Events & Exhibitions

“PAMEX 17 will be a digital feast for visitors” Kamal Chopra, president, AIFMP

–PAMEX is the flagship event held by the All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) since last 23 years. So, what can the visitors expect this year, shares Kamal Chopra, president, AIFMP. PAMEX 2017 will be held from December 18-21, 2017 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. Here, Kamal Chopra, president, AIFMP, shares his views about the Indian printing industry and the upcoming PAMEX ’17 to be held in Mumbai shortly.

Tell us something about the future of the printing industry in general and Indian printing industry in particular?

Kamal: Print has an unequalled history of strength and believability. It has the power to shape ideas and influence action. It is important to note in today’s world of sound bites—of fleeting impressions—of here today, gone tomorrow messages – that print lasts. It is its permanence and consistency — it is its reliability that generates the power of print. No one should ever underestimate this power. Print is more live than any other time in the past, and therefore, the future of print is brighter.  Yes the system of printing and style of working is changing, because, with the transformation, our living style is changed. For example, we today have phone in the pocket while 42 years back, it was a distant dream. Infact, many of today’s printers might not be knowing about the photo typesetters, Vandyke process, use of process camera, and even image setters – these things/processes have vanished with the time, because new and more user friendly processes were innovated.

Printing in India is growing and people are taking keen interest in this key industry now. Advent of TV and Internet has not affected the growth of printing and requirement for printing professionals. The industry has made giant strides in recent times in improving its machinery in terms of the scope, technology and speed. Computers and electronics have invaded all the departments of printing, improving quality and speed of the jobs executed with the consequent enhancement of cost enormously. In fact, the arrival of computers has complemented the printing business and has played a vital role in increasing its status as a clean profession. In India, there are more than 36 printing institutes, some of them giving even post-graduate education. Every year, more than 3,500 new printing engineering graduates join this industry, while many more get on the spot training in the print shops.

The printing industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in India. It is estimated that more than 250,000 printing companies of small, medium and large sizes exist in India, with a capital investment of over USD 2 billion.  In India about 85% printing presses are family owned. According to an estimate, the printing industry in India provides direct employment to more than 1.6 million people and indirect employment to over another 1 million. The printing sector in India has developed into a growing multifaceted business. Its leaders in graphic design, print quality and capability are nearly at par with their global counterparts. India’s printing infrastructure has changed significantly over the past decade. Many high end machines have been installed and demand is growing rapidly. Digital and hybrid machines have become popular and are receiving more investment. Most of the leading players have a presence in the Indian print market.

What according to you are the strengths and weaknesses of the Indian printing industry?

Kamal: There is no dearth of talent; Indians are known for crises management and now with more young people than any other country in the world, global industry is looking at India. Strength of Indian printing and packaging industry is again the talented youth and penetration of the industry at the remotest locations of this huge country. The only difference is slow adaptation of ‘Change’ or transformation. That may be due to capital intensive machinery and non availability of latest print education. Non availability of training/education for the latest innovations and modern systems of printing, may be is the biggest weakness for printing industry of India in my view; other being the non-investment in the research and development activities. 

Coming to PAMEX 17, what is the total expanse of the fair? Are this is sync with your targets?

Kamal: The exhibition, which was only in Hall 1 at PAMEX’15 will also expand into Hall 5. The growth target of fifty percent over the last year seems well to be on course to be achieved. A larger contingent of Chinese companies than that has ever exhibited in an Indian event is expected.

What new can the exhibitors/visitors expect at the fair?

Kamal: There will be a digital feast in store for the visitors with most of the major players active in the India having already signed up. The leading brands of offset presses are all on board. While, the exhibitors are yet to reveal their plans of what they will be showing, a very large focus on post press and packaging is foregone. Expect to see a range of rigid box making machines, hard bound galley making and folding & pasting machines.

How many visitors are you expecting at the show and from which areas?

Kamal: We have planned an extensive visitor promotional campaign that includes more than 50 road shows at three levels. At the grassroots levels, we expect to extensively cover the B and C category towns in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. At the regional level, we expect to have Road shows in larger towns like Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Indore, Lucknow and Amritsar. International destinations will include Colombo and Dhaka. We would expect visitors from all over India and the neighbouring countries. The target is to double the footfall over the last edition.

What other efforts are taken by the organisers to make it a best-in-class show?

Kamal: Our aim is to make PAMEX truly an international event, with the support of 250,000 printers, I do feel it is possible. It is for the first time ever that we organised International Media Week at New Delhi from  August 3 to 6. International Media Week is not only important for the overseas promotion of PAMEX but, it may

pave a way to convert India as the hub for export of printing and allied services.

Any message for our readers....

Kamal: The print and media industry is changing; with the inception of internet traditional printing started declining. But, at the same time, new technologies in printing are establishing themselves. Packaging, functional printing, printed electronics, web to print, 3D printing and green printing are opening up new sectors for the printers. The concept of printing in the enterprise has undergone a major paradigm shift in the last couple of years. This has created a scenario where printers have evolved much beyond their basic printing function. My only message to the printers of the country is, “Those who resist change, will lose, what they want to keep or those who merely print will be under pressure.” 

Pamex 2017- another successful show in the offing!

Building on the immense success of 2015, Pamex 2017 portends bigger bang in the upcoming edition, which is scheduled to be held at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai from December 18-21, 2017. Organized by All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) in association with (P) Ltd, Pamex 2017 is now only six months away. After the humongous success in 2015, when the show was shifted to Mumbai, Pamex is promising to be bigger and better than ever before.

A File photo: PAMEX 15“With more than 6 months to go, we are already bigger than the last edition. We are striving to get more companies on board and will make all efforts to make Pamex as huge as possible,” said Tushar Dhote, chairman of Pamex.

To that extent, Pamex has a tie-up with KVN Media, a Chinese company who are the co-oragnisers of ‘All In Print’, China. Their expertise in China’s Print industry is proving beneficial for Pamex and a China Pavilion in excess of 1000 sqm is expected at the event.

“With the Indian printing industry becoming bigger with every passing year, we have more foreign companies looking to expand their interests in India. Pamex 2017 promises to showcase the very best the Printing Industry has to offer,” said Dhote.

The event is being marketed both abroad and in India. Team Pamex has participated in various Indian and International events such as LabelExpo India- Noida, Drupa-Dusseldorf, PrintPack India-Noida, Sino Corrugated & Sino Folding Carton- Shanghai & China Print- Beijing, among others.

The promotional campaign kicks off with an International Media Week, being organized in New Delhi in the first week of August. The first of its kind event will see International Media and associations from several Asian and African countries rubbing shoulders with their Indian counterparts in an event that will focus on the developments in the Indian print industry and also provide an opportunity to the exhibitors to announce to the world, new developments and detailed plans for Pamex.

Extensive promotion through road shows is planned and will cover over 50 grassroots towns in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana, Andhra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. At the regional level, promotional events are also planned in Pathankot, Lucknow, Indore, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Chennai. Pamex will also go international this year with events in Colombo and Dhaka.

“Online visitor registrations are going better than we expected at this stage. In December, I had said we expect a 100% increase in visitors at the show. It looks like we will surpass that expectation,” said a confident Neetu Arora, director of (P) Ltd.

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Pack Print International 2017 –one stop converging platform for packaging & printing

The all-encompassing packaging and printing event – Pack Print International’s showcase line-up is tailored for the industry, with comprehensive profile of 300 companies from 20 countries covering the synergies between packaging and printing. Returning for its 6th edition, Pack Print International (September 20-23, 2017, Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC), Thailand) will present an impressive display of the best in machinery, technologies and solutions from the packaging and printing sectors. Modelled after the world’s leading trade exhibitions in their sectors – drupa and interpack, Pack Print International is jointly organised by The Thai Packaging Association, The Thai Printing Association and Messe Düsseldorf Asia. This year, on show are 300 leading exhibitors from 20 countries, including national and country groups from Germany – organised by VDMA with approved funding from Federal Republic of Germany, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Japan and for the first time, Singapore.

The biennially-held specialist trade fair – quintessentially one that is curated by the industry, for the industry, continues to gain a foothold in the region as seen through the strong participation and representation – many of which are repeat exhibitors from the packaging and printing industry leaders that include Hewlett-Packard, Koenig & Bauer Group (KBA), Konica Minolta, Duplo, Bobst, Ferrostaal, Fuji Xerox, Riso, Cyber Sm, BST Eltromat, BPS United, PMC Label Materials, Keywell Industrial, Rotometrics, Kurz, Zund Asia, Nakayama Corporation, Tsukatani, Mba International, Harn Engineering, Wah Ho Packaging, Ricoh, Thai KK, Siam Toppan, SCG Packaging and many more.

Extending this vote of confidence is Fritz Kistler, managing director of Ferrostaal (Thailand) Co Ltd, who shared that the company gained great success in 2015 and will be repeating their participation this year. “As a well-organised exhibition, Pack Print International has provided us with a much needed, strategic platform to present Ferrostaal Thailand and our partners’ products to keen trade buyers and audiences from the region.”

Asian markets driving growth in global packaging, Asia’s expansive labels market

Packaging is an essential everyday item in developed markets and this is progressively becoming the case in the emerging markets. The market for global packaging amounted to US$812 billion in 2014, and is forecast to grow at an annual rate of 3.5% to reach US$998 billion by 2020, largely driven by Asia, according to a recent Smithers Pira report - The Future of Global Packaging to 2020. File Photo: A glimpse of previous edition of PackPrint International

Alongside these global packaging trends is the expansive labels market in Asia, a new study also from Smithers Pira – The Future of Printed Labels Market to 2019 – shows the region is the largest regional producer of labels with its share expected to grow to more than 41% of the world’s value by 2019. Flexography leads the way as the most common print process in label production, although digital methods are growing rapidly, in tandem with efforts towards sustainability. Also, forming business-specific alliances, smaller countries in Asia have correspondingly become major players in this competitive region. The 10-member ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is an emerging market for label industry suppliers and converters to watch in the coming years, brought about by enhanced flow of goods, services, and investment capital.

For the end use market, food and beverage continues to be the biggest category of labels, followed closely by personal care products and pharmaceuticals.

Special Focus: Packaging at Pack Print International 2017

On the back of these market trends, the industry-leading line-up at the 4-day staging of Pack Print International 2017 will bring to life the synergistic correlation between pack and print, with an emphasis on packaging; one of which is the One Stop Pack & Print Pavilion, which will showcase 25 award-winning and creative packaging solutions from Thailand covering the food & beverage, pharmaceuticals, electronics, cosmetics and personal care sectors and more, and serve as a targeted platform where innovative packaging designs, packaging end users, packaging producers, material suppliers and machine manufacturers, can come together to source and share best practices in navigating the dynamic packaging and printing ecosystem. Framing this setting would be a focus on Packaging and Printing 4.0 – where innovation and technological advancements bring new synergies and perspectives to packaging and print – as conveyed through the three pillars of package, packaging process for manufacturing and packaging production.

On the other spectrum, label printing has been increasingly included in every aspect of packaging and printing, printing machines and post-press machines, and the labelling zone at Pack Print International 2017 will feature a dedicated showcase on label printing technology to reflect this industry shift. Exhibit range at the labelling zone will cover advanced end-use packaging applications including; food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, electronics, and extends to a wider spectrum of label printing, decoration, processing and technological applications.

Knowledge sharing by industry experts at concurrent events

Complementing the show floor is a series of concurrent conferences, seminars and technical presentations led by industry experts and exhibitors. This will include a conference on Food Loss and Waste in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. “We are pleased to collaborate again with the packaging industry in encouraging a move towards solution for the reduction of food loss and waste and look forward to this exciting event,” said A. Bennett, FAO Senior Food Systems Officer for the Asia Pacific Region.

Other highlights include a two-day International Packaging Research and Innovative Forum and the 5th Asian Packaging Network General Meeting 2017, organised by The Department of Packaging and Materials (PKMT), Faculty of Agro-Industry, Kasetsart University, Asian Packaging Network (APN), The Thai Packaging Association and The Thai Printing Association, the annual Thai Print Awards, as well as technical presentations by participating exhibitors. More information on these concurrent events will be announced shortly.

Geared up to be a one-stop converging platform for the industry and to have visitors make the most of their visit to Pack Print International 2017, networking opportunities with some 15,000 new and potential suppliers, customers and business partners expected from around the world will be made more targeted with a complimentary business matching service, available to all pre-registered visitors.

Line O Matic @ Print 17

At Print 17 (McCormick Place, Chicago, IL USA, September 10-14, 2017), Line O Matic will display BoltRB104 fully automatic exercise book machine. It operates at a speed of 400 metres/minute and converting strokes of 60 cycles/minute to make staple-pin type exercise notebooks from a paper reel. It features shaftless reel unwinding stand, ruling or flexo printing tower, cross cutting unit, sheet overlapping unit, sheet counting and collating unit, one inserter for pre-printed index sheets, one inserter for pre-printed title covers, wire stitching unit, folding unit, square back pressing unit, book front cutting unit, book separating cutting unit, book flipping & title design mixing delivery table, waste removal system, lubrication system, centralized control panel (PLC).

The machines offers high speed with greater performance, excellent quality output, advanced control system, heavy duty and robust structure, consistency in performance with quality books and low production cost with minimum manpower.


Building on the previous year’s success, PackPlus is back this year, continuing its trend of 30% sustained growth over the past 4 editions. Featuring more than 375 companies, spread across 6 halls and more than 16000 sqm, the event is expected to receive more than 20,000 unique business visitors. PackPlus- the total packaging, processing & supply chain event will be held from August 3-6, 2017 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The show has positioned itself as one of the popular exhibitions for the display of latest innovations & developments from the industry.

Packaging Product Pavilion

In 2015, PackPlus had introduced a Finished Packaging Pavilion spread across 300sqm with more than 30 companies. This year, the Pavilion has lost its tag and has grown into 2 Halls with more than 100 companies spread across 1300 sqm. Companies such as Hip Lik Packaging Products, Big Box Inc, Pragati Pack, Any Graphics, P R Packaging Ltd among others will be showcasing solutions in flexible packaging, labels, cartons, tin cans, bulk packaging, blister packaging and other specialised packaging formats.

Primary Packaging Machinery Hall

Spread across 5000 sqm, Hall 11 will house a gamut of running machines from the primary packaging sectors, covering equipment like FFS machines, liquid filling machines, pouch packing machines, multi head weighers showing latest technologies from India & around the globe. Leading companies such as Uflex (Engineering, Holography & Cylinder divisions), Ishida India, Hassia Packaging, Parle Global, SSP Packaging, Shrink Packaging, G -Tech Packaging Solutions, Orpac Systems, etc will be showcasing their latest innovations at the event.

Supply Chain Hall

Hall 12 will house the SupplyPlus event which is a concurrent event with PackPlus. Spread across 1700sqm, there will be companies such as Signode India, Millennium Packaging Solutions, Vibgyor International, Nilkamal Storage Systems, Bold Gate Resources, VM Technocoating, Alstrut India showcasing solutions in warehouse management, material handling, storage solutions and logistic packaging solutions among other verticals.

Converting Hall

With an area of more than 4500 sqm, Hall 12 A will have solutions covering flexible packaging, converting & printing, rigid box & carton & corrugated box making technologies digital print solutions on display. A range of solutions from pre-press, on press and post press solutions will provide end-to-end solutions for package converters and printers under one roof. Companies such as Uflex, Pelican, BST, Kody, Sudha Converting, Naph Graphics & APL Machinery will be showcasing their products. Large presence of paper cup making machines will be a key highlight at the event and leading manufactures and importers including AKR Machinery, Elegant International, Global Link Impex, Pritul Machines, Swastik Paper Trading Co., Vardhaman Packaging, among others will be showcasing the latest technology. Zhongke India will be showcasing their Rigid Box Machines and Automatic Paper Bag making Machines at the event.


The International Packaging Conclave has now become a much awaited annual event that sees the coming together of converters, suppliers & brand owners as it focuses on different theme every year. This year it returns with a contemporary and hot theme of Packaging Safety & Compliance. The conclave will be held on 4 August, 2017 at the International Business Lounge in Pragati Maidan. Siegwerk India will be the knowledge partner for the conclave, which will have an interactive case-study based solution format.

“We are getting close to event and all engrossed with the pre-show activities. The invitations are being printed and will be circulated soon. Visitor registrations are ongoing in full swing. We are all set for a record-breaking edition scaling new heights,” said Neetu Arora, president, (P) Ltd, the organisers of the show.

China Print 2017: focus on automation and boosting efficiency

China Print 2017 proved yet again to be a crowd puller. Large numbers of visitors (around 2,00,000) flocked into the exhibition halls on all five exhibition days from May 9–13, 2017. Following years of tempestuous growth, China's printing industry has now reached calmer waters but still achieves annual growth rates of 4 to 6 percent. Last year the Printing Equipment Industries Association of China (PEIAC) reported 4.5 percent growth. Accordingly, the sector's overall turnover was 788 billion RMB (~105 billion EUR).

In 2016, Germany exported printing and paper technology to the tune of 319.5 million EUR to China, the equivalent of 9.2 percent of the printing and paper machine manufacturers' overall export volume. “For our member companies, China Print 2017 provided yet again the opportunity to present the benefits of modern printing and paper processing technology to the Chinese trade visitors,” explained Dr Markus Heering, managing director of the German Association of Printing and Paper Technology within the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association VDMA. “China is and always will be an important and highly interesting market for us.”

Engineering companies such as Heidelberg, KBA, BW Papiersystems, Müller Martini, manroland or Windmöller & Hölscher had their own stands at the exhibition, which were well received. “Our stand is centrally located and has seen a lot of visitors since it opened,” reported, for instance, Sven Olsen, Müller Martini's managing director for Asia Pacific. First and foremost, talks with trade visitors were all about automation and boosting efficiency in their companies. A topic that the KBA stand also focussed on: workflow solutions, data-based business models and services for commercial and publishing printing as well as the growing packaging printing sector met with the keen interest of Chinese trade visitors.

However, not only the individual stands presented printing and paper processing technology with the label "Made in Germany". There were also a dozen other manufacturers exhibiting their products on the joint German stand. This stand was organised again by Print Promotion GmbH. "Our joint presence is a good and cost-effective opportunity for large and smaller medium-sized companies to attract attention in the important Chinese market", explained Markus Heering, who is also managing director of PrintPromotion.

Large companies such as Kolbus GmbH & Co KG, Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co KG were on the joint stand in Peking, as well as highly specialised medium-sized companies such as the UV specialist IST METZ, the automation expert Baumüller or image inspection specialist ISRA VISION AG. The TKM Group also used the joint stand to feature their modern cutting technology, milling tools and doctor blades. "We had many interesting talks with trade visitors from China and indeed the entire region," reported Sebastian Opiolka, sales manager of the TKM Paper Processing & Postpress Division. Visitors were particularly interested in new developments.

There was larger number of visitors from Asian countries, though there were fewer visitors from India this time which may be due to the post demonetisation effect.

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