Inauguration by Raveesh Kumar, Consul General of India in Frankfurt


drupa, which will be held from 31 May to 10 June 2016 is the biggest and most important show for the printing and packaging industry of the world. Held once in four years, the event is organized by Messe Dusseldrof in Germany. drupa is just like a ‘Kumbh’ for the printing and packaging industry where we can find the link to the world of printing. Drupa is not only the biggest exhibition of printing and packaging machines and material but it is the best place to share ideas and a perfect place for a ‘Buyer – Seller’ meet, because many parties/customers interested in outsourcing their jobs in Printing and Packaging usually visit this 11-day printers’ trade show at Germany.

Speaking on the importance of India Day, Kamal Chopra, chairman – International Relations, AIFMP said, with the lowest dependency ratio, India is now the youngest country of the world. With more young hands India is capable of more work at economical rates. It is therefore our wish to highlight the importance and capabilities of the Indian printing industry through India Day. Make in India was launched by our prime minister, Narendra Modi. It was a powerful, galvanizing call to encourage multinational companies to start manufacturing in India. Along the same lines through India Day we are highlighting our printing and packaging industry for ‘Print in India’ encouraging the global players to get their printing and packaging work executed from India.
Shayamal C. Basu, president of AIFMP, said, “The growth of the Indian industry in the current two years is approximately 7 to 8% whereas the growth in the printing industry is about 12%. There are more than 8,000 daily newspapers published in India, besides a large number of weekly and fortnightly periodicals published in all Indian languages. The facilities available in India, as compared to the other parts of the world, are more economical due to lower labour costs and availability of basic infrastructure. India is therefore attracting companies from all over the world to set up their units in this country.”

Speaking on the occasion, Ravindra Joshi, editor, Printing Times, said, “In the current business scenario where the retail sector and consumerism are at an all-time high, POS materials are the need of the hour. Obviously, packaging and collateral printing has also grown by leaps and bounds. ‘India Day Celebrations’ also marks the opportunities that drupa poses for Indian printers for gaining information, meeting, interacting and doing business with foreign counterparts, under one roof.”

Packaging South Asia is the cooperating media partner for drupa 2016 which is scheduled to be held from 31 May to 10 June at Dusseldorf, Germany.