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

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.”

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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

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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