Asian Packaging Conference 2019 comes to India

Event to showcase latest trends in labels and packaging industry


Scheduled from 8 to 9 May 2019 at Novotel Aerocity New Delhi, SHIFT_019 is Asia’s premier labels and packaging conference. The two-day conference will be filled with enlightening presentations, thought-provoking discussions and networking opportunities, with the aim to transform print and packaging businesses. The conference will feature table-tops from leading and supporting manufacturers to showcase the latest products and developments for the labels and packaging industry.

Past editions have been held in Southeast Asia, such as Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. For the first time ever, the event will be held in India to highlight the rapidly growing packaging market in the country. In addition, delegates from past year’s event have signalled their interest and support for the destination.

“Asia, and especially India, has been tapped to lead the growth of the packaging industry through to 2025. Supported by leading packaging suppliers and associations, the conference will be filled with the latest information to help any company in packaging production grow in the coming years,” said Paul Callaghan, chairman of Packaging & Print Innovation Asia.

Each year, the conference attracts business owners and suppliers, packaging printers, converters, brand owners and designers. Organized by Asia Print Awards Management (formerly known as AFTA), the conference was similarly titled SHIFT_018 in last year’s edition. This year, the same thread was continued with SHIFT_019.

Investing for Sustainability & Financial Returns

The conference theme for the upcoming event has been set at ‘Investing for Sustainability & Financial Returns.’ According to the organizers, there will be around 20 international speakers lined up to present at the conference. The conference this year aims to add two of the most pressing issues faced by today’s print packaging business owners: sustainability and returning on investment (ROI).

The topics and speakers that have committed to presenting include Tim Klappe, MPS; Alfred Ulli, BOBST; David Jones, Alphasonics; Hayato Kashiwagi, DIC Inks; K Panthala Selvan, Pressman Solutions & Idealliance South Asia; Tom Orbien, Prime Blade; Anuj Sahni, Windmoller & Holscher; Giuseppe Sauli, Uteco; Supachai Theravithayangkura, Flint Group; Klaus Nielsen, Xeikon; Thayer Long, Association for Print Technologies; Isaam Lutfiyya, Baldwin Vision Systems; Andy Yarrow, Kornit Digital; Steve Smith, Kodak; Gururaj Kirsur, DuPont Advanced Printing; Nick Price, HP Inc.; and Markus Amendt, Kaspar Walter.

There will be more speakers added to the lineup in the coming weeks leading up to the conference.

Conference partners announced

Every year, SHIFT_019 forms partnerships with established trade bodies and associations to cultivate dynamic knowledge building and networking opportunities.

The upcoming edition will be supported and endorsed by Association of Label Printers & Suppliers (ALPS), Indian Printing, Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA) and Bombay Master Printers Association (BMPA). In addition, the Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech) will also make a repeat cooperation. APTech has supported the event for the third consecutive year.

17th Asian Packaging Excellence Awards 2019

SHIFT_019 celebrates the 17th edition of the Asian Packaging Excellence Awards. The annual competition recognizes and honors packaging excellence for the Asian region. The competition is open to companies involved in the production of packaging industry.

There are 26 categories divided into three segments of Flexography, Rotogravure and Labels. A new category of Mockup/Sample Production has also been inducted following requests from last edition of the awards.

Over three days, an international, independent jury of industry experts examined each submission anonymously within pre-established criteria. Judges for Asian Packaging Excellence Awards this year are print veterans Willem (Wim) Swiggers, Phee Boon Eow and Ben Kwok.

Winners will be unveiled and recognized during the Gala dinner at SHIFT_019.

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