Varex II blown film line showcased at the W&H stand with the newly introduced IoT automation suite, Ruby. Photo PSA

Many Indian flexible packaging converters have recently placed orders for gravure and CI flexo presses and blown film lines. Some, perhaps fearing further draconian utterances by the government on plastics, even waited till the Prime Minister’s speech on 2 October, before finalizing their orders. Following this, the orders for blown film lines and presses rolled in. Major exhibitors at K confirm that at this year’s event, a few Indian visitors were newbies to the industry. The speculators and first-time investors from other sectors, who earlier thought flexible packaging was a fast growth goldmine, are discouraged by the anti-plastic and anti-packaging drift of the current public discourse. This may be a blessing for the experienced flexible film and packaging converters who seem determined to invest in growth and who are ready to grapple with the sustainability issues. For the technically sound part of the industry, the focus can shift to innovation, sustainability and viability. Blown film lines, metallizers, presses There are, to our limited knowledge, approximately seven blown film lines on their way to India in…

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Naresh Khanna
Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy. Elected vice-president of the International Packaging Press Organization in May 2023.