A successful edition of Paperex


Paperex 2017, the four-day international exhibition on pulp, paper and allied industries, concluded on 4 November 2017. The 13th edition of Paperex was an outstanding success with support of all major Industry associations, participation of 568 leading exhibitors from 30 countries and 23,794 high-quality trade visitors from 59 countries. The event also had wide media coverage worldwide.

The event was inaugurated by  CR Choudhary,  Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Government of India in presence of various eminent personalities from the paper Industry. Speaking on the occasion, Choudhary agreed that there is huge shortage of cheap raw material and suggested that recycling of sugar waste and rice straw can be used for paper manufacturing while technology upgrade should be done immediately  to compete with the global quality.

All top brands displayed their invocations and products at the show like BILT, JK Paper, Century, International Paper, Trident, TNPL, West Cost, Pudumjee, APP, Valmet, Voith, Andritz and many more. The leading exhibitors had various new launches and special offers for the paper industry.

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Paperex 2017 also highlighted new segments like paper, printing, packaging and publishing as well as tissue segments including tissue, products and machinery and technology.

There were various concurrent programs and conferences, such as the conference on ‘Pulp and Paper Industry: Strategies for Sustainable Growth’ by IARPMA, executive committee meeting of the Indian Paper Manufacturers Association (IPMA) and Indian Pulp and Paper Technical Association, celebration of Paper Day by Federation of Paper Traders Associations of India (FPTA), and Paper Industry Meet by CAPEXIL.

Various business networking and information lounges (BNIL) were also set up by major trade bodies of paper industries at the event like IPPTA, IARPMA, FPTA, INMA, IPAMA, WPF, etc.

Over the last two decades, the Paperex event has played a major role in showcasing the strength of the Indian paper and allied industry by attracting global attention to these technological advancements. The biennial event serves as the only comprehensive business platform for the pulp and paper industry and has established itself as a ‘Business Festival of the Paper Industry.’ It supports the overall growth of the paper industry in the country.

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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