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.

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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  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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