15th Printpack India exhibition – 20 to 24 December 2021
Sangam Khanna, deputy managing director of Komori India, Yoshiharu Komori, chairman and chief executive officer of Komori Corporation and Hirofumi Hoshino, managing director of Komori India at the Komori stand at Printpack 2019

IPAMA’s governing council, which met on 22 March 2021, decided to significantly subsidize exhibitor participation in the Printpack India event from 20 to 24 December 2021. The council considered at length the adverse impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy and the global print industry and decided to maximize the relief it could extend to exhibitors and especially to its member companies. 

In a recent meet the press event, Dayakar Reddy insisted that membership in IPAMA is extremely easy. He and Prashant Vats also made clear that although they have reduced the cost of participation to exhibitors and especially member exhibitors, the event’s quality in construction and facilities would be even better than earlier Printpack events. These are already the best in the country, thanks mainly to the Greater Noida Exposition Center.

The Printpack India event is the largest graphic arts exhibition in the country and is globally recognized. It attracts substantial participation from several countries with printers looking for Indian manufactured equipment. Global exhibitors equally look at the Indian printers as an important market for their wares.

The basic charges for bare space at the Printpack India event are Rs 8,000 per square meter for bare space and Rs 9,000 per square meter for shell schemes. This time, there are six types of discounts being offered, including early-bird discounts and those for members and associate members. The organizers are also considering some extra facilities to be provided free of charge to both exhibitors and participants.

With the significant costs of the exhibition being the rental of the space at Greater Noida Exposition Center and its facilities, it seems that IPAMA and its governing council are prepared to absorb a loss on this year’s event. Their well-intentioned aim is to contribute to the continuity and revival of the printing and graphic arts industry. 

Thus far, according to IPAMA, the industry has responded positively with 70% of the planned exhibition area already booked. It states that the major industry companies have already remitted the requisite payments for the 15th Printpack India event. 

The exhibitor’s and visitor’s registration web portals have also been developed for the participants’ convenience. All services for exhibitors and participants will be available online for the event in December 2021. Exhibitors can book space after remitting the participation charges and then select the Hall and Stall online. They can download receipts/invoices and can also place orders for additional services. Visitors can fix up their private meetings with exhibitors online in a secure system. The portal will be functional on the IPAMA website in the first week of April 2021.

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Naresh Khanna
Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy. Elected vice-president of the International Packaging Press Organization in May 2023.

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