Events & Exhibitions

9th PAMEX 2013 all set for another successful show!

The stage is set for the prestigious flagship exhibition on printing and allied machinery - the 9th edition of PAMEX during November 14- 17, 2013 at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida (NCR).

PAMEX – a platform for the printing technology, printing equipment, allied machinery industries, materials, services including software solutions, management information systems, etc will be held from November 14-17, 2013.

“The previous edition held in 2011 was unqualified success, and we expect PAMEX 2013 to be bigger and better. In a crowded marketplace, PAMEX 2013 provides organizations the opportunity to break through the clutter and grab the attention of its target segment,” said AMSG Ashokan, incoming president, AIFMP. The show will be inaugurated by Anand Sharma, hon’ble minister for Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India.

Print Conclave 2013 – “Experience tomorrow’s printing today”

To address the challenges faced by the Indian industry, the deliberations at Print Conclave will help in finding sustainable solutions, from November 12-13, 2013 at Hotel Eros, Nehru Place, New Delhi.

As per AIFMP press note, on ‘day 1’ the chief guest will be Deepa Das Munshi, hon’ble minister of state for Urban Development, Govt. of India. The inaugural & keynote session will be followed by Country Papers presentations by representatives from international print organisations from Australia, China, India, Japan, Sri Lanka and USA. Also, there would be a Business Session on Government Printing: Panel Discussions. On ‘day 2’ the business sessions would cover varied topics like Future Trends in Digital, Inkjets, Opportunities with Offset and Digital – Mergers and Affiliations – What to expect in the future, Cloud Computing: The Next Gen Tools for designing, Enhancing value with specialty paper, Technology: Application / VDP, Profitable opportunities for publishers, Labels & Packaging, Brand Protection with Digital Technology, Transpromo & Mailroom: the way to future, Creating Dimensions in Digital Printing, PrePress for Digital and ePublishing: Its effect on the printed book. While panel discussions will focus on holistic view of investing in Digital and Brand Promotion with Digital.

Major highlights of 9th Pamex 2013…

A glimpse of PAMEX 2011PAMEX 2013 will showcase the generation next technologies from worldwide solution providers across various categories like pre-press, in-press and post press segments. Visitors can see publishing, signage machinery and equipments in printing and graphic arts under one roof. It will be a complete event covering exhibition of printing technology, printing equipment, allied machinery industries and materials & services. Display will cover the innovative trends in printing including digital printing, software solutions, management information systems, etc.

Besides, key decision makers, industrialists and others will be able to network in an ideal business atmosphere leading to excellent business opportunities. Every evening, there would be a display of fireworks outside exhibition halls (courtesy: The Sivakasi Master Printers Association).

Value added activities…

Registration counter at PAMEX 11For the benefit of exhibitors/visitors, the organizers of PAMEX are providing value-added facilities. These include online registration for easy entry for trade visitors, accommodation facilities at good package rates around the venue by official travel associate; complimentary pick up service at the Noida Metro Station to the venue and return; Multi cuisine food court at exhibition premises as well as availability of paid taxi facility, etc.

The support…

Organized by All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) and TAFCON, the event is supported by the Government of India, Ministry of Commerce and Industry Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises and Ministry of Urban Development. Indian Printing Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA) is actively supporting this event with participation of their members as exhibitors. Some of the prominent exhibitors taking part include: Ricoh India, AS Print Aids, Aesthetic Multimedia, APL Machinery, Autoprint, Bobst India, Esko-Graphics India, Heidelberg India, Indo Poly Machines Corporation; Joy D-Zign Engineers, Line-O-Matic Graphic Industries; manroland Sheetfed GmbH, Memory Repro Systems, Prakash Offset Machinery, Print & Publishing; SL Kulkarni Cyril Graphics, TechNova Imaging Systems, Welbound Worldwide and many more.

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“Let’s give the best possible value & service
to our clients” says Govind Bhargava, outgoing president, AIFMP.

The printing industry is reeling under rising cost issues and the depreciating upee value. But, there are ways to handle these issues and make business profitable for the printers. Let’s see how.

In recent years, the printing industry in India has seen record levels of growth, owing to liberalized regimes, globalization and progress in automation. The industry has grown leaps and bounds due to the latest technology and machinery, quality standards and production capacities. The growing Indian economy, increasing consumerism, entry of global brands in the country and opening of the sector to foreign investors are bound to offer growth opportunities to the industry.

Indian printing industry: the strengths

  • Govind BhargavaSatisfied customers: Customers always want more from their suppliers but most of the customers are generally satisfied with the quality and service of Indian print and printing packaging industry, both in absolute terms vis-a-vis international competitors.
  • Technical competence: The industry has a good record of responding to technical change. Indeed, there is probably no other Indian industry, which has successfully accomplished so many fundamental changes in basic technologies in recent decades. Most customers and experts believe that a large number of Indian printers have similar modern equipment, and technical skills, as International competitors.
  • Good industrial relations: Printing has a low level of industrial disputes. It is also one of the few Indian industries to retain national pay agreements covering pay, hours and holidays and other conditions. Most print employers acknowledge the importance and value of this shift.
  • Support from trade associations: The industry’s trade associations provide a variety of advisory, training and commercial services for their members, as well as for networking and exchange of best practices. Membership surveys show that these are extensively used, and highly valued.

Indian printing industry: the flip side

  • Low margins: These are both a cause and consequence of other weaknesses. They are an important reason for low investment in business development and human resources and are now threatening investment. Although low margins have been a constant in recent years, there is a growing feeling that they cannot be accepted for much longer.
  • Lack of performance data: Several trade associations provide good information about productivity, profitability and wages and salaries within their members. However, there is a lack of similar information about detailed operational performance measures such as downtime or make ready times. Often the information exists within the company but is not being used. Also, there is wide range of performance between individual companies but there is also a lack of detailed benchmarking data, and accompanying discussion, which would allow companies to formulate the measures they should be using, and to compare their performance with others.
  • Marketing: The printing industry is generally seen as being good at sales but less focused at marketing. One reason for this includes a lack of understanding of what marketing is. Another is a frequent short-term orientation, which makes printers unwilling to devote time to understanding market conditions and trends.

Depreciating rupee value & its impact on Indian printing industry With the price of rupee depreciating, the impact has been multifarious. On one hand, the import of machines of latest technology would be beyond reach for many printers. Paper prices would go up as mostly pulp for quality paper is imported. Most of consumables for printing industry are also imported so the cost would go up. Printers would need to check the increase on input costs and accordingly raise their prices. The industry would have to act in a mature manner to recover this rise in cost. On the flip side, some exporters would be benefited but even that benefit would not last long if the printers reduce the price in exports.

AIFMP, in all its programmes, educates printers to deal with current scenario and the economic situation. The phrase ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going’ is very relevant. Printers not only need to give best possible value and service to the customers but also charge adequate profits.

“During the show, we will be highlighting all the new launches of machines or technology through various mediums (print, electronic and online). The indication of response and with the active support of the industry, we hope to achieve about 50 percent increase in the exhibition area compared to the last edition. So, block your diaries and reach out to print industry professionals at 9th PAMEX 2013.”
–Govind Bhargava

DPA honours AIFMP newly elected office bearers

Delhi Printers’ Association (DPA) recently organised felicitation programme to honour the newly-elected team of office bearers of All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) for the 2013-2014. The former president of DPA, Vijay Mohan announced that three other associations of Delhi and NCR - Delhi Master Printers’ Welfare Association, Greater Delhi Master Printers’ Association and Noida Offset Printers’ Association have joined with DPA in the event. He wished, “Such a unity may flourish in future.”

The print luminaries in the new team comprise the president - AMSG Ashokan; vice president (North) - Vinod Rajpal; vice president (South) - Nagasundar; vice president (East) - Shyamal Chandra Basu; vice president (West) - Prakash Joshi; hon. general secretary - CD Kumaravel; hon. joint secretary - Arvind Mardikar; hon. treasurer - Rajesh Sardana; chairman-PAMEX-2013 - SR Sharma; adviser to PAMEX and chairman, Beauty Mart - Manoj Mehta; immediate past president - Govind Bhargava; past president - Vijay Kumar Chopra; president of DPA - Arun Berry and MD of Tafcon - IP Wadhwa.

In his welcome address Arun Berry said that it was his privilege to felicitate the new team on behalf of the largest affiliate of the apex body. The past president of AIFMP Vijay Kumar Chopra wished that they should work in tandem for upliftment of the Indian printing industry. Vijay Mohan pointed out to Chopra as being the head of Punjab’s associations, should now bring together all Punjab and Delhi’s associations under one umbrella so that the entire North can work jointly.

In his presidential address AMSG Ashokan suggested that each one of his team should follow the right path in achieving wonders and asserted that being united not only we could flaunt our strength in India but in the international arena too.

Get ready for interpack 2014: No other show has more to offer

Udo Schuertzmann, managing director, Messe Dusseldorf India; Werner M Dornscheidt, president & CEO Messe Dusseldorf Germany; Fredbert Klefenz, president packaging technology at Robert Bosch GmbH and Xavier Rebello, executive director, Messe Dusseldorf India during recently organised get-together in New Delhi to promote interpack 2014.The world’s most important trade fair for the packaging sector and related processing industries, interpack 2014 is scheduled to be held at Dusseldorf Exhibition Center, Germany during May 08-14, 2014. Its 19 halls have already been booked out by the official deadline for registration at the end of the February 2013. As in previous editions, about 2,700 exhibitors from 60 countries are expected from industries ranging from food and beverages, confectionary and baked goods to pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, non-food consumer goods, industrial goods and related services. Besides, sustainable packaging solution, flexible packaging and technology of the future, there is so much more to discover at interpack 2014. The last edition of the event in 2011, attracted 2,703 exhibitors and 1,65,000 visitors, of whom 84 percent were decision makers at the respective companies.

This year there are some new events parallel to the show which includes: Components for Processing and Packaging – an additional exhibition for suppliers to the packaging industry. The previously held Innovationparc Packaging (IPP) – now a regular feature at interpack presenting practical approaches from areas such as packaging design, material and machine construction to fight the problem in concrete way will be staged under the motto of Save Food. Also, the Metal Packaging Plaza 2014 – premiered at the last edition of interpack has now become a new meeting point.

Paperex 2013 to span 14 halls at Pragati Maidan

informed Gagan Sahni, senior manager marketing, International Trade and Exhibitions India Pvt Ltd (ITEI). Here, he shares more about the upcoming Paparex 2013, to be held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from October 24-27, 2013. Excerpts.

The industry statistics…

Indian paper industry has been showing a phenomenal growth and is expected to grow at a rate of ~6.4% CAGR to 15.5-16Mt up to FY17. “India, the 15th largest paper manufacturer, is the world’s fastest growing paper market; producing however, only ~2.6% of its total output. The per capita consumption in India stands at only 9.3 kg as against 42 kg in China, 22 kg in Indonesia, 25 kg in Malaysia and 312 kg in the US,” shared Gagan Sahni, senior manager marketing, International Trade and Exhibitions India Pvt Ltd (ITEI), and the prime architect of the brand Paperex.

“The Indian paper industry is classified into three main segments–paperboard and industrial packaging (paperboard) comprising ~45% of the industry, followed by printing and writing paper (p&w), accounting for ~35% and newsprint segment (newsprint) covering ~20% of the domestic paper production,” he added.

Challenges in the paper industry…

On asking about the challenges in the Indian paper industry, Gagan replied, “There are quite a few challenges to the Indian paper industry. These include: weakening of Rupee against Dollar affecting the imports, thus affecting the competitiveness of the Indian paper industry. While, the increase in raw material, energy and financing cost has put enormous pressure on the cost of production and at the same time, lack of power supply to the paper manufacturing units affecting the paper production.”

He also pointed out the fact that though India has a large available pool of unskilled and skilled workforce and the advantage of very low manpower costs; the outdated labor laws, however, (some predating India’s independence) are not conducive to a sound operating environment.

Paperless office: how is it affecting the paper industry?

The world is moving towards paperless offices and print runs are decreasing, so is it a threat for the paper industry? “The need for paper cannot be undermined. The paper requirement is growing phenomenally in packaging and speciality paper segment. The demand for paper may be decreasing in offices but surely increasing in the household segments. Government is giving special emphasis to education in the country which has resulted in increase in demand of paper as well,” replied the enthusiastic Gagan.

On Paperex 2013, New Delhi…

Paperex is now in its 11th edition and the number of exhibitors and the exhibition space has been surpassing its own past performances. “This year Paperex will be held in 14 exhibition halls covering 22,500 sq m exhibition area. As of now we have over 400 confirmed exhibitors, while our target is over 500 exhibitor for this year’s Paperex. A special thrust has been put on inviting international participation for Paperex and there will be group participation from China, France, Germany and Taiwan,” informed Gagan proudly.

“This year exhibition will be organized on a mega scale. Prior to the exhibition, we plan to organize a press meet and road shows to promote this leading business event. Besides, the exhibition is being promoted at industry platform meets and in trade media. Moreover, various activities during the exhibition are planned to ensure the quality audience at the event. This will include a three day international concurrent conference on “Global Pulp and Paper Industry: Problems and Prospects”, to be organized by Indian Agro & Recycled Paper Mills Association,” he added.

On asking about the support from other trade associations, Gagan replied, “We have support from all the major trade associations in India and abroad who are promoting this event. The event is being promoted by worldwide network of ITE Group Plc. Regular direct mailers and e-mailers are also being sent to promote the event.”

As a matter of fact, leading industry associations like the following have given their support to Paperex: AIAI (All India Associations of Industries, India); IARPMA (Indian Agro & Recycled Paper Mills Association, India); IPPTA (Indian Pulp & Paper Technical Association, India); CPPRI (Central Pulp & paper Research Institute, India); FPTA (Federation of Paper Traders Association of India); APPITA (Technical association for the pulp and paper industry of Australia and New Zealand); ABTCP (Brazilian Paper and Pulp Technical Association, Brazil); PI (Paper Engineers Association, Finland); ZELLCHEMING (German Pulp and Paper Chemists & Engineers Association, Germany); TAPPSA (Technical Association of Pulp & Paper Industry of South Africa); TAPPI (Technical Association of the pulp and paper Industry), USA; UPMA (U.P paper Merchant Association, India); and WASME (World Association for small and Medium Enterprises, India).

On a concluding note…

“The best in the paper industry will be showcased at Paperex 2013. This business event would add tremendous value to the knowledge of all those who visit Paperex,” concluded Gagan.

ExpoPrint 2014, Latin America

In Latin America, ExpoPrint is the most important printing event and in 2014, it will be held at the TransAmérica Expo Center from July 16 - 22, very soon after the Soccer World Cup. According to figures presented at Drupa 2012 by Werner Dornscheidt, the CEO and president of Messe Düsseldorf, ExpoPrint Latin America ranks as the 5th largest printing fair in the world. “Latin America is no longer an adjunct, it has become a hub for attracting investments, a solution for the directing of trade that, previously, was concentrated in the First World which is now stagnant. The ExpoPrint numbers confirm the growing curve of the importance of Brazil and Latin America and this will certainly increase in 2014”, said Sandra Keese, director of APS Feiras e Eventos which is the organizer of ExpoPrint Latin America 2014.In 2014 the event will feature two additional pavilions, making a total of 7 pavilion halls for the exhibition in São Paulo which is the industrial and commercial heart of Brazil.”

Ipex 2014 to host Open Day at London ExceL

The Ipex 360 Committee: (In back side) Andrew Thornhill (Informa Exhibitions), Scott Logie (St Ives), Norman Revill (York Mailing and Pindar), Richard Allen (AD Communications), Jon Bailey (ProCo), Malcolm Lane-Ley (Anton Group), Ruth Clougherty (Informa Exhibitions), Tim Ainsworth (Communisis), Roger Pitt (Headley Brothers), Angelina Stojsavljevic (Informa Exhibitions). (At the front) Elni Stofberg (AD Communications), Trevor Crawford (Informa Exhibitions), Patrick Martell (St Ives), Amanda Lovelock (Honda Trading Europe Ltd).Ipex 2014 will host an Open Day at the event’s new home, London ExCeL, on November 20, 2013. Attendees will receive a comprehensive update on Ipex 2014, including briefings on the planned visitor features and content programme, as well as the international marketing campaign and worldwide PR strategy for the event. In addition, participants will hear from Ipex President Patrick Martell and other thought leaders in the fast-evolving global print industry. The Open Day will also give delegates a significant head start with their own exhibition marketing, with practical tips and tricks from Simon Naudi, CEO of Answers Training International on maximising their exhibition ROI as well as the necessary information to access Ipex’s co-marketing opportunities and generating pre-event coverage in influential industry publications.

Throughout the day, Open Day visitors will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the Ipex partners, including Events in Focus (accommodation). Trevor Crawford, Ipex 2014 event director, commented, “With Ipex 2014 only six months away, we’re entering an exciting phase in the build-up to the event. The Open Day has been carefully developed to provide attendees with everything they need to know.” IPEX is the biggest event for print, publishing and media within the English speaking world. More than 1,200 exhibitors are expected to present innovative product and technologies at the fair itself.

Earlier the Ipex 360 Committee met with the event organisers in London to discuss plans for the event. The committee deliberated the best ways to combine the event’s features and robust programme content to ensure maximum visitor engagement and benefits, in addition to the wealth of technologies that will be showcased by exhibitors.

Amanda Lovelock, print specialist, special products & materials group at Honda Trading Europe Ltd, commented, “For specifiers and marketers, Ipex 2014 will provide the opportunity to see and hear about the latest print applications and opportunities, and how it fits in with multi-channel marketing campaigns. I look forward to seeing features like ‘Inspiration Avenue’ and ‘Future Innovations’ that promise to deliver a host of ideas and takeaways that can be put into practice.”

The next Ipex 360 Committee meeting will take place in December 2013.

India International Printing & Packaging Fair (IIPPF) debuts with a moderate start

The inaugural edition of India International Printing & Packaging Fair (IIPPF) held recently at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi from August 06-09, 2013 marked a good start with future perfect vision on digital printing. Organised by India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), the fair witnessed a spectrum of focus exhibits on printing and packaging machineries as well and technological excellences.

Formally inaugurated by Rita Menon, chairperson and managing director, ITPO along with some captains of the industry, debut edition of IIPPF turned out to be a platform where major trade associations and leading industry players gathered to make new businesses and joint ventures. At the opening session, Rita Menon also released an exclusive directory of the Members of Delhi Printers’ Association.

Spotlighting a wide range of printing and packaging equipments and machineries, key segments covered at IIPPF include pre-press, post-press and finishing, packaging, converting machines and other innovative developments as well as time-saving novel solutions.

Seminar on future of digital printing

Onset of IIPPF set off with a thought-provoking seminar titled ‘Future Vision - Digital Printing’ conducted by a panel of eminent industry leaders, namely, Ranjan Kuthari, former-president, All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP); Pankaj Kalra, associate director & head production system group, Xerox India; and V Balakrishnan, executive general manager, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India. The seminar focused on the advent of digital printing which will be supplementing and complementing the existing offset printing industry.

Digital printing, which has generated tremendous interest across numerous industrial sectors in recent years, is set to flourish in India in the coming decade. In this concern, Pankaj Kalra pointed out that today’s business needs to have shortened the turnover time of ideate to print in less than four hours. There is an urgent need to replace older technology with the latest machines equipped with advanced speed, security and transparency. He further stated that the success of digital printing can be attributed to economies of high-quality print for short runs.

According to V Balakrishnan, future of offset v/s digital printing is mainly influenced by the market innovations and cutting-edge technologies. He further said, “Convenience is the key to today’s technology and the industry would continue to innovate.” He added that customisation, personalisation and colour have become obvious. Talking about the advantages of inkjet printing over laser printing, he informed that digital inkjet can accommodate much larger sizes compared to laser. He concluded, “Although the world is gradually drifting towards paperless office, the printed world is here to stay.”

In his keynote address, Ranjan Kuthari complimented ITPO for launching IIPPF 2013 to make the Indian printing and packaging sectors globally competitive. He mentioned, “Future trends of the digital printing indicate new growth patterns which would affect the related SMEs.” He further added that these future machines and innovations are amenable to operation even by less technically equipped operators. Wrapping-up of the seminar was marked with proposal of votes of thanks from Kamal Chopra, general secretary, Offset Printers’ Association, Ludhiana.

Exhibitors speak

“This initiative taken by ITPO is really a good. I see a good future prospect of this exclusive fair.”
-Chintan Mehta, Knowell Corporation, Mumbai

“First edition of IIPPF marks a good start; looking forward to seeing big success in future.”
-Shubhangi Tyagi, Jona, Delhi

“Indeed a good job of ITPO as this fair is focused and fruitful.”
-Manish Jaimini, GBT New Delhi

“We are happy that the exhibits are very selective and focused.”
-SN Patel,
Patel Enterprises, Mumbai

“Overall presentation is good and quite promising for more in the coming editions.”
-Sanjiv Chanda,
Integrated Graphics Solutions, New Delhi

“IIPPF is good for its compact and focused nature.”
-Anurag Gaur,
Naman Enterprises, Delhi

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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