The 14th Paperex 2019 show in Delhi

New exhibition halls inaugurated at Pragati Maidan

Paperex 2019 at Pragati Maidan. Photo IPP
Paperex 2019 at Pragati Maidan. Photo IPP

The 14th edition of Paperex, the biennial international exhibition and conference for the pulp, paper and allied industries, took place from 3 to 6 December 2019 at Pragati Maidan, Delhi. Organized by Hyve Group, this year’s exhibition saw participation from more than 700 exhibitors from across 25 countries, including Austria, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, The Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, The Netherlands, and United Kingdom.

Running concurrent with the show – World of Paper, a fair for paper, printing, packaging and publishing industries; TissueEx, for tissue products, machinery and technology; and CorrugEx, for corrugated box machinery, technology and allied industries – also saw good participation from providers of machinery and equipment, raw material for paper and board manufacturing, paper traders, printers, converters and paper packaging specialists. A platform for networking, sourcing, technology, knowledge and joint ventures from across the globe, Paperex was well attended by thousands of visitors despite the biting cold weather in Delhi. The show also held conferences on ‘Corrugated Packaging Industry – A SWOT for Future’ and ‘Paper Industry in the Coming Decade’ by Indian Agro and Recycled Paper Mills Associations (IARPMA).

The new halls at Pragati Maidan, A1 to A5, which were under construction this year, were inaugurated on 3 December for Paperex. Major exhibitors including JK Papers, Trident, Valmet, Ace Automation Engineers, Alliance Cellulose India, Archroma India, Asia International, BILT Graphic Paper Products, and Century Pulp and Paper exhibited in the new halls. However, the halls were not adequately prepared for the exhibition and, according to sources, although the halls were supposed to be entirely constructed for Paperex, the electricity and air conditioning were outsourced.

Nevertheless, exhibitors reported it to be a successful event. Mukul Dixit, chief manufacturing officer, Trident India, said, “We have been participating at Paperex since the beginning, and we always get a good response. It is more of a relationship-building exercise with our customers. Customers who visit our stand give us feedback on our products, and the issues they face then become organizational discussions. It is also a good platform to initiate new business relations. I met 20-25 new prospective customers this year.”

Kuldeep Babu, branch manager, Rudra Blades, and Edges, said, “Paperex is a good branding event for us. We participated since the beginning but discontinued for a couple of years, and now we are back this year. It is a good platform to meet our customers and get feedback from them. We may not necessarily sell, but we get valuable feedback on our products.”

Sustainability was a major trend that was observed at the show. The leading exhibitors such as JK Papers and Trident Group were showcasing paper made from sustainable sources. With the ban of plastic in India, paper packaging is gaining traction. Many exhibitors focused on paper-based food packaging as an alternative for plastic food packaging at the show.

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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