Corey M Reardon, President and CEO of AWA making the opening remarks at the Label Release Liner Seminar on the day before the opening of LEXPO 2019 in Brussels. Photo IPP
Corey M Reardon, President and CEO of AWA making the opening remarks at the Label Release Liner Seminar on the day before the opening of LEXPO 2019 in Brussels. Photo IPP

The traditional AWA seminar before Labelexpo took place on the 23rd of September the day before the show opened and it had two tracks. One was the stream on linerless trends and the other on liner trends. Sustainability is driving the linerless trend, one in which unsupported labelstocks are printed and converted and while this is a solution for doing away with silicone coated liners that are difficult to collect and de-siliconize. However, there are large label converters who still dismiss this technology as not being viable at this time although the benefits are that it doubles reel capacity.

Calvin Frost, chief executive officer, Channeled Resources Group, speaking about liner recycling and de-siliconizing liner.
Calvin Frost, chief executive officer, Channeled Resources Group, speaking about liner recycling and de-siliconizing liner. Photo IPP

Although one cannot dismiss the linerless technology (which we believe is fairly small at this point but which of course the AWA research trends would have illuminated further) we took part in the release liner seminar that we think will dominate at least the Indian market for the foreseeable future. While release liner has other applications apart from labels, it is dominated by labels. Of the 52.8 billion square meters produced, 49% is used for label stock production.

The Asia Pacific leads in the growth of release liner at 6.3%v and by implication in the production of labels. The price trend for liner papers which are fairly benign although in recent months there has been a decline in liner prices to India, partly because of a softening in the price of pulp which drives it according to one of the experts at the event.

Mark Macare, Senior Pubic Affairs & Recycling Project manager, FINAT
Mark Macare, Senior Pubic Affairs & Recycling Project manager, FINAT. Photo IPP

Sustainability was the key discussion at the seminar and it was made quite clear that it is possible to collect and de-siliconize used liner and repulp it for making liners for a variety of labelstocks. This seems to be one of the most relevant discussions and outcomes of the seminar for Indian brand owners and label converters. A discussion and conversation that has to take place to make both the manufacturing brands and label converters responsible. The alternatives are not pleasant – increasing legislation which as Indian industry knows can be sudden and often seemingly cataclysmic. An irresponsible and static industry unable to bring the stakeholders around the table will only face opprobrium from the public, harish legislation and stiffer audits from the hopefully growing number of brand owners who must shape up to their responsibility.

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 info@ippgroup.in — for advertisement ads1@ippgroup.in and for subscriptions subscription@ippgroup.in

– Naresh Khanna (25 October 2023)

Subscribe Now
unnamed 1

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Previous articleXeikon shows its smart label solution at Labelexpo Brussels
Next articleJindal Films unveils Label-Lyte LLC platform at Labelexpo Europe 2019
Naresh Khanna
Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy. Elected vice-president of the International Packaging Press Organization in May 2023.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here