RX welcomes Corrugated Packaging industry at IndiaCorr Expo

The trade fair saw a decent footfall

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IndiaCorr Expo and India Folding Carton reunion brought 164 exhibitors together
IndiaCorr Expo and India Folding Carton reunion brought 164 exhibitors together

The corrugated and paper packaging industry finally came face-to-face at RX’s IndiaCorr Expo and India Folding Carton after a gap of almost two years owing to the pandemic. India’s only focused event on corrugated packaging and folding cartons was held at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, Delhi-NCR, from 23-25 October 2021. The trade fair welcomed 164 exhibitors representing manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors encompassing the corrugated packaging, paperboard, printing, box making and paper packaging sectors.

Several global and renowned Indian players participated in displaying their technological advancements, machineries, equipment, solutions, and ancillary products, including Bobst, BHS Corrugated, Emba Machinery, Fosber, Westrock, Fuma Machinery, Insun, Valco Melton, Natraj Industries, Erhardt + Leimer, Re Equipment (India), Nitta Corporation India, JS Corrugating Machinery and Robus India. 

Participants successfully sold their machines at IndiaCorr Expo

Making the most of the in-person event, many key participating companies such as Robus India, Arjun Industries, Suba Solutions, Ace Incorporate, Shree Balaji Solutions successfully sold their machines during the show.

The event’s strategic partners, the Indian Corrugated Case Manufacturers’ Association (ICCMA), successfully brought back ICCMA Congress 2021, which was held on 23-24 October 2021 and assembled 241 delegates from across the country. Themed as ‘The Changing Landscape-Adapting to the new normal,’ the sessions were exclusively curated to address challenges and market trends such as eCommerce packaging trends, paper trends – disruption in supply and demand patterns in Global Containerboard Markets, Digital Printing and New technology in Corrugators.

Anuj Mathur, chief operating officer of RX India, said: “Returning to the show floor after a gap of two years has been a remarkable experience. IndiaCorr Expo and India Folding Carton have been pivotal in driving the growth of the corrugated packaging and paper packaging industry, and we are overwhelmed to receive such a fantastic response at the show. We look forward to facilitating such dynamic business-building platforms in the future.”

Sanjay Rajgarhia, President of ICCMA, said, “We are pleased to be back at IndiaCorr Expo and India Folding Carton. ICCMA Congress 2021 and IndiaCorr Expo 2021 have received an incredible response, the attendance and registrations have exceeded our expectations. The ICCMA Congress 2021 successfully addressed rising concerns and enabled corrugators to stay agile and prepared for future trends and opportunities. Next year, we are hopeful that we will surpass all previous records of the event. Looking forward to the 2022 edition.”

Around 4,600 visitors from NCR, Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana, Telangana, Karnataka, West Bengal, Gujarat, and several other regions from India attended to witness live machinery in action and interact with leading suppliers in a face-to-face environment. Several key personalities such as Kirit Modi, President Emeritus, Sandeep Wadhwa, immediate past President, ICCMA, Sanjay Rajgarhia, President, ICCMA, Harish Madan, vice president, ICCMA, ICCMA Ambassador Deepak Vohra, along with all the GC members of ICCMA graced the inauguration ceremony on an opening day.

 

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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