PlastIndia 2022 in New Delhi – show postponed again

New dates for PlastIndia exhibition to be announced soon

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Constantia Flexibles stand at Plastindia 2018. Photo PSA
Constantia Flexibles stand at Plastindia 2018. Photo PSA

The already postponed 11th edition of the PlastIndia exhibition which was re-scheduled to be held from 17 to 21 February 2022 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi has again been postponed to as yet unannounced date. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and its health and safety precautions across the country have cited as the reasons for the latest postponement.

The show was originally to return to Pragati Maidan from 4 to 9 February 2021 and was then rescheduled to February 2022. PlastIndia was held at Pragati Maidan for many of its editions when it became too big for the site and then the site itself began renovation and reconstruction. The show moved to Gujarat and was held in Ghandinagar near Ahmedabad for the last three shows. The tenth edition of PlastIndia 2018 held in Gandhinagar had a footfall of around 250,000 visitors with over 1,800 exhibitors from 44 countries.

The reconstruction of Pragati Maidan in Delhi was expected to be complete for holding the show in 2021 when the pandemic intervened. With the expectation of a return to near-normality, PlastIndia was rescheduled to February 2022 at the same site. Plastindia Foundation’s President Jigish Doshi stated, “The PlastIndia series of exhibitions under the aegis of Plastindia Foundation, provides investors and industrialists with increasing opportunities to expand their presence. The show covers the entire gamut of plastics producers, processors and users of plastics, and it witnesses intense participation by both Indian and International Plastics Fraternity.”

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.

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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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