As the dates for PAMEX 2023 are coming closer, the growing enthusiasm around the industry in the country is discernible and was amply evident at the Indore event.
The PAMEX Roadshow reached Indore on its fourth stop on 24 January 2023 at the Brilliant Convention Centre with registrations crossing 300 in numbers. The event witnessed visitors in large numbers from Bhopal and Ujjain who all converged with local attendees of Indore for the afternoon to evening event, where the Table-top Exhibition started off at 2 PM and the Conference began at 4 PM.
All throughout these one-day events, the theme of ‘Convergence in Print’ is highlighted with the industry experts joining in to share, discuss and educate the attendees on the pros and cons of adopting it as a business strategy.
The Indore event was a joint effort of All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) and Indore Master Printers Association (IMPA) and was organised in association with Print-Packaging.com Private Limited The event was supported by Bhopal Master Printers Association, Indian Plastpack Forum, Federation of Corrugated Box Mfrs. of India (FCBM), Madhya Pradesh Corrugated Box Manufacturers’ Association and Ujjain Print & Media Association.
The inaugural lamp at the Conference was lighted by Raveendra Joshi, President, AIFMP; Umesh Nema, President, Indore Master Printers Association- IMPA; Vineet Jain, President, Federation of Corrugated Box Mfrs. of India; Sachin Bansal, President, Indian PlastPack Forum- IPPF; Rajesh Nema, President, Label Manufacturers’ Association of India- LMAI; Amit Shah, President, Bombay Master Printers’ Association- BMPA; Sanjeev Sureka, President, Madhya Pradesh Corrugated Box Manufacturers’ Association- MPCBMA; Manoj Agnihotri, President, Bhopal Master Printers Association- BMPA; Deepak Sharma, President, Ujjain Print and Media Association- UPMA; Tushar Dhote, Co-Charmain, Pamex, AIFMP and Anil Arora, President, Print-Packaging.Com Private Limited.
The welcome address was delivered by Umesh Nema, President, IMPA, who spoke about Indore not just being the cleanest but also one of the fastest growing cities of India. He assured full support to PAMEX where lot of printers and converters from Indore and nearby cities will be visiting.
In his presidential address, Raveendra Joshi, President, AIFMP and Chairman, PAMEX spoke about the great response that PAMEX 2023 had been receiving, He said, “PAMEX, the flagship event of AIFMP, has gained momentum over the years and 2023 is set to break all previous records.” He also spoke about the AIFMP Bhavan, which is aimed to develop IT related skills, applicable for print, packaging, printed electronics, 3D printing and publishing domain.
Tushar Dhote, Co-chairman, PAMEX, AIFMP, then gave a presentation on PAMEX, talking about its history and the current status of the 15th edition of the Show, where only few stalls remain available for booking. “The Show is very near and so the visitor registrations have started on full swing. The theme of ‘Convergence in Print’ has resonated well with the industry and the visitors are going to witness several new technologies at the event this year.”
The Panel Discussion at the conference was moderated by industry veteran, V Vaidyalingam, Director, Suba Solutions Private Limited Raising some very interesting questions around ‘Convergence in Print- The Way Forward’, he held the interactive session with Aditya Pahuja, Colours Packaging Solutions India LLP; Gaurav Nema, Pragati Graphics & Packaging Private Limited; Amit Shah, Spectrum Scan Private Limited and Amit Khurana, Technova Imaging Systems Private Limited. Talking about what Convergence meant for each of them, Amit Shah said, “Convergence is the using of various ideas, techniques & machines to give a favourable outcome.” He also stressed on the importance of sustainability, which according to him will be imperative in the future of packaging.
Gaurav Nema shared that during covid the concept of convergence was applied in various segments, like for example- the food-safe packaging with reduction in touch points and online buying was driving convergence in print during pandemic, while bringing in dimension of sustainability in packaging.
Stressing more on sustainability Aditya Pahuja said, “Flexible packaging is growing by 33% PA and it’s is a good opportunity for us. In such a promising and growing market, we wish to build sustainability through multi-pronged approach.”
Sharing his thoughts on the theme of convergence, Amit Khurana stated, “Change is only the constant thing and one must be ready for this. Speed and innovation should be kept on radar as next 10 years are the golden period for Indian print industry.”
At the end of panel discussion, Amit Shah shared a video on the making of his very famous 50+ feet Spectrum Express steam engine created with corrugation board. He had also put the miniature of the art on display at the PAMEX Roadshow table-top exhibition area.
Rajesh Khatwani, VINSAK India then took over the dais for a technology presentation on ‘Connected Packaging’. Speaking about the importance of track and trace in today’s scenario, he gave a brief on how technology makes it possible to get full information of a product through a simple barcode.
Pawandeep Sahni, OMET India has been a part of all the four roadshows conducted till now and will also join the upcoming ones. His interactive presentation on ‘The Convergence Mindset- How to encash on the biggest opportunity in Print’ has been well received at all venues. According to him, Convergence can have different meanings for different people. “It is important to identify your definition and work towards that direction,” he said. He also feels that costs plays an important role in the process. “A tight control will ensure high success of convergence business as with each new layer added, cost of operations will shift,” he opined.
Premchand Prajapati, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India, joined the event to speak about ‘Digital printing & the way forward’. Talking about the drivers of digital printing, he said, “Some of the features that is leading to adoption of digital printing includes short print runs, low initial set-up cost for print jobs, improvement in technology, variable data and personalisation.”
The event concluded with a vote of thanks extended by Pritesh Jain, Vice President, Indore Master Printers Association, (IMPA).
The table-top exhibition, running parallel to the Conference, created an opportunity for the attendees to network and talk business. The evening ended with a networking dinner, which allowed the delegates and participants to interact in an informal ambiance.
The next destination for PAMEX 2023 Roadshow is Bengaluru, where the table-top exhibition and conference will be held on 23 February 2023. The last destination of this series will be Haridwar, where the event will be held on 03 March 2023.
PAMEX 2023 is scheduled to be held from 27-30 March 2023 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. More details on www.pamex.in
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