Inside 3D Printing held in Mumbai on 19 and 20 December 2017

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Inside 3D Printing held in Mumbai on 19 and 20 December 2017

The Inside 3D Printing exhibition and networking event took place at the Nehru Centre in Mumbai in December with about 1900 trade visitors. Organized by CNT Expositions and Services, the third edition of the event in Mumbai was strongly supported by Imaginarium, a company that has provided rapid prototyping for over a decade and has become a rapid manufacturing company with the use of 3D additive manufacturing.

Tanmay Shah, of Imaginarium who are described as Lead Patrons of the trade fair and conference, said, “Inside 3D Printing Mumbai has … played a critical role in taking the Indian additive manufacturing market one notch higher every single year. For Imaginarium, the event becomes the most important annual showcase of our work and the road ahead.”

For the first time, Inside 3D Printing had a materials pavilion with exhibitors including Solvay Engineering Plastics, Creomer, Naturtec, Rever Industries and Greenway Tech. The conference sessions opened with keynotes from Autodesk and HP while the knowledge sharing conference track focused on additive manufacturing particularly in the medical industry and another track that discussed metal applications. The next Inside 3D Printing Mumbai show will take place on 19 and 20 December 2018 at the Nehru 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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