UPM Raflatac shows graphics solutions at Fespa

Stand B2-A48 in hall B2

UPM Raflatac offers high-quality self-adhesive paper and film products including label materials, graphics solutions, and removable self-adhesive products.

UPM Raflatac, a global supplier of innovative and sustainable self-adhesive paper and film products, is showcasing its graphics solutions at Fespa Global Print Expo 2023 in Munich, Germany on 23-26 May. UPM Raflatac is participating in the expo for the first time under the Intercoat by UPM Raflatac brand name, after having acquired the AMC AG and the Intercoat brand in 2022.

At their booth, UPM Raflatac is exhibiting the UPM Raflatac Graphics Solutions, such as their PVC-free Eco Collection, Smart Apply Collection for fast and easy short-term applications, Wonder Tack Collection for surfaces with low surface energy that require a special adhesive technology and advanced solvent free adhesive technology. The company will also exhibit their holistic 360-degree approach to sustainability.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world to our booth. As the theme for the expo is “new perspectives”, we want to share our company’s new perspectives to graphics solutions after the acquisition last year. These include for example our advanced solvent free adhesive technology and holistic 360-degree approach to sustainability,” says Bernard Niemöller, Global director, Graphics, Intercoat by UPM Raflatac.

FESPA Global Print Expo takes place at Messe Munich between 23-25 May. Intercoat by UPM Raflatac is at stand B2-A48 in hall B2.

UPM Raflatac offers high-quality self-adhesive paper and film products including label materials, graphics solutions and removable self-adhesive products. It operates 12 factories and delivers sustainable and innovative products through its global network of distribution terminals.

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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