Presto Stantest’s testing instruments at IndiaCorr Expo

Developed according to latest ISTA standards

Gaurav Malhotra, director at Presto Stantest at the company's stand at IndiaCorr Expo. Photo PSA

Presto Stantest exhibited its latest range of testing instruments at the IndiaCorr Expo, held from 28 – 30 September at India Expo Center in Greater Noida. The products included bursting strength testers, ECT/RCT testers, box compression testers, tearing testers, and peel strength testers for corrugated box manufacturing.

Such advanced equipment had never been developed in India before, said Gaurav Malhotra, director at Presto Stantest. These technologies, which were earlier available with only German and other European countries, have been developed by Presto in India under the ‘Make in India’ initiative.

Started in 1973, Presto has branches all across India with an impressive global presence. The company is working with major MNCs, including Nestle, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Britannia, Mother Dairy, Marico, Dabur, Harley Davidson, Flipkart, Amazon, Rayban, Benz, Amway, ITC and P&G.

They are very quality conscious, and Fortune 500 companies, which put in a lot of efforts in the quality and standardization of the products that they make. We have a very strong bond due to our technical know-how and 200-plus strong team, which is always available to provide technical support for any queries related to their packaging needs, Malhotra said.

Presto is at the forefront of testing technology, he said. In the last 40 years, the growth we are seeing in the packaging industry is completely phenomenal, he said, adding all of Presto’s instruments are Industry 4.0-ready with touchscreen and computerized display.

Accuracy and consistency in testing, which can stop rejections, is critical to the Indian industry, Malhotra said. “We, at Presto, want to ensure Indian companies reach global standards. We have created an ecosystem wherein we conduct training programs under the Presto academy. We have come up with instrumentation for the new generation where they are able to able to test and upskill,” he said.

A lot of transport worthiness testing comes into play as per International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) standards. Presto has developed vibration tables, drop testers and box compression testers as per ISTA standards, which is now the global standard for testing.

The response from the industry has been phenomenal, very overwhelming. Visitors are coming to our stall and appreciating the technology introduced by Presto at the IndiaCorr Expo,” concluded Malhotra.

Packaging South Asia — resilient, growing and impactful — daily, monthly — always responsive

The multi-channel B2B in print and digital 17-year-old platform matches the industry’s growth trajectory. The Indian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Middle East packaging industries are looking beyond the resilience of the past three years. They are resuming capacity expansion and diversification, with high technology and automation in new plants and projects.

As we present our 2024 publishing plan, India’s real GDP growth for the financial year ending 31 March 2024 will exceed 6%. The packaging industry growth will match the GDP growth in volume terms and surpass it by at least 3% in terms of nominal growth allowing for price inflation in energy, raw materials, consumables, and capital equipment.

The capacity for flexible film manufacturing in India increased by 45% over the past four years. With orders in place, we expect another 20% capacity addition in 2024 and 2025. Capacities in monocartons, corrugation, aseptic liquid packaging, and labels are growing similarly. As the consumption story returns over the next six months, we expect demand to return and exceed the growth trajectory of previous years. The numbers are positive for most of the economies in the region – and as shown by our analytics, our platform increasingly reaches and influences these.

For responsible and sustainable packaging, with its attendant regulations and compliances, there is significant headroom to grow in India and the region. Our coverage includes the entire packaging supply chain – from concept to shelf and to waste collection, sorting, and recycling.

We target brand owners, product managers, raw material suppliers, packaging designers and converters, and recyclers. This is a large and complex canvas – the only thing that can work is your agile thinking and innovation together with our continuous learning and persistence.

The coming year looks to be an up year in this region, and this is the right time to plan your participation and marketing communication – in our rich and highly targeted business platform with human resources on the ground. Share your thoughts and plans to inspire and mobilize our editorial and advertising teams!

For editorial — for advertisement and for subscriptions

– Naresh Khanna (25 October 2023)

Subscribe Now
unnamed 1


Subscribe to our Newsletter


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here