Bookings open for 16th Printpack India

1 to 5 February 2025, India Expo Centre, Greater Noida

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Sodhisons Mechanical Works CEO and president of IPAMA Rakesh Sodhi. Photo IPP

The Indian Printing Packaging & Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA) has started booking for the 16th Printpack India Exhibition, which will be held at the India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, from 1 to 5 February  2025. 

The first day of booking on 16 January closed with 261 companies confirming their participation. Companies engaged in manufacturing or dealing in printing, packaging, and allied machinery are taking part in the show. 

The segments include pre-press, press, digital, screen and textile printing, label, paper, post-press, corrugation, converting, packaging, service and software,  consumables and spares, signage and LED, and other related segments of the graphic arts industry. 

The halls will be earmarked segment-wise, keeping in view the convenience of exhibitors and business visitors. The Exhibitors will be provided complimentary services, the organizers said in a release.  

Rakesh Sodhi, president of IPAMA, said, “Rome wasn’t built in a day. The trust in IPAMA is not an overnight business. The members have been working hard since its inception to reach this level. Printpack India is poised to be unique, highly innovative, and a trendsetter. I am sure that Printpack India 2025 will showcase the world’s latest technologies. It will be a promising show with great opportunities.” 

The last edition was organized at the India Expo Centre from 26-30 May 2022, in which 487 Indian and foreign companies and 103,412 business visitors participated. IPAMA representatives will also visit some of the important foreign exhibitions such as Interpack, Drupa, to invite exhibitors and business visitors to Printpack India.  

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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