LMAI Conference in Kochi begins

Indians get ready for Labelexpo Brussels with cheer

LMAI’s committee members and past presidents inaugurating the conference with a traditional lamp lighting ceremony

The LMAI 2019 conference and celebration commenced on 25 July 2019 at Kochi with a hi-tea networking session at 4 pm – after registering and checking-in at the Hyatt Bolgatty. The conference was inaugurated by LMAI’s committee members and past presidents with a traditional lamp lighting ceremony.

Kuldip Goel, president, LMAI, in his warm welcome to the delegates thanked the sponsors of the event including Avery Dennison, the platinum sponsor. Pankaj Bharadwaj, senior director and general manager, Avery Dennison, in his keynote address, said, “These are interesting times for the industry because so much is happening in terms of technology and we are all curious to know what is happening in digital, flexo, reverse auctions, with nerve wrecking competition and ever growing and insatiable customer needs. However, we are a part a fantastic industry that shows huge growth potential due to the country’s demographic dividend. It is my appeal to the industry to make cumulative efforts to ensure industry growth. It is important that we work with brand owners closely. They have a wide variety of options in terms of innovative decoration solutions and in order stay relevant to them, we need to use the creativity present in this room and provide solutions to the problems faced by brand owners.”

A special guest address was given by Pradeep Saroha from Tarsus Group, attending the event for the fifth time. He said, “It is the 40th anniversary of Labelexpo. We have the brand innovation showcase, the sustainability insight cafe, the flexible packaging arena, a masterclass on inks, coatings and varnishes, and master classes on digital printing and package printing, self adhesive materials and workshops as well.”

“LMAI has supported Labelexpo since 2008 and we support their initiatives as well. The last Labelexpo India was a huge success. The next Labelexpo India 2020 will take place from 29 October to 1 November 2020 in hall 9,10, and 11 at India Expo Centre and Mart Greater Noida. The best part about these halls is that they are pillarless, everyone would be happy to know that there will no pillars to obstruct machinery displays. For the next Labelexpo India shows we are looking at visitors from Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangadesh and from Chennai, Guwahati, Ludhiana, Nepal, Mumbai, Kerala and Delhi,” he said.

Manish Desai, conference chairperson, LMAI, presented the conference agenda for the next three days while Ainan Shahidi laid down the guidelines for the presenters.

Sponsors and committee members were felicitated by the LMAI committee members and other dignitaries who merrily walked the ramp with props in hand. A longish day of travel, arrival and anticipation ended with dinner and a performance by the band, Carnatic.

The impact, resilience, and growth of responsible packaging in a wide region are daily chronicled by Packaging South Asia.

A multi-channel B2B publication and digital platform such as Packaging South Asia is always aware of the prospect of new beginnings and renewal. Its 16-year-old print monthly, based in New Delhi, India has demonstrated its commitment to progress and growth. The Indian and Asian packaging industries have shown resilience in the face of ongoing challenges over the past three years.

As we present our publishing plan for 2023, India’s real GDP growth for the financial year ending 31 March 2023 will reach 6.3%. Packaging industry growth has exceeded GDP growth even when allowing for inflation in the past three years.

The capacity for flexible film manufacturing in India increased by 33% over the past three years. With orders in place, we expect another 33% capacity addition from 2023 to 2025. Capacities in monocartons, corrugation, aseptic liquid packaging, and labels have grown similarly. The numbers are positive for most of the economies in the region – our platform increasingly reaches and influences these.

Even given the disruptions of supply chains, raw material prices, and the challenge of responsible and sustainable packaging, packaging in all its creative forms and purposes has significant headroom to grow in India and Asia. Our context and coverage engulf the entire packaging supply chain – from concept to shelf and further – to waste collection and recycling. We target brand owners, product managers, raw material suppliers, packaging designers and converters, and recyclers.

In an admittedly fragmented and textured terrain, this is the right time to plan your participation and marketing support communication – in our impactful and highly targeted business platform. Tell us what you need. Speak and write to our editorial and advertising teams! For advertisement ads1@ippgroup.in , for editorial info@ippgroup.in and for subscriptions subscription@ippgroup.in

– Naresh Khanna

Subscribe Now
unnamed 1


Subscribe to our Newsletter

As 2023 begins and FY 23-24 unfolds, will you support us?

What lies in store for the packaging industry in India and South Asia this coming year? Inflation, disruption of supply chains or environmental regulation? Or the resumption of high rural demand, continued investment and industry consolidation? Whatever happens, Packaging South Asia will be there, providing clarity and independent technical and business information in India and South Asia and around the world. We are a compact Indian organization bringing a window of fair and rigorous technical and business information that the industry can access this year and beyond. Please support us with your advertising and subscriptions, to keep us going and growing.

Thank you.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here