Events & Exhibitions

SmartCards Expo 2014

SmartCards Expo 2014 was successfully held in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, from October 15-17, 2014, along with its concurrent conferences/workshops.

Pamex promotional activities gear up

The All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) iconic show PAMEX 2015 is fully geared up and started its promotional activities on National and International Platforms. Pamex had its presence felt in the recently concluded Labelexpo India from October 29 – November 01, 2014.

With the fervent response from the manufacturers and suppliers of printing and allied industries at the PAMEX stall during Labelexpo India, the indication is that PAMEX 2015 is set to surpass all the previous records of exhibitor and visitor attendance.

Pamex 2015 marked its first international presence at the recently concluded All in Print (AIP) China from November14 – 17, 2014, the 5th edition. AIP, the China International Exhibition for All Printing Technology & Equipment is organised by Printing Technology Association of China, China Academy of Printing Technology, and Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co Limited. AIFMP and Print-Packaging.Com (P) Ltd, the event managers of the 10th edition of Pamex 2015 promoted the show with great enthusiasm. Not only the Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, but also the German and USA exhibitors at All in Print China have shown immense interest in the show. The exhibitors having their channel partners in India made a point to collect all the information about the show.

PAMEX 2015 returns to Mumbai, the 'maximum city' after a gap of 8 years and the printing and allied industry is looking forward for this exposition.

Printpack India 2015: A ‘Make in India’ show

To be held from February 11-15 at the India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida, Printpack India 2015 is poised to be a bigger and better show. With the show almost booked two months prior to the event, the organisers are upbeat with the response and are now focusing on attracting more visitors to the show. Here, CP Paul, general secretary, IPAMA shares more about the show, in conversation with P&P editors SK Khurana and Varsha Verma. Organised by IPAMA, PRINTPACK INDIA 2015 is poised to be unique, highly innovative and a trend setter exhibition of the Indian printing and packaging industry. A most sought after platform for a host of new launches for machines and equipment, the exhibition will demonstrate today and tomorrow’s technologies and inventions. It will offer excellent opportunities for interaction with the overseas members of the printing & packaging fraternity for entering into joint ventures, collaborations and sourcing of jobs.

The venue for the show, India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida, Delhi NCR, has world class facilities of international standards. The exhibition is planned to be spread over in four halls and four hangars, covering gross area of 35,000 sq m. “Delhi/ NCR is an ideal place for printing exhibitions as 75-80 percent of exhibitors are from North, with major digital players from Delhi, post-press from Punjab and web press from Faridabad,” told CP Paul, general secretary, IPAMA.

According to Paul, the complete exhibition space has been sold out. “We have exceeded our targets and have booked 17,300 sq m net space as compared to 13,800 sq m last year. We have roped in 65-70 new exhibitors and the number of total confirmed exhibitors till now has reached to 350,” he shared.

On asking about the number of overseas exhibitors to the show, he replied that they are just around 30 and this low number could be because of the fair coinciding with the Chinese New Year and a print exhibition (Print China 2015) in China. “But, we take this as a positive sign for us as we largely wish to promote our indigenous printing machinery manufacturers,” he added.

Apart from the mind-boggling displays, synchronising with the event, there will be seminars on ‘Color Management’ on February 12 and ‘Future of Web Offset Printing’ on February 13, 2015. Organised in collaboration with NPES and the International Color Consortium (ICC) the seminar on ‘Color Management’ themed as ‘Manufacturing Success with Colour Management,’ will set to explore the ubiquitous issues of colour management.

While, the seminar on ‘Future of Web Offset Printing’ will be organised with Vibes Academy, Chennai. “Besides, we will also be providing facility for our members to hold workshops for their customers,” shared Paul. “For ensuring maximum footfall, series of promotional meets for visitors and printers have been held, covering various part of the India like Pune, Mumbai, Surat, etc. At all these meets, the response from the industry was simply overwhelming,” told Paul.

IPAMA is now set to hold such road shows in Kochi, Coimbatore, Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Hyderabad, Satara (Maharashtra), Latur (Maharashtra), Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Sholapur, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Ludhiana, Chandigarh and Lucknow; besides, in neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Nepal, etc. “Last year, we had around 70,000 visitors and we hope to attract around 1,00,000 visitors this time,” expected Paul and said, “We are also coming up with TV commercials for the first time to make Printpack India popular among the masses.” For the benefit of the visitors to the show, IPAMA will be providing shuttle service from metro station to the venue of the show. “Besides, we are tying up with corporate like Dabur, Sony, Samsung, LG, Moser Baer, etc, wherein we will provide transportation to their staff to come and visit the show. Few of the corporates have already agreed,” he informed. “The idea is to educate our customers’ customers on the latest in the technology available today.”

The timings of the show would be 10 am to 6 pm. Adequate efforts have been made to offer best facilities for refreshments, better washrooms, directional signages for better navigation, parking space, waterproof German hangars, etc. “There will be beautiful landscaping in the central area where information counters will be installed,” added Paul.

Some of the facilitators to the show would include Dara Projects (P) Ltd (Fabricator of Outdoor Hangar, Octonorm Stands and beautification of outdoor area); Orient Marine Lines Pvt Ltd and PS Bedi & Company Pvt Ltd (Freight Forwarders & on-site material Handling agents); Golden Wings Tours Pvt Ltd (Travel Partner); Acme Designtech Pvt Ltd (Architectural Services) and Zest Events & Services (onsite registration).

Associations from China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, US, Malaysia, Korea, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and from other countries have also assured to extend their full support for the forthcoming Printpack India 2015, along with their business delegations. Digital Showcase: also to be a focus

With the increasing trends towards print-on-demand (POD) and newer initiatives by companies like Canon, HP, Konica Minolta, Ricoh, Xerox and others, remains the heart of any print show. In Printpack India 2015 also, majority of above mentioned companies shall be displaying latest machines and their numerous applications. Canon India’s spokesperson shared, “In Printpack India, we will be showcasing our newly launched imagePRESS C600/C700/C800 series and also displaying our new range of six colour wide format printers. Apart from that, our flagship product C7011VP will also be present along with DreamLabo gallery, Arizona UV printer sample gallery, etc. There will be a couple of other products as well to substantiate that Canon as one stop solution for all the digital equipment across different verticals.”

drupa 2016 set for success: The new drupa!

Worldwide industry and its global players support this leading international trade fair to present their latest print and crossmedia solutions. drupa 2016, the leading international trade fair for print and crossmedia solutions, is already set for success. Worldwide industry and its global players are giving their clear support for the next drupa, and many have booked larger exhibition space than for the previous show. Even now – 17 months before the start of the show on May 31, 2016 – 80 percent of the exhibition space is confirmed as booked. If this trend continues, drupa 2016 will once again, as throughout its 60 years history, be sold out and will cover the entire marketplace relating to print and crossmedia. International global players and market leaders will be at drupa 2016 alongside upcoming and innovative companies from around the world. Werner M Dornscheidt, chairman of the board at Messe Düsseldorf gives his initial assessment, “In the light of the challenging environment, this is a more than outstanding result. No other industry event worldwide – neither the small, regional niche events nor national trade shows – can offer what we can. This result clearly confirms that our strategic realignment with its focus on future-oriented and highlight topics is correct. “

‘touch the future’: Future technologies and markets in sight

Under the motto of ‘touch the future’ drupa 2016 will focus more heavily on future-oriented technologies such as printed electronics, 3D printing and inkjet printing with its industrial applications. These innovative technologies are driving the market forward and are opening up significant opportunities and growth potential worldwide, primarily in the field of packaging, functional and industrial printing.

According to Smithers Pira (UK), sales in the packaging print sector will rise annually by four percentage points to US$ 970 billion by 2018. There are also indications of growth in the industrial and functional printing sector. Since 2008 this market, that includes printing processes for the production of decorative and laminated surfaces, ceramics, vehicle parts, promotional items or electronic products, has risen annually by 13.4 percent and in 2013 achieved a volume of US$ 43.7 billion. Experts from InfoTrends (USA/UK) currently value the market at US$ 100 billion. “We recognised the growth potential of these markets very early on and successfully set in motion the special ‘PEPSO’ (Printed Electronics Products and Solutions) exhibition at drupa 2012, for example”, explains Werner M Dornscheidt. “At drupa 2016 we will cover this topic with additional events in the specialised programme and in the form of special shows, known as ‘touch points’.”

The market for 3D printing is developing even more dynamically. The global market volume is currently estimated at around US$ 2.2 billion. The Association of German Machine and System Engineers (Verband Deutscher Maschinen - und Anlagenbau) that recently founded the company Additive Manufacturing, is anticipating an annual growth rates of 25 percent. “We have therefore developed the ‘3D fab+print’ brand specifically for this market segment,” says Werner M Dornscheidt. “At drupa and other relevant Düsseldorf trade fairs, we are joining forces with other exhibitors in 3D printing technology and bringing greater focus to the entire topic of 3D”.

The response from the industry to this strategic realignment at drupa is clearly positive, as confirmed by the level of registrations. Claus Bolza-Schünemann, chairman of the drupa exhibitor advisory board and executive president of Koenig & Bauer AG, welcomes the ‘new’ drupa. “In the online age there has been much discussion in our sector about the usefulness of trade shows. However, the internet simply cannot replace direct contact with people and ideas in the global print and media marketplace, or indeed direct experience of the latest technologies and solutions for this enormously varied market.

Werner M Dornscheidt (L)  and Claus Bolza-Schünemann (R)At drupa 2016 we are again expecting lively interaction for both tried & trusted and the very latest ideas in all areas of print and crossmedia. The slogan ‘touch the future’ clearly highlights the focus on innovation and new concepts. New topics such as functional printing, printed electronics or 3D printing will be reflecting the capacity for change and the need for innovative printed matter in our industry far beyond the confines of the trade show halls. KBA will certainly be there once again!”

The relevance of drupa for the entire sector is also underlined by Kodak: chief marketing officer Steven Overman says, “Kodak looks forward to being at drupa 2016. You’ll see Kodak’s process free plates that reduce environmental impact, systems that make smart packaging more eye-catching, the world’s fastest and highest quality inkjet presses, and micro 3D printing processes to mass produce touch sensors.”

The relevance of new markets and target groups was recognised early on by drupa 2016 exhibitor Mimaki and as a result the company is giving the show its full backing. According to Mike Horsten, general manager marketing, Mimaki Europe, “Our expanded portfolio consists of a myriad of printing solutions for any print service provider. drupa delivers a heterogeneous attendee crowd and offers exhibitors and visitors alike the chance to get inspired to touch and print the future - we have to be there.”

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG is also giving its full backing to drupa. “drupa 2016 will be an interesting milestone for us to present our integrated offset and digital technologies with the corresponding services and consumables - in a new dimension. In line with present market requirements we will be demonstrating innovative solutions alongside our partners in Düsseldorf,” says Harald Weimer, executive board member at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG and member of the drupa committee.

Crossmedia and multichannel:
Printing in the time of the
internet, big data, web-to-print
& variable data printing

The internet and digital communication overall has changed print in a fundamental way. This is emphasised by the current ‘drupa Global Insights’ report entitled, “The effects of the internet on printing – the digital flood”. Interaction is the name of the game. Big data, web-to-print, variable data printing and internet-supported tools such as augmented reality and QR codes characterise and impact the entire cosmos of printed products and the complete workflow.

Here drupa is pulling out all the stops with its highlighted topic of multichannel printing. Hewlett-Packard, an active member of the drupa committee since 2013 and a top ten exhibitor at drupa, confirms the new direction. “Communication between people is evolving just as quickly as technology,” reflects Francois Martin, worldwide marketing director at HP Graphics Solutions Business. “The new crossmedia strategy at drupa with the integration of digital and analogue printing as well as print and online will show that the printed product continues to play a key role in communications. Change in an industry requires courage and firm decisions. The realignment does exactly that and I hope that everyone realises that a new journey is beginning. The new drupa stands for effective and sustainable communication in a social, mobile and cloud-based world.” EFI, a company that has also very recently become an active member of the drupa committee and top ten exhibitor at drupa 2016, also believes that drupa is taking the right path: “In a world where the ‘future’ quickly becomes ‘now’, drupa 2016’s realigned aim to ‘touch the future’ perfectly describes what visitors would like to see,” says Guy Gecht, CEO, EFI.

Another company offering definite support for this strategic realignment is another top ten exhibitor at drupa 2016 – Konica Minolta. Toshitaka Uemura, general manager, CP Business Division/Sales Headquarters, Konica Minolta, Inc explains, “With drupa’s strategic realignment and particular focus on print & crossmedia solutions, package printing and highlighting the industry’s innovative strength, Konica Minolta is the perfect match for drupa 2016” Also giving their backing to the digitisation of the sector and the repositioning of drupa is Landa Nanographic Printing.

“Our choice of drupa 2012 as the launch platform for Landa Nanographic Printing was the start of an incredible journey, both for us and for the industry. We expect that drupa 2016, at which we will almost double our stand space to some 2,600 sq m, will be another historic milestone on the road to the digitisation of the printing industry,” states Ila Bialystok, VP of Marketing, Landa Digital Printing.

After analysing all the registrations, the 19 trade fair halls will be structured according to the individual industry areas and topics starting at the end of 2014. The specialised programme – such as the drupa innovation park, the drupa cube or the ‘touch points’ theme parks – will be designed accordingly.

Hunkeler Innovationdays 2015

From February 23-26, 2015, the Hunkeler innovationdays event will be held at Messe Lucerne exhibition facility in Lucerne. Visitors can have in-depth discussions, make new contacts and discover innovative ideas and solutions dealing with every aspect of digital high-performance printing and paper processing. In the two new trade show halls in Lucerne, visitors will find more than 40 realworld production solutions. More than 80 exhibitors – from wideranging areas including prepress, print and finishing, printing substrates, consumables and finishing materials as well as software – will all be in one place to provide expert advice.

The innovationdays will be complemented and rounded off by top-quality forums like the DOXNETon- Site event (on February 25, 2015) conducted by the Document Xperts Network. Hunkeler and its partners will also use the event to present exclusive world premieres. For more information visit at:

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