PAMEX 2017 offers great opportunity for Indian and international print suppliers

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PAMEX 2017 offers great opportunity for Indian and international print suppliers

The packaging and labels segment is one of the major drivers for the Indian printing industry. The print media also continues to grow at a healthy pace with growth trends significantly over the world averages. In print volume terms, India is set to become the fifth largest market by 2018 from the current tenth position. This growth offers great opportunity for the Indian and international print suppliers.

After the success of PAMEX 2015, it is expected that PAMEX 2017 will again turn out to be a great platform for all the industry stakeholders to congregate and explore the growth opportunity in the print industry. PAMEX 2017 will be held from 18 to 21 December at the Bombay Exhibition Centre. The event is being organized by All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) in association with Print-Packaging.com.

Some of the leading Indian and international brands will showcase their latest technologies across various categories like prepress, in-press and postpress segments. The show will host dedicated pavilions for label and narrow web printing and presses; paper and board converting and corrugated machinery and equipment. Flexo and gravure printing, digital presses, web offset presses, sheet fed offset presses and signage machinery and process equipment will be displayed at the event.

In terms of visitors, a large number of B2B visitors are expected at the show. Visitors expected would be printers and print buyers, publishers, converters, corrugated box manufacturers, quality control managers from FMCG and retail sectors, government agencies and associations, end users influencing audience segments like design houses and art directors and production managers of corporate companies, among others.

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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