IPAMA says, "Punjab printers misguiding industry"

By 22 Sep 2014

A group of printers from Punjab have launched a campaign on Facebook to boycott PrintPack 2015. IPAMA top management has said, "This is an attempt to misguide the printers and our industry."

The leading trade fair in India for the print, packaging and related processing industries, PrintPack 2015 will be staged from 11  to15 February at the India Expo Centre, Greater Noida.

KS Khurana, the president of IPAMA, who are the hosts of PrintPack, said, "A small faction of printers in Punjab are trying to misguide the industry by rumouring that IPAMA has approached the government to ban the import of used machinery."

He said, "No doubt IPAMA has has been taking up with the Government of India, for almost a decade, on restricting import of very old machines which mostly are not worth the price paid."

He stated there is a reason for this, "Many printers are suffering because of the unworthy machines. Our intentions can never be against the interest of printers.  It is evident from the fact that we always allow dealers of used machine in PrintPack which happens to be a manufacturers show. We request our printer brothers not to be misguided by such baseless rumours."

When asked by PrintWeek India what steps IPAMA about "imported machineries", Khurana replied, "The role of IPAMA is clear; we don’t say don’t buy. We have to produce quality in India. Whichever technology is not available in India, you can definitely import it because you have to produce a good quality product. But if a machine technology, which is comparable with the kit produced overseas, we should try and use it instead of going for a second-hand or a third-hand imported equipment. Herein, I request the printer to help the manufacturer to build the machines with the local resources."

With this in mind, IPAMA has dubbed the 12th PrintPack as number three in the world. And the show in February 2015 event will hope to reach out to other stake holders like Indian ink and paper manufacturers; as well as print associations.

Khurana is bullish. He said, “IPAMA is a part of Global Print, an international federation of printing industry members created to further the interests of manufacturers of printing, paper-making and converting machinery, equipment and consumables.” As a result of this, IPAMA has promoted PrintPack 2015 at shows in Malaysia, Korea and USA.

Khurana added, “One of our aims is to ensure unity and a great show for the Indian print industry."

Exhibitor bookings are open; and indicators are the show should be fully booked. IPAMA is hoping that PrintPack 2015 will fill all of India Expo Centre’s halls and the event’s net 40,000sq/m (with hangars).

PrintWeek India is the official media partner for PrintPack 2015. PrintWeek India will support IPAMA and promote PrintPack 2015 plus produce the show daily and regular eBulletins.

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