Events & Exhibitions

New Delhi World Book Fair turns annual

The preparations for the now annual New Delhi World Book Fair 2013 are in full swing. National Book Trust (NBT), the organizers of the event, is leaving no stone unturned for a successful and a better show. Time is short but the energies high…Here’s more on the NBT Publishers’ Meet held in New Delhi to discuss none other than the expectations and the preparations for the New Delhi World Book Fair. The NBT Publishers’ Meet was held at IIC, New Delhi on November 3, 2012 to discuss the expectations and the preparations at the New Delhi World Book Fair to be held from February 4-10, 2013. The agenda for discussion included online and offline bookings for stalls; a slightly lesser exhibition areas (44,000 sq m as against 45,000 last year); creation of separate space for e-content developers; inauguration of the fair by honourable HRM Pallum Raju; to name a few. MA Sikander, director, NBT is infact talking to every stakeholder to make the event more meaningful and of course successful.

First Guest of Honour…

It was informed that France will become the first guest of honour during the upcoming New Delhi World Book Fair and will be present in the foreign pavilion (7-A, 7-B and 7-C), coinciding with the celebration of Bonjour India – festival of France. The BIBF and Embassy of France will bring a delegation of publishers and authors to present a cultural programme with food court, etc. Besides, B2B meeting could be organized by NBT with them as well.

Also, Poland has shown interest to be the guest of honour for the 2014 edition but it is yet to be finalized.

Theme pavilion…

The theme pavilion this year, would focus on ‘Indigenous Voices – Mapping India’s Folk & Tribal Literature’ (Hall 7-E), where publishers can display their books on this subject as well as be a part of the Rights Catalogue. Books in English and all Indian languages related to the theme including studies on tribalism, folk and tribal lore, art and culture, performances, music, new writing across various literary genres, legends and myths, will be on display. Moreover, there would be folk performances from Sangeet Natak Akademi and Navodaya Vidyalaya.

Facilities improvised...

Keeping in mind the interests of the exhibitors as well as visitors, facilities at the fair will be improved. The Rights Table will be organized with the close proximity with foreign pavilion with programmes like match-making etc to promote B2B activities. The list of the publishers will be prominently displayed at the entrance of every hall. Author’s corner will be a part of the hall and cultural programmes will also be held at Lal Chowk and Falaknuma.

Choice from 2014...

It was also discussed that for 2014 (14-23 February 2014), the NBT will facilitate online booking of space of their choice.

Publishers’ speak...

Around 50 participants including top-of-the-line publishers, officials of the associations and senior officials from NBT were present at the meet. A few of the participants suggested that the first half of the fair should have dedicated business hours. While another one requested for more publicity out of Delhi region. Another one requested for provision of food/drinks inside the halls for the convenience of small exhibitors. Problem of carrying books from parking area to exhibitor’s stand was also pointed out.

In all, it was a healthy discussion to make New Delhi World Book Fair 2013 to be a truly international fair. The preparations have begun and the industry is anxiously waiting for the better show.

The annual fair has brought back energy to NBT

says MA Sikander, director, National Book Trust, in an exclusive interview with P&P. He asserts that NBT is equipped to make New Delhi World Book Fair an annual affair and the 2013 edition would indeed be a better show, despite less time to prepare.

The logo of New Delhi World Book Fair 2013 depicts the mandate to promote reading habits, the primary aim of the fair. From this year, the show has become an annual fair but NBT is not perturbed with the preparations. “We have huge manpower – 250 regular employees and 100 on contractual basis. Yes, at times, there is a shortage of right kind of manpower but with the deployment of outsourcing services; we are able to manage the show. For example, we have outsourced the warehousing, ERP and are redistributing manpower to our new requirement,” told MA Sikander, director, NBT.

“Infact, making New Delhi World Book Fair an annual meet has brought back energy to the organization. We have no option but to perform at our optimum level,” he added. “Infact, we are reenergizing the organization; we are training and educating our staff for skill enhancement and equip them to understand the changing scenario. Team work is the need of the hour and this brings in more efficiency.”

“The support from the industry has been tremendous…the event is not for NBT but for the industry at large and they are happy to make it an annual fair. However, due to sudden change in fair’s frequency from bi-annual to annual, availability of time slot and expo halls from ITPO, the number of days have been reduced to seven and there is a marginal decrease in the availability of total exhibition area; but we hope that the number of exhibitors would, by large, remain the same. Though, there may be less space available for the bigger exhibitors,” told Sikander.

Also, in an effort to bring the show at par with international fairs, NBT has introduced the guest of honour and this time, France is the guest of honour. “There will be a delegation of 35 authors and publishers from France coming to India to promote each other’s literature,” he added.

“Besides, there would be a separate area for e-contents and big players like Khobo, Amazon, Aptara, etc have shown interest, informed Sikander. “Moreover, to attract authors and visitors, there would be Author’s Corner in every hall where authors can meet and interact with the readers,” he added.

With such high hopes and preparations, the New Delhi World Book Fair 2013 will indeed be a show not to miss!

LABELEXPO India 2012: all set to open its doors

-becoming the largest show ever in its ten year history, with participation of around 200 exhibitors, with about seventy exhibitors coming from overseas

To be held during Oct 29 - Nov 01 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, LABELEXPO India 2012, is all set to be the largest show ever in its ten-year history, with participation of around 200 exhibitors, showcasing the latest advancements in their offerings. The sixth edition of the show is a must-to-attend for labeling and packaging printers/converters, brand owners and label designers, to witness many new products and technologies apart from the latest trends in the industry.

Notably, the previous edition of the show also marked a great success with 6,054 visitors. Over 150 international and domestic exhibitors presented their latest developments in technology and materials, launched new products and gave live demonstrations to visitors during this four-day show.

While as per the website of LABELEXPO, accessed on September 28, 2012, around 178 exhibitors have booked their stands in the upcoming show. There has also been a huge increase in international exhibitors with more manufacturers than ever before. Among these 67 exhibitors come from overseas: Brazil, Canada, China (19), Denmark, France (3), Germany (9), Hong Kong, Italy (8), Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia (2), Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan (2), Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom (4), and United States (8).

ACE Electrostatic, ACG Worldwide, ACT (Advanced Card Technology), AEBO Science Technology, Alliance Printech, Alphasonics, Apexrototech Industries, Apsom Infotex, Arjobex/Polyart, Armor Asia Imaging Supplies, Avery Dennison India, Berhalter, Bodhi Professional Solutions, Boise, BST Sayona Automations, Capital Graphic Supplies/Tresu, Changzhou Zhonghong Machine, Color-Dec Italy, Colour Dot (Madras), Colourking Foils, Convertech Equipment, Creed Engineers, Cyklop Packaging Systems, DaLian Fujisan Office Equipment, Delhi Printers’ Association, Diehard Dies, Digital Impressions, DMS INC, Dow Corning India, DRAGON FOILS, Edale, EFI Jetrion, Electro Optic (Asia), Electronic Systems and Controls, Encres Dubuit, Enercon Asia Pacific, Epson India, Erhardt & Leimer (India), Esko Graphics India, ETI Converting Equipment, Falcontec, Flexo Image Graphics, FlexoCleaners, Frimpeks AS, Fujifilm Sericol India, G&K Techmedia, Gallus India, Garware Polyester, Genius Flexo Machinery, Global Graphics Machineries, GSE Dispensing, Gulton, Hangzhou Todaytec Digital, Heraeus Amba, Hilda Automation, Hind High Vacuum, Holoflex, Holostik India, Hontec Machinery, Impress World, Inkmaker, Inkstar Office Appliance Factory of Tianjin, Inkstream, Innovative Flexotech, IST Metz, Jandu Engineering Works, Jesons Industries, Jiaozuo Zhuorim Digital Material, Jung Chang Machinery, Kapsun Resources Corporation, Kaygee Loparex India, Khushboo Scientific, KISSCUT, Kodak India, Kumar Labels, Label Planet, Labels India, LARTEC - Flexible Dies, Lucky Graphics, Maan Machine Tools, Malhotra Graphics, Mark Andy, Martin Automatic, Mastercorp Group, Matho, Maxcess India, Mimaki Kanphor India, MLM India, Mona Equipments, Monotech Systems, Muller Martini (India), Multitec Aids, NanJing Ascent Automatic Equipment, Nastrificio di Cassano, Nikka Research Deutschland, Nilpeter India, Nuova GIDUE, Omet, PK Marketing Co, Packaging South Asia, Patel Enterprises, PBJ Industrial Electronics, PRATI, Precise Graphic India, Primera Asia Pacific, RK Label Printing Machinery, Re Controlli Industriali, Reifenhauser (India) Marketing, Rekha Enterprises, Repro Graphics, Retail Solution, RH Special Coatings, Rheintacho Messtechnik, Ricoh Thermal Media Asia Pacific, Rishichem Distributors, Rita Pad Printing Systems, Rotary Technology, ROTOCONTROL, Rotoflex, RotoMetrics, Royal Coat, Ruian City Henyue Printing Machinery, RuiAn City HuSong Printing Machinery Factory, SA Automation, Safire Machinery Company, Sakazaki Engraving India, Sandilyam Automation Systems, Screen Print India, Shandilya Sons, Sheetal Mercantile, Shen Zhen Labellong Printing Machine, Shenzhen Ourmate Adhesive Products, Shri Lasers Automation, Shri Sidhi Vinayak Engineers, SMI Coated Products, Solutions Graphiques, Spinks India, Standard Printers Providers, Stay On Papers, Stic on Papers, Stovec Industries, Sun Papers & Labels, Swedev AB, Taghleef Industries, Technova Imaging Systems, Tesa Tapes (India), Teslin Substrates, Tianjin Zhongtian Hongda Paper, Toyobo, Toyochem Speciality Chemical, Uflex (Flexo/Cylinder Division), Uflex Limited (Holography Division), Unilux India, United Enterprises, Univacco Technology, UPM Raflatac, UV Graphic Technologies, UV Ray, Vetaphone, VIRANI INTERNATIONAL, Viva Graphic, Webtech Engineering, Weldon Celloplast Wilson Manufacturing, Wonder Polymers, Xiamen Powerlong Office Consumable Manufacture, XINFENG GROUP CORPORATION, Yupo Corporation, Zecher, Zeller+Gmelin, Zhejiang Weigang Machinery, and Zhongtian Machinery Works, etc.

Besides, All Indian Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP), and Hologram Manufacturers Association of India (HoMAI) shall also be participating to promote their activities during the show. And last but not the least, Print & Publishing shall also be present with stand I34, to serve all as always.

Coinciding the show…

In addition Labelexpo India will again play host to the LMAI Avery Dennison Label Awards. Label Manufacturers Association of India (LMAI), along with the support of Labelexpo will present the LMAI Avery Dennison Awards 2012 on October 31 in New Delhi, honouring the leaders in the Indian label printing and converting industry, which will see around 500 printers, suppliers, brand owners and members of the media coming together. Once again, 27 awards will be presented at the gala dinner ceremony, and split into 9 categories. The Gold Sponsor is Avery Dennison, the main official awards partner to Labelexpo and the LMAI.

Final countdown begins for ISD 2012

All new experiences guaranteed
The moment you read this article, countdown to India Sign + Digital (ISD) 2012 would come closer than you think. The second edition of the expo is staging from October 29-31, 2012 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi by unfolding a fresh array of exhibits and new ‘live’ activities in its popular LiveExperience Zones. Stay informed about the expo in advance to make comfortable exploration of the exhibition floor in a favourable manner.

What to exhibit?
Versatile and focused participants who are carrying out resourceful exhibits in the second edition of India Sign + Digital would include all key industry players engaging in manufacturing and distributions of digital large-format printers, CNC routers, plotters/cutters, substrates, vinyl, print finishing equipments, glow signs, A-boards/pavement displays, anti-graffiti/bacterial signage, cut/moulded/built-up letters, finished sign systems, floor-graphics, heat transfer, dye-sublimation, labels/decals, POS/displays, software and lots more. ISD guarantees the exhibits being a reflection of what is trending in the current signage market of India.

Who will visit?
Crowd of visitors at ISD 2012 would be from 23 key market segments, which include PSPs, ad agencies, architects, fleet service providers, outdoor media, commercial printers, copy shops/repro houses, corporate/business signage, print users, etc. Region-wise segregation of the crowd who thronged the debut edition of the expo last year consisted of north India (48%), south India (15%), west India (13%), central India (11%), east India (9%), and overseas (4%). It has been expected a bigger crowd this year and almost 90 percent of them would turn out to be decision makers.

What’s new in ‘live’ zones?
The popular LiveExperience Zones of ISD will have fresh fervours with the addition of three more new zones, viz. ScreenExpression Zone, CeramicPrint Zone and NarrowFormat Zone, adding fresh thrills to the existing WallArt Zone, WrapperZone, TextileTemptation Zone and Events&Show Zone. Newly launched ScreenExpression Zone would be a zone where expanding possibilities of screen printing can be caught and CeramicPrint Zone will be a preferred spot to witness customised bath, kitchen and other applications. And NarrowFormat Zone will doubtlessly be a groundbreaking new zone underlining attractive range of print-on-demand digital printing viz. photo books, event collaterals, etc.

What’s bigger opportunity?
India being a market of more than 12,500 sign makers with a turnover of Rs 5,700 crore and more than Rs 3,750 crore capital investment and around 3,95,000 employed manpower directly/indirectly, the large-format printing domain alone stands at around 995 million euro and OOH segment (ad spending) is estimated to attain 400 million euro. ISD is indeed at threshold to navigate into the unexplored domains of the emerging Indian market.
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China Print 2013: a worth attending show for all

To be held during May 14-18, 2013 at the New China International Exhibition Centre in Beijing, CHINA PRINT 2013 is all set to have a successful showcase for all. Apart from experiencing the latest technological advancements around the globe, the visitors to CHINA PRINT 2013 will additionally get choices to make from the whole spread of products from Chinese manufacturers. For Indians, it shall be one of the most worth attending show. Printing and Printing Industry Association of China (PEIAC) has vastly promoted China Print 2013 at various international exhibitions by participation as well as organizing press conferences in order to attract the best across the world to share a common platform. “Apart from a very successful press conference at drupa 2012, and at Print Technology 2012 in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), we also shall have a meeting with the press scheduled at KIPES to be held at South Korea and for the Indian visitors we plan to visit Print Pack 2013 being organized by IPAMA in New Delhi,” conveys Lu, vice-chairman and secretary general of Printing and Printing Industry Association of China (PEIAC).

“India is a big market for Chinese manufacturers and it would be a good idea to have as many visitors from India to visit the show. There were about 4,000 visitors from India during the last China Print and the figures are expected to increase at least fifty percent this time,” he adds.

Bookings beat space

The show has received an incredibly large number of booth applications with requests actually overflowing the space available. The sales progress has outshined any previous edition with total booking already crossing 130,000 sqm (24,000 sqm more than the planned indoor exhibition space), several months ahead of the show opening its curtains. The organizers had already reported the 1,06,000 square meters indoor show space as fully occupied well before one year from the show opening.

With the organizers mulling over the idea of temporarily accommodate the surging demand for exhibition space, there has been increased demand for space from many of the leading names of the industry including – Heidelberg (3700sqm.), HP (3600 sqm), Bobst (1100 sqm), KBA (1100 sqm), Komori (1200 sqm), Muller Martini (600 sqm), Canon (1000 sqm), Wilson (900 sqm), Kodak (1200 sqm), manroland Sheetfed (558 sqm), Dinga (600 sqm), Konica Minolta (500 sqm), Mitsubishi (450 sqm), etc.

“The demand for space at the show is so severe that major participants have been requested to consider reducing their exhibition space to accommodate more exhibitors,” says Lu, adding, “It is for the benefit of the exhibitors as well as the visitors to have more booths at any exhibition – the visitors get more to choose from and the exhibitors get more visitors at the stalls to sell their wares to.”

The organizers are opening up additional show space by building temporary halls to satisfy exhibitors’ booth demands. New China International Exhibition Center, the exhibition venue has eight halls, with 106,000 sqm of indoor show space divided by exhibit categories as: offset-W1, W2; digital and prepress-E1, E2; consumables and equipments-W2; flexo, gravure, label printing-E3; packaging-W3; and postpress-W4, E4.

Hunkeler Innovation Days 2013

New reflections of a dynamic development to be presented in Lucerne
Diuring February 11-15, 2013, the Hunkeler Innovation Days will be held for the 10th time at the Messe Lucerne exhibition facility (Switzerland). The growing internationalization and enormous interest on the part of the supplier sector and visitors alike has prompted Hunkeler to extend this industry event from its previous four days to five days. Approximately 80 exhibitors will present their latest products in Hall 2 with its 7000 sq m of floor space. And once again, a few of them will use the exclusive showcase of the Hunkeler Innovation Days for world premiers.

The printing sector is changing at a rapid pace, and there’s no event that reflects this dynamic activity better than the Hunkeler Innovation Days. With the background of the fast-paced development of digital printing and finishing, this industry gathering – which is conducted every two years – is taking on international importance. In a compact fashion, the Hunkeler Innovation Days bring clarity to current trends, make the latest developments understandable and show how they all interplay in actual use.

For thousands of experts and decision-makers from around the world (more than 5000 in 2011), the event has become an indispensable platform for gathering information. Visitors value the unique opportunity to meet in person with staff members from leading manufacturers of digital printing systems, with those developing software solutions as well as vendors of consumables and finishing materials. They are also able to make direct comparisons of a wide range of practical solution scenarios for transaction/transpromotion printing, print-on-demand (books and newspapers) and direct mail production.

Integrated total solutions that address every aspect of the workflow and for every industry segment will be shown at the Hunkeler 2013 Innovation Days. Technical advances provide access to the economies and advantages of digital printing and finishing processes in an increasing number of segments and applications, including the printing of packaging. The first approaches to solving these problems started to appear at drupa 2012 in Düsseldorf, and specific solutions will be available for viewing at the Hunkeler Innovation Days 2013 in Lucerne.

In nutshell, Hunkeler innovationdays 2013 is not-to-be missed and appropriate event for all those who have interest in digital printing and finishing technologies.

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Neeraj Dargan to lead
Manroland Sheetfed subsidiary in India

-With offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai

Manroland Sheetfed GmbH has established an own subsidiary in India. Manroland Sheetfed India Pvt Ltd will be based in New Delhi with local offices in Mumbai and Chennai. Neeraj Dargan heads up the new Manroland Sheetfed operations as managing director. Dargan brings a wealth of experience, having spent more than 30 years in the fields of sales & marketing, technical, operations and commercial, in capital goods and consumables for the print and graphic arts sector.

“I am delighted to be heading the new Manroland Sheetfed subsidiary to expand the company’s APAC operations. My local-market experience will enable to better serve the group's existing client base and with year-on-year growth in India’s printing industry, I am looking forward to the challenges," said Neeraj.

Coming Events

K-Print Week
August 27 - 30, 2014
KINTEX, Goyang, Korea

Label Expo India 2014
Oct 29 - Nov. 01, 2014
Pragati Maidan,
New Delhi, India.

All in Print China 2014
November 11 - 13, 2014
Shanghai, China

Print China 2015
April 07 - 12, 2015
Dongguan, China

12th Printpack India 2015
February 11-15, 2015
India Expo Centre,
Greater Noida, NCR Delhi

Gulf Print & Pack 2015
April 13 - 16, 2015
Dubai, UAE

Pack Print International 2015
August 26 - 29, 2015
BITEC, Bangkok, Thailand

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