Bangladesh, India and Pakistan to feature at Melbourne’s International Sourcing Expo


Textiles from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan will feature prominently at International Sourcing Expo 9th edition in Melbourne, Australia, when it runs from November 20-22, 2018.

international-sourcing-expo-photos-by-lucas-dawson-photography-368The region’s textiles, apparel, accessories and footwear have shone every year since the Expo was launched in 2010.In 2018, organizers expect the International Sourcing Expo to host exhibitors from around 20 countries, including pavilions from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, Fiji, South Africa, Vietnam, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The Expo attracts 4000 Australian fashion buyers to visit 700 suppliers and see and feel the quality of the product first hand, explained Expo organizer, Marie Kinsella.“Personally meeting so many reputable partners just wouldn’t be possible any other way, even if you were prepared to spend months overseas living out of a suitcase,” Ms Kinsella said.“It’s reassuring for Expo visitors that most exhibitors participate under the auspices of governments or national trade associations, too.“In fact, several trade commissions will be among the exhibitors and can offer visitors a rare insight into how best to do business with their countries.”

The Federation of Indian Export Organisations, representing more than 65 Indian exhibitors from FIEO and the Apparel Export Promotion Council, will be among the presenters of the Global Sourcing Seminars.

international-sourcing-expo-photos-by-lucas-dawson-photography-219Meanwhile, as part of the co-located Footwear & Leather Show, the chairman of Council Leather Exports India, Mr Mukhtarul Amin, will deliver an expert view of the Indian leather and footwear sector.The CLE, as a Footwear and Leather Show partner in 2018, will also feature a pavilion of 30 exhibitors and host a Buyer Seller Meet at the show. “The highly popular seminars offer show-goers insights on fashion trends and best practice sourcing,” Ms Kinsella said.“Seminars focused on providing information about the Australian market will also be on offer to exhibitors.”“The knowledge these seminars deliver is immensely useful to both industry suppliers and sourcing managers because it allows them to understand each other’s needs and build better business relationships.”

Exhibitors are drawn from India, China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Fiji, Indonesia, Vietnam, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. The suppliers are invited to take part in special events during the International Sourcing Expo, including the Global Runway which will feature group presentations from China, Indonesia and other countries and brands. While the final program in this inaugural catwalk is yet to be confirmed, Ms Kinsella was certain it would be popular with exhibitors and visitors alike.

“It’s the perfect way for exhibitors to show off their textiles and apparel,” Ms Kinsella said. “We all know how fashion comes to life on a model and its full potential becomes clear.”The well-respected International Sourcing Expo boasts high profile industry partners including Euromonitor International, the Australian Retailers Association, Federation of Indian Export Organisations, Australian Fashion Council and the Vietnam Textile & Apparel Association.

International Sourcing Expo Australia 9th edition is co-located with Footwear & Leather Show Australia 3rd edition and the 18th China Clothing Textiles Accessories Expo.The Expo will run from November 20 to 22 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. to register.