Mumbai editions of Gartex Texprocess India and Screen Print India postponed

Delhi editions remain on track

The Mumbai editions were to be held in March

The Mumbai editions of Gartex Texprocess India and Screen Print India have been pushed ahead due to venue inaccessibility in March.

On account of the developments around the Covid-19 vaccine rollout plan which has seen jumbo Covid care centers doubling up as vaccination centers, trade fairs scheduled at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in March have been pushed ahead.

Currently, in discussion with venue authorities, the organizers intend to announce new dates for the Mumbai editions of Gartex Texprocess India and Screen Print India in the coming weeks. The Delhi edition continues to be on schedule for the two fairs.

Messe Frankfurt India additionally shared that the Mumbai edition of Screen Print India will also be rescheduled. The organizers shared that a final decision will be taken in consultation with venue operators to host the show in the first half of the year, as soon as the venue is made safely accessible.

Raj Manek, executive director and board member, Messe Frankfurt Asia Holdings, said, “With positivity returning in the trade community amidst the positive news of the vaccine roll-out, our goal ahead is clear – to create a safe and conducive environment for business exchange. We’re working in close co-operation with venue authorities and service providers on next steps to implement a comprehensive safety concept, under the ‘MFISafeConnect’ standards.”

Gaurav Juneja, director, MEX Exhibitions, added, “With the start of local vaccination drives and gradual scaling back of lockdown, we see confidence returning in the market. Gartex Texprocess India will be a catalyst in the recovery of trade momentum for this sector and its new hybrid format will go a step ahead to ensure onsite exhibitors can increase their product and brand exposure and match with potential clients through their digital presence. We are glad to have the support from the industry and our exhibitors whose interests are at the center of this decision, and our efforts are now focused on finalizing the dates and meeting the safety imperatives.”

Delhi editions on schedule

Slated to take place in the second half of the year, the Delhi edition of the two fairs continue to be on schedule from 6 – 8 August 2021 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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