Registration opens for Labelexpo Asia 2021

The event will take place in Shanghai

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Registration opens for Labelexpo Asia 2021
Labelexpo to takes place in December in Shanghai

Tarsus Group, an organizer of the Labelexpo Global Series of exhibitions and conferences, has announced that registration for Labelexpo Asia is now open. Labelexpo Asia takes place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, China, between 7-10 December 2021.    

Labelexpo Asia- The largest exhibition for the label and package printing industries      

“Labelexpo Asia will be the largest exhibition for the label and package printing industries held anywhere in the world this year and will be a must-visit for printers wanting to see what suppliers have been developing since before the global pandemic,” said Labelexpo event director Kevin Liu

“With global vaccination programs continuing at a rapid rate, we look forward to welcoming label and package printers. This will be the only Labelexpo show this year, and we know there is a huge appetite to see machinery in action again and to network safely with industry friends and contacts.”

Key technology trends on view at the event include digital and hybrid printing, wider web flexo/offset for both labels, flexible packaging, and sustainable materials

Exhibitors focused on digital and hybrid include Xeikon and Spande, while Zhongte, Weigang, and Hongsheng will bring new mid-web flexo/offset presses targeted both at label printers looking to move into flexible packaging and flexible packaging printers, making a move from gravure to flexo/offset.

With the global pandemic driving printers to invest heavily in automation, the event will include a special ‘Print Automation 4.0’ feature area and learning hub on the show floor, with regular interactive demonstrations throughout the show.

Learning and networking opportunities begin the day before the show when Labelexpo Asia 2021 and the China Packaging Federation (CPF) will jointly organize a summit on the label and package printing trends and technologies. A detailed agenda will be available shortly.

Also running alongside Labelexpo Asia 2021 will be three masterclasses. The Label Academy will present a masterclass on self-adhesive label materials on the morning of 8 December; and on inks, coatings, and varnishes on the afternoon of 9 December. A series of masterclasses on new prepress technologies, co-organized with the Shanghai Publishing and Printing College, will take place between 5-7 December. 

Lisa Milburn, managing director of Tarsus Labels, Packaging and Brand Print Group: ‘We are very happy to announce the opening of registration for Labelexpo Asia 2021. With the cancellation of so many printing shows over the last two years, label and package printers could not see at first hand the exciting technology which leading industry suppliers have been busily developing. Labelexpo Asia 2021 now provides that opportunity.’

To register for Labelexpo Asia 2021, click here.

 

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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