PackPlus South & PrintFair is now scheduled for 18 to 20 December 2020

PackPlus South & PrintFair is now scheduled for 18 to 20 December 2020

PackPlus is India's biggest exhibition on Packaging, Converting and Supply Chain industries In its service to the industry for almost a decade. Photo - PackPlus

Organizers of PackPlus South and PrintFair 2020 have recently announced the postponement of the event. According to the latest update, the event is scheduled from 18 to 20 December 2020 at Hitex Exhibition Center in Hyderabad. The event was earlier scheduled to take place from 20 to 22 March 2020. After carefully monitoring the global health crisis related to COVID-19 coronavirus and considering the health and safety of everyone involved in PackPlus South 2020 and PrintFair 2020, employees, customers and exhibitors, the decision has been taken.

According to the press release, due to the uncertainty in the region and around the world, and after consultation with all stakeholders including the venue management, supporting associations, and in alignment with the advice from the Indian public health authorities regarding travel to and from impacted countries, the decision to postpone has been taken. The COVID-19 outbreak and related travel and commercial restrictions make the preparations too difficult to hold the show as planned in March. The organizer’s team apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause due to the last-minute changes and grateful to its customers for all their support and constructive input during this challenging period.

Leading up to the December event, the organizers will continue to serve the PackPlus and PrintFair community and are preparing several solutions aiming to offer customized services to participants and further maximize successful outcomes at the December event. Apart from this, they also assured that they would continue to monitor the situation closely and remain in close contact with all PackPlus South and PrintFair stakeholders in the coming weeks.

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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