Coimbatore, Dec 15 (PTI) With 25 per cent annual growth, digital printing is slowly replacing offset commercial printing and will take it over in another 40 years, a top official of Indian Printing Packing and Allied Machinery Manufacturers Association said today.
With the advent of digital technology in pre-press, press and post-press, India will be one of the leading countries with huge market and resources as printing and packaging sector has been rated as the world's second-largest industry, growing at a rate of 10-15 per cent annually, C P Paul, General Secretary of IPAMA, told reporters here.
Southern states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka are emerging as printing hubs which can be attributed to the availability of latest and reliable printing technologies at the doorsteps, he said. South India contributed 20 per cent to the USD 16,000 million printing and packaging industry of India, he said.
Paul was here to invite the printing and graphics fraternity in Tamil Nadu to be part of trade expo Print Pack India 2015 scheduled from February 11 at Greater Noida. The expo will have over 400 exhibitions, including some foreign players, displaying new technologies, he said.
The expo's last edition in 2013 had generated business worth USD 230 million, of USD 400 million worth enquiries, Paul said, adding that this edition is expected to generate enquiries worth USD 500 million.