India : The EVTEKS- 17th edition of Istanbul Home Textiles Exhibition that got underway on May 18 in Turkey failed to satisfy Indian carpet exporters as they faced basic glitches in finding enough space to exhibit their products thereby bagging orders below estimated target.
Commenting on the mismanagement caused due to the ignorance of the organizers at CNR Expo Center, Turkey, O.P.Garg, Chairman, Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) said, "The exhibition was a complete failure. They (the organizers) have mismanaged it. They have provided our stalls in a conference room. They have cheated us."
The 13 carpet exporters from India who participated in this five-day event faced tremendous problem with limited space and there were potential problems with the halls which were not fully structured, complained Garg.
"The hall was not ready and there was no space. There were problems for all international pavilion (China, India and others). The hall was overbooked that is why we had the issues and problems with the space," he told SME Times.
This has been Indian carpet exporter's first-time participation in the exhibition and they had a bad experience which makes them reluctant to participate in future, CEPC chief said.
Besides this, the exhibitors have found this years's fair bringing together inadequate number of customers/ visitors. Garg pointed out that there were very limited buyers. Most of them who have come were their existing buyers. There were no new buyers or visitors, which they expected.
"We have invited our own customers; they have come. There were no new customers. We have 30-35 existing buyers of our own from Australia, Canada, Belgium, South Africa, etc.," he mentioned.
Garg estimated that around USD 5 billion orders have likely been generated from the textiles exhibition, which is below the aimed target set at USD 10 million. CEPC has also taken up the matter to the Turkish Embassy.
India will be exporting around USD 60 million goods (hand-knotted, Kashmiri silk carpets, etc) to Turkey this year. In fact, last year, India exported around USD 40-45 million of carpet products to this region.