Overwhelming response for Printpack 2019

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The Indian Printing Packaging & Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA) received more than one hundred confirmed bookings of space for participation in the forthcoming PRINTPACK INDIA 2019 exhibition, slated to be held from 1-6 February 2017 at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida. Simultaneously, the organizers are getting a large number of inquiries for booking of space. IPAMA is providing early bird discount to the exhibitors. Participants can book their space by paying a nominal amount of Rs. 25,000. For the convenience of exhibitors/participants, IPAMA has fixed 31 January 2018 as the last date for availing the discount offer. It is expected that the list of early bird discount claimants will cross the figure of 200 by 31 January 2018. IPAMA is expecting more than 600 Indian and foreign exhibitors for this mega show, which has become an international hub for display of latest technology and machinery.

IPAMA is also organizing a promotional meet on 19 December in which more than 700 high-level dignitaries, decision makers, CEOs and company heads have been invited.

For promotion purposes, conferences and workshops will be organized in major cities in India after the aforesaid promotional meet. IPAMA has already been participating in a number of domestic and foreign shows for event promotion.

New segments of the printing industry have also been added in the exhibitor profile for PRINTPACK INDIA 2019. IPAMA has made some major changes for allocation of space to the exhibitors in comparison to PRINTPACK’s earlier edition. Instead of hall-wise allocation, the space will be allotted segment-wise. During the exhibition, conferences, workshops and other related programs will also be organized by IPAMA in association with exhibitors, publishers and media partners.

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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