The PDIT2 Conference on 13 December is a knowledge event

Not just a talkfest but an essential milestone in the India packaging calendar

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It is a busy season with exhibitions and conferences around the country. For me, the last six weeks have been a hectic time – just returning from Labelexpo in Brussels, and K in Dusseldorf. In our country, the consumer product companies and the packaging suppliers are busy in meeting several commitments; and, attempting to revive growth at a time when there are many constraints. In this season of noise and atmospheric inversion, we are offering one more event on 13 December 2019 in New Delhi that you have to take a call on – to participate and attend.

You must be asking, is it really worth it to take time off and take part in one more talkfest? We think the Second Packaging Design, Innovation and Technology will be as stimulating as the first one we held in Mumbai in December 2016. The best time to think harder is when the economy is not driving you, and when you have to drive it yourself.

PDIT2 is not a generic conference with many sponsors giving sales pitches – it is an opportunity to intelligently take stock of the sustainability discussion, to present design innovation, new directions, and case studies, and to share – to share knowledge and take-home value. At PDIT2, IppStar and its partners are committed to discussions with designers, brand owners, technology partners, and packaging converters on innovation, sustainability, and Active and Intelligent Packaging. Three intertwined opportunities taking the industry forward.

Registrations have started coming in from leading global brand owners and leading Indian packaging suppliers. In our conferences, the articulate audience is as influential as the speakers and panelists at the front. We always keep plenty of time for discussion in every session.

Speak up, share, and participate in the PDIT2 Conference at Pragati Maidan on 13 December 2019. In parallel to the conference are the pacprocess, food pex, and Drink Technology India exhibitions also at Pragati Maidan from 12 to 14 December. From the list of exhibitors, these events are looking solid and well worth your visit. I hope to talk to you in the coming days to encourage you to register and to bring something to share. Send me an eMail or call me if you want to talk.

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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