Innovation Trail puts Gulf Print & Pack 2019 on track for success

Gulf Print & Pack, 15-18 April, WTC Dubai

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With only two weeks until the MENA region’s leading trade show for the commercial and package printing sector opens its doors in Dubai once more, the excitement is building as final preparations take shape for the many innovations on display.

Gulf Print & Pack 2019 returns to World Trade Centre from 15-18 April, boasting more live demonstrations of machinery and technology to potential buyers than in previous editions, with the introduction of a brand new Innovation Trail led by leading manufacturers. Visitors will be able to experience live demonstrations over the entire four days of the show.

Canon, HP, Konica Minolta, Phoenix Technologies, Ricoh and Xerox are among the exhibitors taking part. Technology being showcased includes a central reprographic department from Canon, designed to present an entire printing solution in one place; two hardware solutions from HP; workflow and color management software from Xerox, including its Iridesse Production Press; and digital printing solutions from Konica Minolta including the MGI JETVarnish 3DS machine and AccurioLabel 190 label printer. The show is the only platform in the region that brings all these leading manufacturers and more together under one roof.

Lisa Milburn, managing director, Gulf Print & Pack 2019said, “Innovation is the golden thread running through this year’s show, and we are delighted to be able to offer even more live technology demonstrations for potential print buyers than before, and build real momentum in the industry. This, coupled with the fact that around half of exhibitors are coming from outside the MENA region, is proof that it continues to be an essential destination for the commercial printing industry to invest in. We are looking forward to meeting with exhibitors and visitors at Gulf Print & Pack 2019 in April.”

Explaining their decision to participate in the Innovation Trail, Chris Lynch, head of MEA Production at Xerox said, “We believe the Middle East plays a significant role when it comes to digital transformation and developing innovating technologies. Being part of the Innovation Trail will allow us to showcase the latest digital solutions and services which help add value to print, reduce costs, improve productivity or automate many of the processes involved in print operations. This is a great way to connect further with the market and to have open and honest conversations with customers about how suppliers can help overcome their challenges, and provide new and innovative solutions to help grow their businesses.”

Mark Ward, large format manager for Middle East and Saudi Arabia, HP Inc. added, “The show gives us a welcome opportunity to open a dialog with customers from across the region and to get a better understanding of their specific needs, while demonstrating our existing solutions that best fit their needs.”

Shadi Bakhour, B2B Business Unit director, Canon Middle East said, “The objective of this display is to educate customers about the value of having a complete printing solution at the organization. We hope that by walking through the process, customers will be encouraged to take strides towards unlocking their full printing potential.”

Also being introduced at the show is a new Print Décor Lounge area, where visitors will be able to experience the diverse possibilities of printing. Everything will be printed, from textiles, furniture, wallpaper, to non-slip flooring using technology such as web-to-print. Exhibitors taking part include NDigitech, who will be showcasing their innovative Dubaiprint.com e-commerce printing platform, Multisystem Technology and Heliozid.

Displaying the newest in multi-substrate presses, wide and narrow format digital presses, laser die-cutting, smart labels/packaging, and software, Gulf Print & Pack 2019 is aimed at printers, service providers, brand owners and designers.

To see the full Innovation Trail live schedule, visit www.gulfprintpack.com/innovation-trail.

Entry to the exhibition is free, but visitors need to pre-register at www.gulfprintpack.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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