A hiatus of 3 years had left the printing industry yearning for physical events. The 15th Printpack India was slated to be held from 3rd August 2021 onwards but due to continued perception of re-emergence of Corona virus, it was postponed to 26-30 May 2022. The industry has gone through traumatic time due to the pandemic and the difficulties faced thereafter due to rising raw material prices, shortages and increased freight rates. Recognising the need to support the printing fraternity, the governing Council of IPAMA led by Rakesh Sodhi as President, who are the organisers of this premier show, decided to offer the stands at much lower rates.

In his inaugural address Sodhi said, “In an effort to address the economic duress of our fellow industry colleagues and IPAMA members faced due to Covid and rising prices, we have on compassionate grounds provided space to all the exhibitors at highly subsidized rates to regain the lost momentum &  motivate the members of the industry. This has in turn resulted in an overwhelming response from the industry with participation at a grand scale from all exhibitors with over 25000 square meters of space sold. We are sure all visitors will benefit from all exhibits displayed as also from the live demos of running machines“. The opening day as is usual at major exhibitions have a lower footfall however due to the doubts of success in the aftermath of a pandemic, the lower attendance did give rise to the fear that this show may lack in attendance. On the following day two of the show, the crowds started pouring in from all over the country making it a vibrant successful show. The printing fraternity across the entire supply chain gave resounding “Thumbs Up” to Printpack India!

A total of 487 exhibitors displayed their wares, materials and services. The exhibitors were not only limited to conventional printing and converting but came from diverse segments of printing and packaging that included Digital printing, Embellishing, high speed Web printing and Converting, Finishing equipment, Inspection systems, Tooling, IT related support systems, Corrugation, Flexible packaging, sustainable options for packaging like paper bags, Paper Stationery and a lot more. Material suppliers included those of Paper, Films, Embellishing and other Foils, Inks, Adhesives, Varnishes, coatings, etc. The whole show was spread over 10 halls with hall 5 and 7 solely dedicated to the labels industry. The images of my walk through the show are displayed below in two parts, first in the labels dedicated area and the second part is in the rest of the show.

The labels Area and more

It was heartwarming to see printers from all over the country visiting the show. They exhibited their firm resolve to get back to exhibitions, acquire knowledge and plan expansion. What was missed is the foreign running presses at this show. However, despite the challenging situation and uncertainties in mind, leading Indian press manufacturers who have in recent times upgraded and taken their equipment to international levels,  were there with their running presses.

Faridabad, Haryana head quartered press manufacturer Multitec’s patriarch Shanti Pal Ahuja was conferred the lifetime achievement award at the inaugural function for the exhibition. They displayed their all servo E3 label and packaging press. Shanti Pal Ahuja’s son Amit Ahuja who heads Multitec was at the show, supported by his wife Ashima. More on Multitec is available on this blog at https://harveersahni.blogspot.com/2010/12/aspiring-for-global-attention.html

UV Graphic Technologies led by Abhay Datta has made giant strides in their label Press and related machines in recent times. They displayed their press which attracted the interest of leading label printers in the country. The excellent stand display with a well-stocked bar reminded one of the European shows which are greatly missed due to the hiatus. On display was their Ultra flex UFO-450 10 colour full servo LED UV combo film and label press using 42 servo drives. Also on display were a host of other post press equipment and ancillary equipment. Their story is available on this blog at https://harveersahni.blogspot.com/2021/08/abhay-datta-printers-tryst-with-machine.html

Ashish Patel led Shri Export Import displayed  the AKO label press made in China which they eventually plan to manufacture in India.

Ahmedabad based R K label Printing Machinery also displayed a host of their label presses and other equipment

Other press manufacturers who had stands without running presses include Gallus/Heidelberg, Alliance and Bobst. Digital printing equipment manufacturers included HP Indigo at the Technova stand, Konica Minolta, Monotech, Xerox, etc.

I now share my walk through the show;

Ranesh Bajaj and Kiran Prayagi colour Management Specialist at the Vinsak Stand

Written and compiled by Harveer Sahni, Chairman Weldon Celloplast Ltd. New Delhi, Author and mentor https://harveersahni.blogspot.com and www.labelsandpackagingworld.com June 2022