Pamex in Mumbai – the resumption of a resilient trajectory

Face to face event reveals the Indian shift to digital and packaging

One of the several stands where Konica Minolta is visible and active at Pamex 23. Photo IPP

As the Pamex printing and packaging event opened at the BEC in Mumbai on 27 March 2023 it spoke quietly about our publishing, printing, and packaging industry. It didn’t need to speak loudly or boastfully because it was all there to see and in action. The peaceful and modest tone of both global and Indian manufacturers and their chief executives reflect their reasonable expectations. 

The persistent hard work of the exhibitors in past years and especially the past few hectic months of getting products ready for the show is visible in the world-class finish of the equipment. The good work of the organizers is apparent in their visitor processes and exhibition promotion work despite the severe constraints of a facility that with great effort becomes serviceable – but cannot any longer in its present state, serve the interests of the leading port city and business center of a growing industry and a growing nation.

The shift to digital is visible with the global players present with some of their latest products for both commercial and packaging and label production. Within digital, the shift to inkjet is also visible, for book printing, packaging, and labels with interesting equipment running live. Locally manufactured inkjet presses such as a duplex printing book press and an inkjet device that can print on bottles and cylindrical shapes are being shown.

Coffee table books on show at a leading paper distributor’s stand tat Pame in Mumbai 27 March 2023. Photo IPP

The other visible shift in my first-morning look is the shift to packaging. Apart from the deals announced for software and hardware, the locally manufactured packaging equipment includes several die-cutters, folder gluers, and label presses. One hesitates to call any product outstanding when there are several possibilities at the show. 

However, I will take a risk and reveal only that there is a very interesting machine at the show which is a drip-off coating press that will come in very handy, even for carton converters who already have long presses with extra units for drip-off coatings on them. Of course, the converters are smarter and richer than me, but it would make sense to have an Indian-manufactured, reliable, and efficient drip-off coating press that can add value to several multicolor presses. Please don’t buy this machine on my recommendation but find out and go have a look and tell me what you think – since I am often wrong about what I think is good for you.

Lastly a shameless plug for our work. Meet up with our young journalists and marketing and subscription team at Pamex 23. Meet them if you are a visitor and tell them your story. Invite them to your plant and show them your work in the coming months. 

The supply side of the TPH Orient duplex inkjet press at Pamex in Mumbai on 27 March 2023. Photo IPP

Go to our stand in Hall 3 O14 and subscribe to our magazines and you may just win the Smart Watch or Earbuds that are being given away each evening! If you are an exhibitor meet up with our marketing guys. This is an important face-to-face opportunity – talk to us – our team is your team. Fix up a time at your stand. Give us a call, or just drop in at ours.

Note: IPPgroup team at Pamex 23 – Hall 3 Stand O14; marketing Mohit – cell  8800566737 Shubham – cell 9891671512 ; editorial Shardul – cell 9820635183 and Aayush – cell 9140355791; and, subscriptions Umesh – cell 9810562217. 

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.

– Naresh Khanna

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