Cosmoprof India at Hotel Sahara Star for 2 days

Busy footfalls as Cosmoprof returns

Visitors at Cosmoprof India. Photo PSA

Cosmoprof India, a business-to-business event for the fast-growing beauty market in India, opened its doors in Mumbai on 16 December. The two-day event returns to India’s financial capital after last being held in 2019 and is taking place at the Sapphire Hall of the Hotel Sahara Star. 

Launched in 2018 in Mumbai, the event is organized by Bologna Fiere, one of the leading international exhibition organizers and Informa Markets India. Along with Mumbai, the trade show takes place in the major global cities of Las Vegas, Bologna, and Hong Kong. This year the event has been cut to two days as against the three days of the 2019 edition. 

The 2021 edition of Cosmoprof features almost all sectors of the professional beauty business including ingredients and raw materials, OEMs, contract manufacturing and private labels, primary and secondary packaging, service providers, and finished product. The exhibition event is divided into perfumery and cosmetics, aesthetics and spa, hair, nail, and natural & organic. There is not much representation from the machinery segment this year, however. 

Busy first day

Cosmoprof India
Inauguration ceremony. Photo PSA

The event was inaugurated by Pushkaraj Shenai, CEO and executive director, Lakme Lever, Sukirti Patnaik, founder, Indulge The Salon, Jayant Patnaik, founder, Indulge The Salon, Blessing A Manikandan, CEO, TONI & GUY, South Asia, Samir Srivastav, CEO, Jean-Claude Biguine Salon & Spa, Sachin Kamat, director, Bhupesh Dinger, director, Enrich Beauty, Rekha Chaudhari, founder, JCKRC, Spoorthy Shetty, CEO, Bblunt, Savio John Pereira, founder, Savio John Periera Salons. Also taking part in the inauguration were Namrata Soni, founder, Simplynam, AVPS Chakravarthi, global ambassador, World Packaging Organization, Sunil Bambarkar, MD, Gattefosse, Yogesh Mudras, managing director, Informa Markets in India, and, Rahul Deshpande, group director, Informa Markets in India amidst the gathering of the industry personnel. 

The first day saw a brisk footfall throughout, despite the overhang of the pandemic and all the stands were busy. 

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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