IndiaCorr Expo and India Folding Carton 2021 show opens

Splendid response at India Expo Center, Greater Noida

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The Packaging South Asia stand M01 at the IndiaCorr Expo and India Folding Carton Show at the Greater Noida Expo Center Photo PSA
The Packaging South Asia stand M01 at the IndiaCorr Expo and India Folding Carton Show at the Greater Noida Expo Center Photo PSA

The IndiaCorr Expo and India Folding Carton 2021, one of the first live exhibition events of the print and packaging industry since the pandemic, is currently on at Hall 14 of the modern India Expo Center, in Greater Noida. The co-located exhibitions from 23 to 25 October, are showcasing corrugated paper manufacturers, corrugators, and folding carton equipment and tech manufacturers, as well leading prepress suppliers and converters from across the country.

The response on the first day of the event which is on till Monday evening was simply splendid. Well-versed corrugated carton manufacturers, paper pulp converters, machinery producers, and other visitors visited the much-awaited event organized by Reed Exhibitions. This is the first time that the Indian corrugation industry has come together after a hiatus of around two years due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Strict Covid-19 precautions observed

Reed Exhibitions has made sure visitors and exhibitors are following the necessary Covid-19 precautions at the event. As one enters Hall 14 of the India Expo Center, there are two persons posted at the gate to measure the body temperature of the visitors. There is a registration counter where unregistered visitors can get their entry passes and at kiosks right beside the registration counter, registered users can print out their passes. Helpful staff is posted near these nodes to sanitize the hands of the people entering the fair premises.

The exhibition also has a specially dedicated Medical Aid kiosk with a well-qualified doctor to address any emergency medical needs of the visitors and exhibitors. The exhibitors have made sure that the event premises are sparkling clean at all times. The floor carpets are being vacuum cleaned at regular intervals and cleaners are making regular rounds to make sure there are no discarded bottles, cups, papers, or any other form of litter anywhere.

In addition, Reed Exhibitions has distributed Ferrero Rocher chocolates at all the exhibitor stalls as a sweet surprise for the participating members.

Displays galore

Several hot and cold glue manufacturers such as Valco Melton and Baumer are present at the event. Some paper manufacturing firms such as Bhagwati papers, and Unisource Papers are displaying their wares at IndiaCorr Expo. Machinery manufacturers like Robus India, Acme RollTech, BHS Corrugated India, Boix Machinery, and Erhardt + Leimer India are showcasing some of their hi-tech machines at the 2021 edition of IndiaCorr expo.

Exhibitors enthusiasm

The exhibitors are extremely enthusiastic about getting together after the Covid-19 crisis and looking to make good business connections at the event. Many have frugally made it through the tough times and are looking forward to a rise in machine orders after the fair. We spoke with the team of Velco Melton Engineering India and Veepee Graphic Solutions who were glad to showcase their products looking forward to the end of the virulence of the pandemic and for a positive response from their presence.

On day one, the expo has received an unexpected response in the number of visitors with local visitors as well as people who have specially flown in from cities as far away as Coimbatore, Ahmedabad and Singapore.

Packaging South Asia is also present at the IndiaCorr Expo at Stand M-1. We are offering exclusive discounts for subscriptions during the exhibition at our stall. Make sure to visit our stand and make the most of these attractive offers. We look forward to meeting our friends and supporters who have helped us get through the last 19 months. 

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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– Naresh Khanna

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