Printpack India 2019: all set to surpass previous records!

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With so many firsts to PrintPack India 2019, the show is set to be a bigger, better and a benchmark show. S Dayaker Reddy, President – IPAMA, shares the plans about the upcoming PrintPack India 2019, in conversation with Varsha Verma.

PrintPack India is set to be held from February 1-6, 2019 at the India Expo Centre and Mart in Greater Noida, India. This event showcases products like in-press, post press, finishing, converting, digital and signage and packaging machines, all under one roof, in the packaging materials, printing & publishing, paper and paper products, logistics & transportation industries.

Organised by Indian Printing, Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA), the show has already surpassed last edition in terms of the area covered at the show. Here, S Dayakar Reddy, president, IPAMA, shares more about this upcoming printing extravaganza.

P&P: We saw a lot of new presses and new technology coming in last few years. But, investments in new machinery and equipments were low, though 2017 saw a return to buying trends. How can the growth be sustained?

Dayaker: I think 2018 is a little show as there is a global drop in the market. The teething problems associated with GST are still there but it is going to be beneficial in the long run. After GST, the machine costs have come down. The best way to make profit is to invest in better technology and reduce waste. Almost 79-83% of printing industry is paper and with improved technology, we can save on makeready and reduce paper wastage.

As far as printing industry manufacturers are concerned, the world is looking at India. But, we need to have good after sales service team to compete with global players. Research & Development is another area where the Indian printing manufacturers should invest in.

P&P: The print scenario for packaging firms and for book publishing is positive, but for commercial printing not so much. How can offset and newspaper printers be profitable in these times?

Dayaker: The biggest challenge is the competition of price. In the overpopulated country like India, price is and will be the major concern. But, printers should remember that ROI has to be there. A point will come when production and selling price would become same, if the price-cut competition is not stopped. The best way is to reduce production cost and wastage.

The print runs are shrinking but the number of printing jobs are increasing. A printer can be profitable if he invests in technology that helps in quick job changeover and automation in printing process.

Besides, offset printers should invest in innovation and utilise opportunities in niche markets. Commercial printing will never die.

In Singapore, newsprint had gone up by 15% and print newspaper has gone up by 12-18%. In India, there is a long way to go. But, to be profitable, newspapers have to focus on not just information, but also presentation and quality.

A lot of commercial printing are now venturing into packaging. But, many units fail because they do not understand the intricacies in this segment. The payment terms in packaging are not easy and can go upto 90-180 days. So, one needs to have a huge working capital to survive in this segment.

I request all printers to look into the lean management technique as it enhances the profitability of the company.

P&P: What are the major trends in the printing industry?

Dayaker: It is definitely a positive trend for digital printing industry as it can now print on 20”x30” size as well. On the other hand, it is a bad sign for the commercial industry.

Packaging is going strong and will continue to grow at a rate of 19-20%. There was news that Uttarakhand has banned lamination. So, there is a need for new innovations.

P&P: What’s new at PrintPack India 2019 exhibition?

Dayaker: For the first time in the history of PrintPack India, we will have an exclusive hall for corrugation and label. Almost 90% of industry players in labels have confirmed the participation, leaving just two players Nilpeter and Bobst. Big players like Gallus, Lombardi, etc are already confirmed. We are in talks with Avery Dennison and once it is done, we will have almost all players in the consumables for packaging industry.

This time, we will also have dedicated area for screenprinting, sublimation and textile industry.

To make it convenient for the exhibitors and visitors, the layout of the show has been changed. Hall 3 will be dedicated to Corrugation & Others, Hall 3 for Label Industry and Hall 14 for Web Offset Industry.

P&P: What are the other highlights of the show?

Dayaker: In the sheet-fed segment, we have confirmed players like Komori, Ryobi, Heidelberg (another first for PrintPack India) and KBA. Besides, all the IPAMA members would be present at the show.

In the digital printing segment, all the major exhibitors, except Ricoh, have confirmed their participation at the show.

We are also in talks with Packaging Industry Association of Mumbai and once it is through, we might even look at an exclusive hall for flexible packaging.

We are also looking at a possibility to have a Best Product Display area where printers and convertors can showcase their innovative well produced products. We are also trying to bring print consumers from FMCG and food industry to the show.

P&P: What are the events planned this year?

Dayaker: The NPES show will be held on February 2 while rest of the days, we will have continuous knowledge sharing events. We have tied up with APIMA for one or two sessions on inks while ALPS will conduct sessions on labels. We are also exploring the possibility of a knowledge sharing event on 3D printing.

P&P: What about the marketing plans? Are any road shows or events planned before the event. If yes, please share details.

Dayaker: Another first in the PrintPack India history is that IPAMA has participated in as many as 27 exhibitions across India and overseas. We have been present in printing shows at Italy, Sri Lanka (delegation of 28), Indonesia and are set to be there at IGAS (Japan – delegation of 6), Egypt and Malaysia (delegation of 10). So, we have started well in advance.

In Gujarat, we have tied up with Samachar Parimar to hold road shows in 14 tier-3 cities. We are also planning to focus on North East India, in addition to our regular road shows in Orissa, Chhatisgarh, etc. We have planned 28 road shows this year. So, we are promoting the show in a big way.

Besides, another first is that we have tied up with 24 media partners including 32 magazines.

P&P: What are your expectations from the show in terms of exhibitors and visitors?

Dayaker: We already have 350 confirmed exhibitors to the show and the numbers are set to increase considerably as small players turn up just before the show. We have already surpassed last year in terms of the floor space, with more than 20,000 sqm space sold till now. The number of exhibitors will increase in the November-January period, when smaller players will come forward.

We had 429 exhibitors last year and we hope that we will rope in around 550-600 exhibitors this year.

As far as visitors are concerned, we are hoping to touch a five figure mark. We are hoping to attract around 1000-1500 international visitors. We have already confirmed delegations from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Bangladesh.

P&P: What message would you like to give to the printing fraternity?

Dayaker: Come and see PrintPack India to enhance your knowledge in the printing industry. This year, we are focusing more on knowledge sharing. In a couple of weeks, we are opening our online registration portal. Online registration is free for visitors while spot registrations will come at a nominal fee. We are looking at a smooth registration process so that nobody is in the queue at the show.

Also, our website this time has quick links wherein visitors can directly contact exhibitors, fix up their meetings and see their offerings online.

So, come be a part of the printing extravaganza, come to PrintPack India 2019!

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