The largest gathering of paper and allied industry in India

Paperex South India 2018

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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 http://india.paperex-expo.com

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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