Printpack 2022 dates announced – 11 to 15 March 2022

IPAMA elects Rakesh Sodhi president from 2021 to 2023

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The Ipama governing council and office bearers elected for the 2021 to 2023 term Photo Ipama | Printpack
The Ipama governing council and office bearers elected for the 2021 to 2023 term Photo Ipama

The IPAMA elections and meeting of its governing council took place last week and together with its new members, the council elected its new president Rakesh Sodhi. Simultaneously the dates for the Ipama’s Printpack Exhibition to take place at the Greater Noida India Exposition Center were announced for 11 to 15 March 2022.

The 15th Printpack India exhibition was announced as Ipama took note of the declining rates of Covid-19 infections reported throughout the country. Ipama said, “Almost 75% of the eligible population has taken at least the [vaccination] first dose, with eight states and UTs achieving 100% coverage of the first dose. Four more states and UTs have more than 90% coverage of the first dose, according to the government.” The leading Indian and subcontinental printing trade fair is to be called the Printpack and Sign & LED Expo this time.

The setup days for Printpack India 22 are from 8 to 10 March 2022, with the event taking place from the 11th to the 15th of March. And there is one day for dismantling – 16 March 2022. The payment schedule is 20% on or before 15 December 2021; 30% payment on or before 20 January 2022, and the balance 50% payment on or before 2 March 2022.

Governing council and office bearers of Ipama

The elected member of the governing council of Ipama for 2021 to 2021 are, Abhay Datta, Adithya Gupta, Alpesh Thakar, DK Garg, Gagan Singh, Gurpratap Singh, Harish Bansal, Jaiveer Singh, Jaswinder Singh, Kartar Singh, Ketan Shah, Kuljeet Singh Maan, Paramjit Singh, R Suresh Kumar, Rakesh Sodhi, Ravinder Singh, Shiv Kumar Sharm, and Vinay Kumar Gupta.

The meeting of the Ipama governing council unanimously elected the following office bearers – Rakesh Sodhi, president, Jaiveer Singh, vice president – North, Harish Bansal, vice president – South, Iqbal Singh, vice president – West, Vinay Kumar Gupta, general secretary, Ravinder Singh, joint secretary – West, DK Garg, joint secretary – East, Gagan Singh, joint secretary – South, and, R Suresh Kumar – treasurer.

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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