IPAMA’s road map to the 14th biennial PRINTPACK INDIA

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Newly elected president of IPAMA Dayakar Reddy briefs the press about the 14th Biennial PRINTPACK Exhibition to take place in February 2019

At a meeting of its general body on 25 August 2017 at the Greater Noida India Exposition Centre, IPAMA elected its new president Dayakar Reddy, who later that afternoon briefed the industry and mainstream media about the next PrintPack India exhibition to be held from 1 to 6 February 2019 at the exposition site. Reddy said, “The Indian graphic arts industry has gained momentum post the 13th edition of the PRINTPACK INDIA exhibition earlier this year, with confirmed business of over US$ 290 million and trade inquiries of US$ 510 million.” He added that the entire industry seems to be accelerating with Indian exhibitions, with the 14th PrintPack show getting ready to scale up further and compete with global industry benchmark exhibitions of printing and packaging equipment and consumables. The next show aims to cover 65,000 square meters of the India Exposition Centre with exhibitor stands.

Speaking as the president of IPAMA, which represents the Printing, Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers of India, Reddy said that the industry has huge growth potential, with a presentation that revealed the large and unfavorable gap in graphic arts equipment and consumables export and import figures. “Our focus is to give an ideal platform to the manufacturers so that they can perform better both domestically and in global markets,” he said.

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According to IPAMA, Indian imports of printing and packaging equipment are five times the local industry’s export of equipment

IPAMA organizes the biennial PRINTPACK INDIA—a modern industrial exhibition site that has been growing in scale and in its modern amenities. It is extremely likely that the new Metro will also be commissioned in time for the 2019 exhibition. There is excellent road connectivity to Delhi/NCR with an 8-lane expressway that also extends to Agra and the Taj Mahal in 90 minutes from the expo center.

Naveen Gupta, the newly elected general secretary of IPAMA, added, “Right on track, IPAMA is working hard to bring the Indian graphic arts industry on the global map and there is no better platform in the entire world than PRINTPACK INDIA for this with the last edition of the show containing a record number of 430 companies and 86,000 business buyers. The 13th PRINTPACK INDIA, 2017 had participation from China, Dubai, Hong Kong, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Sharjah, South Korea, Taiwan, UK, USA, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and several other countries in addition to overwhelming domestic participation.”

According to IPAMA’s 2015-16 numbers, the market size of the Indian printing and packaging machinery industry is approximately Rs. 24,000 crore (US$ 3.8 billion) (Data 2015-16). Of this, imports are apparently five times those of local manufacture. Including consumables and the production of print and packaging, the figures are much higher with recent data indicating that India is currently the fastest growing packaging market in the world.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

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As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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