Messe Frankfurt India acquires Screen Print India

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Messe Frankfurt India acquires Screen Print India
Raj Manek

In another defining acquisition to strengthen its presence in the country, Messe Frankfurt India Trade Fair, the Indian subsidiary of one of the world’s leading trade show organizers, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH, announced that it has acquired the rights of Screen Print India. Having made its debut in 1994, Screen Print India exhibition is held biennially in Mumbai since its inception and has grown wider in scope covering not just screen printing but textile printing and digital printing. Previously owned and managed by Aditya Exposition, the acquisition not only reinforces its position as a formidable player in the print sector but also broadens its scope in the textile technologies portfolio.

Raj Manek, executive director and board member of Messe Frankfurt Asia Holding says, “As the only dedicated show in this segment, Screen Print India accelerates our strategy to expand and enhance the offerings we provide to our customers and partners in the printing and textile sectors. By allowing both Media Expo and Screen Print India fairs to be independent of each other, we aim to develop the exhibitions in a more targeted and well-defined manner to suit their respective visitor profiles and market demands. Going forward, we also aim to expand the exhibit segments and develop the scale of the platform to that of internationally renowned exhibitions in this space.”

As a platform dedicated to the screen printing industry since over two decades, Screen Print India focuses on new innovations and application areas in this technology-driven product segment. The latest edition in Mumbai 2016 featured 100 exhibitors, drawing around 7,000 professional visitors. According to Devang Sheth, managing director of Aditya Exposition, “The Screen Print India exhibition made its debut in 1994 and has become bigger in size, wider in scope and greater in significance. It has raised benchmarks for enhancing awareness, high-level networking, knowledge dissemination and industry bonding. Now, it is time to take it to the next level and under the aegis of Messe Frankfurt India Trade Fair, Screen Print India will realize its true potential and soar to even greater heights.”

While the fair will continue to maintain a strong focus on screen printing machines, textile/garment printing materials, sublimation printing, digital and conventional printing presses, digital textile printers, wide format digital machinery, consumables and inks among others, the organizer aims to expand the exhibit segments to cover embroidery, garment and apparel printing in the coming years, which will supplement its textile technologies portfolio.

The event will be part of Frankfurt India’s Texpertise Network, which is a combination of the world’s most important textile trade fair that highlights innovations and shows what is driving the global textile industry. Olaf Schmidt, vice president – textiles and textile technologies, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH comments, “Digital printing is becoming more and more relevant for our textile shows over the last years. And the potential of digital printing solutions for the textile industry is growing a lot. Under the umbrella of our worldwide Texpertise Network, Screen Print India will now make the next big step in its development.”

The next Screen Print India will be held from 20–22 April 2018, at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre in India. For more information about the exhibition or other Messe Frankfurt fairs in India, visit www.in.messefrankfurt.com

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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