Saturday, July 23, 2016

PackPlus 2016: Heading for unprecedented success!

On July 21 2016 when I received information that PackPlus 2016 had been sold out I tweeted; “Sold out! PackPlus 2016 July 27-July 30 Pragati Maidan, N Delhi Show heading for unprecedented success http://www.packplus.in  @PackPlus2016

The show PackPlus, a complete packaging show, has grown more than 30 percent over the last edition with many more exhibitors, product launches and running machines. While there, one can learn about Package 4.0 at the AIA knowledge pavilion (stall no. 12A.40). There are free seminars on Next Generation Automation, Flexible Packaging, Open & Smart HMI, and Integrated & Vision Guided Robotics & Vision System for Quality. Register at: www.aiacampus.in/index.php/industry/automation-pavilion/click-to-register HP is planning free seminars for brand owners at their stand in Hall 12. The timings are at 4pm on 27 and 28 July and at 11 am on 29 and 30 July. In the gross area of 14,000 sq.mtrs., PackPlus will be happening alongwith SupplyPlus and CartonTech. The Show has positioned itself as one of the most sought for exhibitions for the display of latest innovations & developments from the industry. Some of the leading companies including Uflex Limited – Engineering Division, Pelican Rotoflex (P) Ltd., Ishida India (P) Ltd., Global Link Impex, Zhongke India (P) Ltd., Clearpack India (P) Ltd., Autoprint Machinery Manufacturers Pvt  Ltd., Hewlett – Packard India Sales Private Ltd., Intralox India (P) Ltd., AnyGraphics (P) Ltd., Domino Printech India (P) Ltd., Uflex Limited – Holography Division and many more have booked prominent stalls to showcase their wide range of equipment and to disseminate information. Visitors will get an opportunity to experience the running machines and have one-on-one interaction with the representatives from international companies

PackPlus is founded and organized by the husband wife duo Neetu and Anil Arora. They also happen to be the founders of India Label show which was subsequently acquired by UK based Tarsus and renamed as “Labelexpo India”. A decade ago I wrote about Anil Arora’s journey upto Labelexpo 2006. In 2007 it was acquired by Tarsus and for the 2010 edition they renamed it as Labelexpo India. I reproduce that article after moderate editing;

The path traversed by Neetu and Anil Arora:
It was during one of my visit to Mumbai in the year 2001, while planning a trip to Labelexpo Brussels with friends from Industry, I expressed my wish that we should have a label show in India. Immediately one of the label printer friends informed that one Mr. Anil Arora was already working on the project and had approached many in the industry in Mumbai. Since the subject was of interest to me I investigated and got Mr. Arora’s contact details. Before leaving for Delhi I called Anil Arora to enquire about his plan for the show. From the small chat with him I found him very convincing. I felt this man was committed to the show and would make success of it. I told him I would support him and if any help was needed I would be available. Three days later Anil was in my office in Delhi and we were discussing plans to make the show a big success.

By end of the year the whole industry was excited about the show and the first India label show was completely sold out. So much so that the organizer had to vacate their own stand to make room for demanding prospective exhibitors. The show was a big success.  It brought the industry closer and it was first time in the history of self adhesive labels in India that such fellowship was witnessed. It was also during the run-up to the show that the LMAI (Label Manufacturers Association of India) was formed.

The show then moved on to a much bigger Pragati Maidan. Anil Arora and his better half Neetu Arora worked hard to make the show bigger and better. The promotions were so well planned that road shows which gave insight on what to expect, were held in cities and towns all over India. There were road shows held in Srilanka and Bangladesh also. The second show in Delhi was bigger and better with the Tarsus group organizer of Labelexpo taking a big portion of the show. The India label show brand was fully established not only in India but also internationally. There are nostalgic memories of the awards nights and the parallel dinner meetings during the last show.

The third show in this series was held on (6-9 December 2006); the excitement in the label industry had built up. The show was bigger and attracted a much larger foreign attendance. The importance of the show was reflected by the fact that the Finat sponsored “Indo-European label Exchange” was held alongside the show. FINAT, the self-adhesive label trade association acted as ‘matchmaker’ between European and Indian labeling industries to create a forum to give small and medium sized member companies in both regions better chances of doing business with each other. The forum was supported by the EU’s Asia Invest programme and was organised in cooperation with the national trade associations VskE (Germany) and LMAI (India). More international presence, more working presses and a series of product launches from an industry that was waking up to global challenges confirmed the show’s resounding success. A conference was also held alongside the show, and was organized under the aegis of the world renowned Alexander Watson Associates (AWA).

Alongside the Show, International Packaging Conclave will happen on 29 July at Pragati Maidan Conference Centre. It will focus on Print Optimisation & Colour Management for Flexible Packaging. 25+ experts from the industry will unite for a daylong session where more than 200 delegates including Brand Owners, Package Converters, Packaging Technologists, Procurement Professionals, Print Specialists, QA, Managers, PrePress & Media Professionals, Designers, Material &Equipment Suppliers and Consultants will attend the programme. We are all set for a record-breaking edition,” said Neetu Arora, President, Print-Packaging.com (P) Ltd., the organisers of the Show.



Neetu and Anil have two children, a son Nauroze pursuing his management studies and a daughter Garima Arora who is a celebrated Chef. After training in Switzerland and France she has worked in the famous Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant in Dubai, then in the world’s number one restaurant Noma in Copenhagen and is now working at the best Indian restaurant recognized globally; Gaggans at Bangkok. She is soon expected to open her own restaurant in Bangkok with support from Gaggans.



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Written by Harveer Sahni, Managing Director, Weldon Celloplast Limited, New Delhi July2016

Monday, July 4, 2016

Inline Hot foiling: Pantec Open House!

VICTOR HUGO, a French Poet in the mid nineteenth century, once remarked: “You can resist an invading army; you cannot resist an idea whose time has come. When mobile telephony came in, one could not imagine the reach it will provide to a common man who would not have means or will to reach out to the world at large. Telephones with internet connectivity have transformed life magically. No one could imagine that the only communication link that people had, “the landline” would one day become just a show piece. Such ideas, whose time comes by, evolve with such speed that the generations are left in awe of the change. Label industry is now faced with many such ideas like the move from conventional to digital printing, linerless labels and now evolution of in-line converting. Given the large investment in space and manpower, sheet offset, over a period of time is surely going to evolve to inline printing, decorating and converting using multiple technologies with lesser space and just a few people. At the recently concluded Drupa 2016, many such types of equipment were displayed attracting interest of printers. If it was just printing, the offset presses are doing a great job. It is the decoration and finishing that needs space, manpower and a host of different machines spread over a large shop floor. In modern retail highly decorated labels and packages are an imperative for consumers to reach out for the products. Hot foiling is one of the many processes that catches the eye of a consumer and becomes the preference of many a brand owner. So far most of the hot foiling is being either done offline on flat bed hot stamping machines or in-line with slow intermittent presses. It has been the wish of label printers who are so used to doing the conversion from start to finish in a single pass on their high speed rotary presses, to do the hot foil also in the same pass without compromising on the speed and quality.   
On the 3rd of June, Peter Frei, CEO Switzerland headquartered Pantec GS Systems AG pulled me out of a busy Drupa to take me to the premises of Gewa Etiketten located on the outskirts of Frankfurt some three hours drive, for an “open house” to showcase their in-line hot foiling application equipment “Rhino”, that can be integrated into flexo label presses without really compromising too much on speed. Pantec GS Systems AG is an independent subsidiary of Pantec, a worldwide operating technology supplier for industrial applications and medical devices offering services, products and solutions in the field of machinery and medical engineering. They provide sophisticated in-line refining solutions. Their dedicated equipment for rotary and flat bed hot foil stamping & embossing, high performance vacuum foil savers, high speed & precision hologram placement is made to provide efficient high quality refining, directly in-line.

The company hosting the Open House, Gewa-Etiketten is leading producers of labels for Wine, Sparkling wine and spirits in Germany and Europe. The family owned enterprise was founded in 1931 and the third generation headed by Mathias Walter is still in control. The company operates from a total area of 7000 square meters and a production area in excess of 50,000 square feet. With 170employees at two locations, one that caters to sheet offset segment for wet glue labels and the other for self adhesive labeling, they achieve sales of 23 million Euros. The unit that we visited had 6 Gallus combination presses and one HP Indigo digital press besides a range of other complementary equipment. They cater to customers demands from 10,000 to half a million labels per day. As we reached the venue of Open House, Uwe Reflinghaus, CEO of Gewa-Etiketten welcomed us with lunch and introduced us to his team. Some more printers and suppliers were also present. 


Peter Frei




All visitors after introducing themselves heard Peter Frei, CEO Pantec GS Systems give his presentation. He said “I do believe  that single pass printing  and converting of packages is the real new opportunity for label printers having such web machinery already” He further added, “ I think there is a ‘huge opportunity’ that arises for label printers in packaging after integration of Pantec Rhino in an existing label press, as you will see being done here at Gewa”. After his presentation it was time to go to the shop floor for the demonstration of Rhino inline hot foiling system. 





Oliver Jung
Oliver Jung, the printing expert handling the Pantec implementation project at Gewa took charge to explain and demonstrate the equipment and its technology.The Pantec Rhino was integrated in line on a Gallus RCS combination press to demonstrate In-line package printing and decoration as alternative to sheet fed package conversion. A label press was being used after integration of Pantec Rhino to produce highly decorated cartons. Contrary to the rotary web operation where the web continuously moves, this equipment has web Stopping-Stamping-Moving on, giving sharper images of stampings. The interesting part is that while the stop start operation is limited to the Rhino, the web otherwise keeps moving steadily and continuously at regular machine speed without stop and go motion. The equipment shown was capable of making 18,000 strokes per hour however they now have one that can do 25,000 strokes per hour. The movement and stamping is well portrayed in the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OA6SWgTqI-g&feature=youtu.be 








In one demo they ran a Pantec Rum Chocolate carton with printing, embossing, hot foiling and die cutting all running at 120 meters per minute in a single pass. 
















In another demo they ran a carton with also placing of registered hologram, printing on it and embossing around it. The equipment has advantage of speed in roll and as compared to sheet it has no wastages that occur at grippers and at gaps.













Rhino system brings the quality of sheet fed hot foil embossing, attractive patch placement for prestige markets and hologram stamping for security into web presses;
·      Consistently designed for in-line economy
·         High frequency stamping for high press speed (up to 25´000 strokes/h)
·         Quick job change (no format parts) for high press availability
·         Crosswise foiling and multistroking allow single pass production of multifoil designs
·         Reduced per-unit costs (no off-line preparation, less maculation)
·         Up to two foil saving servos
·         Significantly reduced cycle times for orders

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Written by Harveer Sahni, Managing Director, Weldon Celloplast Ltd. New Delhi India July 2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Pictorial walk through Drupa 2016!

I have earlier mentioned in this blog and have also received acknowledgements from readers of the blog confirming that pictures actually express more. I will surely write a report which I will post at a later date. The pictures as I walk through Drupa 2016 and click are posted here!
With Thomas Hagmaier President Finat.








With Roger Pellow Chairman Labels group Tarsus UK &
Paolo Grasso, Omet





















With Ramesh Kejriwal Mg. Dir. Parksons Packaging




















With Armin Geiger Editor Narrow Web Tech Germany




The Manohar Packaging/Renault Paper team after confirming
their order for another Omet

With John of Orthotec
With Martin Automatic Team

With Shrihari of Essel Group &
Sanjeev Sondhi of Zircon

Benny Landa's Nanography press

















Landa's Metallography on display


Vetaphone Carona treaters Stand

Pawandeep of Weldon with Jatinder Shroff of Nutech Packaging
Lto R: Kuldip Goel 7 Naveen Goel of Anygraphics, Amar
Chhajed of PPL Huhtamaki(Webtech), Paolo Grasso Omet
Pawandeep & Harveer Sahni (Weldon)

With Ahmad Kavoosi Parsian Labeling Iran



















L to R: Harveer Sahni(Weldon), Roger Gehrke(Rako),
Dena Etihad(Rako), Adrian Tippenhauer Mg. Dir. Rako Group
& Marco Calcagni Dir. Omet




















The huge HP stand, all of Hall 17

With Christian Menegon,
Global Business Development Manager HP-Indigo

With International Label Guru Mike Fairley, Lisa Milburn
Mg.Dir. Labelexpo, Vinesh Bhimani Mg.Dir.Kimoha
& Thomas Mathews of Kimoha





















With International Label Guru Mike Fairley, Lisa Milburn
Mg.Dir. Labelexpo



















With Antonio Bartesaghi Mg.Dir. Omet Italy























































With Pankaj Poddar CEO Cosmo Films

The Bobst Stand

The Gallus Stand





































The Uflex Stand


Girls in Paper Dresses at the Highcon booth

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Label Trends in India

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Ø  Indian label industry expanding to smaller towns
Ø  Indian label growth at 15% Per Annum
Ø  Combination printing is the emerging trend
Ø  Digitalprinting of labels, still a taboo


Population continues to grow at an enormous pace in the metropolitan cities of India and infrastructure, despite the rapid growth, remains under intense pressure. The migration of rural population to urban areas has made life in big metros extremely demanding and difficult. Government of India, for many years has been making efforts to stem this shift from rural to urban areas. The effects are now evident. Mobile telecommunications, television, internet, better road, employment guarantee scheme and rail connectivity have largely been successful in bridging the gap and stemming the pace of migration. As a result, the smaller towns have in recent years experienced a spurt in demand for consumer goods. 




Decades ago Mahatma Gandhi said, “India lives in its villages”. This is largely true even now but gradually the villages are modernizing owing to availability of all modern ameneties in nearby towns. They need not commute or shift to far away expensive metros to live a life that they watch on TV. This has resulted in a steady growth in demand of consumer durables in the smaller towns of India attracting investments from leading manufacturers to cash in on this change. The Neilsen Compnay, in a report titled, ‘Emerging Consumer Demand: Rise of the Small Town Indian’ states; “Eight thousand towns, 630,000 villages, over eight million stores and 1.2 billion people! In such a diverse consumer universe, how do you measure demand, where is it strongest? North vs. South, the metros vs. Rural - the choices are endless. Despite current inflationary environment, tier II and tier III towns are showing strong momentum with an improved demand appetite. The smaller Indian towns are leading the demand surge & shopping like metros.” The label printing industry has also been witness to this trend. In the past few years we have seen investments being made to produce labels in smaller towns of India. An industry that originated and was predominantly located in the west gradually spread to the other metro cities, is now registering its presence in these smaller towns. In my effort to assess the impact I asked printers in all zones of India, “Label industry is now expanding into smaller towns and cities. Do you agree?” The response was unanimous, YES! They all felt that it will impact the label growth positively. The LMAI President Sandeep Zaveri stressed, “It is required to grow in smaller towns”.

In trying to assess the trends and growth of labels in India, I interviewed 12 established and leading label printers spread across different geographical zones of India. 10 respondents out the 12 confirmed that there is definite growth in the country, one was not sure and felt it may have grown at places and gone down elsewhere while one was emphatic in saying that the growth rate had decelerated. Anuj Bhargav of Kumar Labels, while being convinced that the label consumption graph is positive yet he cautions, “Growth exists, but increase in capacity is more than the demand escalation. This is leading to unhealthy competition”. So over 90% of printers interviewed say there is growth. When asked the rate at which they individually grew, 10 out of 12 reported double digit growth, 3 of them grew 20% and the topper Sanjeev Sondhi of Zircon reported a growth rate of a whopping 35-40%!  Two reported 7-10% and one 5-7% growth.  Answering my question as to how they estimate the national growth rate of self adhesive labels in India to be, only 9 responded and out of these 7 confirmed it is a double digit growth between 10 and 20% and 3 out of these 7 said the growth was actually 20%. 2 of them said 7-10% and one said it was 5-7%. When I look at all these three questions and the responses from printers, it is quite evident from the way printers have grown and the way they estimate the national growth rate, labels in India can safely be estimated to be growing in excess of 15% per annum.

Most of the organized Indian label industry belongs to the MSME sector (Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises) and that they are predominantly family owned businesses. A handful of them have been acquired by international companies but largely they remain within the control of original promoters and their families. These units were largely initiated at very small scale with a single label press. Until a few years ago most of the good presses that contributed to the evolution of labels in India came from Europe, US and Japan. Gradually Taiwan made presses came in which then was followed by the Chinese made equipment coming to India in big numbers due to the low prices of the equipment. Indian press manufacturers have also made a mark for themselves in recent times. Today label printers with these Chinese and Indian presses have become a definite and identifiable segment of our label industry. I asked all the targeted label printers, “Chinese and Indigenous label presses manufacturers have in recent times made many installations in India. This trend is creating a lot of capacity at the lower and middle segment of the market. What is your opinion?” All respondents agreed with this and feel there is enough for all at various levels of investments. Sanjeev Sondhi in response says, “In my opinion quality will finally decide who will remain in game.” Industry leader and veteran Narendra Paruchuri heading Pragati Pack, Hyderabad stated, “This is quintessential question like the chicken and egg syndrome. The markets in the smaller towns cannot afford or break even on the high tech machines. So they will opt for the cheaper ones from China. Quality will not be very good but may be that is what is needed in that market. We are no judge for this and if they can sell and make it a success, good for them.” Pragatai Pack has invested in some of the most advanced equipments to enhance their printing, converting and decorating capabilities. On my question, “What is your mantra for growth, higher volumes or highly technical & innovative products?” he added, “We have to keep on at the technology and see what is it that we can do and can do that better than others. This is a quest for all businesses and only in the answer to this question lies your success. So if you come out with a unique/innovative product, your sales will rise. Also maybe the growth rate of the country itself will give you an opportunity to grow your business. Progress is relentless and technology a great leveler. So what we thought was exclusive a few years ago is common occurrence now. So the quest has to continue. Always…”


All the respondents agree that it is time to take stock of the situation, shift focus and innovate. They have similar answers to my querry on their “Mantra for growth”. Mahendra Shah of Manohar Packaging, “Higher volumes have not paid off to any one and I guess we label printers have gone beyond lower limit, so best would be to divert on to innovations and get into more technical products”. Himanshu Kapur of J K Fine Prints Mumbai states, “Higher volumes and lower margins is a wrong growth trend , so we prefer technically innovative products”. Dinesh Mahajan Prakash Labels, Noida; “It has to be a mix of high volume and innovations.”





The trend of combination printing that helps employ diverse printing and converting technologies in a single pass has become synonymous with innovation and secure printed products. To my question “Combination or hybrid printing is attracting lot of investment. Do you see this as an emerging trend?” 8 out of 12 printers feel that combination printing is necessary to create innovations and it is the emerging trend. 3 did not respond to this statement and only one said it is not the emerging trend. Many offset printers have started to invest in combination label printing equipment as a part of their expansion into packaging. Label printers on the contrary would not really invest in offset printing. A few years ago I remember Amar Chhajed of Webtech answer this question to me. He said we are so used to doing all printing, decoration and finishing of product in-line in a single pass, it is difficult for us to imagine moving stacks of sheets around the huge shop floor with a massive workforce. 


Ahmedabad based Mahrishi Labels, had forayed into offset printing and they did not find comfort with their decision. As per Jigesh Dani, “Having entered into sheet fed business we have realised that it's not just simply printing but a different ballgame. In my opinion it may be easier for sheet fed offset printers to enter inline converting but difficult other way”.  With the advent of combination presses going wider and able to handle a wide array of substrates and thickness, the possibility to produce folding cartons inline also has become a reality. Many label printers feel this is the time to move in the direction.



Raveendran of Seljegat feels it is time for combination printing and says, “Yes we need to invest on the production of functional packaging”. Gururaj Ballarwad of Wintek Bangalore which is a part of Signode India Group feels not many label printers will move into packaging yet he says, “Investment in combination printing is necessary to sustain, maintain & enhance the capabilities.”



Digital printing in India still remains a taboo with Indian label printers due to high cost of operation and consumables. However as a slight change in their thought process the higher end printers say it is time to consider digital printing as a complimentary part in a combination press. So while they invest in a press that has offset, flexo, gravure and screen printing capabilities, they will probably also opt for a digital printing station as well that will add to their capabilities. This will also help them in proofing, as also to cater to increasing number of short run customers.

India is a large and diverse country with multiplicity of cultures, food, language, dress habits, different festivals and lifestyles. As literacy enhances and the pockets of the middle class start to bulge it becomes an imperative for the marketers to focus on individual segments of the society. Innovation at this time becomes an imperative as also the capabilities to produce segment specific short runs. Just in time deliveries is another demand coming for end users due to the short run jobs. This results in making the larger label companies to consider multi locational production facilities. The response on this is quite divided within the industry. While many printers feel that one centralised facility is better for quality production and control. With better logistics it is possible deliver anywhere in the country in reasonable time. Yet there are others who feel locational advantage is necessary to service and retain large clients. Some large printers already have invested in multiple facilities not just within India but also outside India. Ajanta Packaging has units in Daman in the west and Baddi in North of India. They also have units in Ajman UAE and Bangkok Thailand. Indian label industry continues to grow at a steady pace and is also attracting international attention however still it has not yet grown to the level of large international label companies. There is still room for much more but it should grow steadily, as the demand grows.


Written exclusively for Label and Narrow Web USA http://www.labelandnarrowweb.com/issues/2016-05/view_features/india-rsquo-s-label-market/ by Harveer Sahni, Managing Director, Weldon Celloplast Limited New Delhi India. March 
2016 The article may be reproduced by giving credit to the author and http://www.labelandnarrowweb.com

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Another successful LMAI Technical workshop; Ahmedabad responds!


L to R: Rajesh Nema, Jigesh Dani, Sandeep Zaveri,Amit Sheth
Harveer Sahni & Ajay Mehta
In scorching heat with Ahmedabad temperature soaring to 46 degrees Celsius Rajesh Nema, honorary Secretary LMAI was driving from Indore to Ahmedabad, a six hour drive to reach the venue of yet another technical workshop organized by LMAI (Label Manufacturers Association of India). That is commitment!  This is the fourth in series of  Technical workshops organized under the leadership of the young LMAI president Sandeep Zaveri. It was held at Hotel Novotel Ahmedabad on the 14th of May 2016. The LMAI leadership team reached the venue a day in advance or in the morning of the event to foresee that the Ahmedabad printer members have a perfect workshop and networking opportunity.

Sandeep Zaveri & Jigesh Dani


The host for the evening was Jigesh Dani from Maharshi Labels, a leading label printing company in Ahmedabad. Jigesh himself painstakingly made the arrangements at the hotel and also interacted with the local LMAI members to be present and ensure success of this event. 




Audience


Almost 90 delegates attended the workshop, making it a very successful event. The printers and suppliers had enough time before and after the presentation to network and exchange views on the issues their industry was facing. 





Neeraj Muni
After welcoming the guests Jigesh invited the first speaker Neeraj Muni from Electro Optics to address the audience. Neeraj extensively explained the difference in blade angle for films and paper. The angle is broader, say 90 degrees when you have to cut a paper stock because after initial penetration into the paper the rest of the paper is crushed apart however in case of films a sharper angle is imperative for the blade to pierce into the film and effectively die-cut it. He also spoke about common problems faced like through punching, uneven cutting, die wear, etc. He also advised how to clean and store the dies for better die life.

Nirav Shah of Letra Graphics felicitating Neeraj Jagga
Neeraj Jagga from Xeikon, now a part of Flint group, spoke next. He briefly dwelled on the reasons why label printers have so far stayed away from digital printing and then went on to further explain why powder toner technology was better than liquid ink digital printing technology. According to him in case of powder toner the dry powder sits on top of the paper unlike the liquid that penetrates the paper thereby interfering with the chemistry of the paper. The advantage of using dry toner technology is that it is approved by FDA, printed matter is light fast and does not penetrate the packaging paper substrates. He agreed that for long runs it is expensive to use digital however it is ideal for short runs and that so far it is recommended as a complimentary printing technology and not a mainstream system for large printing houses.

LMAI awards distribution function is a standard side event for Labelexpo India held every
Rajesh Nema & Sandeep Zaveri
alternate year. It has been observed that a very small number of companies apply to participate in this competition. As a result we see the same company going to the stage for one after another award. It is now the endeavour of the LMAI leadership to try and have widespread participation from an increased number of LMAI printer members. The LMAI honorary Secretary Rajesh Nema and the President Sandeep Zaveri took the stage next to appeal for all converter members to come forward and send entries for LMAI awards in greater numbers. As an incentive to encourage wider participation the duo announced that the first entry from each member would be free. Fees will be charged for subsequent entries. It was also felt that fancy presentations made by large label printers influenced the judges more than the actual label entry. To offer a level playing field, LMAI have distributed a standard kit in which label entries can be made. It was also informed that Premier Marketing was the firm that had been appointed to coordinate the collection, compilation and conducting of the label competition. LMAI is also organizing the next technical workshop at Kolkata on 15th July 2016 thereafter they plan yet another series that will commence from Mumbai.

Ajay Mehta

Ajay Mehta, of SMI Coated papers, a leading manufacturer of self adhesive labelstocks spoke on the various types of components in Labelstocks. He discussed different facestocks, adhesives and release liners. He also spoke on what effect storage and application temperature has on the final label.




Amit Ahuja


Amit Ahuja of Multitec, has been the front runner in taking Indian label press manufacturing being acceptable at global platforms. He spoke on nuances of label printing and converting on flexo rotary presses. He also informed about further developments being made in label presses that are made in India. 





Chirag Gokani of Wealthwiz, gave an informative presentation on wealth and estate management. He also discussed the process of creation of will, setting up of various trusts, their management and how to store the documents so that they are traceable and manageable by the inheritors.

Harveer Sahni
Finally Harveer Sahni of Weldon Celloplast conducted an interactive question and answer session. Starting with a discussion on blade height for different types of adhesives other topics discussed were reduction of waste in label production, impact on price of labelstock by supplying EXACT width not matching the deckle width,  impact of different climatic zones in the country on performance of pressure sensitive adhesives and avoiding wastages on a label press. Finally when the audience was asked to raise questions on wealth and estate management surprisingly there was absolute silence. Summing it up Sahni said, “It is a typical of Indian businessmen not to discuss their financial queries in public.”



Leading Printers who attended the program included delegates from Astron Packaging, Maharshi Labels, Letra Graphics, Pinmark, Art O Print, Unick Fix-a-Form, Nitai Labels and Ankit Graphics besides others. Media presence was from Print week, Packaging South Asia and Printing Samachar. Vote of thanks was given by Rajesh Nema followed by a networking dinner.




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Written by Harveer Singh Sahni, Managing Director, Weldon Celloplast Limited, New Delhi, India May 2016