FESPA Mexico exhibition postponed to September 2021

FESPA Mexico postpone to September 2021 Photo FESPA
FESPA Mexico postpone to September 2021 Photo FESPA

FESPA has today announced that FESPA Mexico 2020 will be postponed to 23 – 25 September 2021. The exhibition, which was originally scheduled to take place from 26 – 28 November 2020, will again be hosted at the Centro Citibanamex in Mexico City.

The decision to postpone the exhibition was taken in response to the ongoing business disruption and continued public health risk caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Neil Felton, FESPA CEO, explains, “In May 2020, we took the decision to delay FESPA Mexico until November in the face of the developing pandemic. Since then, the impact of COVID-19 in Central America has been dynamic and uncertain. Our number one priority is the health and safety of all of our exhibitors and visitors and we are therefore taking this step to eliminate the risk to all of our participants. We look forward to welcoming our Mexican community back in September 2021.”

FESPA Mexico Exhibitor Showroom

In November 2020, in lieu of the live event, FESPA will be launching a new online Exhibitor Showroom for its Mexican specialty print community. The digital platform will allow regional exhibitors to showcase all their latest news, product launches, and videos. In addition, visitors and prospects will be able to network virtually with exhibitors to share ideas and initiate discussions on sales.

Michael Ryan, Group Exhibition manager concludes, “We recognize the importance of hosting FESPA Mexico in educating, connecting and advancing the specialty print market in Mexico and Central America, so we’re excited to announce the exhibitor showroom. With this initiative, we’re enabling exhibitors and visitors to connect with each other, share knowledge, and spark inspiration until we’re able to meet in person again in September 2021.”

For the latest updates on the FESPA Mexico exhibitor showroom visit: www.mexico.fespa.com

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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