India Hosts One of the Largest Events in the Label Printing Industry
Labelexpo India took place between 17th and 20th November in New Delhi. The event showcased the latest technologies, featuring live demonstrations and seminars.
Last year’s Labelexpo confirmed its place as one of the top annual events in the industry, attracting almost 8,000 visitors from 54 countries. This year’s show proved to be bigger than ever.
The three day event featured more than 200 exhibitors coming from as far afield as Europe, the USA and East Asia. While the total number of attendees is still to be confirmed, organizers confirm that it exceeded last year’s 7,927 by some margin, despite a change from last year’s location in the centre of the city to the new Expo Centre in the outer suburb of Greater Noida.
A Thriving Industry
The show was formally opened by a group of dignitaries from the labelling industry, including Sunil Jain, the President of Delhi Printers’ Association; Lisa Milburn, the Managing Director of Labelexpo Global Series; Pradeep Saroha, Country Manager of Labelexpo; James Samuel, Labelexpo’s Events Portfolio Director; Sandeep Zaveri, the President of LMAI; and Rajesh Nema, the Honorary Secretary of LMAI.
The latest technology was on display, providing the tools to help print businesses stay relevant and in front of the competition. Labelexpo saw more product launches than ever before, indicating the strength and growth of the industry, both in India and worldwide.
After the show closed its doors on 20 November, Lisa Milburn remarked: “We are delighted with the way the show progressed. We have received great feedback from the exhibitors. This year, we have seen increased sales concluded in comparison to previous editions of the show. This is the benchmark for success.”
One such deal was completed by Sai Enterprises, a Bangalore-based trade shop. The company ordered its second Esko CDI 4835 flexo plate imager from Belgian supplier Esko Graphics.
Sai’s Chief Executive, Mr Neelakandan Gopalakrishnan, commented: “We felt the need for a second imaging device primarily to support the growing demand in the market and to deliver quality plates in a short time. The reliability and quality of the Esko CDI Imager and the support we have been receiving from Esko Graphics India helped us decide to go for the second imager from Esko.”
What is Next?
Labelexpo is organised by UK-based media group Tarsus. Their next event will be Labelexpo Europe, which will take place between 25th and 29th September 2017 in Brussels. Like Labelexpo India, it promises to be bigger than ever. Tarsus has increased last year’s space by almost 25%, bringing it to eight halls in total.
The next Labelexpo India will be held between 6th and 9th December 2017, and will again be at the India Expo Centre in Greater Noida.
Event Director Jade Grace stated that this year’s exhibitors could not wait to come back, and that by the conclusion of the show, 40% of next year’s space was already booked.
Commenting on the new venue, Ms Grace remarked: “Initially, we were little nervous whether visitors will warm up to the new venue. However, the visitors’ footfall in the last four days has proved that change of venue was not a cause of concern.”