Good visitor turnout at Pamex 2017 in Mumbai

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With a respectable footfall of 25,223 visitors and several deals being reported at the venue itself, Pamex 2017 held from from 18 to 21 December at the BEC in Mumbai, ended on a successful note. Spread across Halls 1 and 5, Pamex’17 commenced with a ribbon cutting ceremony by AMSG Ashokan, president, AIFMP, S Dayaker Reddy, president, IPAMA, Tushar Dhote, president, MMS, Mehul Desai, president, BMPA, Chang Xiaoxia, general manager, CAPT (China Academy), Neetu Arora, director, Print-Packaging.Com, Pernilla Jonsson, senior director, Global Programs, NPES, Balasaheb, Maharashtra Mudran Parishad, Yasuhito Nagai, auditor, JPMA (Japan) and Mustafa Kapadia, director and president of SPAI.

Among the several deals closed during the event, Zhongke India sold its ZK-5540OWL paper box making machine to Ma Prints Bengaluru. Mototech Systems sold a Scodix Ultra Pro Digital Enhancement Press with Foil Station to United Multiclour Printers. Autoprint Machinery booked an order for its Blankmatic 108 2H offline stripping machine at Pamex 2017. EFI Vutek, announced the sale of its GS3250LX Pro wide-format printer. Pratham reported orders for six folders of varying configurations. New Delhi-based NBG Tech announced the sale of two Hongming machines.

Several parallel meetings and conferences took place during Pamex. Several associations such as AIFMP, IPAMA, Capexil, LMAI used the occasion to meet and promote their events. The exhibitors evening was organized at a glittering event where the National Awards for Excellence in Printing (NAEP) were given away. The winning entries were also displayed in a special gallery at the exhibition.

Most exhibitors were happy while some of the packaging companies who saw less footfalls because they were in another hall were not as content, “There has been an excellent footfall and we have been extremely busy throughout. We saw a lot of quality crowd and engaged with customers who are here genuinely for business. We sold an Scodix Ultra Pro which is a top of the line enhancement press. We are definitely participating in the next edition in a bigger manner than this year.” said Tej Prakash Jain, managing director of Monotech Systems Ltd.

Adam Ren from Real Star Machinery China said, “The result at Pamex is excellent, we have sold 5 machines already. It’s a great platform as it provides a good chance for the Indian printers to learn about our machines and even for us as we are exposed to Indian market.”

Visitors were by and large pleased by the show and many live demonstrations of equipment, “Pamex was really helpful as I found the kind of prepress solution I was looking for along with some interesting offers,” said Devendra Rathore from Elim Enterprises.

S. Manoj from Elegant Printing Works, Bengaluru says, “The main purpose to visit Pamex was to see the latest technology available in rigid box and UV printing and I’m very happy to find solutions for both.” The next edition of Pamex is scheduled to be held from 6 to 9 January 2020 again at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai.

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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