The must attend shows in 2016

From Drupa to Frankfurt Book Fair to Fespa. From Delhi Book Fair to Labelexpo to Screen Print, Krishna Naidu brings you the best shows around the world.

09 Feb 2016 | By Krishna Naidu

Digital Media India 2016 Conference

Date: 22-23 February 2016
Venue: Holiday Inn, New Delhi Aerocity
Highlight: The Digital Media India conference is organised by Wan-Ifra India. The Digital Media India 2015 held from 10-11 February had attracted more than 100 delegates. This included speakers from Schibsted, BBC News, Apple Daily, Quartz, Mather Economics, and The Indian Express. This year the conference is based on five themes and those are audience data analytics, digital advertising and ad-blockers, mobile, social media and online video.
Why should you attend the show?
The 2016 edition of Digital Media will highlight the global ideas for engaging the audience and generating the new revenue models for a sustainable digital news business and to find out how innovation in devices, platforms and delivery is shaping the digital news business. The key speakers at the conference are Sanjay Trehan, business head- digital content and syndication, Hindustan Media, India, Gautham Pai, group managing director at The Manipal Group, Ben Shaw, director, global advisory, Wan-Ifra, and Salil Kumar, chief operating officer, India Today Group Digital.
PrintPack Arabia 2016
Date: 22-25 February 2016
Venue: Expo Centre Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
Highlight: The inaugural Print Pack Arabia 2014, held at Expo Centre Sharjah in April 2014, being the launch edition, it attracted 88 exhibitors and 4,236 trade visitors during its four-day show with the support of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and our Co-organiser’s Indian Printing, Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers Association (IPAMA).
The flexible packaging industry in the Middle East and Africa was valued at 4 billion dollars in 2013.
Why should you attend the show?
The show will feature special pavilion for screen printing, one of the cost effective printing technology and it will also feature paper manufacturer and dealers under one roof. Visitors will be having access to the regional industry.
Romancing Print 2016
Date: 24-25 February 2016

Venue: Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar, Haryana

Highlight: All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) had organised the first conference ‘Romancing Print’ in New Delhi on February 25, 2011, witnessing over 300 delegates including offset and digital printers, print suppliers and machinery manufacturers.

Why should you attend the show?
This event is an opportunity for printers in the region to have a look into the ‘romancing’ technologies available for them in order to reduce cost and increase productivity especially in the present day scenario of immense competition.
PackPro Expo 2016
Date: 25-27 February 2016
Venue: Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai
Highlight: The 7th edition of PackPro Expo 2016, formerly called Southpack is one of the region’s known packaging and processing exhibition. Intel Trade Fairs & Exposition are also the organisers of PrintExpo 2016 held from 12-14 August 2016 at the Chennai Trade Centre; Chennai The show is expected to have around 200 exhibitors from all over country, and good number of footfalls from all over India. Intel also hosts a bi-annual show in Kochi, Print Miracle, along with the Kerala Master Printers Association.
Why should you attend the show?
More than 150 exhibitors are expected to be present at the show. Exhibitors like Moldtek Packaging, Nordson India, Robatech India, Uflex will be present. The show is expected to attract 10,000 buyers and decision makers.
Fespa Digital 2016
Date: 8 -11 March 2016
Venue: Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam
Highlights: The 10th anniversary of Fespa is themed around: Digiman (digital printing), Textilewoman (textile printing) and ESEman (signage).
Why should you attend the show?
The European Sign Expo will take place alongside with Fespa Digital 2016, showcasing innovations in non-printed signage. The debut of Fespa Textile will offer visitors an overview to digital textile printing including garment decoration, soft signage and interior textiles.
For the first time in digital tradeshow history, Fespa will cover the largest floor space with 450 exhibitors occupying 42, 000 sq/m, over seven halls at the RAI Exhibition Centre, representing a growth rate of 159% from its inception in 2006. Ricoh is one of the new additions to the exhibitor portfolio for the 2016 edition. Showcasing its latest software and hardware technology, and other first-time exhibitors for Fespa Digital 2016 are: AT Graphix, ATS Colore Digital, CWT Tools, Excel Plastics, FH-Union UK, Impronta Gadget, Luscher Tschudi, Provis and Pals Print.
London Book Fair
Date: 12-14 April 2016
Venue: Olympia, London
Highlights: The London Book Fair (LBF) is a must attend for printers and publishers of English speaking nations. The Indian printers, publishers and service providers will be present at the show; Manipal Technologies, Parksons Graphics, Multivista Global, Repro India, Almats Branding Solutions, Sheth Publishing, Gita Publishing House, and Nutech Print Services.
Why should you attend the show?
The 31st International Publishers Congress, 9 April to 12 April 2016, will take place at the London Book Fair for the first time. Delegates to this international gathering will hear from speakers from 17 countries including Chiki Sarkar, CEO of Juggernaut Books (India), Francis Gurry from the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organisation, and Singaporean publisher Fei Chen Lee of Times Publishing Group. The Congress is organised by the International Publishers Association in partnership with the UK Publishers Association and the London Book Fair.

Screen Print India 2016

Date: 6-8 May 2016
Venue: Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre (BEC), Mumbai
Highlights: The Screen Print India (SPI) tradeshow which will focus on screen, textile and digital printing had made its North India debut in 2013 and Vietnam in 2015. Screen Print returns to Mumbai.
Why should you attend the show?
The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), USA and IPAMA have confirmed their support to Screen Print India. The ASGA board meeting will be held in Mumbai, post-Screen Print India 2016.
Drupa 2016
Date: 31 May-10 June 2016
Venue: Dusseldorf, Germany
Highlights: This is the biggest daddy of them all. The last edition of Drupa saw 1,850 exhibitors participation with around 3,14,500 visitors from 130 countries in attendance. The Indian participation with 15,000 visitors was the second largest after Germany 1,23,000 visitors. Five Indian companies have confirmed their presence at the Drupa.
Why should you attend the show?
Print is reinventing itself - hence, it’s important to visit Drupa to understand what to invest in especially now that we live in a multichannel communications world.
The B2 size inkjet sheetfed will blossom at Drupa 2016, with both Konica Minolta and Komori perhaps launching their respective kits which were shown as concepts during the last edition. In addition, to the ten to twelve colour narrow web presses, keep an eye on applications like hot foil embossing in wine and spirit labels.
The Drupa innovation park 2016 (DIP) will be the focal point for the industry’s latest inspiring and creative developments. The six theme parks will display the current trends and topics, along with business cases associated with process-oriented print and publishing solutions. The DIP is the path for the young companies and start-ups as well as global players with forward looking solutions and applications to present themselves.

PackPlus 2016

Date: 27-30 July 2016
Venue: Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
Highlight: PackPlus, the total packaging, processing and supply chain event, brings niche shows under four distinctive zones on one business and networking platform. The PackPlus show during the four days exhibition handed out the more than 13,000 badges in 2015.
The 2015 edition saw a 30 per cent rise as compared to the 2014 edition of the show. The International Packaging Conclave conducted in an alongside hall at the venue was exploring new terrain as it focused on the growth of the organised of retail, e-commerce and its impact on packaging. The event had touched upon the issues that affect packaging through the entire value chain in interactive sessions and deliberated on new materials, tools and systems that can help connect the dots in the entire process.
Why should you attend the show?
The end decision makers from top and middle management from various industries including pharmaceutical and chemical, food and beverage, dairy and meat, engineering, garments and textiles, and logistics will benefit by visiting the show.
IndiaCorr Expo 2016
Date: 8-10 September 2016
Venue: Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre (BEC), Mumbai
Highlights: In 2015, IndiaCorr Expo had gathered 4,683 trade visitors from 25 countries and 153 plus exhibitors. The show is Indian version of the world’s leading trade show, Sino Corrugated, takes place in China every year.
Why should you attend the show?
120 live machinery, equipment and solutions under one roof plus a networking conference and technical seminar – ICCMA Congress 2016.
Media Expo
Date: 29 September to 1 October 2016
Venue: Pragati Maidan, Delhi
Highlights: The Media Expo hosted all over India (in January 2016 in Mumbai) has its main edition in Delhi. The 2015 edition of Media Expo had talks about growth in the wide-format segment, new technologies, from flatbed wide-format machines to the use of eco-solvent, dye sublimation and UV. Profile of the exhibitors are based on sign substrates, sheeting, coating, hot-stamping, heat transfer, packaging materials, designers, papers, ink systems and more.
Why should you attend the show?
The show is visited by ad agencies, media planners, art directors, brand managers, and marketing professionals.
All in Print China 2016
Date: 18-21 October 2016
Venue: Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC), China
Highlights: All in Print China 2016, the 6th China international exhibition all about printing technology and equipment. The event is a platform to meet the needs of the exhibitors, visitors, organisers of All in Print China, and to experience the market development and communication of the printing industry in a faster pace.
Why should you attend the show?
All in Print China will extend its support to Drupa, raising its warmth to the top of Asia. All in Print 2016 will carry Drupa’s torch and the latest technologies to China, attracting more Chinese producers and enterprises to participate and communicate. This year, the six halls including outdoor sections individually will be themed to present precise categories of the exhibition.
Frankfurt Book Fair
Date: 19-23 October 2016
Venue: Frankfurt, Germany
Highlights: The biggest book show in the world. The 2015 fair boasted a total of 275,791 visitors.
Why should you attend the show?
Nowhere else does the industry show itself in a more multifaceted, innovative and international light, for the five days in October, then this is the place to be. Plus this year, the Netherlands and Flanders will join together in a collective presentation as Guests of Honour. The Dutch and Flemish ministers of culture, Jet Bussemaker and Joke Schauvliege, had signed the contract with Juergen Boos, director of Frankfurt Book Fair.
Paperex South India
Date: 11-13 November 2016
Venue: Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai
Highlights: Paperex has established itself as an international business platform for interacting with the stakeholders in the industry from across the globe, promoting business and giving a fillip to the growth and development of paper, pulp and allied industries in the country.
Why should you attend the show?
Organised by the International Trade and Exhibitions India, in association with Indian Agro and Recycled Paper Mills Association, Paperex is an internationally renowned series of exhibitions and conferences focusing on the pulp and paper industry, held biennially in India.
Labelexpo India 2016
Date: 17-20 November 2016
Venue: India Expo Center, Greater Noida
Highlights: The 2016 edition of Labelexpo India has shifted to the India Expo Centre in Greater Noida (Delhi-NCR), the same venue as the very successful PrintPack 2015.
Why should you attend the show?
Labelexpo India is the largest label event in India. It is one of the world’s fastest-growing label markets, attended by all the key label printers in South Asia, with more products, launches and live demonstrations.

PackTech 2016

Date: 15-17 December 2016

Venue: Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre (BEC), Mumbai
Highlights: The organisers of the show are expecting the trade fair to attract around 250 exhibitors, with the exhibition space area 14,000 sq/m. Euromonitor International shows the Indian demand for processed and packaged food is set to rise by about 31% by 2019. During the same period, the soft drinks sales are even expected to rise to more than twice their current level.
Why should you attend the show?
From 2016 onward, the International PackTech and Drink Technology India, the two trade shows will be complemented by FoodPex India. Bernd Jablonowski, global portfolio director for packaging and processing at Messe Dusseldorf, the organisers of International PackTech India and FoodPex India, said, “In 2014, Messe Dusseldorf and Messe Munchen were presenting products and solutions at the two trade fairs. It’s a logical step to enhance, the range by adding a dedicated platform under the name of FoodPex, a brand which we previously launched in China.”