Labelexpo India 2018

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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 www.packagingsouthasia.com website and in the November issue of Packaging South Asia as well as its two newsletters each week.

The impact, resilience, and growth of responsible packaging in a wide region are daily chronicled by Packaging South Asia.

A multi-channel B2B publication and digital platform such as Packaging South Asia.is always aware of the prospect of new beginnings and renewal. Its 16-year-old print monthly, based in New Delhi, India has demonstrated its commitment to progress and growth. The Indian and Asian packaging industries have shown resilience in the face of ongoing challenges over the past three years.

As we present our publishing plan for 2023, India’s real GDP growth for the financial year ending 31 March 2023 will reach 6.3%. Packaging industry growth has exceeded GDP growth even when allowing for inflation in the past three years.

The capacity for flexible film manufacturing in India increased by 33% over the past three years. With orders in place, we expect another 33% capacity addition from 2023 to 2025. Capacities in monocartons, corrugation, aseptic liquid packaging, and labels have grown similarly. The numbers are positive for most of the economies in the region – our platform increasingly reaches and influences these.

Even given the disruptions of supply chains, raw material prices, and the challenge of responsible and sustainable packaging, packaging in all its creative forms and purposes has significant headroom to grow in India and Asia. Our context and coverage engulf the entire packaging supply chain – from concept to shelf and further – to waste collection and recycling. We target brand owners, product managers, raw material suppliers, packaging designers and converters, and recyclers.

In an admittedly fragmented and textured terrain, this is the right time to plan your participation and marketing support communication – in our impactful and highly targeted business platform. Tell us what you need. Speak and write to our editorial and advertising teams! For advertisement ads1@ippgroup.in , for editorial info@ippgroup.in and for subscriptions subscription@ippgroup.in

– Naresh Khanna

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