Pamex 2015 in Mumbai – review

Chinese companies had a significant presence

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Tushar Dhote, co-chairman of Pamex. Photo PSA
Tushar Dhote, co-chairman of Pamex. Photo PSA

The tenth edition of Pamex 2015 held from 9 to 12 December at Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC) in Mumbai, saw a record number of deals being finalized, setting the stage for what could be the biggest year for the Indian industry in 2016. The event which was organized by All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) in association with Print-Packaging.com saw 20,441 trade visitors, 300+ exhibitors, 200+ running machines and 75+ product launches.

At Pamex 2015 all the leading global players were there with product launches of their latest offerings. Leading the pack was HP with its Indigo 10000 digital press being displayed for the first time. AGS introduced the PDF and print inspection soft-ware that is aimed at the packaging market and helps converters to check their PDF files at the prepress stage and during actual printing for various errors in the text as well as color, thus avoiding a lot of rejections. Among the several companies offering corrugated box-making machinery were Acme Machinery India, Associated Engineering Corporation, Flexography India Press, NBG Printographic Machinery,Pack Link Industries, Sodhisons Mechanical Works, Suba Solutions and Harbhajan Singh & Company.

Pratham Technologies, a manufacturer of paper folding machines, displayed its carton sorting system – Supersort. Beijing Daheng Image Vision Star JP420 carton inspection machine that detects defects in print, foil and emboss registration as well as in lamination at one go, was on display at SL Kulkarni’s stand. Autoprint showcased the recently launched Checkmate 50, the carton inspection machine along with Dion 450 NX, a four color non-woven bag printing machine.

Chinese companies

Chinese companies had a significant presence at Pamex. While many of them were present with their distributors, over a dozen companies were also participating directly. Dongguan Hongming Machinery showcased its line of HM-ZD rigid box-making machines which are available in fully automatic and semi-automatic versions. Anco Development was promoting its automated bending, notching, lipping and straight cut machines. Zhejiang Ruian Dapen Printing Machinery displayed its touchscreen system paper cutting machines. A leading multicolor offset press manufacturer of China, Jianxi Zhonjing Group was testing the waters with an information booth. Zhejiang Salili Machinery presented its line of package craft solution and gift box binding machines. Dongguan Tengfeng Machinery was displaying ahigh quality rigid box-making machine. Haiyan Huada Ink Chemical displayed itsrange of offset and UV inks and Shenzhen Mansion Technology promoted its rangeof adhesives and consumables.

Heavy footfall

The heavy footfall was the vital element behind the success of the show. “The quality of crowd has been encouraging. The good number of footfalls on week days proved that we had very serious customers,” said CN Ashok of Autoprint Machinery Manufacturers.

Bobst stand at Pamex 2015.Photo PSA
Bobst stand at Pamex 2015. Photo PSA

“We were very excited with the overall footfalls and arrangement of Pamex 2015. Participation in such a strategic expo would enhance our presence in the Indian pharma product packaging market,” said Dirk Stuhmeir, managing director of Herzog+Heymann.

EFI, exhibiting at Pamex for the first time found a very positive reflection from potential trade visitors at the show. HP India, which had been the knowledge partner of Pamex promotional roadshows, hosted a knowledge session for cosmetics brand owners and agencies at its stand, showcasing the possibilities in labels and packaging using HP digital printing technology.

A one-day International Technology Conference, organized by Mumbai Mudrak Sangh (MMS) was held concurrently on the second day of the exhibition. The event was attended by more than 200 delegates from the industry. “The enormous success of Pamex 2015 will act as a strong base for the next edition of the show, where people will get to see more from the Indian printing industry. The unprecedented amount of sales that has happened at this edition of the event depicts the rising graph of the industry. With the industry, the show is bound to grow,” said Anil Arora,president of Print-Packaging.com. Pamex will be back in Mumbai two years laterand will be held from 18 to 21 December 2017.

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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