‘IFCA seminar – Packaging strategies for future: Challenges & opportunities, plastic waste management & EPR’ took place on 22 October 2019 at Bombay Exhibition Center Mumbai, India. Brilliant Polymers was the platinum sponsor for the IFCA seminar. The seminar started with the felicitation of the event sponsors followed by a session with Suresh Gupta, president, IFCA, who gave insights on the packaging industry. Next, keynote speaker CK Ranganathan, founder of CMD Cavinkare, spoke about EPR, the need to invest in R&D, the process innovation and focus on quality to make a product better.
Brilliant Polymers sponsored a talk on the latest trends in plastic waste management by Kelvin Davies, Australasian projects manager at Nextek, UK. Davies spoke on the need for collection, sorting and recovery of plastic waste. He also showed the technology of segregation of plastic waste through videos along with a brief on film recycling development plant in Pune and how Nextek will design and build a multi-function, state-of-the-art recycling plant, specific to the needs of Pune.
Pravin Nadgoundi, manager – Quality & Regulatory, Brilliant Polymers, spoke on food safety in terms of lamination adhesive perspective and how packaging protects the food content and how it is critical to food safety. He also emphasized that Brilliant adhesives are compliant with all statutory norms concerning packaging, which indirectly protects food contents.
Sunil Kumar from Henkel spoke on adhesives and coatings as enablers of a circular economy. Ajith Kumar from Starbucks spoke on sustainability at Starbucks while Rahul Poddar delved into EPR – Plastic waste management. Jatin Takkar from Siegwerk discussed safety and regulatory in inks, Meenakshi Sapru from HPPL spoke about the new trends in packaging through digital printing and many more topics.
The seminar served as a great platform for attendees to meet flexible packaging converters, raw material suppliers, inks and adhesive manufacturers and film suppliers. It also gave them an opportunity to connect with their customers and gain insights about current market trends and recent developments.