PrintExpo 2023 begins in Chennai

Uniting India’s printing and packaging industry

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PrintExpo
The show brings together more than 125 exhibitors collectively showcasing over 250 brands. It open for visitors from 3 – 5 August 2023

The much anticipated PrintExpo opened its doors on 3 June 2023 at Chennai Trade Centre, bringing together more than 125 exhibitors collectively showcasing over 250 brands, making it an unmissable opportunity for printing industry professionals. The show is open for visitors from 3 – 5 August 2023 and comprises numerous products that present trending and technologically advanced solutions.

Brands such as Monotech, Konica Minolta, Vinsak, Minosha India, Canon, Fujifilm, and Emerging Graphics gathered at the venue to present their latest offerings for the print industry. The products and solutions on show are aimed at pushing the boundaries of the industry’s capabilities.

The show includes advanced machinery for printing, publishing and packaging machines, color solvents, photography, printed graphics and pre and post-press solutions. Technologies such as AI, 3D printing, intelligent packaging and sustainable solutions are some of the key highlights of the PrintExpo 2023. The show was inaugurated with members from the supporting associations, media partners, exhibitors and organizers.

The inauguration of the 13th edition was attended by Thiru. AMSG Ashokan, MLA of Sivakasi and former president of the All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP); Louis Francis, president, Kerala Master Printers Association (KMPA); Visvakumar G N, managing director, Rajams Digital Offset Press; O Venugopal, managing director, Anaswara Offset, and Member KMPA; T P Jain, managing director, Monotech Systems; Atul Thakker, managing director, Minosha India; Koji Wada, managing director, Fujifilm India;  Manish Gupta, head of Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions; Arjun Khosla, director of Xerox India; Ashok Neelkant, managing director, Showcase Trade Fairs And Business Media ; and Raj Manek, executive director and Board member, Messe Frankfurt Asia Holdings. 

Sharing his thoughts on the opening day, Raj Manek said, “We are excited to open the doors of PrintExpo’s 13th edition to the industry and the audience today. The products displayed on the show floor for the next three days signify the incredible ingenuity that exists within our country. As the show brings together the MSMEs, new brands and established ones under a single roof, it creates a comprehensive showcase of the Indian printing and packaging industry. I believe that this will strongly support the ‘Make in India’ concept. The exhibition is a testament to the ever-evolving nature of the printing, packaging and publishing industry, and we are proud to bring together the best minds, products and technologies shaping its future.” 

“The Indian printing industry has started accepting international automated products to enhance their capabilities. Through this expo, we are targeting international buyers as well to invest in Indian companies, thereby internationalizing the expo,” Manek said.

Ashok Neelkant said, “As we step into the 13th edition of PrintExpo with our partner Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India, I am immensely proud to witness the incredible technologies, solutions, innovations and craftsmanship showcased by our exhibitors. This event is a testament to the passion and dedication that drives our industry forward. Over the next three days, let’s embrace the power of print, explore new possibilities and foster meaningful partnerships. I would like to thank our exhibitors, sponsors, partners and our dedicated team for making this event possible. Together, let’s inspire and be inspired, as we embrace the art and science of print and its exciting future.”

“To cater to the printing industry down south, and mostly to the small printers who can’t travel to other parts of the country, we came up with this expo back in 2009. It has now become a major show in the print industry, attracting foreign companies to witness the capabilities of the Indian printing industry,” Neelkant said.

Garnering support from prestigious industry associations has resulted in creating a valuable opportunity for the exhibitors to establish a strong connection and expand the scope of networking and business. Their support and knowledge exchange had added tremendous value to the show, the organizers said.

On his expectations, Tushar Pande, director, Emerging Graphics, said, “We are looking to interact with the potential buyers and mostly from Southern region of the country. This platform allows us to educate our audience about what we have to offer the industry.”

Talking about the growth of the Indian industry, Pande said, “Indian converters’ ability to offer quality standard products that meet global quality expectations in an economical range is what attracts the international market to look towards the Indian industry.”

“The expo is a mix and match of everything, be it offset printers, label printers, or digital printers. The audience will get to witness a range of products pn a single platform, “ said Mohan Pailwan, vice-president sales, Vinsak.

Given the increasing demand for eCommerce and small-scale businesses, the exhibitors in this edition have leveraged the platform to bring forward new products and processes for serving dynamic and competitive demands arising from the booming eCommerce industry and small-scale businesses. 

The visitors have an opportunity to browse through an extensive variety of solutions introduced in the field and connect with leading companies and professionals. Live demos and real-time results in terms of product quality will help garner the trust of the visitors in new technologies and solutions.

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

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