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Erode exporters to visit Hong Kong show



Staff Reporter

To scout for orders from European buyers



They will study trade activities of their Chinese counterparts Some will try to find accessories suppliers



ERODE: More than a dozen garment exporters from Erode will visit Hong Kong in the next couple of days to take part in the Hong Kong Fashion Show-2006.

Besides studying international fashion and trade trends, the exporters will look for business orders from European buyers. "We are looking at long-term business prospects. European buyers will be there. Chances are bright for brokering deals," says S. Sivananthan, secretary, Erode Textile and Garment Exporters' Association.

During their first visit, a few exporters received enquiries. Efforts are on to strike a deal.

There is much more at the show for Indian exporters: they will study the trade activities of their Chinese counterparts, who, they say, are "very good" and "way ahead" of them. "The scale is tilted in favour of China in terms of the volume of trade, quality of the merchandise and pricing," says S. Jothi Murugan, of JVS Associates, who has been in the business for the past nine years.

Some exporters will scout for accessories suppliers to place orders. Saravana Balaji, who owns Cosy Casual Comforts, says he will look for suppliers of sewing accessories. "The quality, design and price of such products manufactured in China and Hong Kong are better than ours."

Nevertheless, some feel such visits may not yield much. An exporter says the chances of securing orders from these meets are minimal. He suggests the exporters make it a point to visit the Frankfurt and U.S. shows to woo European and American buyers.

In Hong Kong Fashion Show-2005, 1,087 participants from 16 countries showcased their products.



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