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.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

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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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