PaperEx India rescheduled to 10 – 13 May 2022

Covid-19 upsurge to blame for postponement

Thomas Tegnerud, service manager, Lorentzen & Wettre Products, Pupl & Paper Solutions, ABB, Per Sandstrom, manager Lorentzen & Wettre, ABB, Klara Martens Ekblad, global sales manager for Lorentzen & Wettre Products, ABB and Manoj Sukumaran, area sales manager, L&W Products, Process Industries, Industrial Automation Divison, ABB with L&W Autoline quality management system. Photo IPP

The PaperEx exhibition which was to be held from 9 to 12 January 2022 at the India Expo Center in Greater Noida, has been rescheduled to 10 to 13 May 2022 at the same venue. The Technical Conference and a three-day Open Seminar will also be held alongside the exhibition in May 2022. The current speaker line up will remain the same.

The decision has been taken in the best interest of the health and safety of exhibitors, trade visitors, eminent industry leaders, association partners, and speakers at the accompanying conference. Industry associations such as Indian Agro and Recycled Paper Mills Association (IARPMA) and Indian Pulp and Paper Technical Association (IPPTA), Indian Recovered Paper Traders Association (IRPTA) and prominent names in the paper industry such as JK Paper, Trident Group, and Parason Machinery, and others have supported the decision to postpone the exhibition after the recent spike in Covid-19 infections.

“We appreciate that Hyve considers the safety of exhibitors and visitors as the topmost priority and the proposed rescheduling of the show to 10-13 May 2022 will help the industry come together again at Paperex in a safe business conducive environment. Hyve has stood with the industry and we will extend our full support to the rescheduled Paperex 2022 edition,” shared IARPMA

“This is indeed a good decision to postpone Paperex to May 2022, as by then the pandemic situation should ease out. Thanks for accepting our request for postponement and look forward to a grand exhibition in the coming months,” Indian Recovered Paper Traders Association added.

“It was a wise decision by Hyve under the current circumstances and prioritizing the people safety first. We feel that keeping this exhibition during May will be more successful. Many of our customers would be ready with their annual budget for 2022-23 and it would be a good time to have the f2f discussions,” shared the team from Valmet Technologies

The paper exhibition and accompanying conference is considered as a meeting point of the Indian paper manufacturers and allied supplier and user communities. Much awaited by the paper and printing industry, the event was seen by the paper manufacturers and input suppliers as an opportunity to discuss the revival of those segments that have been enduring losses in the past two pandemic years.

992 new cases have been reported from the state in the last 24 hours with 572 cases reported on 4 January 2022. The India Expo Center in Greater Noida is located across the river from New Delhi and is considered a part of the National Capital Region. 

Hyve India, the organizing company behind the event received a good number of requests in the past few weeks concerning the postponement of the event due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases across the country. Travel restrictions have been progressively imposed by the central and state governments in view of the spread and increase of the Omicron variant.

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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