15th Printpack India garners 407 bookings

55 companies secured early bird discount on last day

Inauguration for the 14th Printpack India 2019 exhibition. Photo IPP

IPAMA acknowledges the printing and packaging industry’s overwhelming response to 15th Printpack India, slated to be held from 11 – 15 March 2022. 80% area has already been booked. 6,000 square meter area is in the pipeline. Major players have already confirmed their bookings and deposited the requisite amount.

Dec 15, 2021, was the last day to avail early bird discount in Printpack – said to be India’s most reputed event of printing and packaging industry. The Indian Printing Packaging & Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA) had announced the revised dates of 15th Printpack India exhibition, in the month of October 2021, in consultation with the exhibitors, business visitors, and the allied partner associations/federations.

In a limited time period, a tremendous response is said to have been received from the industry. With a view to extending financial relief to the industry in the Covid-19 period, IPAMA had brought down the space charges to the lowest level so that more and more companies, particularly from the MSME sector, could participate in the exhibition and give momentum to their business. Simultaneously, it had also announced various discounts, including the early bird discount at the rate of Rs1000 per square meter, to all the exhibitors. The last date for availing of the early bird discount expired on 15 December 2021.

Before the expiry of the last date of the early bird discount, 55 companies had booked their space by remitting the requisite space charges. This shows the craze and the importance of the show amongst the Indian companies, who are engaged in manufacturing printing, packaging, and allied machinery, for participation in the show.

The past editions each had provided a unique platform to the exhibitors for displaying the latest technology and high-quality products. For the convenience of the exhibitors, IPAMA has provided the facility of submitting online applications for space booking. More than 80 percent of the space has already been booked.

The process of allotment of Stalls is going on. Out of the total 407 bookings, more than 200 companies have already been allotted stall numbers and conveyed through eMail and WhatsApp messages in accordance with their priority numbers. Within the next few days, the process of allotment of 400 stalls will be done.

Big brands confirm their participation

The big industrial players, who have already confirmed their space bookings are Acme Machinery, Associated Industrial Corporation, Bobst India, Canon India, Colorjet, DGM, Electro Mec, Fair Deal, Fujifilm, Imaging Systems, Impel Services, Komori India, Konica Minolta, Line O Matic, Megabound, Manroland (Goss Web), Memory Repro, Monu Graphics, Monotech Systems, Multitech, NBG, Prakash Offset, Pratham Technologies, Sahil Graphics, Sodhisons, Technova, The Printers House, Toyo Inks and UV Graphics, VIG Graphics and many more companies manufacturing high-quality machines, are also in the pipeline. 

Apart from the individual exhibitors, a number of associations and federations, including Association for Print Technologies, Association of Label Printers & Suppliers (ALPS), Screen Printing Association of India (SPAI), Federation of Corrugated Box Manufacturers of India (FCBM), Federation of Nepal Printers’ Associations (FNPA), Federation of Paper Traders India (FPTA), and All India Printing Ink Manufacturers Association (AIPIMA), any many more are participating in 15th Printpack India.

An online registration facility for business visitors has also been created. More than 2000 business exhibitors have already completed their registration process. After registration, the business visitors can keep a printout that will be valid for entry into the respective halls, without losing time at the gates. Parking facilities will also be provided to the business visitors within the exhibition complex. IPAMA believes in “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikash”.

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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