DS Printech China announces new dates following the postponement

The expo will be held from 27 – 29 September

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DS Printech China to take place from 27 – 29 September 2021
DS Printech China to take place from 27 – 29 September 2021

The delayed edition of DS Printech China will now take place from 27 – 29 September 2021 following the postponement from its early August date. The digital and screen printing fair will remain at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, taking place in halls N4 & N5.

DS Printech China, which was to take place in Shanghai from 6 – 8 August, was rescheduled due to the recent emergence of Covid-19 cases in different provinces in China.

“We are pleased to have already secured new dates with the fairground to give all participants as much notice as possible to plan their involvement. After the successful edition in Shenzhen last year, the first under the rebranded DS Printech name, we are excited to bring the fair to Shanghai this time around and to provide a much-needed boost to the industry’s recovery following the impact from the pandemic,” Wendy Wen, senior general manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) said. 

DS Printech on receiving valuable feedback from its exhibitors and visitors

“The feedback we’re receiving from exhibitors and visitors at all our events in China this year is that they highly value the face-to-face interactions trade fairs offer after these encounters had been curtailed over the last year. We look forward to once again providing this interaction for the digital and screen printing industry at the end of September in Shanghai,” she added. 

DS Printech China, a platform dedicated to the digital and screen printing industry, is a rebranded fair of two events: CSGIA and Textile Digital Printing China. The fair is co-organized by Messe Frankfurt (HK), China Screen Printing & Graphic Imaging Association (CSGIA), and Guangzhou Teyin Exhibition Service

The first edition after rebranding was successfully held in Shenzhen in October 2020. South China and East China are the two major markets for screen printing and digital printing in China. 

 

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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