PaperEx India exhibition postponed

The Indian paper industry will miss its catch-up event

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Thomas Tegnerud, service manager, Lorentzen & Wettre Products, Pupl & Paper Solutions, ABB, Per Sandstrom, manager Lorentzen & Wettre, ABB, Klara Martens Ekblad, global sales manager for Lorentzen & Wettre Products, ABB and Manoj Sukumaran, area sales manager, L&W Products, Process Industries, Industrial Automation Divison, ABB with L&W Autoline quality management system. Photo PSA

The PaperEx exhibition to be held from 9 to 12 January 2022 at the India Expo Center in Greater Noida, has been postponed, according to a LinkedIn post by the organizers. The paper exhibition and accompanying conference are considered as a meeting point of the Indian paper manufacturers and allied supplier and user communities. Much awaited by the paper and printing industry, the event was seen by the paper manufacturers and input suppliers as an opportunity to discuss the revival of those segments that have been enduring losses in the past two pandemic years.

The Covid-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh, where the Expo center is located, have doubled in the past two days, according to recent news reports. 572 new cases have been reported from the state in the last 24 hours with the Gautam Buddha Nagar district reporting 101 cases. The India Expo Center in Greater Noida is located across the river from New Delhi and is considered a part of the National Capital Region. 

Hyve India, the organizing company behind the event received a good number of requests in the past few weeks concerning the postponement of the event due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases across the country. Travel restrictions have been progressively imposed by the central and state governments in view of the spread and increase of the Omicron variant.

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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