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.”

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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