Screen Print India & Gartex – Mumbai 19 to 21 March 2021

Screen Print and Gartex Texprocess India in Mumbai

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Gallery of innovation print products at Screen Print India
Gallery of innovation print products at Screen Print India

India’s leading exhibition for screen, textile, sublimation, and digital printing technologies – Screen Print India has announced new dates for its Mumbai edition with a promise to keep the industry abreast of the rapidly changing screen printing business landscape. The exhibition will be held in parallel with Gartex Texprocess India, from 19 – 21 March 2021 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai.

Messe Frankfurt India has announced the new dates for the Mumbai edition of Screen Print India, which will open its doors alongside the premier trade fair for the textile industry – Gartex Texprocess India in March 2021. With the gradual re-opening of commercial activities and businesses, the co-located fairs will enable the industry to channel their efforts back towards business development. The show fits the needs of screen printing, textile and garment manufacturing industry players as it gears up to bring the production and manufacturing value chain under one roof.

The focus segments under Gartex Texprocess India will draw attention to innovations in the garment and apparel machinery sector. The product launches and live demos at Screen Print India will enable business visitors and traders to track advances in digital textiles and screen-printing. The secure, business-focused ambiance will enable both printing and textile sector players to showcase, source, and strengthen their supply chains. They will keep pace with the shifting demand for screen printing, textile printing, digital, and sublimation technologies across other sectors.

Screen Print India will host a series of sessions on processes and innovations related to the graphics industry. A key highlight of this successful trade fair is the Screen Print Excellence Awards that upholds a strong tradition of honoring technology inventors and trailblazers in the screen-printing industry. With this in mind, the Mumbai edition will curate a select SPI Gallery to showcase award-winning pieces of screen-printing excellence.

Screen Print India, which is also marking its launch in New Delhi in December 2020 has received the support of leading industry associations including Screen Printing & Graphics Association of India (SGAI), South Indian Printers Association (SIPA), Madurai Screen Printers Association (MASPA), Tirupur Export Knit Printers Association (TEKPA), Tirupur Export Printing Managers Association (TEPMA) and Offset Printers Association (OPA). From technologically advanced to environmentally sustainable solutions, the platform through both its Mumbai and Delhi editions, promises to be a one-stop sourcing platform to cover a broad gamut of products in the screen, textile, sublimation and digital printing technologies.

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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