What’s drupa to the printing industry, interpack is to the packaging and processing segment. The exhibition opens on 4 May and will be a 7-day affair where companies will showcase products and solutions from the fields of packaging technology, related processes and packaging materials from the F&B segment, pharma, cosmetics and industrial goods. According to interpack officials, this year interpack has recorded the highest demand among exhibitors in the history of its show editions. More than 2,500 exhibitors fro over 60 different countries are expected to display their machines and solutions at the event.
The exhibition highlights include displays by Bosch, Siegwerk, Stora Enso, Hassia Packaging, Alpha Plastomers, Heidelberg and its Swiss subsidiary Gallus, Mettler-Toledo, Multivac, KBA and more.
Our editor Naresh Khanna, along with our Mumbai correspondent Shardul Sharma and European editor Ron Augustin, will be there to cover the mega event. We will also bring to you a comprehensive coverage of Metpack, the most important meeting place for the international metal packaging industry, which takes place from 2-6 May 2017.
No Acche Din for Indian printers so far
Two of the most active printing associations in the country announced at a press briefing on 13 April 2017 in Mumbai that printers are compelled by current circumstances to raise the prices of their services across the board in order to stay afloat. After the agitation by corrugated box manufacturers and their industry associations regarding the recent hikes in liner prices, the Bombay Master’s Printers Association (BMPA) and Mumbai Mudrak Sangh (MMS) together with the All India Federation of Master Printers called on the media to help them reach print buyers and apprise them of the urgent need to revise print prices upwards.
According to the two Mumbai associations, the print and packaging industry has been struggling for the past year, and especially the last two months, against unprecedented price hikes in paper and board—a key component which constitutes more than 60% of the total selling price of print products and services. They said that print buyers on the other hand have largely resisted any price increases and are unwilling to raise their print purchase prices, thereby putting immense pressure on the survival of a large number of printers.
At the press briefing, president of the BMPA Mehul Desai said, “Mumbai and the apex body of All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) have come together to apprise the industry of the severity of the situation. Over the recent period, the cost of maplitho has gone up by 12% to 28%, kraft [liner] paper by 30%, recyled board by 15% to 18% and virgin board from 6% to 10%. If we do not mitigate the situation now, most printers will either run into losses or simply shut down. In this regard, we are soliciting the support of print buyers across the country in revising print prices by at least 15%, without which most of us cannot survive.”
The effects of steep price hikes in raw materials, including paper in the past several months, coupled with the extension of credit periods to print and packaging buyers, have added to the financial stress of even well-run and efficient print businesses.
– From the editor’s desk