Indiaplast 2019, an exclusive exhibition on plastic machinery and plastic raw materials kicked off on 28 February 2019. In association with Plastasia, the event is jointly organized by the Plastics Machinery Manufacturers Association of India (PMMAI) and Triune Exhibitors. With more than 700 exhibitors participating from over eighteen countries, the event is unparalelled for the plstics industry. The exhibitors include manufacturers and suppliers of blow molding and injection molding machines, raw material suppliers and other plastic-related machine manufacturers. During the inaugration event, organized by Elite Plus, the name of the next event of PMMAI was also unveiled. Ashok Chatuvedi, chairman and managing director, Peter Steinback, managing director, Windmoller & Holscher, Tom Goeke, chief executive officer and president of Milacron LLC, and TS Rajan, chief executive officer, Windsor Machines were the guests of honor at the event.
Mahendra N Patel, chairmen of PMMAI, started the event with a wlcome note for the exhibitors and visitors to the event. He said, “India is now a destination of choice for overseas companies to set up manufacturing base. Plastics consumption in India is growing.”
Amitabh Kant, chief executive officer, Niti Ayog, Government of India, who was chief guest at the show, emphasized on the need for bringing better and world-class technology in plastics machinery manufacturing.
Chatuvedi of Uflex said, “Plastic has become a very important part of our industry. It is too early to find a replacement for plastics and the only alternative available as of now is wood. However, with the kind of requirement that exists, wood will not be a viable solution as all trees will have to be cut resulting in a drastic impact on the environment.” He further emphasized on the importance of reuse, recycling, and keeping the balance with nature.
Dr Arun Kumar Pandya, secretary, Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India said, “It is a great platform for the plastic industry where both the national and international leaders of the industry can meet. Around 70 million MSMEs are working in India. The ministry is working for a better credit flow to the MSME sector, better skilled manpower and better maufacturing for the MSME and also opening new MSME centers.” Referring to the foreign delegates present at the event, Pandya hinted at the scope of investment in Inda’s plastic sector.
Sunil Jain from Rajoo Engineers said, “It’s the first Indiaplast and the last one too. The name of the next show will be PlastFocus.” Jain announced the last edition of Indiaplast and revealed the date of first edition of PlastFocus 2020.
Sustainability was the hot topic of the event. The speakers held discussions on plastic recycling issues in India. Indiaplast 2019 dedicated the ‘Recycling Pavilion’ between Hall 7 and 14 to highlight this initiative. It was also here that live demos of plastic recycling machines were held. To highlight the new innovation in the plastics industry, the show dedicated the ‘Innovative Pavilion’ in Hall 3 at Indiaplast 2019.