AIFMP president AMSG Ashokan lighting the lamp at the Pamex promotion event in Kottayam

More than 400 printers took part in the road show organized on 15 October to promote the Pamex exhibition in Mumbai this December. This was the third regional road show for the event where the organizers reach out to printers in various states and regions across India.


Kerala Printers Association PA Augustine addressing the Pamex promotion conference in Kottayam

The event was organized by the Kerala Printers Association at the CSI Retreat Centre in Kottayam and inaugurated by the former chief minister of Kerala, Oommen Chandy. The All India Federation of Master Printer’s president AMSG Ashokan invited all the Kerala printers to make it a point to visit the Pamex’17 exhibition. AIFMP vice president (South) O Venugopal, former president R Suresh and former general secretary CD Kumaravel also took part in the event.

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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