MediaExpo celebrates golden jubilee

50th edition from 2,3,4 March in Mumbai

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This year there were a couple of panel discussions on color management and the future of industrial screen printing in India. Photo PSA

The 50th edition of the MediaExpo kickstarter on 2 March 2023 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. The exhibition caters to signage and indoor and outdoor advertising. The exhibition completes 20 years this year, and the inauguration ceremony started with a traditional Marathi dance performance to celebrate the grand occasion of its golden jubilee.

Rohit Yagnik, head – Non-Fare Revenue and Branding, Mumbai Metro One, Raj Manek, managing director, Messe Frankfurt, Winston Pereira, general manager, Messe Frank India Trade Fairs, Devang Sheth, secretary, Screen Graphics Association of India, and Janaid Shaikh, managing director, Roshan Space Brandcom inaugurated the exhibition by lighting the traditional lamp.

Established brands such as Arrow Digital, Skytek, Mimaki, Epson, HP, Lisco Mehta Cad Cam, Monotech, and AT inks are showcasing their digital printing solutions at the show. Along with this 32 new entrants are also showcasing their indoor and outdoor signage products at the exhibition.

This year there were a couple of panel discussions on color management and the future of industrial screen printing in India. The panel discussion on simplifying colors was held on 2 March and featured Krishna Kamath, head Technical pre-sales and business analyst at GPAKS Solutions; Vimal Parmar, editor – of Photo Imaging News, independent marketing consultant, and digital print evangelist; Vinod Krishnamurthy, director – VK Consulting/Fortuna Colours and Prints LLP; Kamal Singh, CEO – Comart Group; and Aarti Notiyal, director Marketing – Bubble Communication. The discussion was moderated by Santosh Nair, Group director, and CEO of Skytek Group. The panel discussed the need for color management in contemporary printing, the view that brands and consumers are looking for in terms of color and print, and the future of color management in India.

Another panel discussion on the future of screen printing in India was held on 3 March. The participants Dr MP Raghav Rao, managing director; Mukul Shetty, Business head, Keetronics India; Ajay Gandhi – CEO of Kunal Enterprises; Rajesh Vaity, vice president (printed product), PRS Permacel, part of St. Gobain group; M Sudharshan, managing director, Integral Labels; Shailesh Deshpande, managing director, DecalTech; and Devang N Sheth, publisher, Screen Print India magazine. The discussion was moderated by Prof TKS Lakshmi Priya, head of printing technology, at Avinashilingam University, Coimbatore. The discussion focused on the growth of the industry and the issues and challenges faced in screen printing.

The B2B exhibition also had a Screen Print India industrial zone which was supported by the European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association (ESMA) and the Screen Printing Graphics Association of India (SGAI). The Screen Print India zone had exhibitors such as Kunal Enterprise, Duratech Automation, Snav Graphix, Swadha Screenchem, ColourStop Solutions, Keetronics India, Photokina Chemicals, Shreeji Screen and Filters, among others.

MediaExpo is supported by the Delhi Printers Association (DPA), the Bombay Master Printers Association (BMPA), Mumbai Mudrak Sangh (MMS), Offset Printer’s Association (OPA), and MSME Promotion Council.

The 50th edition of MediaExpo concludes on 4 March 2023.

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in nominal and real terms – in a region poised for the highest change in year to year expenditure in printing equipment and consumables. Our 2024 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock – to emphasize your visibility and relevance to your customers and turn potential markets into conversations.

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