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.

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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