Events & Exhibitions

InterPrint Expo 2014

Offset Printers’ Association (OPA), is set to organize InterPrint Expo – 2014 at Dana Mandi, Ludhiana from September 27-29, 2014.

Formally announcing the dates, Parveen Aggarwal, president OPA said, “Along with the Expo, international technical seminar on ‘Latest Trends in Printing’ shall also be held.” “We have already received confirmation from 23 printers associations of the region for participation. This year for the first time, a separate pavilion will be there for the printers to showcase their products and services,” he added.

While Kamal Chopra added, “Printing and packaging is a growing industry in India and equally in Northern India. Printers of the region are anxious about the latest developments, so as to invest in the right technology. Ludhiana is excellent venue for the entire northern states, especially, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Chandigarh, etc. Ludhiana is also known as the packaging town and is working as a hub for the sweet boxes in India. Taking all these aspects in mind it is decided to organize InterPrint Expo at Ludhiana to showcase the latest developments in printing & packaging.”

A shining debut for Print Pack Arabia 2014

The Indian Printing Packaging & Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA) successfully co-organised Print Pack Arabia 2014 exhibition at Sharjah Expo Centre, Sharjah from April 7–10, 2014 which was aimed at showcasing the emerging opportunities and technologies. It was a comprehensive sourcing platform for commercial and package printing in the region. It attracted printers, industry professionals, buyers and design agencies from different countries. The exhibition was duly supported by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “The tie-up with IPAMA will help Sharjah to take centre stage in the fast-growing printing and packaging industry in the Middle East region,” he said.

The Print Pack Arabia 2014 was jointly inaugurted by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Saud Bin Sultan Al Qassimi, chairman of the Sharjah Department of Central Finance and Indrajit Pal, IAS, secretary, Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Government of India. Other prominent dignitaries present on the occasion were Ahmed Mohammed Al Midfa, chairman, Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry; KS Khurana, president, IPAMA; CP Paul, general secretary, IPAMA and representatives from Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association and others.

Ahmed Mohammad Al Midfa remarked that it is a matter of great pride to see the unveiling of the new trade show at Expo Centre Sharjah and that the Print Pack Arabia will be a landmark event for the region’s printing and packaging industry. Midfa further added that acquiring latest technologies is the key for the sector to cash in on positive fundamentals and that the Print Pack Arabia will be a comprehensive sourcing platform towards this. Keeping the requirements of the industry, Print Pack Arabia will also be providing opportunities for exchange of technological know-how and expertise.

There were 88 exhibitors/participants; prominent amongst them from India, were ACME Machinery (India) Pvt Ltd, APL Machinery Pvt Ltd, Five Star Printing Machinery, Pidilite Industries Ltd, Tirupati Inks Limited, Zenith International, etc. The exhibitors displayed their latest machinery, equipments and allied products. The feedback provided by the Expo Centre shows that there were about 5000 potential buyers from 77 different countries. Seminars, business conferences and buyer-seller meets were also organised during the exhibition. The Indian participants reported booking of substantial orders which is a matter of pride for the Indian manufacturers.

Ipex 2014 – blueprint for the future

Ipex 2014 (March 24 – 29 2014, ExCeL London) will provide the print industry with the tools, knowledge and inspiration to turn today’s challenges into tomorrow’s opportunities. Responding to independent research and extensive industry wide consultations, Informa has maintained the event’s print-centricity, but developed the event to reflect the evolution of the global communications landscape. Ipex is poised to help print emphatically stake its place in the communications mix. “Events are evolving, especially in B2B industries that are undergoing widespread changes like the print industry. It is critical for organisers to adapt their events to reflect these changes so that they deliver a wide range of benefits – including the all-important ROI – for exhibitors and visitors alike,” says Peter Hall, managing director, Informa Exhibitions the organisers of Ipex 2014.

“We have worked collaboratively with the international print industry and the markets that serve it to understand what Ipex needs to deliver. The result is an informative and engaging event that addresses every level and component of a print company through hundreds of international exhibitors showcasing their latest products and technologies, a comprehensive content programme, compelling features and the allure of London at the state-of-the-art ExCeL centre,” he adds.

“Ipex will be the first international print-centric event that doesn’t just look at the technologies to create quality print and the strategies and practices to harness its power, but one that reflects, analyses and provides proven solutions to help printers be a success in the modern marketing communications world. We have laid the groundwork to deliver a muti-faceted event that will support the industry now and in the coming years,” claims Peter.

What can visitors expect?

Ipex visitors will discover the latest global technologies and solutions to produce quality print applications. These technologies cover the entire print production workflow, from concept right through to the finished product, with suppliers from the UK and countries from across the globe, notably from Belgium, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. In addition to a raft of upcoming and innovative suppliers exhibiting for the first time, there will be a host of new technologies launched.

For pre-press, there will be new market software solutions for colour management, variable data printing, web-to-print, integrated communication solutions and design. On the print production side, there are digital printing product launches for inkjet, inkjet label, inkless photo and 5-colour LED A3 printing, as well as new document mailing solutions and converting and feeding technologies. New systems will also be showcased for the full range of finishing techniques, including laminating, foiling, folding, booklet-making, binding, cutting and more, in addition to new solutions for machine maintenance and consumables, with a wide range of new inks and substrates being showcased.

Global community spirit

Ipex will appeal to all communities within the print and media landscape. Dismantling the silos between printers, marketers, brand agencies, specifiers and publishers, visitors will be able to engage with the technologies, solutions, issues, opportunities and personnel that make the communication industries tick. Ipex will also host a plethora of events within the ExCeL, including B51/ISO Standard Global Gathering, an EFI User Group, and the PODi (Digital Printing Initiative) European Forum, further establishing Ipex as the heart of the print community.

Content programme and features

Ipex has been refined to be the definitive information source for the print industry in 2014 via the event’s comprehensive and relevant content programme, demonstrating to visitors how best to utilise and market print in the modern multi-media mix. Whether it’s understanding the trends that are shaping the industry, discovering new technologies and applications, developing robust business practices or honing operational skills and techniques, visitors from all corners of the print industry will find a practical takeaway, new idea, skill, solution or mind-set that will boost the performance of their company – for free.

The World Print Summit, a senior-level strategic thought leadership programme, will deliver a world-class line-up of speakers from the print, business, marketing and creative industries. An invaluable opportunity for business owners and managers, this forum will give them exclusive access to previously unheard content that will deliver the leading insights into the evolving role and power of print. Sessions will cover ‘How To Future-Proof Print in a Digital Age’, ‘Print: Doomed or on the Verge of a Digital Renaissance’, ‘Sustainability – So What? An Audience with Publishers and Printers’, ‘A Culture Shift Within The Print Industry’ and ‘The Evolving Role of Print for Consumer Marketing – Changing Attitudes to Print’. Speakers include Barry Hibbert (Polestar Group), Benny Landa (Landa Corp), Professor Emeritus Frank Romano (RIT), Rory Sutherland (OgilvyOne London and Ogilvy & Mather UK), Clive Humby (Starcount and developer of Tesco Clubcard), Patrick Martell (St. Ives Group and Ipex 2014 President), Richard Watson (acclaimed futurologist and author of Future Files), Kathy Woodward (BPIF) and Chris Jones (Novalia).

This programme is complemented by the Future Innovations zone, which looks at the printed products and technologies that are set for rapid expansion over the next few years across three sections – covering 3D printing, printed electronics and photo products. This will include a daily live demonstration of how to produce photo products from concept to end product.

The Masterclasses – organised by Print Future’s Neil Falconer – will focus on business growth and production efficiency for SME printers. Aimed at the owner of a print business and his sales and production teams, these practical sessions will tackle real life, day-to-day issues and look at how best to solve them to streamline production and support business growth. There is an eclectic assortment of engaging topics within the Masterclasses, including the ‘Evolution of a commercial printer’, ‘Five cost saving tips for better margins’, ‘New age of Print – strategic marketing, creative and great design’, ‘Changing sales and marketing habits to sell more print’, ‘Attracting and retaining the right staff to grow a print business’, ‘Where printers go wrong with colour management’ and a host more.

Meanwhile visitors will be drawn to Inspiration Avenue, three galleries along the ExCeL’s Boulevard, celebrating powerful print opportunities, impact statements and case studies that demonstrate the crucial role of print and its versatility across a number of major themes, including retail, interactive, automotive, sports, education, design and creative, and electronics. The Eco Zone – sponsored by Komori –will incorporate a gallery that will illustrate the eco-credentials of a number of Ipex exhibitors.

For print service providers looking for the tools and know-how to evolve into a full marketing service provider, Cross Media Production’s three theatres (running from March 25-27) – covering brand management, 121 digital, data and direct marketing, and publishing – will focus on how to effectively implement communication strategies across multiple platforms. The Cross Media Production seminar programme features presentations, case studies and panel discussions on such topics as ‘Expanding Marketing Services to Deliver Cross-Channel Campaigns’, ‘Developing Transformation Strategies from Print to Cross Media’, ‘Increasing ROI Using Customer Insight Programs & Web2Media Platforms’ and ‘Managing Operational & Structural Change in Organisations’.

Ipex has also put an emphasis on the importance of injecting young blood into the industry. Designed specifically for students from secondary schools, colleges and universities, an exciting ‘Youth in Print’ programme will run on the last day (March 29) – in and around the World Print Summit – that features presentations on the power of print from past students of the industry, a tour of Ipex, practical workshops and career advice for students.

At the Wide Format Zone, visitors will see a range of devices and ancillary services being showcased by Epson, Screen, D&K, Grafityp and M Partners, among others.

Trevor Crawford, Ipex 2014 Event Director, comments, “By consulting the print industry, we have created an event that is inspiring, thought-provoking and relevant to the needs and requirements of print and media enterprises over the long term. ”

New home, new vision

All this takes place under one roof at Ipex’s new home at the ExCeL London, where visitors and exhibitors will be able to immerse themselves within a state-of-the-art venue in one of the greatest business capitals in the world, as well as embracing London’s iconic culture and world famous nightlife – making Ipex much more than just a vital business trip.

Printex 2014: well-attended!

PRINTEX 2014 was successfully held from March 14-16, 2014 at Bombay Exhibition Center, Mumbai. The show was organised by Maharashtra Mudran Parishad and VNB International. It has been a comprehensive trade show for commercial, printing, publishing, and converting technology, representing all stages of the technological print process including pre-press, press, post press and consumables.

It was a well-attended show, attracting a total of 11,382 visitors. Group visits from smaller cities around Mumbai were arranged by the organisers to the fair, which was much appreciated.

Tharstern Ltd, a UK based company has made comeback in India. Speaking to Abdul Kassas, director, Tharstern Ltd, it was revealed that they have a different model to market their products and shall now be offering ‘pay as you use’ model.

Welbound Worldwide was present with their innovative binding solutions. Other exhibitors who made their mark included: Autoprint Machinery Mfrs Pvt Ltd Modular Infotech Pvt Ltd, Monotech Systems Ltd, Pratham Technologies Pvt Ltd, etc.

Monotech@Printex 2014

Monotech Systems showcased the new innovations in digital printing with live demonstration of Konica Minolta C6000 production printer, Canon iPF 750 and Oce Plotwave 340 Large Format Printer. They also displayed and distributed the samples of their star product Scodix Digital Enhancement Press, Process Metallic Color System from Color Logic and Specialized BOPP films from Derprosa.

The London Book Fair –what’s new for 2014

New dates, fresh awards and innovative features – London Book Fair 2014 is all set to stage another successful show from April 8-10, 2014. An update. New dates: This year The London Book Fair (LBF) will run from Tuesday (April 8) to Thursday (April 10) 2014, instead of the traditional Monday-Wednesday schedule, bringing the fair in line with other international book fair and conference programmes. This has also led to a change in date for the annual Publishing for Digital Minds Conference, which will now take place on Monday April 7, 2014.

New awards: LBF, in association with The UK Publishers Association is now accepting submissions and nominations for the International Publishing Industry Excellence Awards 2014. These brand new international awards for the publishing industry will consist of 15 categories that cover all aspects of the business of publishing, including academic publishing, the supply chain, education, children’s publishing and digital innovation and have been designed to represent the UK’s recognition of international publishing industry excellence. International organisations and individuals are encouraged to make submissions themselves and/or nominate colleagues, and entries for the awards need to be registered online via the LBF website,, by February 22, 2014.

New features: A number of other new initiatives have been implemented for 2014 across the fair. The digital zone, which has been renamed Tech Central, is located in Earls Court Two, and is the part of the fair that will showcase all the new ways in which content can be treated – be it an app, a game, a mobile development or enhanced ebook, or a development not yet launched. Alongside this, PS @ Tech is a brand new dedicated area within Tech Central consisting of exhibition stand space for publishing solutions providers. The fair will be welcoming over 50 exhibitors from India across these and the other areas of the show. LBF 2014 also launches new feature pavilions in the Brand Licensing, Gaming and Comics sectors, and an enhanced TV & Film content offering.

New for 2014 is a brand new academic theatre located in LBF’s Academic & Scholarly zone. The theatre, called The Faculty @ LBF, is sponsored by Publishing Technology, in association with The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), and supported by the Publishers Association. The theatre will provide a forum for the academic community to share and discuss issues relevant to the sector, through a programme of session topics covering academic, scientific and professional themes, at a time this sector is at the forefront of the industry’s ongoing digital revolution and unprecedented change.

For 2014, LBF welcomes Korea as ‘market focus’ country, which will see a full programme of professional and cultural events, in partnership with The Korean Publishers Association and UK partners The British Council and the Publishers Association (UK). The Market Focus programme has created both commercial and cultural partnerships around the world since it was first introduced by The London Book Fair in 2004. India was ‘market focus’ country in 2009 and has been the third largest exhibiting country ever since.

LBF’s 'Insights' seminar and events programme will once again cover the full spectrum of issues affecting today’s publishing industry with over 250+ seminars taking place over the course of the three days of the fair, with all seminars free to attend.

LBF 2014 will be the last to take place in its current location, Earls Court, London. Reed Exhibitions recently announced that from 2015, LBF will move from Earls Court to an equally iconic new home at sister ECO venue, Olympia, London.

Group Publications


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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