ProPak India 2021
ProPak India is set to go Photo Credit: ProPak India

Wait is over! ProPak is going to begin today. Get ready for the most awaited trade show.

The third edition of ProPak India is all set to start its trade show from today. It’s a 3-day exhibition (20-22 October) which is being organized by Informa Markets (formerly UBM India). Initially, it was scheduled for December 2020, but due to Covid-19 pandemic, it couldn’t take place. Now, it’s happening after a two-year hiatus at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

The event will be inaugurated by Yogesh Mudras, managing director of Informa Markets India, Subodh Jindal, President, All India Food Processors Association of India, Sanjay Marwah, chief executive officer, Federation for capacity & Skill Development for Food Processing Industry, Alessandro Liberatori, Italian Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Italy, New Delhi and coordinator of Italian Trade Commission offices for India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, and Rahul Deshpande, group director, Informa Markets India.

The supporting associations of ProPak India are Health Foods & Dietary Supplements Association (HADSA), Association of Food Scientist & Technologist (AFSTI), All India Food Processor Association (AIFPA), Authentication Solution Providers’ Association (ASPA), Food Industry Capacity & Skill Initiative (FICSI) among others.

The exhibitors participating in this trade show are from various profiles such as Food Ingredients, Additives, Flavorings, Food Processing Machinery, Pharmaceutical Processing, Paper & Board Packaging, PET & Plastic Packaging, Coding/Marking & Labeling, and Cosmetic Packaging. The companies that will be exhibiting at the show are Control Print, Saurabh Flexopack Systems, Hitachi, FoodPro, and many others. There will also be an Italian pavilion with stalls by Sacmi, Arol Group, ICA, DVP, Value Links, among others.

Packaging South Asia, IndiFoodBev and HealthTekPak will be present at IPP Catalog Publications stall at Stall P-12, Hall no 5, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Do visit us at our stall and avail exciting subscription offers on print and digital magazines.

Exhibitors’ excitement for ProPak India 2021

Our team got in touch with a few companies and asked for their opinions about ProPak India and noticed their excitement. As this event is taking place after a two-year break, the exhibitors are not expecting many visitors due to Covid-19 restrictions as they know people are still avoiding gatherings due to the pandemic.

In a conversation with Packaging South Asia Heena Mistry from Control Print added, “Control Print is regularly participating in ProPak India, and we are very excited about the event. This is the first event happening after Covid, and we are showing industrial printing machines based on coding. Our experience at ProPak was good in 2019, and we expect this time will also be good.”

Sachin Joshi from Sacmi shared his excitement, “This is the first time that we are exhibiting at ProPak India, and we will be displaying our samples and machinery for beverages. We have updated our machinery during the Covid-19 crisis, which we are going to showcase to our customers. Yes, we are excited for this trade show but not expecting much of a crowd. We will also be surveying and networking at the event. We are keen to know about other manufacturers who will be exhibiting their machinery at this event.”

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