Good visitor turnout at Pamex 2017 in Mumbai

pamex 2017

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.

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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