PDIT2 Conference Update – 13 December, Pragati Maidan

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The second Packaging Design, Innovation, and Technology Conference (PDIT2) is at Pragati Maidan in Delhi is a compact event taking all of one day – 13 December 2019. The event promises to be a knowledge event with stimulating conversations and take-home value.

In our conferences, the articulate audience is as influential as the speakers and panelists at the front. We always keep time for discussion in every session.

Registrations have come in from brands such as Philip Morris and Britannia and leading packaging suppliers. Allana, Cargill, Creative Labels, Encept, Mrida, and SB Packaging have submitted case studies on innovation in competition for the Jury Presentation on the Conference day. We are expecting more entries for the Innovation case studies, of which six will be invited to make a short presentation – notes on the journey of the pack from original concept to shelf display and the experience in between.

Alok Masterbatches, Avery Dennison, Michelman, SB Packaging, Uflex, and Windmöller & Hölscher have signed up as sponsors. PDIT2 is not a generic conference where speakers give sales pitches; our conference will contain an intelligent sustainability discussion – speakers and panelists will share solutions. Confirmed speakers and panelists include Andrew Manly of the Active and Intelligent Packaging Association, Achintya Lahiri of Coca Cola, Ashok Chandak of NXP, Anuj Sahni of SB Packaging, Barun Banerjee of Nestle, Sukhdev Singh Saini of Colgate, Harshal Parakh of Parakh Agro, Jeevraj Pillai/Shubi Sachan of Uflex, Kriti Soni of Dabur, Prabhod Halde of Marico, Prasanna Sukhi of Kezzler India, Roland Lartigue of Toppan Europe, Rakesh Kumar of Recykal, Ramesh R of Pepsi, Shyam Sundar BK of Tata Elxsi, and Saurabh Singh of Desmania.

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.

Register and bring your innovation case study to share at the event. 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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Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.

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