PrintFair 2020, 20-22 March, HITEX, Hyderabad

South India’s leading show on commercial printing, package converting and digital signs

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PrintFair in Hyderabad
PrintFair in Hyderabad

There has been a revolutionary change in the last few years in the printing industry in India. Growing at a rate of 12% per annum, the Indian printing industry comprises more than 250,000 big, small and medium printers. It is slowly progressing from the heavy machinery using industry to a more software-centric business. The advent of global brands, rising consumerism and growth of the pharmaceutical industry have seen an increase in the scope for package printing.

By 2025, India is expected to become the fifth largest consumer market in the world, according to CII. The inception of new technologies along with a rise in eCommerce, changing lifestyles, urbanization and increased personal health awareness has boosted the growth of the print and packaging markets. Amid this scenario, PrintFair is setting up a business and networking platform for the industry to help showcase all that is innovative and ground-breaking. The event will take place concurrently with PackPlus South, from 20-22 March, at HITEX, Hyderabad.

“Every year PrintFair is setting a new benchmark with more exhibitors, more visitors, new technologies, machines and products on display. The overwhelming response from exhibitors and visitors has always encouraged us to improve the experience of our customers by offering a variety of facilities and tools to make sure that they make the most of their participation,” said Prateek Kaushik, portfolio director, Next Events Pvt. Ltd. (a member of Reed Exhibitions and part of RELX Group). Renowned players from the industry are already on board. To name a few are RISO India, Venkataramana Graphics, Megabound (India), Canon India, Robus India, Abhikruti Digi Soft, All India Plastics, Arrow Multimedia, Ashwin Enterprises, Avery Dennison India, BKG Corrugating Rolls, Brothers Machinery, Crystal Digitals, DBIND Wire Products, Digiflex, Digital Print Solutions, Learn and Design, Natraj Industries, NGR Machinery, Patel Enterprises, Print Max Technologies, RK Enterprises, SS Associates, Sai Enterprises, SASG UV Solutions (P)/Dizario Industries, Shlok Enterprises, SSA Amrutha Foldertech, The Flags And Signage, and Yash Copier/Yash Enterprise.

The event, supported by Telangana Offset Printer Association (TOPA), has organized various promotional activities in the interiors of South India. Under the extensive promotional campaigns of the event, the PrintFair team will travel extensively to conduct roadshows in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. In Telangana, the roadshows are planned at Khammam, Warangal, Karim Nagar, Adilabad, Nizamabad, Nalgonda and Mehaboob Nagar. In Andhra Pradesh, team PrintFair will travel to Guntur, Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam for these roadshows. In Odisha, the roadshows will be conducted at Berhampur and Jeypore.

“The print industry in Telangana is huge and very advanced when it comes to adoption and use of technology. PrintFair’s earlier edition that happened at HITEX, Hyderabad in 2018 was a great success. It was visited by a large number of printers. PrintFair is always a great opportunity for printers community here with lot of scope to scale and explore new developments. They will be able to see first-hand the latest trends, techniques and technologies in printing and adopt them for their business growth. PrintFair 2020 will benefit all types of printers, exhibitors and machinery manufacturers in a big way,” said C Ravinder Reddy, president, Telangana Offset Printer Association (TOPA).

The visitor pre-registrations are already in full swing with people registering from all parts of the country. The event will be attended by package, label and commercial Printers; converters, machinery for corrugated box and box manufacturers; printing and print buyers; publishers, owners of commercial newspapers; production and quality control managers; design houses, art directors and production managers; graphic designers; packaging development managers; print shop managers and printing technologists.

The event comes together with PackPlus South, which happens to be the prime packaging exhibition of South India.

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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  1. Interested to visit Print Fair on 20-22 March at hitex.co.in . Please mail me VIP Entry pass and oblige

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