The otherwise scattered industry came together in full force at the first edition of Screen Print India under the Messe Frankfurt umbrella. Inaugurated on 20 April 2018 at Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, Screen Print India hosted 94 exhibitors from 6 countries including India and 5,738 professional business visitors keen to understand the industry in better way. The trade fair had strong support from associations like Asia Screen Printing & Graphic Imaging Association (ASGA) and Screen Printing & Graphic Imaging Association.
Looking at the trends set by this edition, Mr Raj Manek, Executive Director and Board Member, Messe Frankfurt Asia Holding Ltd said: “The screen printing industry is going through a major revolution with majority of the companies adapting digitalisation. Many manufacturers and suppliers are looking forward to invest in the Indian screen printing market, making Screen Print India an excellent addition to our group of exhibitions. I am happy to say that we have received an enthralling response for the first edition and we are confident that Messe Frankfurt India will take Screen Print India from strength to strength over the coming years.”
The international exhibition on screen, textile and digital printing solutions saw many exhibitors launching new technologies and giving live demos to the visitors, demonstrating the quality of their products. Stalls were bustling with enquires and many companies including J N Arora, Photokina, Skyscreen and Duratech Automation confirmed to have closed deals on the show floor.
Thrilled with response received at the fair, Mr Aakash Sheth, Managing Director, Photokina Chemicals said: “I personally think screen printing segment is growing abundantly especially in terms of the textile industry and a platform like Screen Print India is a great way to showcase that. We have come up with a new technology called hydrographics in other words it means water transfer printing. This technology allows you to print on any surface and shape. Screen Print India 2018 has been a great platform for us to showcase this style of printing and we have received an amazing response, with footfall on a rise. I really like the quality of customers who visited our stall and we have also closed a few deals at the show.”
With every industry in India jumping on the eco-friendly bandwagon, Screen Print India also had many companies exhibiting eco-solvent inks and other related products. First time exhibitor Mr B Murali Dharan, Greenways Tech Solutions, said: “Looking at the current scenario where many hazardous products are being banned, we feel going eco-friendly is the need of the hour. Although there are many cheap alternatives available in the market but we don’t wish to comprise on the quality of our products.”
The visitors on the other hand were a mix of veteran professionals wanting to shift from traditional to digitalisation and technology enthusiast looking for the latest machinery in order to grow their business. Either ways, these business visitors had focused agendas leading to serious business discussions and a strong network base for long term partnerships.
Sharing his experience after visiting the show was Mr Ravi Humane, Owner, Commercial Screen Art. He said: “We have been into manual printing for many years now and our main reason to attend Screen Print India 2018 is to understand the current market and adopt new technologies. As everyone is moving towards digitalisation, Screen Print India has helped us evaluate the latest trends in the industry.”
Talking about the industry in general and his views about the first edition of Screen Print India with Messe Frankfurt, Mr Chirag Modi, Proprietor, Creative Stick Art said: “Since the time UV technology was introduced into screen printing, it has developed at a very fast pace in India. Many printing companies are now interested in investing in screen printing indicating that the sector is growing. As far as the show is concerned, it is very well managed by Messe Frankfurt India. The stalls look great and the show is very spacious and organised. I am very happy with the exhibition.”
Apart from exhibitor and visitor satisfaction, Screen Print India 2018 hosted technical seminars that highlighted the use and advantages of many new technologies entering into the market. Some of the topics highlighted at the seminar were Screen Making (All Aspects, All Audiences), Plastisol / Water-based Ink Curing Parameters for Garment Printing, and Digital Printing Technology: Current State of Technologies.
Another highlight to this key trade fair was the Screen Print India Awards that celebrated the excellence of craftsmanship in this industry. The awards was a glitzy affair where a list of eminent screen printing companies were recognised for their skilful work in the industry. Some of these prize winning specimens were displayed for everyone at a dedicated space called the SPI gallery.
Overall, setting a positive tone for the future editions, Screen Print India will have another successful edition in Delhi 2019.
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Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,500* employees at some 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €661* million. Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent). * preliminary numbers 2017
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