Belying all apprehensions of the perceived slowdown in the economy in general and the printing industry in particular, PAMEX 2020 presented the face of a vibrant industry, raring to reinvent itself and ready to move forward with optimism. The 14th edition of the event saw a 15% growth in exhibitor area and a 20% higher visitor turnout. But the real success story of PAMEX was “not in the increased numbers alone but also in the quality and the geographical range of visitors that it attracted,” opined Deepak Chawla, general manager – Marketing, Technova. The event concluded on 9 January 2020 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai.
Several exhibitors reported many serious enquiries and also significant sales on the ground. The visitor enthusiasm seen a few months before the major Industry event, drupa, held great portends for the international industry players that are looking to India to provide an even greater footfall to the international event than the 19,000 printers that it sent in the last edition.
The world thought leaders converged in the parallel WPCF conference to brief the printers on new industry trends and opportunities as they gear themselves to meet the growing challenges posed by shrinking traditional business and changing customer expectations. The industry also honored its stalwarts at the VCLA award and celebrated the excellence of its printers at the NAEP Awards in glittering functions that added a lot of allure to the ongoing exhibition.
“The success of an event of this magnitude does not happen as a co-incidence. A lot of meticulous planning and hard work goes into the promotion and organizing of the event. I congratulate the entire AIFMP and Print-Packaging team for pulling off a great exhibition with such élan,” said Kamal Chopra, chairman, PAMEX, who had spearheaded an International Outreach Program and a grassroots Print Odyssey in the months leading to the exhibition.
The next edition of PAMEX will be held from 23 to 26 March 2022 at the same venue and will include a separate hall for the label industry suppliers.