PAMEX 2023 was a success even before the show opened its doors to visitors on the 27 March. The optimism that was detected among the printers in the roadshows across the country leading up to the event was also evident among the exhibitors. It had visibly manifested in the investment that they had made in setting up their customized booths. “It’s not unusual to see happy exhibitors at the end of the first day of the exhibition. I’m seeing happy exhibitors even before the show has started,” remarked Prof. Kamal Chopra, Past President of AIFMP.
“The enormous turnup from the industry people can certainly be attributed to the path of revival of the markets and return to normalcy,” said Reveendra Joshi, President, All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) and Chairman, PAMEX.
The good cheer and bonhomie were infectious and percolated into the inaugural function. Though the start was suitably solemn, with the address by Raveendra Joshi that was followed by messages by Prof. Kamal Chopra and Manoj Mehta, Past President, AIFMP & President, Forum of Asia Pacific Graphic Arts (FAPGA).
Raveendra Joshi, in his inauguration speech welcomed and appreciated the participation from the industry. In his address, Manoj Mehta mentioned how the show has grown over past editions in terms of area and the number of exhibiting companies. He also added that the special zones for product and technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Flexible Packaging and Labels added lot of value to the Show.
Then followed a pledge taken as ‘a Proud Printer’ that was conceptualised by the Poona Press Owners’ Association (PPOA), where all dignitaries that included the Presidents of supporting associations, office bearers, past presidents, and the members of the governing council of AIFMP all joined in.
The dignitaries at the function included Raghabedra Baruah, General Secretary, AIFMP; P Chander, Imm & Past President, AIFMP; Nitin Narula, Vice President (North), AIFMP; Bidyut Ranjan Nag, Vice President (East), AIFMP; Anant Vishwanath Joshi, Vice President (West), AIFMP; Rahul Mahajan, Joint Secretary, AIFMP; Rakesh Sondhi, President, Indian Printing Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA); Sandesh Tere, President, Screen Printer Association of India (SPAI) and Manish Shah, Vice President, Indian Corrugated Packaging Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (ICPMA), joined by Tushar Dhote, Co-Chairman, PAMEX- AIFMP and Anil Arora, President, Print-Packaging.com Private Limited.
The guests stayed on for the unveiling of the exhibitors’ catalogue and then also the cutting of the ribbon taking the program into unscripted territory. Not to be left behind, Seeta Ram, a prominent printer and industry stalwart from Nepal arrived with scarves from the Pashupatinath temple to facilitate the dignitaries. He also presented models of the famous temple to Joshi and Chopra.
Even while Tushar Dhote, Co-chairman, Pamex led the dignitaries on a guided tour of the exhibition, the visitors started filling in the halls making the exhibitors busy, and it stayed that way for the next four days till the curtains came down on the 2023 edition of PAMEX. During these days 33,812 unique visitors had been recorded.
The show had grown by over 25% over the previous edition and boasted of over 450 exhibitors. Running machines all over the three halls added to the allure. Many products were launched for the first time in the Indian market. All the action was captured on the four large screens adorning the exhibition for all the visitors and exhibitors to witness.
The visitors came from all over the country and abroad. At least 31 Indian states and union territories and 28 countries were represented among the visitors. The feedback from the visitors was unanimous in the appreciation of the value they got from the visit. “World class!” remarked a visibly impressed Ramesh Kejriwal, Chairman, Parksons Packaging- who spent several hours at the exhibition. While exhibitor after exhibitor spoke eloquently about the quality of visitors and the amount of business that they concluded on the grounds itself. “At PAMEX this year, our focus was on showcasing sustainable and low-wastage machines. The Show has really been successful for us as we sold nine of our machines here,” shared Pooja Rajpal from Zhongke India.
“Since the 80’s we have been participating in PAMEX and have seen it grow over the years. This year we could see even more high-quality visitors who showed great interest in our products and also in the new demo centre we have recently launched. We are connecting the visitors LIVE from here to the centre, helping them ‘experience the new’. We are pleased to get such a tremendous response at the Show.” said Sheena Parikh from Technova Imaging Systems.
NAEP, GPEA & VCPLA Awards
One of the starry highlights of PAMEX 2023 was the National Award for Excellence in Print (NAEP) and the Global Print Excellence Awards held on the evening of the third day of the event- at the J W Marriot, Sahar. The event focused on celebrating and awarding the hard work of the experts in the industry that drives the quality and standards to new heights. In a first, the awards were given away by prominent exhibitors and technology providers to the industry.
AIFMP conferred the coveted Viren Chhabra Print Leadership Award (VCPLA) to Col Comdt. Prof. (Dr) Rajendrakumar Anayath, Vice Chancellor DCRUST, Murthal (Sonipat) at the event. Anayath is an Indian researcher, educationist and consultant with more than two decades of experience in result-oriented research, consulting and training in the global graphic arts industry. Eminent guests and invitees from the printing fraternity, joined by PAMEX exhibitors attended the award function, followed by the networking dinner.
The exhibition was organized by All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) in association with Print-Packaging.com Private Limited. The next edition is scheduled from 6-9 February 2024 at the same venue of Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. “With PAMEX 2023, the journey of Convergence has come midway! We look forward to the finale in 2024,” concluded Anil Arora, President, Print-Packaging.com Private Limited.
Vaidy, Suba Solutions, “We launched our all new Lamifoil Ulta Flute Laminator at the Show. We have received huge response for this and other machines on showcase.”
C Giritharan, FILIGREE- “This is our third participation at PAMEX. The expo helps us find the right and focused trade visitors We are quite happy that one of our flagship machines, HAUTAI-760, has been booked during the expo.”
Pawandeep Sahni, OMET India- “We exhibited for the first time at PAMEX and are really happy with the response. Printers are coming to us with relevant questions and they are happy to find the printing solutions here.”
Bharti Aggarwal, NBG Printographics Machinery- “We are thrilled to be part of PAMEX as this expo has turned out to be a right platform for introduction and presentation of our flagship machines. This year we are quite happy about the footfalls we received and could also have a reunion with our existing clients, besides meeting the potential ones.”
Manish Gupta, Konica Minolta India- “PAMEX has been good for us and we got good enquiries for production printing and MGI label printing machines.”
Shariq Khan, Sahil Graphics- “At PAMEX, we always expect good results. We have finalized sales deed with a customer in Mumbai for SBM 460.”
Mukesh Sharma, BRD Manufacturing-“We did not showcase any machine but participated to meet good quality customers at the show. The set-up of PAMEX is very good and there are good footfalls. Gujarat is one of our main markets and at PAMEX, we are now focusing on the customers from Maharashtra”
Arnab Maiti, Esko- “We presented the Esko software solutions at the Show and the amount of leads we collected here is huge. It has really been a wonderful show for us.”
Vikram Sarin, VIG Graphics, Faridabad, Haryana- “PAMEX is always a prolific platform and productive meeting point for the printing and packaging industry. It is quite interesting to meet the industry people
after the long pandemic shutdowns and slowdown”
Bhavna Gole, ARK Infosolutions- Corel Draw, Mumbai- “This is the first time I visited PAMEX and I can say that from the design point of view, it has been great learning experience- a great exposure.”
Kanubhai Shah, Shakti Offset, Ahmedabad, Gujarat- “After the years of pandemic woes and stoppage in business, we finally found a chance to meet the industry fellows in closer proximity, sharing latest developments in machines and technologies as well as overall business right here at PAMEX 2023.”
Gopal Shah, Varda, Mumbai- “It has been a long time since we have not upgraded our machine portfolio because of the pandemic shutdown. Now, we feel free to invest and upgrade our rigid box machine portfolio for which PAMEX 2023 is the right platform.”
Dilshad, Line & Colors, Calicut, Kerala said, “We are basically into the signage printing business. At PAMEX 2023 we could explore some good packaging printing machines for our business diversification into the new sector. The machines on showcase are very innovative and impressive.”
Shreeraj Shetty, Reifenhauser India Marketing- “I have recently joined the printing and packaging industry and an exhibition like this is a great exposure for people to generate business, share knowledge and spread awareness about every new trend.”
Anila Srivastava, HUL- “Pamex always brings out the best from the printing and machinery industry. The show tells us what painting adaptations are for the packaging industry and how we can apply the best technological enhancements to our packaging. It is interesting to look at various players from the industry and what they are exhibiting.”
Big ‘Deals’ at PAMEX 2023
- Ample Graphics sold its B Flute Corrugation Line to Award Offset Printers, Silvasa.
- Ashwin Enterprises sold thirteen machines including Vulcan SC350 and FC700 on the first day of the Show.
- Autoprint Machinery launched and sold two machines at the show- Autoprint Fine Coat 105 Drip Off and Dextra 80 HF.
- Bobst India signed four deals for its Bobst folder-gluer machines.
- Boxtech Sealed a deal for its carton folder gluer with Vihul Colorpack Private Limited, Nagpur.
- Chemo Graphic International sold its G-Series sample marker & plotter to Pooja Enterprises, Mumbai.
- Creofoil closed a deal of its Smartfoil machine.
- DGM signed a total of 16 deals machines in the four days of the show, including SmartFlute X 1450 Automatic Flute Laminator to Sattik Packaging Kolkata; Die-cutter folder gluer to Santoshi; SmartFold fully-loaded to Enterprise DesignoXperts New Delhi, Die-cutter to MJ Global Noida and SmartfFold 1100PC to Raj Pactech Gujarat.
- Emerging Graphics signed four deals for the PK 0705 Plus kit and two for Iecho BK4-1312.
- Esko closed deals for flexo pre-press and platemaking technology with Calprin, Kolkata.
- FILIGREE sealed a deal of HUATAI-760 automatic flatbed die-cutting machine with Creation Offset & Carton, Belgaum.
- Fujifilm India sold two of the flagship Revoria Press PC 1120 to Indot & Foto Flash.
- Global Print N Pack signed a deal for a KDX automatic lamination machine hot knife.
- Gayathri Machinery sold Touchline CF 375 at the Show.
- Hariram Engineering sealed deal for two machines HR201 and HR 109.
- Indiacot sold its flagship foiling machine to Susobhit Printers, Haryana.
- J K Steel Enterprises bagged multiple deals in the show, including one to Mumbai based Fine-Arts.
- Komori India secured 20 deals for sheetfed offset printing presses.
- Konica Minolta closed a deal with Usha Prints from Bengaluru for its AccurioLabel 230 and another deal with Navratan Offset for its AccurioShine 3600 powered by MGI.
- MonoTech sold two RICOH Pro 7200X to Kamala Press, Varanasi and Aakar Print Pack Dhule, Maharashtra.
- Nippon Color sold six units of Cron CTCP to Punjab Kesari Group.
- Pinnacle launched its new foiling machine which is useful for screen as well as digital printing and sold fifteen of them.
- Pratham Technologies announced the sale of ten machines by the end of the third day of the Show.
- Print Tools closed a deal for fully Automatic Turret Rewinder to RX-LABEL USA.
- Robus India confirmed orders worth INR 10 crore at the Show.
- SASG sold three Dripmaster and screen-printing machine to Suraj Print Pack Ahmedabad and one of its LED UV System to Shree Varnishes, Hyderabad.
- Sona Graphic Machinery sold Five machines- Heidelberg CD 102 5-Color coater, Komori L628 Lx, Heidelberg Sorsz Alcolor, Heidelberg SM 74 5-color and Heidelberg CD 102 4-color.
- Standard Mechanical Works closed deal for Rigid Box and folder box production machine with Bengaluru based MA Prints.
- TechNova sold one of its buzz-creating flagship product Duplo DDC-810 digital spot UV coater to Bengaluru based MA Print.
- The Printers House secured two orders for Orient presses.
- UV Graphics sold its state-of-the-art ULTRAFLEX UFO flexographic film & label printing machine to Star Offset Sticker Private Limited.
- Xerox sold more than thirty machines including Iridesse, Versant 280, Primelink C9070 production machines.
- Zhongke India secured multiple orders for products from its comprehensive range of solutions, including automatic die-cutting machine, the WH-1050SS to Vadodara-based VS Packaging.
Companies like Alpana Visual, Canon, Fair Deal Engineers, Five Finger Exports, Impel Services, Keenmatics, Line-O-Matic, Minosha and Ronald Web Offset also closed several deals at the Show.
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