Printpack 2019 garners 42,200 visitors in the first three days

Interview – Dayaker Reddy, president of IPAMA

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Dayaker Reddy at the Indian Printer and Publisher stand at Printpack 2019

The 14th edition of Printpack India, being organized at India Expo Centre in Greater Noida, has garnered an overwhelming response from visitors, exhibitors and foreign delegates who have come to the show. The event has grown over the years, so much so that it houses as many as 510 exhibitors in the current edition. The show has been bustling with visitors from various parts of the country right from the first day. According to data collected by the organizer on the evening of Day 3 (Sunday, 3 February 2019), the total number of visitors (first three days combined) at the show has been recorded to be 42,200. This number is expected to go up during the course of the last three days at the show.

As per the feedback received by the organizers, all the exhibitors at the show are benefiting from the footfall the show has been receiving right from the first day. The organizers say that the companies participating at the show are receiving humongous enquiries from the visitors. “Our initiative this time around to distribute food coupons and free water to exhibitors has also been lauded by many,” says Dayaker Reddy, president of IPAMA.

“We have delegations from Palestine, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal. We had more than 500 visitors only from Nepal this time at the show. We failed to get delegations from just a couple of countries including Nigeria due to visa issues. We will try our best to get them next time to Printpack India,” Reddy adds.

In the current edition of Printpack India, IPAMA, organizer of the show, has segregated a few segments hall-wise. It plans to include more segments in the upcoming edition which will make Printpack all the more promising. IPAMA has also said that various companies from different segments have shown interest in the show which came as a driving force for IPAMA to increase the segments next time.

At an event on Sunday evening at Stellar Gymkhana, Reddy said that the association is planning to launch the exhibition on the first Wednesday of the first week of February on every odd year. “Its going to be a six-day show from now. We are accepting the confirmation for the priority numbers 16 February 2019 onwards from 10 a.m. The payment mode will be online transfer of funds via NEFT or RTGS and no other form of payment will be accepted from anyone and the rule remains the same for all,” Reddy concludes.

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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