Record size Printpack India in Greater Noida from 1 to 6 February

South Asia is focussed on Printpack India 2019

The 13th edition of Printpack India at India Expo Center in Greater Noida

We are looking forward to Printpack India as it is now close upon us. Most of the exhibitors that we have talked to are finalizing their plans and working even in the holiday season. There is only a month to go before the event starts on 1 February 2019. The Noida metro has passed its safety test and is expected to be inaugurated in the beginning of January 2019. Our organization and websites continue previewing what will be on show till the exhibition starts. And then we will produce the Printpack India Show Daily on all six days of the event – together with eBulletins and social media throughout the show.

The organizers IPAMA have acknowledged the industry’s overwhelming positive response to widely awaited biennial event, as the exhibition space has been completely sold out two months before the show, which is unusual for such a large exhibition in India. The forthcoming Printpack India will be 47% bigger than the previous show in 2017. According to the organizers, a net space of 24,500 square meters has already been booked by 505 participants. The major global manufacturers of printing, packaging and label equipment have been planning and fine-tuning their participation at the show in order to optimize their impact, meaningful traffic and footfall at their stands. Among the leading global print and converting manufacturers, Heidelberg, KBA, manroland web systems, Komori, RMGT, Bobst, HP, Konica Minolta, Canon and Xerox have stands at the show, which itself has become the most important print show brand in the subcontinent.

The outcome of the exhibition of course largely depends not only on the choice and depth of equipment on show but also on the visitors who are expected from all corners of India, South Asia, Middle East and from further afar. Visitor promotion in cooperation with sister associations like the Association of Label Printers & Suppliers, Screen Printers Association of India, Indian Paper Corrugated & Packaging Machinery Manufacturing Association, Federation of Corrugated Box Manufacturers, All India Federation of Master Printers and other Allied Associations to mobilize visitors and encourage delegations to visit Printpack India 2019 are underway. Visitor promotion meetings continue to be organized in various cities in the coming weeks with the support of local graphic arts industry associations and the institutions.

IPAMA has also inked MoUs with print associations in China, Egypt, Nigeria, Italy, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, and other neighboring countries for mobilizing visitors from overseas. In the last five months, IPAMA had participated in more than 75 Indian and foreign exhibitions and conferences for promotion of the event.

For the convenience of visitors, elaborate arrangements have been made for free on-line registration to Printpack India 2019. Visitors need to merely fill out a simple online form to register themselves, which should take about 2 or 3 minutes. After registering, the visitors need to take a printout of the registration slip to bring along with their ID proof for directly entering the exhibition halls. Onsite counters will also be available for onsite registration for those visitors who don’t mind paying the nominal Rs. 100 entry fee and waiting in the queue.

Seminars and workshops are planned for 2 and 3 February 2019, at Printpack India at the Expo Centre in Noida in cooperation with Aptech and AIPIMA. The PRINT Business Outlook Conference organized by the Association of Print Technologies in cooperation with IPAMA will be a day of interactive discussions on the challenges, opportunities, new hot trends, and collaborations between Indian and other global markets. This must-attend event includes a full-day of education and networking so you can develop international partnerships.

Also Visit : Printpack India 2019 Show Daily | Printpack India 2019 Preview

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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