PackEx India postponed from 2020 to 2021

Trade fair to take place from 3 to 5 February 2021 at BEC, Mumbai

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Koelnmesse Tradefair has postponed the PackEx India show to 3-5 February 2021.

Anutec – International FoodTec India co-located with PackEx India, Food Logistics India,
Annapoorna – Anufood India and Anutec – Ingredients India has been postponed from 3 to 5 February 2021. This comes in effect due to the rise of Covid-19 cases worldwide and overwhelming concerns in India. The Trade fair is rescheduled for February 2021 at the same venue: Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, and Mumbai.

The different lockdown regulations across India, domestic and international travel restrictions imposed by state and center level Governments, and the Bombay Exhibition Centre (Venue for this trade fair) currently being used a temporary quarantine facility make it challenging to organize, exhibit, and visit the Anutec-International FoodTec India and co-located trade fairs on the scheduled dates 23 to 25 September 2020 and 26 to 28 November 2020. The Anutec– International FoodTec India that was planned in Mumbai from 23 to 25 September 2020 has been postponed to a new date that is 26 to 28 November 2020.

Exhibitors, visitors, and partners from the food industry have reiterated their concerns for their employees’ health, travel, and safety for coming together on such large-scale platforms. Given these concerns, the management team at Koelnmesse India has reassessed the current situation and set the new dates (3 to 5 February 2021) to consult the venue and the industry.

According to organizers, over 1,000 exhibitors, including around 200 from overseas countries, are expected to attend the Anutec – International FoodTec India and co-located trade fairs, India’s leading innovation and business platform for the food industry that is held every two years and Annapoorna – Anufood India every year in Mumbai.

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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