The 7th edition of Home Expo India saw Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister of Textiles and Information and Broadcasting inaugurating the three-day event on April 16. While she applauded the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) for their efforts, she also emphasised on skill development in craft and trade fair management.
Organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts, Home Expo India 2018 is three segmented categories show comprising Housewares, Textiles and Furniture under one roof at the same time making it a one-stop expo for every visitor.
The Expo will be one of leading business-to-business shows where a wide range of tableware, home textiles, kitchenware, houseware and bathroom accessories will be displayed.
International buyers, leading manufacturers and exporters will share the same platform and will exchange various ideas related to the industry.
O.P. Prahladka, Chairman- EPCH, Ravi K. Passi, Sagar Mehta, Vice Chairmen-EPCH, Sunil Sethi, President, Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), and now President, (Academics), ACTERM, Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director, EPCH and members of committee of administration were also present during the inauguration ceremony.
On the occasion, Smriti Irani also said that her association with EPCH as Minister of Textiles has always remained fruitful and applauded EPCH for always taking new initiatives for the promotion and development of handicrafts sector, whether it is enhancing the design capacity of India and business basis across the world, strengthen the quality of the product, or organizing the largest IHGF Delhi fair, which has been entered in Limca Book of world's records.
"Organizing product specific expo and covering three promising products segments of handicraft sector - houseware and decorative, floor furnishing and textiles, and furniture and accessories is a step in the right direction to enable the buyers to source their requirements without wasting time, energy and resources," she further said while adding, "EPCH has shown great vision under the leadership of O.P. Prahladka, Chairman EPCH and Rakesh Kumar in taking such initiative."
Minister of Textiles, Information and Broadcasting also appreciated the efforts of Rakesh Kumar, Chairman – India Expo Centre and Mart, and Sunil Sethi, President, Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) for starting Academy of Convention, Trade Fair, Event Research and Management, and said that this initiative will enhance the new skills sets as Prime Minister once said.
While welcoming the Chief Guest, O.P. Prahladka, Chairman EPCH said that EPCH has ensured that select exhibitors display premium products to thoughtfully invited overseas buyers so that the best and exquisite products are on display for the best of people in the world.
This event will showcase the finest artistic elements and craftsmanship in harmony with innovative designs and latest products. More than 650 Indian exporters of all the three categories will be displaying exquisite products of Houseware, decorative, furnishing, flooring and textiles and furniture and furniture accessories.
Rakesh Kumar, ED – EPCH said that organizing product specific show on home and life products was the need of the hour. When EPCH organized the first Home Expo India in 2012, buyers preferred visiting product based exhibitions rather than all product categories shows to save their time and money. A large number of buyers from both traditional as well as emerging markets, which includes USA, European Union, Latin America, Middle East and Southeast Asia are visiting to source their requirement from the show. Home Expo India covers segments with maximum thrust and growth potential for Indian handicraft exporters who present a wide range of colourful handicraft items in home décor, furnishing, furniture, flooring, and textiles.