The packaging and processing industry comes together at interpack

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The exhibition highlights include displays by Bosch, Siegwerk, Stora Enso, Hassia Packaging, Alpha Plastomers, Heidelberg and its Swiss subsidiary Gallus, Mettler-Toledo, Multivac, KBA and more.

Our editor Naresh Khanna, along with our Mumbai correspondent Shardul Sharma and European editor Ron Augustin, will be there to cover the mega event. We will also bring to you a comprehensive coverage of Metpack, the most important meeting place for the international metal packaging industry, which takes place from 2-6 May 2017.

No Acche Din for Indian printers so far
Two of the most active printing associations in the country announced at a press briefing on 13 April 2017 in Mumbai that printers are compelled by current circumstances to raise the prices of their services across the board in order to stay afloat. After the agitation by corrugated box manufacturers and their industry associations regarding the recent hikes in liner prices, the Bombay Master’s Printers Association (BMPA) and Mumbai Mudrak Sangh (MMS) together with the All India Federation of Master Printers called on the media to help them reach print buyers and apprise them of the urgent need to revise print prices upwards.

According to the two Mumbai associations, the print and packaging industry has been struggling for the past year, and especially the last two months, against unprecedented price hikes in paper and board—a key component which constitutes more than 60% of the total selling price of print products and services. They said that print buyers on the other hand have largely resisted any price increases and are unwilling to raise their print purchase prices, thereby putting immense pressure on the survival of a large number of printers.

At the press briefing, president of the BMPA Mehul Desai said, “Mumbai and the apex body of All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) have come together to apprise the industry of the severity of the situation. Over the recent period, the cost of maplitho has gone up by 12% to 28%, kraft [liner] paper by 30%, recyled board by 15% to 18% and virgin board from 6% to 10%. If we do not mitigate the situation now, most printers will either run into losses or simply shut down. In this regard, we are soliciting the support of print buyers across the country in revising print prices by at least 15%, without which most of us cannot survive.”

The effects of steep price hikes in raw materials, including paper in the past several months, coupled with the extension of credit periods to print and packaging buyers, have added to the financial stress of even well-run and efficient print businesses.

– From the editor’s desk

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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– Naresh Khanna

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