Pamex 2023 roadshow reaches Pune

The next stop for the event is Indore

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The Roadshow was organized by the All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) and The Poona Press Owners Association (PPOA)

Pune was the third stop of the promotional road show of Pamex 2023, a premier printing and allied industry exhibition to be held in Mumbai. The theme of ‘convergence in print’ resonated with printers as they turned up in large numbers to hear experts and their peers discuss the latest trends in the industry. Held at The President Hotel on 23 December, the event saw more than 400 visitor registrations from Pune and the nearby areas. 

As in the previous stop, the Pune roadshow for Pamex 2023 was structured around a half-day conference and a full-day tabletop exhibition. The event provided a unique informal atmosphere for participants to network and share with each other their experiences on ‘convergence’. 

‘Convergence in Print- The Way Forward’, continued to be the topic of discussion and set the tone for the technical conference. The panel consisted of Vinay Nalawade, Parakh Agro Industries; Rajesh Kulkarni, Keetronics (India); Sourin Shah, Viraj Prints and Sachin Patil, Bobst India. Pawandeep Sahni of OMET India was the moderator.

“In simple words, convergence is the merging and integration of two or more distinct technologies in a single system,” said Sahani in his opening remarks.

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Held at The President Hotel on 23 December, the event saw more than 400 visitor registrations from Pune and the nearby areas

The discussion revolved around what convergence meant to all the panelists and how they were applying it in their respective fields. They spoke on how the direction of convergence needs to be different for each printer depending on their core strengths.

The discussion was followed by two technology presentations – one by Mohan Pailwan from Vinsak India and the other by Pawandeep Sahni, OMET India.  Pailwan spoke about the essence of smart packaging while underlining the importance of brand protection and consumer interaction, while Sahni took the attendees through convergence strategy, approach, and execution. Talking about the ‘convergence mindset’, Pawandeep said, “How we define ourselves, defines how we think convergence. The new approach will certainly require reimagining operations.”

The parallel exhibition saw participating companies such as Vinsak India, Omet India, Advanced Specialty Materials, Creofoil, Global Graphics Machineries, Jefferies Metal Stickers & Plant Manufacturers, Keetronics India, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, Standard Printers Providers, Suba Solutions, Viraj Prints, Impel Services, Zhongke India and Print & Publishing present their products and solutions. 

Earlier, the event was kicked off with the lighting of the lamp by Raveendra Joshi, president, AIFMP; Raghubendra N Dutta Barua, general secretary, AIFMP; Anant Vishwanath Joshi, vice president- West, AIFMP; Tushar Dhote, co-chairman, Pamex, AIFMP; Tirthraj Joshi, vice-president, PPOA; Girish Datye, former president, PPOA and Anil Arora, president, Print-Packaging.com.

Girish Datye, past President of the Pune Press Owners’ Association, welcomed the delegates by giving a roundup of their activities and promising full support to Pamex. 

The Pamex 2023 Roadshow was organized by the All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) and The Poona Press Owners Association (PPOA), in association with Print-Packaging.com Private Limited.

It had the support of more than 10 associations, including the Ahmednagar Press Association, Bombay Master Printers’ Association, Dombivli Sehar Mudrak Sangh, Kolhapur Zilla Mudrak Sangh, Latur Zilla Mudrak Sangh, Mumbai Mudrak Sangh, Printers Association Ichalkaranji, Printers Guild, Pune District Master Printers Association, Solapur Mudrak Sangh and Thane Zilla Mudrak Sangh.

Indore will be the next destination on 24 January 2023.

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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