The 4th LMAI conference was well managed from start to finish. Incoming delegates were picked up from Delhi airport and transported in 8 coaches to Jaypee Palace Hotel and Convention Centre Agra, in the historical city of Taj Mahal. There were many from Delhi and other north Indian towns who drove in their own cars. On reaching the hotel, as delegates descended from their vehicles, they were welcomed with beating of drums, traditional welcome by hostesses and LMAI conference team.
|Lighting of lamp|
Pankaj Bhardwaj Senior Director and general Manager, Label and Graphic Materials South Asia Avery Dennison, delivered the keynote address.
|Lisa Milburn Managing Director LabelexpoGroup|
In her special address Lisa Milburn, Managing Director Labels Group, Tarsus Group PLC UK mentioned the strong and ongoing partnership with LMAI. She also spoke on the forthcoming meeting of L9 (The federation of nine leading global label associations) which is scheduled to be held next year in India. Pradeep Saroha, Country Manager for Labelexpo group gave information on Labelexpo Europe in Brussels in September this year. Conference Chairman Kuldip Goel apprised the audience with agenda of the event.
|Harveer Sahni awarded lifetime award with family and LMAI leadreship team|
At the same time he announced an award to Harveer Sahni of Weldon Celloplast for a “Lifetime in support of the Indian label industry”.
The day ended with an entertaining evening sponsored by BobstFirenze and themed, Mughal-e-Azam followed by Dinner. Many delegates were in traditional Indian dresses.
|Jitesh Mehta, Director Avery Dennison|
|Ajay and Rohit Mehta SMI being felicitated|
Ajay Mehta and Rohit Mehta of SMI Coated Papers cautioned that reverse auctions were affecting printers adversely and instead of becoming complacent, they need to move on. Competition brings innovation making quality and consistency in product offering an imperative for driving growth.
|Paolo Grasso Omet and Pawandeep Sahni Weldon|
Pawandeep Sahni of Weldon and Paolo Grasso of Omet made an impressive presentation titled “simplify Visions, innovate processes” The presentation which was interactive with the audience, was highly appreciated. Shaun Paullen of Mark Andy spoke on “Turning market needs into machine deliverables”.
|Amit Ahuja Multitec|
|Motivational speaker Shiv Khera|
Shiv Khera spoke for almost three hours and the delegates in full attendance were glued to their seats listening in rapt attention. Quoting boxing legend Mohamad Ali he said, “We need the skill and the will to succeed. Between the two, will is more important” Such was the delivery of his address that the audience was left in awe. Quoting the former President of India, Dr. A P J Kalam he said, “Dreams are not that make you sleep, dreams are those that don’t let you sleep”. Adding more to this he went on to convey that success is not absence of problems, it is the overcoming of problems. Luck is not designed to deliver success but concentrated efforts do deliver it. His advice to the audience was that for conflicts in life learn to resolve issues and not dissolve relations. The evening ended with dance performances and networking dinner.
|Appadurai Country manager HP|
Two days of hectic schedule and non-stop presentations, did not tire the delegates and one was surprised to see they were ready for more. The final day again had a holistic meditation session by Isha foundation. This was followed by presentations by Samir Patkar-Gallus, Appadurai-HP, Manish Jain-Loparex, Seigwerk and A K Datta- Kurz. Guest speaker Sudhaker Kasture spoke on export strategy on labels. The day’s presentations ended with presentations from Huber group and Tesa Tapes.
|Round Table in Progress|
The final part of the conference was a gala evening hosted by Avery Dennison with theme “an Affair to remember” and titled “Moulin Rouge”! The evening started with conference chairman Kuldip Goel giving vote of thanks.
This was followed by a vibrant musical performance by celebrity artiste Sophie Choudry. After this the dance floor was thumping with delegates dancing till wee hours of the night or the morning.
This conference was appreciated and enjoyed by all. They left Agra with lingering memories of a euphoric networking event. The industry was a little more bonded and connected giving credence to Sandeep Zaveri’s statement that the Indian Label Industry is like a joint family. As the delegates bid good bye they went with hope of yet another similar event in the summer of 2019!
The sidelines and the "Fun Part";
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Written by Harveer Sahni, Chairman Weldon Celloplast Limited, New Delhi July 2017