Shailesh Nema, director and country manager Michelman India in Mumbai at the Elite Conference 2022. Photo PSA

The 10th Speciality Films & Flexible Packaging Global Summit 2023 is all set to take place from 31 August – to 1 September at the Reliance Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India.

The Films & Flexible Packaging Global Summit stands out as the premier platform that unites the complete value chain of the films and flexible Global packaging industry. It provides a unique opportunity for global leaders to convene, educate, and collaborate through content-rich presentations, technical discussions, and commercial insights. 

The value chain of the films and flexible packing industry covers raw material producers, film processors, machinery manufacturers, mold makers, printing machinery and printing ink manufacturers, brand owners, FMCG companies, technologists, environmentalists, recycle traders, and data analytics.

According to Nidhi Verma, founder and managing director of organizer ElitePlus Business Services, the 10th Speciality Films & Flexible Packaging Global Summit 2023 has garnered an overwhelming global response. With registrations pouring in from 20 countries, more than 1,860 delegates have already secured their spots, with the numbers continuing to rise, Verma said.

As India’s flexible packaging market is poised to grow by US$ 18.65 billion by 2027, the conference presents an opportune moment for producers, traders, converters, and end-users to engage in India’s vibrant packaging landscape.

Special sessions are devoted to sustainable and responsible growth of the industry. There are panel discussions on sustainability with eminent speakers from the CPBC, MOEF, and Central Pollution Control Board of India (CPCB) for a perspective from policymakers. There is a discussion on disruptive technology with the latest news from around the world. There are presentations on artificial intelligence.Thought leaders from across the industry will enumerate the new technologies disrupting the normal way of functioning in the packaging industry.

With more than 100 exhibitors participating, and a strong presence of brand owners, this Summit is unique in its offerings. The two-day event is divided into 10 business Sessions, with critical insights from raw material manufacturers, machinery manufacturers, manufacturers of auxiliary machinery, and all leading converters — mono and multilayer films, biaxial films, and brand owners who put the packaged goods in the hands of consumers.

This edition features five keynote speakers in the inaugural session, 10 insightful business sessions, and over 45 presentations by speakers from India and overseas. Interactive Q&A sessions will foster engaging discussions, while three-panel discussions will address pressing topics such as recycling. Attendees can use the personalized online scheduler to facilitate meaningful interactions with delegates. Furthermore, networking cocktails, dinners, and an Entertainment gala promise unparalleled networking and enjoyment.

ElitePlus Business Services, the organizer, has filled a much-needed gap by organizing world-standard conferences in India for the petrochemical downstream processing industry. ElitePlus has been organizing its signature events such as the Speciality Films & Flexible Packaging Global Summit, Vinyl India Summit and Injection Moulding, Blow moulding and PET summits for the last over 12 years.

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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!

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