Messe Frankfurt India announces new dates for Paperworld India

The new dates give industry stakeholders more time to plan for the event

Paperworld India, Corporate Gifts and Interior Lifestyle India is ready to take place 12 – 14 May 2022 at the Jio World Convention Centre
Paperworld India, Corporate Gifts and Interior Lifestyle India is ready to take place 12 – 14 May 2022 at the Jio World Convention Centre

The much-awaited trade fair trio of Paperworld India, Corporate Gifts, and Interior Lifestyle India presented by Ambiente India will take place from 12 – 14 May 2022 at the Jio World Convention Centre (JWCC), as confirmed by the organizers. As the first physical exhibition for the industry after a hiatus of two years of business disruptions, the platform will show the industry’s determination, resilience, and opportunities in the ‘new normal.’

Messe Frankfurt India Trade Fairs India, together with gifts and accessories, the Exhibition Division of Netlink Solutions (India) announced new dates for their leading consumer goods exhibitions, met with overwhelming support from the industry. 

Reopening of schools will be a key theme for the launch of Paperworld India

The new dates allow industry stakeholders additional time to plan while offering safety, confidence, and flexibility to both exhibitors and fair attendees. Moreover, it also secures maximum participation while keeping in mind the period before the reopening of schools which is a key theme for the launch of Paperworld India

On the other hand, the corporate gifting segment is witnessing a renewed demand for health, safety, or work-from-home related gifting products with the timing aligning with pre-festive sourcing for distributors and wholesalers. Interior Lifestyle India, presented by Ambiente India’s homeware and lifestyle products, will thus create perfect synergies with the two fairs. 

With less than two months from the scheduled event, the new Omicron variant has posed a challenging business environment both in terms of safety and business prospects, both of which might compromise the standard of the event. “As organizers, we strongly believe the change in dates will create more favorable trade prospects for exhibitors, ensure additional time to plan with certainty, and enhance business confidence among the fair attendees,” explained Raj Manek, managing director Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India. 

Minesh Modi, Wholetime Director, Netlink Solutions (India), said, “We are certain that this brief rescheduling will allow us to come back stronger and offer the industry a platform that meets their business objectives. All eyes are set on the 2022 edition, and we’re completely focused on ensuring a strong return with opportunities for business regeneration.” 

Continuing their aim to provide a safe and conducive environment for trade, Messe Frankfurt India will organize exhibitions under the ‘MFISafeConnect’ standards that are strictly aligned with the government’s health and safety guidelines.


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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