The Indian companies at Fespa 2019

Indian companies participated actively at FESPA 2019.

Navratan Specialty Chemicals from Ahmedabad had a stand with flex banners, foam board, digital inks and knitted fabric. The company told us that it has calendar machines with widths of up to 6 meters, warp knitting machines with widths of up to 6.8 meters, and foam board and cold and hot lamination machines for the production of these.

Colorjet India from Noida showcased two digital printers, the 3.2 meters wide Softjet for aqueous inks on polyester-based fabrics, and the TXF with Epson printheads for sampling and short runs, which can print at speeds of around 24 square meters an hour on any type of fabric including polyester, cotton, silk, viscose, rayon and wool.

Excel Plastics, a Jain Irrigation company from Jalgaon with a manufacturing plant in Co-Monagan, Ireland, presented its line of PVC Foam, PVC Integral Foam and PVC Solid Sheets.

Global Nona Tech from Ahmedabad, part of the Choksi Exports group of companies, presented the organic pigment dispersions and additives the company produces for ink manufacturers such as Epple, Sakata Inx, Siegwerk, Sun Chemical, and Toyo, including its pigmented water-based preparations for digital inks for textiles, flexible packaging, and gel and roller-ball pens.

The next combined Fespa Global Print Expo and European Sign Expo will be held from 24-27 March 2020 in Madrid, and 18-21 May 2021 in Munich.

Ron Augustin is the European editor of Indian Printer and Publisher and Packaging South Asia.

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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