PackPlus begins on a high note, picks up pace on second day

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PackPlus begins on a high note
Packaging South Asia stand at PackPlus 2017

The first day of the PackPlus 2017 exhibition began on a good note with healthy footfalls. The event witnessed around 2500 visitors on the opening day itself. While the event has around 350+ exhibitors.

With 350+ exhibitors showcasing their technology, this year’s PackPlus edition is witnessing a rise in categories like rubber rollers for gravure, gravure printers, machinery for flexible manufacturing and films, ERP and integration supply systems.

Khushal Patel, director – sales and marketing, BST eltromat, says, “We are exhibiting our demo machine at PackPlus for the first time. We have four major machines for demo purposes. Our flagship product IPQ Center, which is an intelligent and integrated quality assurance system with 100% defect detection, has also received very good response so far.”

Other than the IPQ Center, BST has on display the Powerscope 5000, an entry-level machine which they introduced in November last year. The company has also managed to close some big deals for its Web Guide with line censors.

On the other hand, Uflex has several new products on display at its stand, attracting many visitors from the industry. GP Pathak, vice president, holography division, says, “We have developed new products for decorative panels and posters, decorative boxes and cartons. These films are produced using the hot stamping method with spot effect for creating the design. These are best suited for decorative boxes.”

In addition to these, the Uflex team talked about applications in the textile and graphic industry. Ajay Tandon from the engineering division of Uflex informs, “Last year, we started with building aseptic packaging machines for rigid packaging. After conducting several successful trials, we have been able to roll out machines that can manufacture 7,800 pouches in an hour. The other machine that is generating good reviews for us is the flexi pouch filling machine.”

The event is also witnessing the presence of significant flexo manufacturers like Multigraph and Polygraph. Hinting on the growth of flexo machines, Rajesh Bhanawat, a visitor and a dealer of flexo machines based in Ludhiana, says, “Every state which has a good industrial zone has 4-8 good flexo machine manufacturers. Getting a machine nowadays is very easy. Rising competition among these companies is improving the quality of the machines manufactured as every company wants to make the machine unique. This is a very good time for the flexo industry in India and even in Brazil, as it has a similar market. Seeing so many players exhibiting for flexo printing machines is a good feature of PackPlus this year. This is where we get to see a lot of players in the flexo category to associate with.”

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in nominal and real terms – in a region poised for the highest change in year to year expenditure in printing equipment and consumables. Our 2024 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock – to emphasize your visibility and relevance to your customers and turn potential markets into conversations.

– Naresh Khanna

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