The largest gathering of paper and allied industry in India

Paperex South India 2018

Exhibitors at the Paperex 2018

On 15 November 2018, the biggest business festival of the paper industry opened its doors for trade visitors to serve as a window of opportunity for joint ventures, technology transfer and promoting overall growth of the paper industry.

The 5th edition of Paperex South India 2018 was a great success with support of all major industry associations, participation of 163 leading exhibitors from 13 countries and over 4000 high quality trade visitors from 25+ countries. Held from 15–17 November 2018 at Chennai Trade Centre, India, the event was organized by International Trade and Exhibitions Pvt Ltd (ITEI) in association with indian agro & recycled paper mills association (IARPMA).

Paperex series of exhibitions has played a major role in showcasing the strength of the Indian paper and all allied industries by attracting global attention to these technological advancements. It serves as the only comprehensive business platform for the pulp and paper industry and has established itself as a ‘Business Festival of the Paper Industry’ that supports the overall growth of paper industry in the country.

Paperex South India 2018 was inaugurated by MC Sampath, Minister for Industry, Government of Tamil Nadu and N Gokulakrishnan, Member of Parliament in the presence of various eminent personalities from the paper industry.

Top brands like Ashoka Rolls, Garuda, Parason, M R Mac-Tech, Metso, Andritz, etc. displayed their innovations and products at the show. The leading exhibitors had various new launches and special offers for the paper industry.

The event provided paper manufacturers an opportunity to explore the new technology, machinery and equipment and raw material for paper and board manufacturing. It also gave the mass audience of paper traders, printers, publishers, converters and paper packaging companies to explore the vast variety of papers and paper processing technology at the show.

A high-level concurrent conference on ‘Recycling and Packaging’ was also organized by IARPMA.

The event proved to be a gathering of the best minds of the industry to explore new growth avenues. YV Choudary, president, Servall Engineering, found it focused and well organized while Rajiv Kumar Agarwal, director, MR Mac-Techcalled it a good show bringing technology in a single platform for the south industry.

Paperex credits its growth to the active support and patronage of both the Indian and International Paper Industry and Associations. The event is the only trusted platform in India for business transaction. It has clearly become a unique platform that provides opportunity for networking, best sourcing, technology and knowledge transfer, and joint ventures from across the globe.

The next edition of Paperex will be held in New Delhi from 3-6 December 2019 at Pragati Maidan, India. To learn more, visit

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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