Printpack 2019 opens at India Expo Centre on a grand note

A promising 14th edition of Printpack commences


Printpack India 2019 was inaugurated on Friday, 1 February 2019 at 11 a.m. by S Dayaker Reddy, president of IPAMA. He is also the president of various federations and associations across the globe. This is the 14th edition of the show. A total of 509 Indian and foreign exhibitors are participating at the ongoing edition of Printpack India, covering various segments from the graphic arts industry. The event is being organized on a gross area of 65,000 square meters. On this occasion, the business visitors’ guide was also launched by the dignitaries on the dais.

In his inaugural speech, Reddy welcomed the guests of honor, special invitees, exhibitors and business delegates from various countries including GC members of IPAMA and media personnel. He acknowledged the service providers’ role in organizing the show. He also informed that the duration of the show has been increased to six days this time on the demand of exhibitors and business visitors without increasing the space rentals. Hall No. 1 at Printpack is dedicated exclusively to the corrugation industry in which ICPBMA and FCBM are the partners. Similarly, Hall No. 3 has been exclusively earmarked for the label industry in which ALPS is the partner. Reddy said that there were around 100 companies who failed to get a space in the show as it was sold out, two months before the commencement of the exhibition.

He also informed that during the Printpack event, various shows, conferences, seminars, B2B business meets and other related programs will be organized with the support of various associations and organizations.

Note – The exhibition will remain open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Business visitors can avail free shuttle services from Botanical Garden to the venue from 08.30 a.m. onwards.

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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