August is always a busy month for the industry with technology events around the country vying for attention. Though the focus market for each of the events this time was different, due to their locations, a common thread that was seen running through all of them was the practical approach of showing easily adoptable technology.
There was a time when visitors complained that there was nothing new to see and maximum innovation was related to updated versions of old technology. This attitude has changed now and visitors come to the fairs, not looking for breakthrough technologies, but simple solutions to improve operations, and save on cost and wastages.
Both at GTE, Ahmedabad and Gartex-Texprocess, Delhi, the exhibitors kept it simple. There was no effort to impress visitors with new technology, but the endeavour was rather to rope them in with solutions and technology that can add value to their existing units.
The fact that not many new projects are coming up, means that for technology suppliers, it is not about large business numbers but small interventions that matter to factories.
Interestingly, the visitors are also now largely coming from smaller destinations, where the focus is on becoming more organised and better equipped as a manufacturing unit.
For high-end innovations of the future – from AI solutions to robotics – CISMA is just around the corner. Bigger and more progressive companies that want to see these technologies, which are embodiment of the concept of ‘Intelligent Manufacturing’, are eagerly looking forward to visit the event.
While a review of the recently concluded GTE and Gartex-Texprocess finds space in this issue of StitchWorld, a preview of what to expect at CISMA is also presented for readers’ cognisance beforehand.
Continuing with our efforts to highlight retail technologies, this edition also covers an interesting write-up about Mad Street Den, a Chennai-based AI and computer vision start-up that allows customers to take a photo of any product that they like and instantly find a similar product online with details of where to buy.