A whole new world of sourcing in South Asia is coming to light.
On August 21st-23rd the Toronto International Centre halls will be alive with the sound of deals being closed, relationships being forged and the exchange of possibilities for the future of Canadian fashion. Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada will be back and bigger than ever this year. First off, TFO Canada has created hype around the show by bringing new international companies into the marketplace. Second, this year South Asia will be in the spotlight at Canada’s premier apparel trade show.
India Takes the Lead
Late last week Jason Prescott, CEO of JP Communications, Inc. and producer of ATSC announced that,
“25 percent of this year’s ATSC show will be dedicated to exhibits from South Asian apparel and textile manufacturers, with India taking a leading role. ATSC 2017 will foster unparalleled business connections between local Canadian companies and leading South Asian producers of apparels and textiles who see tremendous opportunity for collaboration with the Canadian industry.”
There is a reason why India is one of the top exporters of textiles and apparel in the world. Indian textiles conjure up images of rich jewel-toned fabrics adorned with beautiful patterns or embroidery. Therefore, this will be one of the first opportunities for the Canadian apparel market to be able to source directly from Indian producers.
India will not be the only South Asian country to exhibit their beautiful materials. Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal will also be represented in the 60 South Asian companies being showcased. Many of them are hoping to reach the level of influence and desire that Indian textile companies enjoy. In addition, ATSC will also host a conference on how to source internationally and the specifics of commercial endeavors in South Asia. This will be a key resource in navigating how to utilize the great supply of companies and goods that will be at their fingertips.
Demand for Canadian-produced apparel has shown consistent growth. As a result, companies have a dire need for greater resources in which to acquire raw materials for production domestically. The debut ATSC show in 2016 had 200 exhibitioners. This year, it will surpass that with over 300 booths from international companies. Together Canadian enterprises paired with the great talents of South Asia can manufacture incredible product that is competitive on a global level, while spurring both economies simultaneously.