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    Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair Spring 2011

     

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    Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) S.S. Gupta inaugrated the fair.Mr. Raj Kumar Malhotra, Chairman of the EPCH.and Mr Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director, EPCH and other office bearers of EPCH were present on this occassion

    Handicrafts Fair Generates Business of Over Rs 840 crore : EPCH

    Greater Noida – February 22, 2011 – Mr. Jitin Prasada, Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways today said that Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair (IHGF) is very important platform for the producers, manufacturers and exporters of handicrafts showcasing their range of products for exports.

    The Government gives considerable importance to this sector and has already announced a large number incentives, support packages, welfare schemes and health insurance etc. for the craft persons and other engaged in the production of this sector, he said while delivering the Valedictory Address on the concluding day of the 31st edition of the IHGF-Spring 2011 organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) at India Expo Centre and Mart here.

     

    Mr. Jitin Prasada, Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Raj Kumar Malhotra, Chairman of the EPCH.and Mr Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director, EPCH and other office bearers of EPCH were present on this occassion



    The Minister further said that every effort would be made to provide a hassle free visit and sourcing of products for the overseas buyers who come from all across the globe to enhance exports of handicrafts products from India.

    Earlier, welcoming the Chief Guest, EPCH Chairman Raj Kumar Malhotra said “we have received very good response from the overseas buyers and we hope that the total number buyers sourcing their requirement from the exhibitors of this fair has exceeded the number of last event.

    The IHGF has so far been covering the entire range of handicrafts sector. But, since the overseas buying community is looking at more product specific fairs so that they do not spend time for searching for the products of their interest, the EPCH has already started organizing product specific fairs during the last two years. Soon, more product specific fairs will be initiated on other product groups also, Mr. Malhotra added.

    The four-day fair generated a business worth over Rs 840 crore and witnessed a footfall of around 5100 foreign buyers from across the globe who sourced their requirements under one roof from a diverse basket of more than 900 eco-friendly product lines displayed by 2300 exhibitors from 28 States of India.

     

     

    Award winners with Minister... and EPCH Top Management Team

    Overseas buyers observed that the IHGF is the right place to find new things and found that prices were comparatively attractive and many products on display were exclusive. Most of the buyers found IHGF to be much bigger than other fairs

    A large number of overseas buyers came from US, UK, Japan, Germany, France, Australia, Spain, Greece, Italy, Hong Kong, China, Turkey, Hungry, Oman, Bulgaria, Thailand, Singapore, Lebanon, Israel, Portugal, Sweden, Mexico, Denmark, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, Bangladesh, Nepal, Netherlands, S. Arabia, S. Africa, LAC, CIS and many other countries.

    Overseas buyers evinced keen interest in many product lines particularly Indian textiles, furnishing, furniture, home décor, curios, bags and fashion accessories, children products, crocheted work and laced goods. Buyers have also shown interest in the products with antique finishing, cane items, coir mats and jute bags.

     



    To encourage the exhibitors, EPCH has given seven best stands awards in this fair to Ajay Shankar Memorial Awards were also given in seven categories to Best Designed Stands to Thar International, Jodhpur for Furniture & Accessories, Sanjay Fashion Pvr. Ltd. New Delhi for Fashion Jewellery & Accessories, Mir Handicrafts, New Delhi for Home Textiles & Floor Coverings, Soffi’s Noida for Home Textiles & Furnishings, Kariwala Industries Ltd., Kolkata for Fashion Accessories & Bags, J.C. International, Noida for Christmas Decorations, Candles & Incense Stick and Orient Art & Crafts, New Delhi for Houseware, Decorations & Gifts.

     

    Branch Out This Fair Into More Product Specific Show : S.S. Gupta

    Greater Noida – Feb 19, 2011 – Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) S.S. Gupta has stressed the need to branch out this fair into more product specific shows on slightly smaller level to provide more focus on specific products.

     

     

     Handicrafts and Gift Fait of EPCH..inauguration by S S Gupta Development Commissioner Handicrafts

     “Another important decision has been to hold such product specific fairs at the cluster level. Jodhpur being an important cluster has been venue for Furniture & Accessories while NCR has been venue for Fashion Jewellery & Accessories.  More such clusters are being decided for holding specific shows in future,” Mr. Gupta said this while speaking at the 31st edition of Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair (IHGF-Spring) here today.

     

     

     

    Gathering for the inauguration ceremony..

     

     

    Ministry of Textiles, Office of DC(H) and Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), organizers of the fair,  have jointly started the product specific show and the Government has already decided to release funds for design and development, technology and product upgradation and creation of infrastructure, he informed.

     

     

    Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) S.S. Gupta taking round in the pavilions with Mr Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director, EPCH and offoce bearers of EPCH

     

     

     

    Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) S.S. Gupta taking round in the pavilions with Mr Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director, EPCH and offoce bearers of EPCH

    He lauded the role of EPCH for registering a continuous growth in this over the past years in terms of increase in number of exhibitors, number of buyers attending the fair, coverage in terms of countries, products on display, space covered and enquiries and business generated.

     

     

    Handicrafts and Gift Fair of EPCH..an interview with S S Gupta Development Commissioner

     

    Mr. Gupta mentioned that the export during April–January, 2010-11 registered a growth of 26.72% in million US dollars and 21.09% in rupee terms. The export in January, 2011 is Rs. 651.33 crore and USD 143.47 million recording a growth of 36% in rupee terms and 39.47% in US dollars terms.

     

     

    Wonderful art pieces by Rural Artisans..on display

     

    Development  Commissioner (H) further said that “this is a very satisfactory growth rate. The efforts to diversify, reinvent and re-model the product structure and the market will help further in increasing the growth”.

    Over 6500 foreign buyers from 31 countries, around 30 per cent more than the previous fair, are expected to source their requirements from over 900 product lines, styles and designs being showcased by around 2300 exhibitors from all across India under one roof spread over 97,000 square metres at the world class mart which also houses 900 permanent showrooms.

     

     

    Every product on display here is shining..

     

    “This year, like in the past, we have received very good response from the overseas buyers sourcing their requirements from the exhibitors of this fair will exceed the number of last event. However, there is going to be a very wide representation of buyers in terms of countries and regions. The range of display at the fair is also very comprehensive and diversified,” said Mr. Raj Kumar Malhotra, Chairman of the EPCH.

     

     

    Handicrafts Fair by EPCH Interview of foreign buyer by Exporter Mansoor Nadeem Lari

     

    Nearly all requirements for home and houseware, officeware, hotel and restaurants, lifestyles items, decorative and gifts are on display at this fair and the emphasis is not only on gifts and decorative but on all utility items for all segments of society, Mr. Malhotra added.

    The Council Chairman further said “since the overseas buying community is looking at more product specific fairs, the EPCH has already started organizing such fairs during the last two years. The Furniture Fair held at Jodhpur and Fashion Jewellery and Accessories Fair here have been a good success. The EPCH has, therefore, institutionalized both these fair to be held every year.”

     

     

    Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) S.S. Gupta on this occassion also released exports directory .Mr. Raj Kumar Malhotra, Chairman of the EPCH.and Mr Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director, EPCH and other office bearers of EPCH were present on this occassion

     

    The prestigious four-day b2b event  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.

    “Despite the fact that USA and Europe have been major buyers of India, the focus of EPCH  is now on new emerging markets hitherto unexplored and under-explored regions like Latin America, Central Asia (CIS), Africa and South East Asia for promoting overseas business visitorship to this handicrafts and gifts fair,” said Mr Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director, EPCH.

     

     

     

    Handicrafts Fair by EPCH views of Zari Exporter Mansoor Nadeem Lari

     

    EPCH is the nodal export promotion body for handicrafts in India under the aegis of  Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India.

     

    The 31st edition of Asia's largest Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair (IHGF-Spring) will begin at India Expo Centre & Mart at Greater Noida Expressway in the NCR of Delhi from February 19, 2011, in which more than 2300 exhibitors from all over the country will be showcasing a wide range of eco-friendly products and over 6500 foreign buyers from 31 countries, in addition to 350 foreign buying agents based in India, are expected to visit the mega fair to source their requirements. The prestigious four-day b2b event, being organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), 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. Over 900 product lines, styles and designs will be on display.

    Shri Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director and Raj Kumar Malhotra, Chairrman, of EPCH addressing media persons at India Expo Mart and Centre in Greater Noida

    “The IHGF over a period of 16 years, since its inception in 1994, has made yeoman contribution to the Handicrafts trade from India. It has not only enabled Indian exporters in large numbers to participate in the show and secure orders but it also enabled more and more foreign buyers to source their requirement from India at one place one time from the entire exporting Indian community. The most important role played by the IHGF has been the increase in the foreign exchange earnings”, stated Mr. Raj Kumar Malhotra, Chairman of the Council. The fair is organized two times a year viz. February and October, known as Spring and Autumn Fairs respectively, and has acquired the reputation of ‘’One Stop Sourcing Event’’ amongst the overseas buying community and ‘most effective marketing medium’ amongst Indian exporting community. Despite the fact that USA and Europe have been major buyers of India, the focus of EPCH is now on new emerging markets hitherto unexplored and under-explored regions like Latin America, Central Asia (CIS), Africa and South East Asia for promoting overseas business visitorship to this handicrafts and gifts fair, Mr. Malhotra added.

     

     

    For this fair, buyers and journalists from countries of Central Asia, Latin America, Africa and ASEAN regions will be visiting the Handicrafts & Gifts Fair to see the range and quality of products on display and carry back stories to be published in the subsequent issues. In addition to overseas buyers, representatives of buying houses, buying agents, importers and wholesalers from America and Europe will also be visiting the fair. “The uniqueness of IHGF is that unlike other fairs held in the various parts of the world, this fair has only Indian participation for display with foreign buyers from developed and developing Nations visiting and seeking supplies of wide and varied range of products from India to cater to all segments of consumers in their country. The speciality of this fair is that products on display are of all varieties and qualities suiting to the different segments of the consumers viz. from low end, middle end to top end consumers”, said Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director, EPCH. Another uniqueness of this fair is that by and large, the products on display are hand crafted and hand made and machines are used only for finishing purposes. Perhaps, this is the reason that India does not cater to buyers seeking supplies of one typical product in thousand and millions. India still has the distinction of exclusivity in terms of each product, each design, colours and raw material base.

     

    The products on display are ecologically friendly as most of the raw material used is natural and not chemically made and the dyes and colours used are also vegetable dyes rather than chemical dyes, Mr. Rakesh Kumar added. Handicrafts exports witnessed a 19.81 per cent growth at Rs 6633.15 crore during the first nine months of the current financial year 2010-11 as against Rs 5536.28 crore during the same period in 2009-10. Indian manufacturers and exporters of handicrafts and gifts items from all parts of India will display best of their latest and innovative products under one roof spread over 97,000 square metres at the world class mart which also houses 900 permanent showrooms. The fair is expected to generate sizeable enquiries and business orders for the Indian handicrafts sector. EPCH is the nodal export promotion body for handicrafts in India under the aegis of Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India.



     

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