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Updates from International Sourcing Expo Australia


From India’s Handloom Export Promotion Council’s participation to International Sourcing Expo welcoming Jute Product Development and Export Promotion Council and large Turkish participation, read some of the major updates. 

Largest ever Turkish participation

The largest ever participation by Turkey will be a welcome addition to International Sourcing Expo Australia and co-located Footwear and Leather Show this November in Melbourne.

Australia has been identified as a focus region for export by footwear and apparel exporters in Turkey who are looking to increase their market share in Australia.

“The Australian market provides huge potential for Turkey with its high purchasing power and living standards. Geographic isolation is no longer a barrier to international business trade, and International Sourcing Expo Australia presents Turkish traders with a unique opportunity to deepen relationships in the Australasian region, and showcase the European quality and standards of Turkish products available at reasonable price points,” Tayfun Kilic, Commercial Attache, Consulate General of Republic of Turkey said.

Organisers from IEC Group Pty Ltd welcome the increased participation from Turkey and see it as a coup for the show.

“We are delighted to see more and more exhibitors from Turkey and feel confident that International Sourcing Expo Australia will benefit by offering more diversity to Australian fashion and footwear buyers,” Julie Holt, Global Exhibitions Director, IEC Group Pty Ltd said.

“Turkey’s stronghold in footwear will be a welcome addition given the industry’s impressive annual capacity of 400 million pairs of shoes. Its reputation as being in the top 10 footwear producers around the globe is well-recognised in Australia and visitors to International Sourcing Expo and Footwear and Leather Show Australia will undoubtedly be interested in forming connections with the suppliers from Turkey,” Holt said.

Akinabella is one such company from Turkey. With a history in the leather sector dating back almost 200 years and establishing itself in the footwear sector since 1978, Akinabella has a daily production capacity of 60,000 pairs.

Producing thousands of slipper varieties for men, women and children, Akinabella places great importance on foot health and elegance. They export to some of the world’s largest and most prestigious markets including Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Iraq, Romania, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, UK, and Hungary. This will be Akinabella’s first time exhibiting at International Sourcing Expo to kickstart their entrance into the Australian market.

Australian sourcing expo weaving a new path with jute

International Sourcing Expo will this year welcome the Jute Product Development and Export Promotion Council (JPDEPC) and around 10 of their member organisations who will showcase the benefits of jute to the Australian market.

Organisers from IEC Group Pty Ltd believe the show will benefit from JPDEPC’s participation.

“We are seeing a demand for jute and jute products in Australia so we are excited to welcome the Jute Product Development and Export Promotion Council to the 2019 International Sourcing Expo. The local market is increasingly seeking out more sustainable fibres and jute is a reliable and viable option,” Julie Holt, Global Exhibitions Director, IEC Group Pty Ltd said.

Industry-led body JPDEPC is confident that the popularity of jute will continue to grow in Australia.

“In terms of usage, global consumption, production, and availability, jute is the second most important vegetable fibre after cotton,” JPDEPC Chairman Neel Kamal Kankani said.

Created in 2010 with the principal purpose of driving forward initiatives for the sustainable growth of jute exports from India, the council is managed by a 14-member committee of administration. Currently, the council has about 225 registered members covering various segments of manufacturing and trading of jute products.

The Jute Pavilion will feature renowned exporters attending the International Sourcing Expo Australia in Melbourne with a view to test the Australian market. Australian buyers will have an opportunity to meet manufacturers and exporters of jute lifestyle products and plan future imports and marketing strategies. The Jute Pavilion boasts the latest trends and styles, and buyers can expect to see a focus on colourful shopping bags, beach bags, fashion carriers, footwear and promotional totes.

“The information and data we’ve received indicates that the Australian market provides huge potential for jute products, and we see International Sourcing Expo as an efficient means to exploring the Australasian region and its potential,” Vice-Chairman JPDEPC Rajesh Khemka said.

Market presence increase for handwoven textiles from India

India’s foremost trade promotion organisation for the export of handwoven products from India will attend the International Sourcing Expo Australia for the eighth consecutive year, furthering solid industry links and cooperation between the Australian and Indian governments in relation to textiles and fashion.

Handloom Export Promotion Council (HEPC) initially exhibited at the expo with ten participants in 2012. With a contingent of 20 signed up for the show at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in November, they will once again be a welcome addition to International Sourcing Expo.

As the 8th largest importer of handwoven textile products from India, Australia is an attractive market for HEPC’s members and the Indian handwoven sector with its wide range of exportable products and has the potential to further improve its market presence.

“The product profile of the exhibitors under the aegis of HEPC has evolved from the initial phase of participation offering just an exclusive home textile range of products to the current participants offering the whole gamut of all textile products including an entire range of home textiles such as coir products, clothing, accessories and garments. Initially, we were exhibiting with 10 participants and this has doubled to 20 exhibitors,” Dr S.B Deepak Kumar, IAS, Executive Director, HEPC said.

Organisers from IEC Group Pty Ltd welcome the increased participation from HPEC and see it as a sign of the show’s steady growth.

“The Handloom Export Promotion Council plays an important role in International Sourcing Expo Australia by helping local buyers connect with the right Indian suppliers for sourcing handwoven products from India. We are delighted to see their participation continue and grow year on year,” Julie Holt, Global Exhibitions Director, IEC Group Pty Ltd said.

IEC Group Pty Ltd anticipates more than 4,000 trade visitors will visit International Sourcing Expo and co-located Footwear and Leather Show Australia. Along with China Clothing Accessories Textiles Expo, which is held concurrently, more than 700 textile, apparel and footwear manufacturers and agents from 20+ countries will exhibit at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from November 12-14 2019.

The trade-only event will showcase exhibitors from China, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Fiji, Indonesia, Vietnam, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Peru, Taiwan, Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, and USA