15th PRINTPACK INDIA – 20 to 24 December 2021

The economical international print exhibition of India

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(From left to right) Sangam Khanna, deputy managing director, Komori India, Yoshiharu Komori, chairman and CEO – Komori Corp., and Hirofumi Hoshino, managing director of Komori India at Printpack India 2019.

The Indian Printing Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA) has announced the new dates for the Printpack India – 20 to 24 December 2021. IPAMA, a registered body under the Societies Act, has been organizing the Printpack exhibition biennially since 1988.

The 15th edition of this international exhibition was originally scheduled at the India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, from 3 to 8 February 2021. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak and pandemic and the ensuing lockdown constraints, IPAMA consulted its members, exhibitors, and concerned institutions regarding the feasibility of holding the exhibition on the scheduled dates but was advised against it. Keeping in view all the facts and circumstances and considering the prevailing conditions across the globe, including the health care of exhibitors and visitors, the Printpack India exhibition was deferred or postponed, and now the new dates have been announced in December 2021.

With the improvement in the prevailing conditions and fast declining trend of Covid-19 cases, and the country’s vaccination drive rollout, the industry is keen to get back to business. Exhibitors, visitors, and other stakeholders had started making emphatic inquiries regarding the Printpack event’s revised dates.

IPAMA held detailed discussions with India Expo Centre (IEML) officials about the availability of Exhibition Halls and other facilities. In consultation with the exhibitors, who had earlier booked space for participation, a proposal regarding the new dates was submitted in the 116th Virtual Meeting of the Governing Council organized on 3 February 2021. The Governing Council approved the following revised dates for the 15th edition of the Printpack India exhibition.

The setting up period to be from 17-19 December 2021; the exhibition period from 20-24 December 2021; and the dismantling period is 25th December 2021. Except for the new dates, the remaining terms and conditions for participation in the PRINTPACK INDIA Exhibition will be as earlier. The revised dates for Early Bird Discount and other benefits, which are to be allowed by the Association, will be finalized shortly. However, considering the Corona impact on the market and supporting the industry, IPAMA has decided to further lower the exhibition charges compared to earlier Editions subject to terms and conditions.

The tariff for bare space is Rs. 8,000 per square meter. There are deductions and discounts for members of 15% (5% for new members). An Early Bird Discount of Rs.1,000 per square meter. A member’s motivational discount of Rs. 1,000/Rs.500 per square meter net rate subject to terms and conditions of Rs. 4,800 per square meter. For any further clarification, please feel free to call Prashant Vats on his mobile number +91 9871999384.

Smart Packaging Solutions Virtual Congress -19 March 2021

The Smart Packaging Solutions for India and South Asia Virtual Congress on 19 March focuses on food and pharma supply chains, brand security, and sustainability. Organized jointly by IPPStar and the AIPIA, the virtual congress’s topics include brand authentication, condition monitoring, and active and intelligent packaging that contributes to the safe delivery of authenticated products leading to safety, security, and customer engagement. Please look at the agenda of the conference here, and for registration, please click here. You can also email Ruchi at conference@ippgroup.in or Umesh at subscription@ippgroup.in. Call us in Noida at 120-4546988 or 4326053 – Umesh at Xtension 30; Ruchi at Xtension 33; Gaurav at Xtension 23; and Mohit at Xtension 25.

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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