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Intelligent & literate visitors come to the IppGroup stand B10 in Hall 3

Photo caption: ((L-R) Sudhir M Kulkarni from Print Factory, Bengaluru, and Sivaraj J Shetty from Janani Multicolor offset printers. Photo IPP

The Ipama-organized 15th PrintPack India show is currently on at the India Expo Centre & Mart in Greater Noida in the Delhi NCR. The exhibition features pre-press, print, post-press, finishing, converting, digital, signage, and packaging machines. Ancillary packaging materials, printing and publishing, paper and paper products, and logistics are also there.

There is a clear segregation of various segments at the show with halls 5 & 7 mainly for label machine manufacturers, 14 & 15 mainly for the corrugation industry, while halls 1, 3 & 9 have an assortment of industry segments. The stands have been planned keeping in mind the huge crowds, with room in the passageways. Sanitizer dispensers have been placed at key points, and the organizers are also supplying complimentary masks at the registration counters. Gaurav Mishra from IPP interacted with some of the visitors at the expo, and here’s what they have to say:

Sudhir M Kulkarni & Sivaraj J Shetty

Sudhir M Kulkarni from Print Factory Bengaluru and Sivaraj J Shetty from Janani Multicolor Offset Printers visited the 15th PrintPack India. Kulkarni comes from a packaging background and mostly deals with monocartons, while Shetty is a commercial and book printer.

“We have visited Printpack several times and this is our seventh visit. We just visited a few halls and the exhibition looks really fantastic this time. After the long hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we got a chance to interact with machine manufacturers face-to-face and observe the machines running live. We are looking to purchase machines to expand our production capacity with the latest technology.

“As the printing and packaging industries look at robust growth after the Covid-19 pandemic, we are seeing a growing demand. Our main goal behind visiting Printpack is to view the latest available technologies and get prices and quotes from the suppliers.”

Krishna Vamsi

Krishna Vamsi G, CEO of Vijayawada-based Sri Hanuman Enterprises visited the exhibition on the second day. “The show is crystal clear, precise, and relevant. I visited numerous stalls and had discussions with many suppliers and got a chance to watch live demonstrations of different technologies in one place. I also got to learn a lot about chemicals used for printing and packaging production.

Krishna Vamsi, CEO of Sri Hanuman Enterprises from Vijayawada. Photo IPP

Automation is a key part of my learning from this show. I will be here for all the days and hope to learn and observe more technologies. I am into carton packaging and my customers come from a variety of industries including pharma, confectionery, snacks, and luxury writing instruments. The exhibitors seem to have thoroughly researched customer needs and most of the exhibitors are showcasing products that match customer requirements. The PrintPack Show Daily published by IPP is very informative and practically beneficial. I found the map inside immensely useful in planning my way around the exhibition.”

Abhinav Arora

Abhinav Arora, managing director of Karnal Art Press. Photo IPP

Abhinav Arora, managing director of Karnal Art Press shares his Printpack India experience, “This is my third Printpack visit and I am thinking of purchasing a new machine and UV curing systems to upgrade my commercial printing and packaging businesses. There are many exciting technologies on display and observing them in reality and in action is a great experience. I attended an HP machine demo and it was fantastic. I also came across many demonstrations of offset printing presses and post-press machinery. I am a regular reader of Packaging South Asia magazine and it helps me keep abreast with the industry.

“The entire arrangement is very organized, with the organizers providing complimentary shuttle service. This show is really the heart and soul of the Indian printing and packaging industry.”

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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