Responsive inputs from the excellent and serious visitors at Printpack India

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

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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.

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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

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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.”

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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