Fujifilm, active in several fields of imaging with products for the graphic arts, packaging, healthcare, photo imaging, optical devices, and functional materials and other high-tech areas, in Hall 9D at PrintPack. It will display its digital press, Revoria Press PC 1120, its 6-color print engine launched last year in India.
A regular participant at PrintPack, Fujifilmwill also focus on its Superia ZX, which is considered one the industry’s most advanced offset printing plates. It will also showcase its Flenex FW plates, for the water washable flexographic plate segment.
Kentaro Imafuku, head of the Graphic Arts Business of Fujifilm India, says, “Since this is the first major trade event post Covid-19, for our industry, we expect decent footfalls for the event. The audience will range from all printing segments, including packaging, labels, general commercial printers, quick printers, photo labs, and digital signage customers.
“We see a very bright future for the overall industry and the Indian market. We already see substantial improvement in the overall business numbers post the Covid-19 meltdown. Packaging will continue to grow, as will the labels segment. There could be some consolidation in commercial printing, but more volumes will be generated in the short run where digital equipment will play a major role,” he concludes.
Note: The IPPGroup will be publishing the PrintPack India Show Daily on all five days of the event from 26 to 30 May 2022. Our May issues of Indian Printer and Publisher and Packaging South Asia will also contain previews of the event.
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.