Propak 2021 – the ‘hybrid’ edition

Strict Covid-19 safety measures at the event

Propak 2021 – the 'hybrid' edition. Photo PSA

ProPak India 2021, India’s leading Food & Health Ingredients, processing and packaging exhibition has been organized by Informa Markets. It is the perfect platform for market trends, investments and industry networking through product exchange and a variety of conferences, seminars and technical workshops offering sustainable solutions for the country enterprises.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, there were multiple restrictions but as time flows the limitations are getting removed. In this Propak Expo 2021, we see curtailments of distancing – everybody here is maintaining social distancing, and wearing masks on faces. Informa Markets team is distributing disinfection kits to the exhibitors.

Here, in the trade event, we can also go through some facts like when we enter the event the temperature machine is not there, no sanitization before entering. So, this negligence can bring the disease back because Coronavirus is contagious in nature. If anybody is carrying symptoms of the contagious disease, then it can bring others into danger as well.

In this event we can see in one hall (Hall no. 5) there are separations. The division is in two colors — blue for ProPak exhibitors and orange for Fi-Hi exhibitors. The event also has a separate partition for the Italian pavilion featuring companies like Valuelinks, Arol Group, Cavanna, Cevolani, Concetti, Delfin, DVP, ICA, ILPRA, Sacmi, Veripacc and Melkev. The visitors are very enthusiastic to see the new machines and of course they are very happy because this event has been held after a gap of two years. Visitors are asking their queries from the exhibitors.

Visitors at ProPak India 2021. Photo PSA

The visitors are asking questions about primary packaging for cubes. This question is a hot potato in the event. Everybody is doing packaging of different things but nobody is giving packaging to pack the small cubes.

The exhibition also has stalls of magazine publishers as well. IPP Catalog Publications which caters to the paper, food and health packaging segment with magazines – Packaging South Asia, IndiFoodBev and HealthTekPak are showcasing their magazines to potential customers, visitors, and exhibitors at Stall P12 at the event and interviewing exhibitors.

The area is very clean and one good thing which is very unique is that boys are roaming around with placards in their hands bearing the words ‘Wear Your Mask & Maintain Social Distancing.’ The tables are separated with fiber glass.

Proper signage is there to guide the visitors to specific areas for fire marshal, customer insight lounge and many more for visitor assistance. A well-stocked cafeteria section is also present where visitors and exhibitors can eat and have lunch.

The show is very good to see, it is new hybrid format combining the benefits of the traditional physical exhibition, with the added flexibility of a virtual event.

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The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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