Pamex gears up for 2024 show

Marks presence at regional and global exhibitions

Continuing on the story of Convergence, Pamex 2024 is extending a special focus on textile printing

The promotional campaigns for Pamex 2024, slated to be held from 6-9 February 2024 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC) in Mumbai, have gained momentum soon after the 2023 edition’s successful conclusion in March.

Although Pamex is a biennial exhibition, the show is coming back after a year to get back to its original schedule of the first quarter in even years. The decision was a natural corollary to the Print Pack Expo opting to get into its traditional schedule of odd years by announcing the next edition in 2025.

Visiting  or exhibiting in all the major industry-specific trade events throughout the year is an important part of the Pamex promotional plan. Team Pamex has been crisscrossing the world to participate in such events.

The very first event held soon after Pamex 2023 was the Mumbai Mudrak Sangh Lifetime Achievement Award in Mumbai in April. Team Pamex joined the celebration and the felicitation of industry veteran Anand Limaye, and interacted with the industry experts gathered at the event, the organizers said.

Continuing on the story of Convergence, Pamex 2024 is extending a special focus on textile printing. The team met several textile printing machinery manufacturers at Gartex Mumbai held with Screen Print India in Mumbai in May. The industry know-how is best explored and known through trade exhibitions, which bring latest technologies on display. The team also attended Garment Technology Expo Delhi, SITEX Surat, Gartex Delhi and Yarn Expo Tirupur to delve into the roots of the industry.

The signage industry has been a part of Pamex since several editions now. Team Pamex participated in the Sign India Expo Bangalore and interacted with visitors to understand the demands and requirements of the market.

Pamex had a promotional booth at Sino Corrugated China, held in July 2023, where the team got an opportunity to see developments happening all around the global corrugated packaging industry. Private Limited, the co-organiser of Pamex , was one of the media partners for the LMAI Conference held in July in Jaipur. The conference themed around ‘Creativity, Innovation, Sustainability’ saw more than 500 delegates from the label fraternity, coming together for three days of networking and knowledge sharing.

August was a busy month starting with Print Expo held in Chennai and Propak India and Automation Expo in Mumbai. Pamex  had a booth at PackPlus Delhi. In the month of September, Pamex will have its promotional booth at PackPrint International, Bangkok; India Corr Expo, Greater Noida and Kerala Print & Pack, Cochin.

Later in the month of October, Pamex will have a booth at Sri Lanka Print 2023 and  make a presentation at the prestigious Forum of Asia Pacific Graphic Arts (FAPGA) meet where printers from over 16 member countries will converge. All in Print China will be another big event where Pamex will have a promotional booth in the month of November. In the same month, the team will also visit Fespa Eurasia and Interdye & Textile Printing Eurasia being held in Istanbul, Turkey.

Pamex, organised by the All India Federation of Master Printers, in association with Private Limited, is scheduled from 6-9 February 2024 at BEC, Mumbai. The show will feature more than 500 exhibitors from the print, label, flexible packaging, corrugated box manufacturing, textile printing and signage industry.

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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