Events & Exhibitions

Printpack India 2017 surpasses all its previous records

The countdown for Printpack India 2017 has begun and the organizers are thrilled to announce that their participation booking has crossed its previous records. Here’s more on this printing extravaganza. Significant changes in economic policies of the country has given an assertive and definite boost to most of manufacturing industries including graphics arts industry - there is a constant and continuous demand for the printed products in the form of text books, exercise books, periodicals and newspapers, reason being growth in the literacy in all the regions of India. This significant change in economic policies and steady growth in graphic arts industry has encouraged Indian Printing and Allied Machinery Association (IPAMA) and its members to showcase their new innovations in the fields of prepress equipments, in-press machines, post-press machines, finishing machines, packaging machines, label printing and digital machines. IPAMA members are continuously upgrading the technology used in the manufacturing of their products.

IPAMA has realized the need of the hour and is providing regular exhibition opportunities to the manufacturing members to showcase their latest innovations which can match the ever-increasing demands of printers to provide cost-effective quality print products in short production time.

Printpack India 2017 – better than the best!

To be held from February 4-8, 2017 at India Expo Centre, Noida, Printpack India 2017 is breaking all its previous records of participation bookings and they have already crossed 13,386 sq m of stall booking and the demand for the stall booking is tremendous. There are 260 confirmed participants and over expectation is that another couple of weeks’ time we are going to touch a figure of more than 400 participants.

“We have been informed by several manufacturers that their new innovations are ready and they are counting days to launch their creations during Printpack India 2017. Because of tremendous demand for stalls, IPAMA is going to open bookings in an additional new hall in India Expo Centre,” shares HV Sheth, president, IPAMA. “We are sure that these innovations would prove a source for creating user delight as well as enhance performance so as to generate greater value for the printer and the print-buyer at large.”

“Printpack India 2017 will provide an ideal opportunity to manufacturer members for joint-ventures and trade-talks leading to technology transfer which ultimately will bring great progress and benefits to the Graphic Arts manufacturing industry of India. It has been observed by the industry-watchers that Indian Graphic Arts machinery manufacturers have innate sense of competitive nature which leads them to upgrade and improve the products on continuing basis keeping in mind cost-effectiveness and standards matching any brand of overseas machine for any segment of printing, packaging and converting,” he said.

Go digital…

Printpack India 2017 will present an array of digital presses, for short to large print-runs in varying sizes and formats. Digital press manufacturers are offering their new innovations which will give cost-effective printing solutions vis-a-vis offset printing for short as well as large print-runs. “This mega event will showcase digital machines offering variety of configurations starting from card printing, text book printing, wide-format printing in single and multicolours, besides label printing with inline, slitting, punching, gluing with release paper,” he added.

Facilities provided…

IPAMA has kept in mind to provide maximum international standard facilities for both exhibitors and visitors. . The visitors will have much more easier way of registration besides on-line registration.

“The participants will provide maximum information on their exhibits by display, live-demos, and printed literature on their innovations. Business visitors will have an ample opportunity to watch and participate in technical sessions and live demos conducted by the experts of the industry,” told Sheth.

Printpack India exhibitions have proven its effect for the entire Graphic Arts machinery manufacturers fraternity of India and of neighbouring countries including Middle-East that this show offers ample choice for all segments of printing, packaging, converting, and signage requirements.

“The prime focus for all participants of Printpack India 2017 – we believe, must have value creation for the printing, packaging and converting segment and the innovations will create sustainable employment opportunities which in return will be responsible for immense economic growth,” he concluded.

Media Expo 2016, New Delhi records maximum exhibitors

Innovations give signage professionals a distinct business advantage Organised by Messe Frankfurt, Media Expo in its 29th edition, returned to New Delhi with a spectrum of innovative products and technologies from leading companies from India and overseas. JYANESWAR LAISHRAM and ABHINAV MALLIK report the three-day expo, held from September 29 – October 01, 2016 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Across the show floor of 12,444 sq m in three halls, Media Expo 2016 in New Delhi brought an array of showcases revealing latest signage technologies and products with a cohesive approach to boost the business of PSPs, sign makers and others to a new echelon. More than 175 exhibitors, consisting of big machine manufacturers, channel partners and OEMs, participated in the landmark expo.

The new-age signage innovations were offered by exhibitors from India and offsore countries like UK, China, Japan, South Korea, Philippine and others brought to display. “The expo is positively growing year-on-year; this year, the exhibition floor has grown 30 percent from last year and 20 percent in number of exhibitors,” said Raj Mahek, executive director, Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd.


At the expo, FUJIFILM India unveiled its ‘Made in India, Made for India’ eco-solvent printer—Vybrant 1800. “We had already announced the launch of the printer earlier at our demo centre in Mumbai; and this introduction is for the northern Indian market,” informed Yasunobu Nishiyama, MD, FUJIFILM India Pvt Ltd. He added that the printer is their indigenously born first eco-solvent baby in India and they are looking ahead to introducing upgraded models of the same technology. Also shown at the company’s stall was Acuity EY, equipped with the company’s award-winning Uvijet inks.

NEGI Sign Systems & Supplies pulled crowd with the introduction of its Negijet TX R-1900 direct textile printer and Negijet Starfire 3000 Series, alongside a line of its existing printers designed for varied range of applications.

With the introduction of the new RJ 1016V UV LED curing flatbed printer, Mehta Cad Cam Systems demonstrated its spectrum of machines, designed for different activities including CNC routing, laser engraving, etc. According to Shailesh Mehta, director, Mehta Cad Cam Systems Pvt Ltd, the newly introduced RJ 1016V is engineered to offer the best cost vs performance value in the market. Mono Sign Systems introduced UNO Series—an LED module with no requirement of ‘power supply’ as it runs on direct current consuming only 220V. Saurabh Agarwal of Mono Sign Systems explained that the new LED module would save cost, power and labour. A big crowd puller on the other side of the show floor, Sun Sign & Technologies announced its latest product SENFA Decoprint, a complete textile media range for almost all possible applications, which include backlit displays, interior walls, events, fine art reproduction and outdoor displays.

With the launch of UJF-3042 MkII UV-LED inkjet flatbed printer, Mimaki India displayed its range of machines, which included the TX300P-1800 direct-to textile printer for on-demand production. Tomohiro Ikeda, MD, Mimaki India Private Limited, said the newly introduced UV printer is for high-quality and highly accurate prints and he expressed his delight about the expo’s good footfall. Showcased attractively at the stall of Britomatics was a BriteJet 3000 Series with Konica E512i (32pl) printhead. Sumit Dev, director, Britomatics India Private Limited, revealed that more than 50 printers of the model have so far been installed countrywide.

Providing a complete portfolio of large-format and flatbed printers as well as materials, JN Arora showcased a long line of machines for diverse applications, comprising Coltex sublimation printer, HandTop flatbed inkjet systems, Siser’s digital thermo transfer textile media for both plotter cut and printable range, among many others. Vimlesh Arora, MD, JN Arora, said the company’s participation in the expo was a big opportunity for them to unfold a fresh spectrum of technologies and machineries triggering a new revolution in sign making. Crowd that thronged the company’s stall was impressed with the unique features of Coltex sublimation system and another crowd pulling Smartjet UV LED curing flatbed printer.

In the league of major show-stoppers at the expo was Roland DG, which along with its Indian channel partner Apsom Infotex presented a line of machines, among which TrueVIS VG-640/540 print-and-cut eco-solvent printer pulled the crowd. “We are showing here some new products that we premiered at drupa 2016; it’s good to see crowd swarming around our showcases,” told Deborshi Paul Choudhury from Apsom Infotex Ltd.

At an adjacent stall, Colorjet stormed the show-floor with the announcement of new printers, technologies and ‘an attractive scheme’ for those investing in the upgraded version of Neptune printer shown during the expo.

Caldron was another big showstopper as the company introduced a portfolio comprising CJ 8000 dual purpose roll-to-roll and flatbed printer, HS-M3015B plates and pipes fibre cutting machine, among others.

RICOH India, on the other side, introduced its RICOH Pro L4160 at the expo. About it, Anuj Gupta, regional business manager-North Production Printing Business Group, RICOH India Limited, said trade visitors showed ardent interest in the company’s new and versatile wide-format system.

Showing its ever popular cutting plotters, among which the new Graphtec CE6000 and FC8000 Series was the products of attraction at the expo, regular participant Keith Electronics attracted a host of serious trade visitors. “This show is always turned out to be a good platform to introduce our new range of high quality, highly reliable and easy-to-operate cutting plotters,” Raj Chopra, director, Keith Electronics Pvt Ltd.

With the announcement of its Mimaki dealership, Vee Kay Enterprise also unpacked two new quality printers—IDS-3300 UV roll-to-roll 3.2 m long printer and Ultra-Jet 512i high-speed solvent printer.


Fresh at the expo from EPSON were three new SureColor 64-inch printers designed for high-quality graphic production. The newly unpacked printers from the company were EPSON S40670, S60670 and S80670, all equipped with PrecisionCore printheads. Yet another show-stopper at a nearby stall was Arrow Digital that physically demonstrated a line of high-end printers, including an EFI VUTEk GS 1625 LX Pro UV hybrid printer.

PICOMAX Pro with Konica Minolta 512i/512/1024 printheads was the new launch from Macart Equipments, a renowned manufacturer of wide-format machines in India.

Showing its line of solvent and eco-solvent printers, along with a bunch of spare parts, Daksh Enterprises offered an exclusive set of systems. While, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India marked an offbeat presence at the expo. In this respect, Manish Gupta, senior product marketing manager-PP, sales & marketing from the company, said a lot of wide-format printing firms are users of their digital presses—that’s why it made sense for them to take part in the signage expo.


APL Machinery, a leading manufacturer of UV curing and coating systems, demonstrated its fully automated high-speed UV coating machine with precise registration, among other machines at the expo. “This machine can be used as offline coater for UV and aqueous coating as well as primer on a range of applications including posters,” explained Abhishek Paul, director, APL Machinery Pvt Ltd. In addition, the other machines on display at the company’s stall consisted of DIGI UV System, 3D UV curing system, Roller coating machine, among others.

STLT (Sahajanand Laser Technologies Ltd), among the big show stealers, demonstrated its huge Infinity Fibre metal cutting system. Benson Polymers showcased the company’s Polyfix, an instant glue cyanoacrylate adhesive solution and other products designed for fabrication of signage and display items.


Among the exhibitors displaying a versatile range of printing media or materials included Pioneer Polyleathers Limited, Qurex Flex, ITMS India, Sun Printable Fabrics, Dinesh Acrylic House, Sunlex Fabrics, and Aditya Impex.


FUJIFILM Sericol India, a renowned ink major, showcased infinite solutions of its widely-acclaimed Color+ Series inks designed qualitatively for different wide-format technology printheads, namely, Dimatix Spectra, XAAR, Seiko, Konica Minolta, RICOH and Epson.

SAM-INK range from Inkjet Systems attracted visitors looking for quality inks. Another exhibitor introducing a range of solvent-based inks at their stall was Navratan Specialty Chemicals.

Among those showing premium range of inks at the expo was AT Inks, which presented high-end products comprising Quattro, Duos and Cobalt, suitably designed for varied printheads including StarFire.


Presence of a band of Chinese exhibitors made the perfect diversity in the expo. The offshore exhibitors showed a gamut of products consisting predominantly of printing media and LED components. The overseas participants were collectively allocated in the strategically devoted ‘Chinese Pavilions’ stalls.

‘We are pushing latex into different markets’: Puneet Chadha

HP at its stall had shed some light on ‘latex’ technologies, about which Puneet Chadha, director-market development, Graphics Solutions Business, HP (PPS APJ), said that the technology has been successful for their customers for years. “Latex is so versatile in terms of printing on all substrates. So, our customers have done fantastic jobs using this technology,” he shared. At the expo, HP introduced HP Latex 500 Series, upgraded versions of HP Latex 300 Series for unattended printing, and HP Latex 1500 Series for high-volume production.

“Now, latex applications are visible in all parameters, be it in billboard, fleet graphics, transits and all high-volume jobs; we are seeing penetration of the technology into different markets,” asserted Puneet. Latex technology now covers a lot of innovations, including wall art (using HP Wall Art media), interior decors, fleet graphics and canvas prints, all churned on flatbed printing platform. “In order to make our customers grow hand-in-hand with us, we organise brand engagement seminars called ‘Innovations Win’ in major cities. Our customers through these seminars could show what they produce to reach out to brands. On this front, latex technology is very successful,” narrated Puneet. And on the other side at another stall of the company, HP also presented two new versatile Designjet post-script printers.
New arrivals from Monotech Systems

Three brand new printers from Monotech Systems drew crowd at the expo. The three newly unpacked machines from the company were: Pixeljet UV LED RTR with RICOH printhead; Pixeljet Satrfire Series with Spectra printheads; and Pixeljet Jumbo Series with KM 512i printheads. In addition, the company showcased also other systems at its stall, such as Pixeljet ECO 1800TS with RICOH printheads, Canon iPF 8410SE system, among others.

Taking to Sign & Graphics, TP Jain, MD, Monotech Systems, said they would plan to bring up next big technologies for the wide-format market, particularly in the hybrid domain. “We have already penetrated into the flatbed domain and a lot of our machines are now running in several signage firms all over the country; now, our turn to focus on hybrid models, combining the technologies of roll-to-roll and flatbed,” he narrated. Fresh innovations from Monotech Systems would also be in the realm of double-sided flatbed printing compatible with new and better set of media for nigh-end graphic applications, including outputs for in-store displays.

Brand owners explore HP’s new print possibilities

Showing a broad scale of possibilities in digital printing, HP Inc India has recently invited a host of brand owners to one of its ‘Innovations Win’ event series organised at Gurgaon, Delhi-NCR. At the occasion, innovations in graphic art applications revealed, citing new prospects in the areas of retail, food, beverage, FMCG and others. The event essentially focused on new business opportunities for brand owners and marketers. More than 100 brand owners attended the HP’s ‘Innovations Win’ event, and the attendees experienced solutions from different industrial segments, which included general commercial printing, designs, signage displays, labels, packaging, publishing and more. Addressing the gathered crowd, François Martin, global marketing director, graphic solution business, HP Inc, appreciated the Indian graphic art market for its high growth rate and promising economy.

Cake-cutting session in celebration of HP DesignJet’s 25th Year AnniversaryAt the networking event, also showcased were a varied array of applications including POPs, backlit displays, textile prints, corrugated graphics, signage items and other allied domains like label and packaging, general commercial printing, etc. “As brands today talk about engaging, immersive and delightful customer experience, HP is uniquely positioned to fulfill this need with our rich digital printing portfolio,” asserted Nancy Janes, Global Graphics Business Development Director, HP Inc.

In the subsequent session, Puneet Chadha, director, market development, graphics solutions business, Asia Pacific and Japan, HP Inc, shared insights of the importance of innovation in reaching out to the customers today and how advanced and differentiated printing applications could help brands develop a stronger brand recall with end customers and establish a competitive edge in the market.

The overall presentations at the landmark networking occasion were followed by guided tours to application areas showcased by the partnering companies. The participating brand managers engaged in rich and meaningful conversations with some of the HP’s leading PSPs, exploring new ground for digital printing avenues for their brands.

NPES Print Business Outlook Conference 2017

In conjunction with the PRINTPACK INDIA 2017 show, the NPES Print Business Outlook Conference 2017, co-hosted by IPAMA and themed 'Power up Your Printing Business... Innovate, Integrate, Motivate!' will be held February 05, 2017 at the India Exposition Centre, Greater Noida, India.

This conference is a must-attend event for developing invaluable cooperation, partnership and exchange with the 'Who's Who' in the printing industry fraternity. Learn about the latest developments — not only in the local and national regions but, more importantly, across the globe — from the best technology companies and solution providers, enabling you to find the exact product you need for your business. This print conference will raise and debate critical issues facing our industry.\

NPES PRINT BUSINESS OUTLOOK CONFERENCE 2017 is co-organized by the Indian Printing, Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers' Association (IPAMA), and Supported by: the All India Federation of Master Printers Association (AIFMP) and PRIMIR, the premier market research association of the graphic communications industry.

Contact NPES India Director Vinod Vittoba at e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Mobile: +91 9818278460.
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PackPlus 2016 in New Delhi brought newer novelties on A bigger show floor

Subsequent to the success of its previous edition, PackPlus 2016 returned to New Delhi, with 30 percent bigger show floor, featuring array of new innovations stages by 325 exhibitors, comprising manufacturers and machine distributors, technology companies and an allied lot. Print & Publishing brings a brief report of the total packaging and supply chain expo, organised from July 27-30, 2016 at Pragati Maidan, NewDelhi, showing more than 200 live running machines and several fresh technological attractions. In a gross show floor of 14,000 sq m area, PackPlus 2016 was concurrently organised with SupplyPlus and CartonTech. Visitors at the expo got an opportunity to experience the showcases by leading Indian packaging and supply chain leaders as well as many from offshore countries, such as China, South Korea, Taiwan, among others. “This year, PackPlus is totally sold out! We are all set for a record-breaking edition,” shared Neetu Arora, president, (P) Ltd, the organisers of PackPlus 2016.

Launch Platform

PackPlus 2016 was designed as a strategic launch pad for a range of new products and technologies. Several exhibitors unpacked their new products during the four-day expo, among which a spectrum of packaging displays, a line of high-speed solvent-less machines, slitting high-speed servo packing machines, range of shrink and stretch wrapping systems, got major attention. Also the expo revealed innovations in inkjet applications as well as concepts comprising innovative plastic fitments for flexible, bag-in-box, spout sealing machines, among others.

Jayesh PathareShowing its versatile range of solutions that boost productivity and profit of flexible print and converting processes, A.T.E. Enterprises Private Limited introduced its ViewAXIS MEGA web video system, designed for image rotation, horizontal and vertical flips, in four X and Y directions memory positions for easy and quick access. “This new web video system is featured with a viewing area of 128 (w) and 96 (h) mm; it has matrix camera with 8x zoom and LED strobe with variable intensity,” remarked Jayesh Pathare, vice president, Print and Packaging Equipment, A.T.E. Enterprises Private Limited.

On other side of the show floor, Mehta Cad Cam unpacked its range of competent inkjet, laser marking and coding machines designed for printing and finishing in packaging production. “In the earlier editions of the expo, we presented only our CNC routing machines for cut-processes in packaging; but this year, we introduce our marking and coding systems to which a number of packaging firms from all over the country react positively,” said Shailesh Mehta, director, Mehta Cad Cam Systems Pvt Ltd.

AutoPrint introduced its new print inspection system, CHECKMATE 50, a new revolution in imaging technology for defect free print products with 100 percent accuracy.

“CHECKMATE 50 can inspect print defects and foil errors as the machine can segregate good and defective sheets neatly into different shacks,” detailed KG Suresh, joint managing director, AutoPrint. CHECKMATE 50 accepts maximum carton size of 400x500 mm.

Key Showcases

Amar Supena, a Delhi-based supplier of machines, such as water-cooled inter deck UV systems on offset machines for online UV printing on MET PET materials, showed an array of innovative solutions that comprised laminated sheet separator (3600 sheets/hr) as well as metal halide lamps, UV lamps, belts for curing systems, among others.

Naph Graphics pulled crowd with its high-speed slitter rewinder, SLITLINE-35, designed to slit plastic films, flexible packaging laminates, paper and aluminum foil-based laminates, etc. “SLITLINE-35 is compatible with almost every material; the machine is designed suitably for various industrial segments,” told Harish Bansal, MD, Naph Graphics. The maximum web width of the slitter rewinder is 1300 mm maximum unwind diameter of 1000 mm.

At the show, Vijaya Grafiks redefined carton making. Prashanth Kumar of Vijaya Grafiks Inc said, “With continuous upgradation in technology and quality, our machines are capable to run PET/PVC carton, duplex carton and tri-ply cartons as well. Specially designed unit for crash lock bottom cartons ensure production at very high speed. Vijaya Grafiks recently installed its Window Patcher with Liner Carton Attachment running successfully at SG Enterprises, Ahmedabad.

Provider of wide and comprehensive range of printing and packaging services, with automation advancements in production process, Rave Packaging, a packaging unit of Rave Scans Pvt Ltd, showcased a spectrum of innovations in UV coating, laminations, metallised effects, among many other ground-breaking applications for a number of corporate customers in different market segments.

ISHIDA India announced the upgraded DAC-GN with improved performance for any production line in any manufacturing environment. While, QuadTech presented the new ink control software, ColorTrack with InkControl, which facilitates fast, accurate, press-side correction of ink formulation—defined to be a complete ‘colour expert in a box’. In a unique offer, SAIF ZONE (Sharjah Airport International Free Zone), a centrepiece of the Government of Sharjah’s commitment to free trade, announced ideal business platform to launch local and global operations for a number of international companies in Sharjah.

Providing a range of adhesive tapes designed for various industrial segments, such as automobile, food packaging and others, PANAMAX with its sister concern SUNWAYS, showcased a wide range of products. Quite a crowd-puller on the show floor, Bakshi Mark demonstrated Markcon (Kawasaki) automated conveying solution with integrated turnkey systems. The live demo of the automated conveying system pulled crowd. The system is custom designed, engineered and integrated to optimise operations from unloading of raw materials, loading of finishing goods, storage of finished items and more.

Zhongke, one of the leading manufacturers of rigid box making machines of different sizes, marked a significant presence at the expo with on-site demonstration of its ZK-660AN fully automatic rigid box making machine. The machine is capable to handle 250g/sq m paper in maximum. Rohit Rajpal of Zhongke India expressed his delight of being at the expo.

Finished Packaging Solutions

Under the finished packaging solutions, a line of machines for high visible blister packaging systems from leading companies were showcased. In addition, premium tin box packaging, 100 percent recyclable honeycomb packaging solutions, specialty zipper bags, PE/PP zipper profiles, shrink and wrap around labels and many others were attractively displayed.

HP, showing innovations and best-in-class technologies, presented the capability of its new family of HP Indigo presses in label and packaging productions. Samples being printed on a wide portfolio of HP Indigo presses of varied configurations were shown at the company’s stall, signifying competencies of HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press, which is designed for medium to long-run heavy production, HP Indigo WS6800 Digital Press for short to medium-run jobs, and most of all, most productive in the family, HP 8000 Digital Press is capable to handle the longest and most demanding jobs in narrow web label printing.

From automatic water soluble laminating machine, UV varnishing machines, poker-matching machine, die-cutters up to rigid box maker, gluers thin blade rotary slitter to stripping machines, Ample Graphics demonstrated a complete range of packaging solutions.

Naveen Goel with his sonGlobal award-winning packaging company Any Graphics showcased its proficiency in key innovations in a wide range of products comprising mono-cartons, dome logos, panel overlays, tags, manuals, warranty seals, promotional POPs, etc in a way that the products stand unique among competitors. “Among the latest innovations we introduce to the market include hologram effects, Fresnel lens packaging and customised raised feel effects,” mentioned Naveen Goel, director, Any Graphics Pvt Ltd.

Other showcases…

Among the other key showcases are embossing, crystal UV coating and velvet coating machines with related products. Various supply chain and automation companies also showcased their remote access and gateways solutions for packaging. They presented activated roller belt technology, collapsible doors, dock levelers, door automation solutions as well. The list doesn’t end here; there are loads of attractions with plentiful of showcases at PackPlus 2016.

Machines Sold

During the expo a number of machines were sold, see pics on right, among which Mumbai-based Summit Mod-Styles invested in Longxingsheng Machinery’s fully automatic rigid box making line, which Ample Graphics had put up on display at its stall. Among the other machines sold at the show included three of Naph SLITLINE 35, a high-speed slitter rewinder, designed for slitting varied range of materials, such as plastic films, flexible packaging laminates as well as paper and aluminium-based laminates in accurate precisions.

On the other side of the show floor, Kody Equipments had also sold its versatile S-737 slitter rewinder to Orient Press Ltd, a Mumbai-headquarter packaging major with branch office in Noida. At the stall of ACE, Excelpack shrink packaging machines were purchased by customers from north India and one from Kolkata. Avtar Mechanical Works was elated for selling its flexographic machine to New Delhi-based Surbhi Impex.

Bisleri had invested in JP Engineers’ automatic rinsing, filling and capping machine—RFC (30x30x10) 150 BPM—designed for counter pressure filling carbonated soft drinks and sodas. RITOMATE International sold automatic grooving machine. Salimar Offset, one of the leading packaging majors in New Delhi, purchased XUHAI KZ1200 Automatic Grooving Machine, of which RITOMATE International is a sole Indian distributor. The machine is featured with 1.5 KW/380V motor power and capable to run at 40m/min to produce maximum 800x600mm.

Team of – organisers of Pack Plus 2016

International Packaging Conclave

On the sidelines of PackPlus 2016, International Packaging Conclave 2016 was organised in Phoolwari Convention Centre at Pragati Maidan. The conclave focused on print optimisation and colour management for flexible packaging, exploring how the finally converted package in every instance should be able to preserve brand equity and deliver a consistent brand experience across printing processes, substrates, inks, colour rotation and myriad other inputs.

These days, consumers are becoming cautious and choosy. Converters have issues with maintaining all colours within the approved range whilst maintaining balance between print elements and their shades. “In such an environment, colour management and packaging design becomes crucial for brand managers to maintain integrity across a brand family,” says Debabrata Deb of Future Formats, a packaging consultancy firm that has been involved in putting together the conclave.

Investors would like to know how colour management increases sales, profits and ROI. In this respect, the conclave examined and provided suitable viewpoints and solutions as more than 25 experts from the industry would unite for the day-long sessions where more than 200 delegates including brand owners, package converters, packaging technologists, procurement professionals, print specialists, managers, pre-press experts, designers, material & equipment suppliers and consultants were attended.

In three different sessions, keynote speakers at the International Packaging Conclave 2016 narrated how colour science and workflow discipline unlock the door to the wonder of colours, driving exciting first moment of truth for awestruck consumers.

The Keynote Session on Brand Management of the Future and Evolution of Flexible Packaging and Printing was given by Amitava Ray, Uflex Ltd.

The first session focused on Pre-Press, Colour Management, and Workflow. The session chairman was Hiro Fukui San (Itochu), Unicharm India Limited (Mamy Poko Pants), while the panelists included Ajay Rajvanshi, Nestle India Ltd; Jason Zhao, DuPont Advanced Printing; Pranav Bhalara, Balaji Multiflex (P) Ltd; HS Arun, Esko Graphics India (P) Ltd; and Vidhu Gautam, Kodak Singapore Pte Ltd.

The second session focused on Implementation of Colour Management in Print. The session chairman was Anil Namgude, Trigon Digital while the panelists included Tristan Zesiger, Windmöller & Hölscher; Dr Gary Mort, Seigwerk India Ltd; Felix Pinto, X-rite Pantone; Vinay Nalawade, Parakh Agro Industries Limited; and Jignesh Hirpara, Jayshri Propack.

The third session focused on Design, Colour and Print Innovation. The session was chaired by Naresh Khanna, Packaging South Asia while the panelists included Shyam Sunder BK, Tata Elxsi Ltd; Prof Dr Akshay Joshi, PVG’s College of Engineering and Technology, Pune; Aditya Pangikal, Schawk India (P) Ltd; Manoj Bisht, Paharpur - 3P; and Kiran Prayagi, Graphic Arts Technology & Educations.

The theme of the closing session was Brand Owners Expectations from Packaging Designers and Converters by Ankur Malhotra, Abbott India (P) Ltd while Suhas Kulkarni, Windmöller & Hölscher India (P) Ltd spoke about Implementation of Colour—The Way Forward.

The Big Book of Packaging launched

The most awaited book The Big Book of Packaging, written by Sandeep Kumar Goyal of Packaging Connection was released during the expo. The book is on ‘Packaging Education’ and its content is based on valuable discussions and surveys on the packaging industry and professionals. Sandeep Kumar says that the book is a great effort by hands on packaging professionals to simplify packaging. “The content is simple, usable and systematic. I am sure this will raise the standards of packaging to a next level,” he said.

‘Packaging 4.0—India Perspective’ @ AIA Pavilion

Packaging machines are a vital part of production process in the consumer goods industry. They often work in multi-shift operations, so that malfunctions in them have to be met with swift response. In this regard, Packaging 4.0 is an open forum for the Indian packaging machinery suppliers and end users. At the pavilion of Automation Industry Association (AIA) during the expo, ‘Packaging 4.0—India Perspective’ represented the shift towards new wave automation technologies that provide clear diagnostic and remedial strategies. A host of automation leaders spoke about the concerns related to the Indian machine manufacturers and buyers of integrated lines.

Founded in 2004, AIA is India’s apex automation industry body of nearly 40 high-tech automation companies.

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