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ProPak India 2021
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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.”

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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