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

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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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