DS Printech China 2020 exhibitors contribute to fight against COVID-19

The expo will take place from 28 – 30 October 2020 in Shenzhen

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A platform dedicated to the screen and digital printing industry

A number of digital and screen printers and equipment suppliers who have confirmed their participation in the debut edition of DS Printech China are assisting during the COVID-19 pandemic by contributing resources and skills to ease the pressure on the face mask and other PPE supply chains. Some are also providing online and other special customer services to help the industry navigate this uncertain time.

“In the global fight against the pandemic, every effort in preventing the spread of the virus counts. We are glad to see that digital and screen printers in the textile industry have played an important role in assisting the frontline pandemic response,” said Wendy Wen, senior general manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd. “The kind and meaningful gestures of our exhibitors have demonstrated their dedication to social responsibility and commitment to the community.”

Gildan has leveraged its manufacturing facilities to produce non-medical face masks and isolation gowns. Cooperating with various business partners, the company is helping to lessen the current shortage of these much-needed items in the healthcare community. The Canadian company is a leading apparel manufacturer that owns a diversified portfolio of brands such as Gildan, American Apparel, and Comfort Colors among others. Their products are sold to a broad range of customers including wholesale distributors, screen printers and embellishers, retailers, and global lifestyle brand companies.

Brother International Corporation (USA) will be donating up to 100 industrial sewing machines to support the manufacturing of personal protective equipment. The first few companies receiving the donations will include a coalition of well-known American apparel brands and textile companies such as Los Angeles Apparel, Beverly Knits, and SanMar. Brother is a premier provider of a home office and business products, home sewing and crafting appliances as well as industrial solutions for the print and imaging, labeling and sewing sectors.

Beijing JHF Technology Co., Ltd., from China, donated RMB 1.2 million (USD 169,000) to support the efforts in containing the spread of the virus in Shandong province. As one of the leading manufacturers in the global inkjet printing industry, the company is a pioneer in the development of UV digital inkjet printing. They develop, manufacture, and market high-quality inkjet printing equipment for advertising and industrial printing.

ATMA, a Taiwan-based supplier that will exhibit at DS Printech, has developed a contingency plan to ensure smooth operation and maintain customer relations while minimizing physical contact. They are providing online customer service, and video demos for equipment installation and more. Founded in 1979, the company focuses on R&D and manufacturing of screen printing machinery. Their products are exported to over 70 countries and regions.

DS Printech China, a platform dedicated to the screen and digital printing industry, is a rebranded fair of two pre-existing events: CSGIA and the concurrent Textile Digital Printing China. The new fair will take place at the brand-new Shenzhen World Exhibition and Convention Center from 28 – 30 October 2020.

The fair is co-organized by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, China Screen Printing & Graphic Imaging Association (CSGIA), and Guangzhou Teyin Exhibition Service.

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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