Biennial event Paperex at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

Paperex to enhance its platform

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Paperex to be held at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi
Paperex to be held at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi

Indian Paper Industry is poised to grow and touch 25 million in 2019-20 from 20.37 million tons in 2017-18. India’s share in the demand for paper across the globe is growing, as the domestic demand is increasing at a steady pace, growing manufacturing sector, requirement of better quality packaging of FMCG products marketed through organized retail and the demand for the upstream market of paper products, such as tissue paper, filter paper, tea bags, light weight online coated paper and medical grade coated paper are expected to drive the paper and paper products market in India in coming years. Paperex is a platform to serve the paper and pulp industry. Keeping the growth of pulp and paper in mind, there is a need for a unified business platform which can help prominent international and local exhibitors to connect with each other.

Paperex is held biennially in New Delhi, India. It has over the years established itself as the business festival of the paper industry for joint ventures, investments and technology transfer promoting overall growth of paper industry. Paperex 2019, the 14th edition of the paper show is scheduled during 3-6 December 2019 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, India. The event is expected to have a presence of 700 plus exhibitors from 35 countries. Paperex is enhancing its platform with three collocated events namely; World of Paper, Corrugex and Tissueex.

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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