Gulf Print & Pack 2021 postponed

New dates announced for the event

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Gulf Print & Pack
Canon stand at Gulf Print & Pack

The organizer of Gulf Print & Pack 2021, Tarsus Group, confirmed new dates for the show, taking place in Dubai, as a result of the ongoing coronavirus/COVID-19 situation. Originally scheduled to take place between 6-8 April, the 2021 edition of the show will now take place from 14-16 December 2021.

Lisa Milburn, managing director of Gulf Print & Pack said, “We have taken the difficult decision to postpone Gulf Print & Pack 2021 due to the impact of coronavirus/COVID-19. Given the vast amount of preparation that goes into our shows, this is not a decision we have taken lightly. However, the health and safety of our exhibitors, visitors, and staff remain our top priority. We have been continuously monitoring developments in the MEA region over the last few months and, working on the advice of our local partners, Dubai World Trade Centre, and listening to feedback from exhibitors, we feel the best course of action is to postpone the show to later in the year when the outbreak has subsided.

“The show is an important catalyst for triggering local business in the MEA region’s commercial and package printing sector, and moving the domestic market forward. Postponing the show to December 2021 allows us to not only meet our commitment to the region’s industry but also the opportunity to deliver an even more ambitious event. Most importantly, the show will play a vital role in driving the economic recovery of the MEA region’s printing industry, along with its supply chain, as we move through the post coronavirus/COVID-19 recovery phase. I urge everyone involved to embrace the opportunity to help our community plan for the future by joining us at the show in December 2021.”

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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