ProPak India 2021 – a new beginning for looking at tech

Catching up with ProPak exhibitors on the last day 

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Rajesh Sharma, business director of Sacmi displaying the recyclable bottle caps at ProPak India. Photo PSA

After so many date changes, ProPak India 2021 finally took place from 20 to 22 October in Pragati Maidan in New Delhi and experienced a good footfalls throughout the event. The crowd levels were unexpected as Covid-19 is still having and impact and many visitors are still avoiding large gathering and the exhibitions that have begun.

The three day Propack exhibition helped us to understand the breadth of the packaging industry. There is a hunger for technology, change, and information that made us realize that the industry needs to keep creating awareness on many topics. The continuous sharing of knowledge and experience of both the suppliers and the customers is needed to build back the planned growth of the industry and economy.

While we were there throughout the three days of the event we interacted with many exhibitors, on the last day we met were Sacmi at their stand to discuss their experience of ProPak India.

At the Sacmi stand, we met the company’s business director Rajesh Sharma who was showing the caps that the company produces for the beverage industry. He said, “Sacmi is an Italian headquartered company, and we have a well setup plant to produce packaging materials for the beverage industry. We are mainly focused on the beverage industry and consider it a major segment because of the higher volumes it generates and our customers are investing in high output solutions. When it comes to sustainability, no doubt sustainability and lightweight are key features of Sacmi. We are very particular about this as we develop the crown and completely recyclable aluminum caps. The ProPak event is small for us, but still, it’s a good opportunity to meet our customers face-to-face.”

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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