Labelexpo India 2018


Frankly, the IppGroup consisting of IPP Catalog Publications Pvt Ltd and Ipp Services, Training and Research Pvt Ltd (IppStar) is not very large. One company publishes two monthly magazines – the 40-year-old Indian Printer and Publisher and the 12-year-old Packaging South Asia. The second company has continuously tried to lend substance to our optimism over the years for the fast technological change in the print, packaging and publishing industry with ethical technical and project consulting, real primary research in these domains, training and promotion, and compliance of color and environmental standards.

For us the task since 1979 has not only been to build our company but to help build an industry’s coherence – in terms of its ethics and standards and most of all in its self-belief and self-respect. Unless we believed in ourselves and called on our industry colleagues to maintain standards of quality and governance (including payment of taxes), we could hardly expect others to respect us or to help us (which printers have done – in our times of need). Being small has never hampered our ability to help others, to be profitable or to pay taxes.

As the festival season hopefully energizes the industry with print demand, it seems that the print industries, although fragmented in many segments, are still growing. IppStar’s research shows a steady increase in demand for book printing (albeit with some consolidation toward bigger suppliers) and a very strong demand increase in consumer product packaging (albeit with tight margins). The industry will require consolidation – perhaps a task that will come with and because of generational change.

While many events are on the horizon, our group is focussed on the next Labelexpo India, which takes place from 22 to 25 November in our proverbial backyard, the Expo Centre in Greater Noida. We are expecting this to be an excellent show for the label industry with interesting innovations from the major global suppliers as well as an precedented phalanx of Indian label press suppliers. These developments will be extensively previewed on the website and in the November issue of Packaging South Asia as well as its two newsletters each week.

Packaging South Asia — resilient, growing and impactful — daily, monthly — always responsive

The multi-channel B2B in print and digital 17-year-old platform matches the industry’s growth trajectory. The Indian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Middle East packaging industries are looking beyond the resilience of the past three years. They are resuming capacity expansion and diversification, with high technology and automation in new plants and projects.

As we present our 2024 publishing plan, India’s real GDP growth for the financial year ending 31 March 2024 will exceed 6%. The packaging industry growth will match the GDP growth in volume terms and surpass it by at least 3% in terms of nominal growth allowing for price inflation in energy, raw materials, consumables, and capital equipment.

The capacity for flexible film manufacturing in India increased by 45% over the past four years. With orders in place, we expect another 20% capacity addition in 2024 and 2025. Capacities in monocartons, corrugation, aseptic liquid packaging, and labels are grown similarly. As the consumption story returns over the next six months, we expect demand to return and exceed the growth trajectory of previous years. The numbers are positive for most of the economies in the region – and as shown by our analytics, our platform increasingly reaches and influences these.

For responsible and sustainable packaging, with its attendant regulations and compliances, there is significant headroom to grow in India and the region. Our coverage includes the entire packaging supply chain – from concept to shelf and to waste collection, sorting, and recycling.

We target brand owners, product managers, raw material suppliers, packaging designers and converters, and recyclers. This is a large and complex canvas – the only thing that can work is your agile thinking and innovation together with our continuous learning and persistence.

The coming year looks to be an up year in this region, and this is the right time to plan your participation and marketing communication – in our rich and highly targeted business platform with human resources on the ground. Share your thoughts and plans to inspire and mobilize our editorial and advertising teams!

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