All eyes on the next edition of Pamex

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Pamex

The year 2020 will have a grand start with the Pamex exhibition, which will take place from 6-9 January at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. Around 120 exhibitors have already booked their stands at the event.

Pamex is organized by the All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP), in association with Print-Packaging.com (P) Ltd. The show features generation next technologies from worldwide solution providers across various categories like prepress, in-press and postpress segments. The show also presents 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, sheetfed offset presses and signage machinery and process equipment will be widely displayed during the event.

Some industry leaders who have already marked their presence in the exhibition are Acme Machinery (India) (P) Ltd., Advanced Graphic Systems, Ample Graphics (P) Ltd., APL Machinery (P) Ltd., Autoprint Machinery Manufacturers (P) Ltd., Canon India, Condot Systems (P) Ltd., Electromec Machinery Manufacturers (P) Ltd., Five Star Printing Machinery, Komori, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India (P) Ltd., Line O Matic Graphic Industries, Memory Repro Systems (P) Ltd. and Xerox India.

The 2017 edition of the exhibition, which presented more than 350 companies, recorded numerous business deals and also witnessed an unprecedented 25,223 unique visitors. In 2020, Pamex will bring 400+ exhibitors from more than 25 countries. The promotional activities for the event have already started with Pamex having its presence in several national and international exhibitions. The international promotional events are routed for Pamex 2020 in neighboring countries.

For more details on the exhibition, write to shantanu@print-packaging.com or log on to www.pamex.in

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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