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.

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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– Naresh Khanna

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