Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair Autumn 2012

 

 

UP Minister of State for Food & Civil Supply Nawab Iqbal Mehmood Visits IHGF; 4250 Foreign Buyers Registered In the First Three Days at IHGF-Atumn 2012

 

UP Minister of State for Food & Civil Supply Nawab Iqbal Mehmood Visits IHGF

4250 Foreign Buyers Registered In the First Three Days at IHGF-Atumn 2012

Greater Noida – October 17, 2012 – Mr. Nawab Iqbal Mehmood, Minister of State for Food & Civil Supply , Govt. of Uttar Pradesh, today visited the Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair (IHGF-Autumn 2012) at the India Expo Centre & Mart here.

Mr. Mehmood visited the exhibitors of  Moradabad and Sambal and looked at their crafts. He also patiently heard the suggestions of the exporters to promote exports of Uttar Pradesh and assusred to take up with the authorities.

The representatives of Samaj Party from  Noida and Greater Noida were also present on the occasion.

Mr. Mehmood was received by Mr. Sudhir Tyagi, Chairman of India Exposition Mart Limited and by Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director of EPCH.

It looks that Moradabad is going to have a lot of work post fair.

The Council expects that it is likely to cross its original target of business of Rs 1000 crore during this fair.

More than 4250 foreign buyers visited in the first three days of the four-day-long IHGF-Autumn 2012 and more than 550 buyers today registered from the U.S.

More than 5000 foreign buyers are expected during the fair to source their requirements  from a wide eco-friendly basket of around 950 product lines offered by about 2400 exhibitors.

The exports of handicrafts during the first six months (April-September 2012-13) of the current financial year registered an increase of 36.21 per cent at Rs 7694.43 crore  from Rs 5648.84 crore up by Rs 2045.59 crore  and in dollar terms increased by 13.14 per cent at USD 1409.46 million from USD 1245.73 million up by USD 163.73 million compared to the same period year. The Council is hopeful of achieving the export target of Rs 15,500 crore during the current financial year.

The EPCH is a nodal agency for promotion of exports of handicrafts products from India and projects India’s image abroad as a reliable supplier of high quality handicrafts.

 

OVER 3500 OVERSEAS BUYERS REGISTERED IN THE FIRST TWO DAYS

 

Greater Noida – October 16, 2012 – More than 3500 overseas buyers from 70 countries registered in the first two days of the Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair (IHGF Autumn) currently going on at the India Expo Centre and Mart here.

Buyers evinced keen interest in eco-friendly and all kinds of other products displayed by over 2400 exhibitors and exporters at the four-day-long mega event from 28 States of India.

950 product lines made of different kinds of raw materials are being displayed under one roof spread over 100,000 sq metres at the world class venue.

In all, more than 5000 foreign buyers are expected to visit this fair to source their requirements and orders worth over Rs 1000 crore are expected to be generated during the event.

The exports of handicrafts during the first six months (April-September 2012-13) of the current financial year registered an increase of 36.21 per cent at Rs 7694.43 crore  from Rs 5648.84 crore up by Rs 2045.59 crore  and in dollar terms increased by 13.14 per cent at USD 1409.46 million from USD 1245.73 million up by USD 163.73 million compared to the same period year. The Council is hopeful of achieving the export target of Rs 15,500 crore during the current financial year.

The EPCH is a nodal agency for promotion of exports of handicrafts products from India and projects India’s image abroad as a reliable supplier of high quality handicrafts.

 

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OVERWHELMING RESPONSE AT HANDICRAFTS FAIR ; - ABOUT 2700 LEADING OVERSEAS BUYING COMPANIES VISITED 1st DAY

 

Greater Noida – October 15, 2012 -- The 34th edition of Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair (IHGF-Autumn), organized by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) bi-annually at India Expo Centre & Mart, was inaugurated by Mr. Namo Narain Meena, Minister of State for Finance, Govt. of India while Mr. Mohd. Azharuddin, Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha from Moradabad constituency and Mr. S.S. Gupta, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) alongwith other dignitaries also graced the occasion at a colourful ceremony here today.

The IHGF-Autumn 2012  has received overwhelming response from the foreign buyers as also from Indian companies.   This fair is being participated by more than 2400 Indian companies from various parts of India.  The largest participation is from Uttar Pradesh followed by Northern Region including Delhi, Rajasthan, Western, Eastern and Southern region. 

The product lines on display are Houseware, Decoratives and Gifts, Home Textiles, Furnishing

and floor coverings, Furniture & Accessories, Jewellery and fashion accessories, Christmas decorations, Incense, Cane and Bamboo and Home Textiles, said Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director of EPCH.

Around more than 5,000 overseas buyers from over 70 countries have confirmed their participation in this fair. On the opening day itself, more than 2700 overseas buyers registered for sourcing their requirements.  More buyers are expected to come during the remaining days.  The maximum turnover of buyers is from the traditional markets in US and Europe.  However, there is a very encouraging turnover of buyers from new and emerging markets like Latin America, Central Asia, Middle East and Africa. 

The leading departmental stores, buying houses like Pier-I, Hobby Lobby, Weca, Marks & Spencer, Target, Haans Lifestyle, Indiska, Fink, Ikea, Cost Plus, Home Goods and many more  have confirmed their visit at this fair.  These buying houses are from US, Europe, Japan and Australia etc. Over 300  Buying agents in India have registered themselves for sourcing at this fair. 

Over and above, the turnover of buyers from foreign countries, the buyers of Indian retail houses have also confirmed their inclination to visit the fair and explore the possibilities of sourcing their requirement at this fair,  informed Mr. Arvind Vadhera, Chairman – EPCH

One of the attractive events taking place during the fair is a Seminar on E-Commerce led exports – challenges and opportunities.  In the recent time, e-commerce has acquired special importance and the Government of India has announced incentive on exports made through e-commerce.  In order to encourage this practice, EPCH is organizing a special seminar on the subject wherein experts from Ebay India Pvt. Ltd, IIFT and Fedex India have been invited to speak and apprise the participants on various facets of e-commerce and its challenges. 

Another important event taking place during IHGF will be a presentation on Home Style Trends forecast 2013 and Beyond by Mr. Tom Mirabile, Senior President of Global Trend and Design for Lifetime Brands Inc and Mr. Cora Goetemann, Professor and Head of the Fashion Design Department, Pearl Academy of Fashion.  Since home style trends and product designs constitute an important aspect of exports, this presentation will be of great interest to the companies exhibiting at the fair, elaborated Mr. Rakesh Kumar.

IHGF over the years has helped greatly participating companies in achieving a larger share of overseas market.  One of the direct fall out of IHGF has been the consistent increase in exports of handicrafts not only to traditional markets but to new and emerging markets also.  EPCH has been doing massive publicity and prominent for handicrafts products for IHGF in various important markets overseas.  Of late, publicity at the International shows on handicrafts held worldwide which attracted large number of buyers, has been very aggressive.  This has resulted in increase of turnover of buyers at the fair.

The four day long fair is expected to generate  export orders to the tune of Rs. 1000 crores.

The exports of handicrafts during the first six months (April-September 2012-13) of the current financial year registered an increase of 36.21 per cent at Rs 7694.43 crore  from Rs 5648.84 crore up by Rs 2045.59 crore  and in dollar terms increased by 13.14 per cent at USD 1409.46 million from USD 1245.73 million up by USD 163.73 million compared to the same period year. The Council is hopeful of achieving the export target of Rs 15,500 crore during the current financial year.

The EPCH is a nodal agency for promotion of exports of handicrafts products from India and projects India’s image abroad as a reliable supplier of high quality handicrafts.

 

 

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34th Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair To Begin With Great Fanfare From Oct. 15: EPCH

 

Greater Noida/New Delhi – October 12, 2012 --  The 34th edition of Asia’s largest Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair (IHGF-Autumn) will kickstart at the world class venue of India Expo Centre & Mart here from October 15 to welcome over 5000 overseas buyers  from across the globe enabling them to source their requirements from a wide range of 950 product lines, designs, styles, raw material base and concepts showcased by over 2400 Indian exhibitors.   Mr. Mohammed Azharuddin, Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha from Moradabad will be the Chief Guest and  Mr. S S Gupta, IAS, Development  Commissioner ( Handicrafts) will be Guest of Honour at the opening of the mega event to grace the occasion.   Manufacturers and exhibitors from all the 28 States of India will put on display best of their latest and innovative products from a wide range of eco-friendly items for overseas buyers hailing from over 40 countries.   The collection of products at the fair will reflect a rich legacy of traditional Indian workmanship blended into a wealth of new products and innovative designs.   IHGF has acquired the reputation of ‘One Stop Sourcing Event’ amongst the overseas buying community and ‘most effective marketing medium’ amongst Indian exporting community. It also plays a vital role in increasing the foreign exchange earnings for the country.  A large number of overseas buyers from all across the globe are expected to visit the four day mega event. IHGF will showcase the most extensive range of handcrafted products ever put on display. The fair will feature Giftware, Kitchenware, Decoratives, Furniture, Furnishings, Tableware Garden Articles, Houseware and Fashion Accessories. The four-day-long exposition is a B2B mega show being organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) under one-roof spread over 100,000 sq. metres. IHGF is a flagship event of EPCH held bi-annually in the months of February and October known as IHGF-Spring and IHGF-Autumn respectively. It will mainly focus on eco-friendly products made out of different raw material base like wood, metal, cane and bamboo, textiles made of natural fibres, wool, silk, jute, coir, stone, leather, terracotta, lacquer and using vegetable dyes. The products on display are all hand-crafted and hand-made and machines are used only for finishing purposes and all varieties and qualities at competitive prices suiting to the different segments of the consumers viz. from low end, middle end to top end consumers.    The exports of handicrafts during the first six months (April-September 2012-13) of the current financial year registered an increase of 36.21 per cent at Rs 7694.43 crore  from Rs 5648.84 crore up by Rs 2045.59 crore  and in dollar terms increased by 13.14 per cent at USD 1409.46 million from USD 1245.73 million up by USD 163.73 million compared to the same period year. The Council is hopeful of achieving the export target of Rs 15,500 crore during the current financial year. The EPCH is a nodal agency for promotion of exports of handicrafts products from India and projects India’s image abroad as a reliable supplier of high quality handicrafts.