suppliers for bulk purchase. All the participants are direct manufacturers with 10 to 40 looms. They already supply products across the country and this is a platform for them to get new customers.
The Central Government has provided Rs. 10 lakh for the event and only a nominal amount is collected from the participants for the stall charges, according to Kummaravel.
Similar events were held in Coimbatore in 2011 and 2014. But, these were business-to-customer (b to c) exhibitions. This year, it was decided to have a business-to-business so that the participants get long-term customers rather than just the counter sales.
Textile dealers, garment manufacturers, merchant exporters, and institutions are likely expected visitors to the exhibition. The event was inaugurated today by G. Bakthavathsalam, chairman of KG Hospital.