Pamex 2023 in Mumbai – 27 to 30 March 2023

First core-group meet discusses Convergence in Print theme

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The first core group virtual meeting for the Pamex 2023 exhibition in Mumbai

Pamex event postponed by the pandemic that takes place in Mumbai is now scheduled to take place on 27 to 30 March 2023 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Goregaon.

To promote the event, the organizers, the All India Federation of Master Printers and their associates have formed a core group of various industry players to promote the event. The core group held a web meeting on 10 August 2022 to discuss promotional campaign focusing on Convergence of Print as a key theme of the exhibition and to develop the topics of the conference to be held alongside the show.

The first core-group meeting was chaired by Ravindra Joshi, chairman of the Pamex event and the discussants included Ranesh Bajaj, Vinsak India; Deepak Chawla, Technova; Tushar Dhote, Dhote Offset; Amit Sheth, Intergraphic Sales & Services; Harveer Sahni, Weldon Celloplast; Manish Desai, Mudrika Labels; Hemanth Paruchuri, Pragati Pack; Pawandeep Sahni, Omet India; Nitin Vani, Print Consultant; Sonal Khurana, S Media Group-Print & Publishing, Anil Arora, Print-Packaging.com the co-organisers of the exhibition, and Neha Jha and Hitesh Radi from Team Pamex.

Starting off with a presentation on the growth of the show and an outline of the plans for 2023, the discussion took up an overview of the Indian print industry. Overviewing the current scenario of Indian Print Industry; the scope of the Convergence in Print event and conference; and, the selection of the cities of for the promotional road shows preceding the event – each comprising a day long table top exhibition and a half-day conference. The outline of the topics for the pre-event promotional conferences was also discussed. The discussion also discussed some of the operational details of the event and conference including reaching out to all the local association for their support and several social media strategies for promotion and feedback.

“The first core-group meeting has generated valuable ideas and has given us an outline of what the industry is looking forward to. With the theme of Convergence in Print, Pamex will certainly bring several cutting-edge innovations and technologies on display in edition 2023,” said Ravindra Joshi.

The organizing team expects to soon roll out the dates and venues of road shows, to be held in six cities of India, leading to the main exhibition from 27 to 30 March 2023.

Indian Printer and Publisher the 43-year-old monthly and web platform, as well as Packaging South Asia one of the leading packaging monthlies in the region, established in 2007, are media partners for the Pamex 2023 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.

– Naresh Khanna

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