Asia Coat + Ink 2022 – 17-19 November at Bombay Exhibition Centre

Focus on varnishes, inks, adhesives, coatings, and decorative materials

The 2022 edition of the expo will be held in Mumbai

The 2022 edition of the Asia Coat + Ink show – a global trade event focusing on varnishes, inks, adhesives, coatings, and decorative materials – will be held from 17-19 November at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. 

Leading Indian and global manufacturers and suppliers in the field of inks, adhesives, coatings, varnishes, among others, will take part in the show being organized by the All India Printing Ink Manufacturers’ Association (AIPIMA).  Some prominent names include Uflex, DIC, Siegwerk, K-Tech, and Abigail. The show is spread over an area of 3,750 square meters.  

AIPIMA will also organize a concurrent international conference on 16 November at Courtyard by Marriott Mumbai on the topic, “Next generation printing ink/technology, issue-trends and the way forward”.

The guest of honor at the one-day conference is Snehashis Roy of the Times Group while the keynote speaker will be Shailesh Nima of Michelman India. Other speakers include Jose San of Toyo Ink, Ramakrishna Karanth of Siegwerk India, Rajesh Srivastava of Uflex and Adesh Malkar of BYK India.

The conference is being sponsored by Uflex, Toyo Ink, BYK, Siegwerk, Fujifilm, and Miwon. It is supported by leading industry veterans such as BB Sen, Vimal Mehta, RY Kamat, Zainul Lakdawala and Ganesh Angne.

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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