Inaugural PDIT Conference impresses participants

Participants awaiting the next edition of PDIT

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L-R: Sonia Henam, Cheryl Harrison, Deepak Manchanda, Rob Vermeulen, Gerard Caron and Saswata Das Panelists discussing about the design, sustainability and Save Food Supply chain. Photo PSA

The keynote address delivered by Werner Dornscheidt, president and chief executive officer of Messe Dusseldorf, focused on Save Food which aims to “raise awareness among enterprises and institutions of the need to fight food loss and waste”. The session was aimed at educating businesses on the ill effects of food wastage, which leads to wastage of seeds, fertilizer, water and energy apart from depriving millions from getting nutrition. Participants largely agreed that the idea of combining the topics of packaging design, innovation, technology, sustainability and Save Food was a unique one as all these factors were critical and closely connected to each other. They also recognized the importance of holding conferences like PDIT and there were many queries to check when the next edition would be held.

Positive feedback from participants
The participants as well as visitors to the conference admitted that they are glad to have attended the conference as it opened up new opportunities of achieving excellence in their respective sectors. Sustainability was the major outcome of the inaugural PDIT event, which was highly appreciated by the new age entrepreneurs. Sukhdev Singh, representing General Mills, felt his presentation and interaction helped guide the discussion with a responsive audience; he feels more topics from the latest developments in packaging science and engineering can be included in the next edition of the conference.

Kajal Anand of Debon Herbals, another key participant, said, “PDIT conference was a first-of-its-kind of event organized in Mumbai for imparting knowledge to the manufacturers and the upcoming start-ups in the world of technology and innovative packaging, from eminent speakers nationally and internationally. I would like to add one more aspect for your next edition of the conference—you may call on speakers from ASCI, which is another important factor concerned with packaging in respect to what claims should be made on packaging apart from LM and FDA rules and regulations.”

Subhra Nandi, assistant general manager of packaging at INOX FMCG said, “The conference was very interactive and I would like to thank team IPP Star for inviting me. I would like to specially thank team HP for bringing in the concept of ‘Technology for Millions’ with printing substrate for same SKU with few art works and with multiple themes; it’s all very exciting for me. Since I am looking after the packaging development cell in INOX FMCG (INOX Group Co.) and as a start-up in FMCG for modern/general trade, I would like to use this printing technology for one of our future projects.”

Aditya Gaur of Reckitt Benckiser shared, “The PDIT was one of the most unique conferences I ever attended with topics covering every aspect of new technologies coming into the packaging industry, sustainable development and future of printing and packaging industry. It imparted significant lessons on understanding the need of the hour and packaging in increasing productivity by minimizing environmental damage. I would like to thank IPP Star for organizing PDIT conference and I hope more professionals attend the next edition of the conference.”