Where’s the slowdown?

The 14th Edition of Pamex is the most successful one yet

Pamex 2020
Pamex 2020

If there’s a slowdown, it did not show at Pamex 2020 that happened at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai from 6-9 January, 2020. As the curtains came down to the most successful edition of PAMEX ever, the industry is bullish on the growth of printing and packaging in India. The show saw more than 32,000 visitors, with Day 3 seeing, for the first time, more than 10,000 unique visitors in a day. Several deals were being reported from the venue itself.

Spread across 2 halls, 1 & 2, Pamex 2020 opened its doors with a never-before-seen inaugural function consisting of 25 chief guests. The ceremony was attended by several dignitaries from the printing industry, including Falit Pandya, Ahmedabad printing press association, Surendra Dhote, All Bengal Printers Association, Prakash Joshi, Aurangabad Mudrak Sangh, Ashok Gupta, Bhopal Master Printers Association, Nitin Shah, Bombay Master Printers Assocation, Dalip Tuli, Greater Delhi Master Printers Association, Avadesh Awasthi, Kanpur Press Owners Association, Balasaheb Ambekar Maharashtra Mudran Parishad, Tushar Dhote, Mumbai Mudrak Sangh, Raveendra Joshi, Poona Press Owners Association, Sandeep Kumar Sanyal, West Bengal Master Printers Association, Ravindra Gandhi, AIPIMA, Dilip Bhise, Screen Printer Association of India, Dibyajoyti Kalita, All India Federation of Master Printers, Neetu Arora, print-packaging.com, Puskal Gautam, Federation of Nepal Printers Association, Delan F. Silva, Sri-Lanka Association of Printers, Sabine Geidermann Drupa, Jennifer Chen, China Academy of Printing Technology, Kamal Chopra, All India Federation of Master Printers, Dayakar Reddy, IPAMA and K Rajendran, All India Federation of Master Printers.

The show featured 375+ exhibitors who presented latest innovations and developments from the industry with 100+ product launches, 250+ running machines and several other attractions. The exhibition started in the shadows of a much talked about economic slowdown accentuating the negative sentiments shared by the industry worldwide facing challenges from customers moving to digital medium. Also, the exhibition was coming just a few months before drupa 2020 and the expectations were that customers would like to wait to see the new technologies unveiled at the world’s greatest show before making their investment decisions. However, as Pamex got underway, even on the first day itself, several reports of deals being made at the grounds started surfacing. As visitors thronged the venue on all the four days and by the time the show shut its doors, it was evident that an unprecedented amount of business had been recorded in this edition.

Deals at Pamex 2020

Zhongke India sold fifteen machines at the exhibition

On the first day of Pamex 2020, Zhongke India sold its Yongshun YS KC 108 automatic speed window lamination machine to Chennai-based RS Graphics. “This will mark the machine’s first installation in India,” said Rohit Rajpal, director, Zhongke India on the adoption of the new window lamination machine. VB Sridharan, managing partner, RS Graphics, was fully impressed with the high-end features of dry lamination with glue that is applied to the pre-cut sheets and the curing done by infrared devices.

Udaipur-based Miraj Multicolour also finalised an order for the same machine while the Bengaluru-based Asha Sweets Center bought an automatic rigid box-making machine. Vadodara-based Concord Printing invested in a Wenhong 1050 SF automatic die-cutting and hot-foil stamping machine and a LC-740 automatic corner cutting and line pressing window patching machine.

“More than 3600 visitors visited our stall During the 4 days and we booked orders for over 15 machines and have many inquiries in the process that we expect to finalise soon,” added Rajpal.

Ample Graphics sold rigid box manufacturing line to Tholasi Print India

Again, on the first day of Pamex 2020, Ample Graphics sold its fully integrated Lishunyuan line of rigid box making machine to Bengaluru-based Tholasi Prints India. The machine features robotic arm positioning system, and in-line case making system.

The compact high-speed Chengling Tech folder-gluer was bought by Ruchipack from Rajasthan and the Aoer fully automatic foil stamping machine on display at the exhibition was bought by Mumbai-based Award Offset Printers & Packaging.

Ample was also showcasing Tiancen’s latest high-speed lamination machine, KFM106MC at the exhibition and bagged an order from three companies including Manohar Filament from Sonipat, Azure Press from Bahadurgarh and Dimple Packaging of Ludhiana.

Canon imagePRESS C8000 sold during PAMEX 2020

Canon India, sold its imagePRESS C8000 to Mumbai-based Commercial Art Engravers. The press is equipped with Fiery B4100 software for VDP personalisation and it is designed for VDP, photo, barcode and QR code.

Komori sold two machines

Delhi-based Advantage Offset booked a Komori Lithrone G437 during Pamex 2020 on the first day of the exhibition. The machine can run at the maximum speed up to 15000 sph with online coater. Advantage Offset is aiming at doubling their volume of production with the new Komori press.

Later, Polykam Offset booked a five-colour Komori GL 537 plus online coater printing press.

NBG sold rigid box making machine to Kala Jyoti

NBG Printographic Machinery sold its rigid box making machine to Hyderabad-based Kala Jyoti, which is an old customers of NBG and satisfied user of rigid box making machines from NBG over the last three years. The new machine is designed for producing boxes for mobile phones, gifts, and cosmetics.

Emerging Graphics sold iEcho speed cutting system to Packaging Ind

Baroda-based Packaging Ind invested in iECHO high speed digital cutting system from Emerging Graphics. Mujahid Sulemani, general manager of Emerging Graphics says the machine is for proofing and other short-run jobs. They chose the machine after an extensive R&D over a long period of time.

Hitech Systems signed over 50 deals for its machines

Mumbai-based print finishing equipment specialist Hitech sold over 50 Machines worth over Rs 2.3 crore. The key highlight among the range of flagship products the company was showing at the expo was its widely popular iEcho PK 0640 & PK 0604 Plus automatic intelligent cutting system. “We greeted more than 1,500 visitors during the four-day long exhibition,” said Parag Shah from Hitech.

Nippon Color reported six orders for Insun CTP Machines by second day

Akshat Pardiwala, chief executive officer of Nippon Color confirmed selling at least six CTP Machines by the end of the second day and was expecting to sell more before the exhibition closed.

Robus India sold five machines

Prem Vishwakarma, director, Robus India, reported selling two die-cutting machines and three folder-gluers at the exhibition.

Alpana sold to Nepal and Algeria

“We booked 8 machines including the Rhino Dexa Twin Deck Coater during Pamex for orders totalling around Rs. 5 crore. We got orders from Algeria and Nepal,” said Kapil Dev, general manager, Alpana Visual Packaging Aids.

Megabound sold over 70 post-press machines

The Bangalore based Case Making and Book Binding machine supplier sold more than 70 machines and expects many more conversions from the active enquiries in the coming days.

Acme Machinery received five orders during Pamex 2020

Mumbai-based Acme Machinery Company has bagged five orders of their machines during Pamex 2020. Key highlights at the stand of the company consisted of corrugation machines, mini effluent treatment plant (ETP) and others.

Kandalaa Prints invested in Bobst Ambition A1 and Novacut 106 3.0 die-cutter

To strengthen their new venture into packaging domain, Bengaluru-based Kandalaa Prints invested in a Bobst Ambition A1 and Novacut 106 3.0 die-cutter. The company sealed the deal with Bobst during Pamex 2020. The new machines will be installed at the company’s facility in Harohalli Industrial Area.

All displayed equipment sold by Intergraphic Sales

“We sold all the machines that we displayed at the exhibition and have several enquiries that should convert to orders soon, The Pulsi 100 % inspection system that we showed was sold to a leading label converter from Maharashtra and will be installed in their factory next month. The Weigang Die Cutting Machine with Hot Stamping was bought by Target Foils of Faridabad and the Weigang Slitter Rewinder went to a Mumbai based Converting Press,” shared Amit Sheth from Intergraphic Sales and Services.

DGM India received eight orders during PAMEX 2020

DGM India received eight orders for its foil stamping machines, die-cutters and folder-gluers during PAMEX 2020. Machines demonstrated by the company at the expo consisted of SmartFold 1100 folder-gluer and others. The machine is designed to produce around one lakh boxes per hour.

Vijaya Grafiks sealed two deals for Veenine 65 carton folder gluer

During Pamex 2020, Vijaya Grafiks bagged two orders for its Vijaya Veenine 65 carton folder gluer from JP Print N Pack of Sahibabad and Shri Balaji Industries of Parwanoo. The machine has a speed of 300 m/min with optional features such as third bottom track and top track final folding unit, plasma curing system.

Citi Digital Press signed deal with Monotech for advanced Scodix Ultra Pro with foil

New Delhi-based photo-album specialists Citi Digital Press signed a deal with Monotech for replacing their existing four-year-old Scodix S75 with the advanced Scodix Ultra Pro with Foil. The company is equipped with a Scodix S75 which will be replaced with the higher Scodix model.

Prakash Offset Machinery automated box making machine to Pune based company

At Pamex 2020, Prakash Offset Machinery demonstrated its fully automated PBM 2BM PC1117 box making machine. The machine can make V-Box. A Pune-based packaging company has booked the machine during the expo.

SPB Machinery sold folding machine

SPB Machinery sold PTF-130 cake trey folding machine to Lucknow-based Shree Shyam Packaging during Pamex 2020.

Five Star Machinery reported sale of five machines

The company sold five of its machines at Pamex 2020 and was elated with the response.

The Stake Holders Speak

Shakeel Ahmed, visitor

Nimbra printing & binding

This is the biggest printing exhibition I have ever seen. I saw several book binding machines, which were of my interest. I am glad I could come and visit the show.

Gesesau, visitor

I have come all the way from Africa to attend this exhibition. I could see a large number of printing machines here and my main agenda was to explore the latest developments in the Indian printing industry so that I can explore business opportunities in the area.

Himanshu, visitor

HS Industry Solutions
Ambernath, Maharashtra

I have visited Pamex exhibition for the very first time. Looking at the event I understand that there is a lot of innovation happening in the industry. The Show gives a huge business platform to everyone who exhibits or visits. I look forward to visit next edition as well, in 2022.

Puneet Agarwal, exhibitor
DGM China

DGM China started its operations in India last year, as DGM India. We have our factory in Noida. As Pamex 2020, we displayed Smart fold PC, which comes with motorised function. I would say the quality of visitors at Pamex is very good as they know what they are looking for and it develops a quality discussion.

Deepak Chawla, exhibitor

Technova has a full range of printing products and solutions. We have been associated with Pamex since last many editions and the response has always been good. The printers who come are serious and so I would say that the quality of visitors here is amazing. The show is well organized.

A Appadurai, Exhibitor
HP Indigo

We have lot of products related to commercial printing and packaging. We displayed several applications here as we wanted to show that HP Indigo brings endless possibilities for printers in Digital Printing segment. We also launched a seven eco model in India recently, which was displayed here. The quality of visitors is very good and I would say that this is best edition of the Show as compared to last all editions.

Concurrent events with Pamex 2020

For the very first time in the country, All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) hosted the World Print & Communication Forum (WPCF) conference. Held on 8 January, 2020- the topic of the conference was Redefining Printing- Brainstorming with World Leaders. This event saw delegates coming in from all over the world with speakers coming in from India, Japan, South Africa, China, Belgium & USA.

Another concurrent event was the National Awards for Excellence in Printing (NAEP). The celebrated awards attract printing and packaging experts from across the length and breadth of the country, casting the net deep and wide to unearth the industry’s finest. The awards also include the prestigious Viren Chabbra Print Leadership Award. The Award has been instituted to honour Viren Chhabra’s legacy of a lifetime of support and accomplishments for AIFMP. Narendra Paruchuri of Pragati Offset, Hyderabad won the prestigious award.

Chairman signs-off

“We have received unprecedented response to Pamex 2020. The show is getting better with each edition. We surpassed all the numbers of Pamex 2017 with a record 10,000 unique visitors on Day 3. We are sure that the next edition in March 2022 will be even bigger. We have already booked an additional hall to promote the label industry. See you all at Bombay Exhibition Centre from 23-26 March 2022,” said a beaming Kamal Chopra – past president, AIFMP and chairman of PAMEX.

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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