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Busy time ahead for Indian printers and converters

Nessan Cleary is a regular contributor to Packaging South Asia and Indian Printer & Publisher

The winter months are usually the hottest as far as exhibitions and trade fairs are considered in the printing and packaging industry and it is turning out to be no different this year. Printers and converters are already preparing and taking time out of their busy schedules to attend the shows but even if you cannot for any reason, there is no reason to despair.

Joanne Hunter
Joanne Hunter, the European correspondent
for Packaging South Asia and Indian Printer & Publisher

IPP Group which comprises two monthly magazines –Packaging South Asia and Indian Printer &Publisher – continues to cover major trade fairs in India and around the world and this year, the season is just getting warmed up. To enhance and add value to your reading experience, this year we have organized one of the most exhaustive and skilled ensemble editorially to attend to your needs. Just to add to your information, Amy Munice is our US-based correspondent who attends and reports from trade fairs in the US, and you can read her coverage of the first part of Pack Expo from Las Vegas and Graph Expo from Chicago. Joanne Hunter is our Europe-based correspondent who attends and writes about events and shows in Europe and even in Asia. She will be attending Japan Pack show in Tokyo to be held from 13 to16 October as well as the Digital Print for Packaging conference in Berlin, Germany, on 8 and 9 December. Ron Augustin is our European editor who along with Nessan Cleary, contributor, and Naresh Khanna, our editor, is covering and reporting from Labelexpo Brussels in Europeaswespeak. Last month, Naresh Khanna visited the IGAS show at Tokyo, Japan, the report of which you can read right here in this issue.

Of course, the Indian exhibitions are also lined up from this month, starting with the IndiaCorr Expo atGreaterNoida,NCRDelhifrom6 to 8October and the IndPack 2015 show at Mumbai from 8 to 11Octoberwhichwill also be covered. The other major Indian show is Pamex 2015 which will be held from 9 to 12 December in Mumbai of which you can expect a comprehensive review as well.

And, next year, there is the Olympics of the print and packaging industry – drupa 2016 – to be held in Dusseldorf, Germany from 31 May to 10 June of which you will have an exhaust- ive coverage. In fact, our drupa coverage starts from February itself, when we will be attending the pre-show conference where we would be shown glimpses and highlights of the show.

Amy Munice is the US correspondent for Packaging South Asia and Indian Printer & Publisher

A part from trade shows, we are dedicated in covering the South Asian region such as Bangladesh, SriLanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Pakistan for both the magazines. In fact, we plan to visit each of these countries and would like to bring a new collection of news and stories which would help all of us to understand and bolster the growth of this region together along with you. We are also part of the Independent Media Alliance (IMA)with partners in Australia, Austria, China and South Korea. Our partners in the IMA are the leading print B2B trade publishers in their respective countries.

IppStar, our sister concern, is also the Indian affiliate of Idealliance — a not-for profit trade association of more than 1,200 member companies based in the United States. Idealliance India aims to enable Indian print service providers and brand owners to be a part of the worldwide development and adoption of media production standards and best practices.

Not to take more of your valuable time, we reiterate our aim to be a knowledge hub which you are looking for and would like to attend to and meet your needs by providing you with value-added information on latest technologies, news and upcoming trends of thepackaging industry.

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The capacity for flexible film manufacturing in India increased by 45% over the past four years. With orders in place, we expect another 20% capacity addition in 2024 and 2025. Capacities in monocartons, corrugation, aseptic liquid packaging, and labels are grown similarly. As the consumption story returns over the next six months, we expect demand to return and exceed the growth trajectory of previous years. The numbers are positive for most of the economies in the region – and as shown by our analytics, our platform increasingly reaches and influences these.

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The coming year looks to be an up year in this region, and this is the right time to plan your participation and marketing communication – in our rich and highly targeted business platform with human resources on the ground. Share your thoughts and plans and to inspire and mobilize our editorial and advertising teams!

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