Gartex in Mumbai postponed due to Coronavirus

New dates to be announced in coming weeks

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Gartex Texprocess in Mumbai postponed due to Coronavirus
Gartex Texprocess in Mumbai postponed due to Coronavirus

The magnitude of public health and safety issues posed by the rapidly escalating COVID-19 outbreaks have led to the postponement of Gartex Texprocess India, which was slated to make its debut in Mumbai next week. The cooperation partner of Gartex Texprcoess India, Denim Manufacturers Association, and its exhibitors strongly support this move. The Delhi edition continues to be on schedule from 21 to 23 August 2020.

With the World Health Organization (WHO) officially terming COVID-19 disease a pandemic, it called for a reassessment of the situation in accordance with advisories issued by the public health authorities. According to the travel advisory issued by the Union Health Ministry, the Indian Government has temporarily suspended visas and tightened entry conditions for foreign nationals. Moreover, as according to a statement issued by Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope, no permission will be granted for public gatherings in the state of Maharashtra.

Keeping in line with the advisories issued by the Indian government, the organisers – Messe Frankfurt India and MEX Exhibitions, have had to act swiftly to postpone the launch of Gartex Texprocess India 2020 which was scheduled to open its doors in Mumbai, next week.

The decision comes after intensive consultations with exhibitors to gain a sense of whether the organisers should proceed with running the show as originally scheduled from 19 to 21 March 2020. The response was both swift and definitive, with an overwhelming majority opting to postpone. The decision is also supported by the Denim Manufacturers Association (DMA).

After intensive consultations with exhibitors, we have had to take the difficult decision to postpone Gartex Texprocess India’s launch in Mumbai. The health of our exhibitors, visitors, employees and all the stakeholders is our first priority. The current situation represents a major challenge for the MICE industry over the world and we have to work in line with the local government’s effort to take precautionary measures to control its further spread,” says Raj Manek, executive director and board member, Messe Frankfurt. “We are glad to have the support of the industry and our exhibitors who’s interests are at the center of this decision. We’re working on next steps to make the process easy and ensure business continuity for the industry going forward,” added Gaurav Juneja, director, MEX Exhibitions.

The organisers intend to announce the new Mumbai launch dates in the coming weeks, after consultations with industry stakeholders.

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.

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