Paperex 2022 starts off in Greater Noida–Delhi NCR

Seminar on maximizing sustainable paper and corrugated packaging

Sudeep Goenka, director, Shubham Goldiee Masale discussing how to move towards the sustainability at an open seminar in Paperex Photo: IPP
Sudeep Goenka, director, Shubham Goldiee Masale discussing how to move towards the sustainability at an open seminar in Paperex Photo: IPP

Paperex, the well known and established exhibition and conference focusing on the paper, pulp and the related concerned industries finally started off on the morning of 10 May 2022 after the several delays and postponement caused by the pandemic over the past years. The footfall was good at the India Expo Mart in Greater Noida which is across the river from Delhi and Hyve India, the organizers welcomed the exhibitors and visitors with warmth to the event. We had an opportunity to look at the entire spectrum of products and services relating to the Indian paper and allied industries and the strong links that it has with the global industry and suppliers.

The opening day’s seminar at Paperex discussed ‘Moving towards sustainability by maximizing paper and corrugation packaging.’ Sudeep Goenka, director, Shubham Goldiee Masale, and Sanjay Gupta, vice-president of corporate procurement and packaging development, DS Group, were the speakers. Both themes talked gave their views on the compelling arguments for sustainable packaging and the time bound paths that their organizations are taking to achieve this.

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Our organization, IPP Catalog Publications also has a stand at Paperex and your Indian Printer & Publisher correspondent and our team spoke to some of the exhibitors participating and the visitors who attended the event on the first day. Speaking about their experience and expectations from the show they mainly indicated that the large crowds were wholly unexpected.  Resuming after the two pandemic years the turnout and the interest pleased the exhibitors as they found the visitors searching for better and more innovative paper products in an environment where the supply chain for the paper itself seems to be under pressure and raw material prices are a constant worry.

For those who missed attending on the first day of Paperex, registration is available at the entry gate of the India Expo Center and passes are there for the show. It is better to get back into the industry’s recovery earlier than later and find out about the latest grades technology of paper and paper board. It is even more important for the paper mills to understand the forthcoming demand and whether it can withstand the rise in costs and what are the next technologies and materials required for the road to sustainability. For more updates about the event, you can come and visit Indian Printer & Publisher team at Stand 12L118. And also watch this space.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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