30 percent bigger show attracts 30 percent more visitors.
Despite the incessant rains, visitors kept pouring through the four days. At the end of the last day when the curtains came down on the ninth edition of the event, 17136 unique visitors had been issued their visitor badge.
“We have been exhibiting from past nine years and thought the show was at its peak last year when we saw humongous number of visitors inquiring but this year it had been even better as we got more active queries which we are sure we would turn into deals. We look forward to PackPlus’17 and believe that it will bring more opportunities to us,” said Sofiya Sheikh from Hilda Automation.
Over 325 exhibitors including international and foreign companies rubbing shoulders with domestic giants and startups had an element of interest for every visitor. The more than 200 running machines of different applications and several innovations and product launches had the veteran attendees also riveted. The Automation Industry Association (AIA) knowledge pavilion focusing on Package 4.0 was a special attraction.
“PackPlus is a platform where one not only gets to see the latest technology from across the world but also gets to network with people from the packaging industry. We never miss a single edition as the show been very beneficial for us,” said Rajesh Lalwani, a visitor from Pioneer Packers, New Delhi.
Leading players in all the traditional segments reported strong enquiries and deals. Ishida India, Nichrome, Bosch, Hayssen Flexible Systems, Uflex Limited, Hilda Automation, Parle Agro and many others confirmed unprecedented response. The Packaging Product Pavilion occupied the entire Hall no12 was expectedly looking the most vibrant with arrays of packages ranging from labels, decorative sleeves, tin containers, cartons and other specialised products. Ajanta Print Arts, A & A Labels, Any Graphics, Decorative Sleeves, Pragati Pack, Pearl Polymers et al. were pleased with the large presence of the brand owners. The Flexible Packaging Converting machinery suppliers, without exception, were busy attending to the steady flow of converterrs. Pelican, Uflex, SP Ultraflex, Expert, Sudha and others were flush with enquiries. Kody and C Trivedi and company reported closing several on venue sales.
In the background of the booming Carton Converting business, the debut of CaronTech was greeted with enthusiasm by the visitors. As a result, Zhongke India, Autoprint, APL Machinery, Sodhisons, Ample Graphics and Xhuai India were among the busiest stands and also generated serious enquiries and business. HP had unique presentations for the Brand Owners on setting new standards for their brands with the use of Digital Printing.
On the third day of the Show, International Packaging Conclave took place with the theme-Print Optimisation & Colour Management for Flexible Packaging. 20+ experts from the industry came togetherfor a daylong session where more than 200 delegates including Brand Owners, Package Converters, Packaging Technologists, Procurement Professionals, Print Specialists, QA, Managers, Pre‐Press & Media Professionals, Designers, Material &Equipment Suppliers and Consultants attended. The programme was produced in partnership with leading industry players including Windmoller & Holscher, Dupont, Kodak, Siegwerks, Esko Graphics and Xrite.
“The show has been growing over 30 percent year-on-year, since our return to Pragati Maidan in 2014. We expect the trend to continue next year and will have the coming edition spread over Hall 8 to 12 A in a gross area of over 16000 Sqm” revealed Neetu Arora, Director, Print-Packaging.com (P) Ltd., the organisers of the Show.
PackPlus 2017 will be held from 3-6 August, 2017 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.