Screentex India 2020 show to be held in New Delhi

For the screen printing industry of India


Screen Printers Association of India (SPAI) and SJ Exposition Pvt. Ltd. have announced dates for Screentex India 2020 show – the first international tradeshow that will bring together the screen, digital, textile, sublimation, and industrial printing industry. The three-day show will be held from 1 to 3 August 2020, at Pragati Madan, New Delhi.

According to the organizers, the objective of the show is to bring together the industry and act as an enabler of technology adoption across the printing fraternity. Screentex India 2020 show has already received support from industry technology providers such as Grafica, Fujifilm, Photokina, Unitech, JN Arora, Zibo Group, and AND Global Sales Corporation, among others.

Commenting on the show, Jignesh Lapasiya, secretary, SPAI said, “Screentex India 2020 is a humble effort by us to ensure that the industry never stops learning and growing. We are committed to our cause of making print prosper. We saw a gap in the screen printing industry where knowledge, technology exchange and business ROI was not being served to the whole spectrum. Thus, we wanted to organize a show that could bridge this gap.”
The show has also received response from international associations such as FESPA, Printing Industry Association of Bangladesh, and national associations such as IPAMA, TEKPA, MPLA and OPA.

“We saw Screentex 2020 as an ideal platform for us as they have been consistently adding value to screen, digital and textile printing industry by means of print media. They are a well-recognized and respected brand with presence in almost all leading regional, national and international exhibitions. I think ScreenTex 2020 will not only offer an ideal space for us to showcase our new products but also give us a platform to understand what more our customers want,” Raghav Rao, managing director of Fujifilm said.

ScreenTex is the official media partner of the show and Design4Web is the social media marketing partner.

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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