Packaging industry under one roof

IndiaPack provides good business platform

The Ajanta Print Arts stand at IndiaPack 2015. Photo PSA

IndiaPack, the 6th international packaging exhibition held in Mumbai from 8 to 11 October 2015, laid a perfect platform to bring the packaging industry under one roof. It provided good business opportunities for manufacturers of rigid and flexible packaging materials and allied industries to showcase innovative technologies, product and services to national and international end-users.

The event was held to venerate the golden jubilee of Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), an autonomous institute working under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Food Processing Industries and Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises. The earlier five editions of the IndiaPack held in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2013 in Mumbai have helped transformed the event into a strong and unparalleled brand in the world packaging industry. The World Packaging Congress was held concurrently with the IndiaPack.

NC Saha, director of the IIP, said the IndiaPack acted as an encouraging business platform for over 300 exhibitors and visitors who participated in the four-day event. Telangana and Andhra Pradesh had reserved a pavilion at the show for their respective states, he added. Commenting on the pavilion, RVS Ramakrishna, chairman of the IIP, said, “The Andhra Pradesh government identified a 100-acre plot in T Sirsapalli for packaging and the government wants IIP to be a part of it.”

Rajani Rashmi, additional secretary of the Central Ministry of Commerce and Industry, was the chief guest at the event. He said, “The government is committed to the growth of the packaging industry in India. Under the Foreign Trade Policy, the government is incentivising the packaging industry, particularly for food exports and perishable goods.” He requested the stakeholders in the industry to take advantage of it.

Ajanta Print Arts

Crown Pearlpet jar at IndiaPack. Photo PSA

Ajanta Print Arts, which is into cartons produced from board, Metpet and transparent PP, displayed innovative packages for products like Godrej locks in white board cartons with window patch to personal care products printed on Metpet board with embossing effects. Many unique designs were produced, few were designed in-house and printed at the production facility.

Ajanta Print Arts was awarded the India Star at the event for Cartini premium knives and scissors products. These products were introduced in the market by Godrej and Boyce for 28 different variants of household products. Cartini packs were printed on 400 microns of rigid Polypropylene (PP) and different grammage of paperboard. With the help of 6-color coater press and UV inks, the printing was done on PP board. The complete design on graphics with structure was executed inhouse for a period of 12 months.

Ajanta Print Arts was also awarded for in-mould labels it designed for Elephant House, an ice cream brand. Vignette and finishing effects as well as the use of Pantone color on 80 micron PP film were well appreciated. Vikas Khanna, director of Ajanta Print Arts, said “This show provides a platform to interact with our current and prospective customers in the packaging industry. IndiaPack acts as a connecting bridge between converters and end-users. Through this event, we have communicated with right people in the industry. Few professionals from medium scale industries have expressed interest in better packages for branding their products.”

Pearl Polymers

Press meet
(L-R) NC Saha, director and principal executive officer at the Indian Institute of Packaging, Shri Rajani Rashmi, additional secretary of the Central Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Thomas Schneider, president of the World Packaging Organisation and RVS Ramakrishna, chairman of the IIP. Photo PSA

New Delhi-based Pearl Polymers, which produces PET bottles under the brand name Pearl petformajor brands, was also awarded the IndiaStar at the World Packaging Congress event. Pearlpet got the India Star award for PET container, Crown Jar. Due to its unique design with coated stainless steel cap and bottom for closure of transparent jar, PET polymer is used to make bottles which are recyclable, unbreakable, odourless, food grade and environmental-friendly.

Udit Seth, executive director of Pearl Polymers, talked about lightweight jars and the use of patented technology in in-mould labels. He said, “Pearl Polymers has used the patented technology to adhere to in-mould labels around the PET containers. Adhesion of in-mould labels around polypropylene and HDPE containers is easy but for PET it has not been done, except by us. Such solutions are cost-effective and enhance the aesthetic appeal of the product.”

Time Technoplast

Uflex stand
Amit Ray, group president of Uflex
packaging business, with Flex safe
pack that received the DuPont award
for technological innovation in July
2015. Photo PSA

Time Technoplast is one of the leading industrial packaging companies with 22 plants in India and different parts of the world. It is engaged in manufacture and sale of technology-based polymer products. Ashwin Bhagwat, assistant manager of Time Technoplast, said, “In FMCG and pharma industries, innovative solutions are visible on shelf but frequent innovations are also required. Being a market leader, we share 70% of the industrial packaging needs. We have an in-house development team to look after the needs of consumers.”

“IndiaPack is an excellent platform to showcase different products and services of the Indian industries. Many blue chip companies including BASF, Clariant Chemicals and few others visited our stall. We had a positive feedback during the four-day event.”


Time Technoplast is one of the leading industrial packaging companies with 22 plants in India and different parts of the world.

Uflex, one of India’s fully integrated packaging companies, made its presence felt at the IndiaPack by displaying its complete range of products. Uflex flexitubes displayed different laminated tubes with different structures and customized thickness,Uflex’s engineering division displayed vertical FFSto suitthe varyingneeds of packers, and the company’s cylinder divisionshowcased cylinderswithdifferent diameters and length from security and brand protection point of view. Holographic division showed different holograms with labels and different ink.

Commenting on the new aseptic packaging plant in Sanand, Gujarat, that will be operational by April 2017, Amit Ray, group president of packaging business, said, “There is a good demand for aseptic packaging. More demand is to be created as doneby Kellogg’s inIndia forbreakfast cereals.Itwillbe ourfirstplantinWesternIndia to meet the demands of domestic and global markets.”

“Uflex has been associated with the IIPfor many years.Since the event coincides with the World Packaging Congress, it was a perfect time to display our products with innovative solutions to the visitors.”

Another product on display was Uflex’s flex safe PP bag – a tamper proof bag for cement and granular materials that provides resistance against wateringress. Flex safepack receivedtheDuPont awardfortechnological innovationinJuly 2015.Time Technoplast is one of the leading industrial packaging companies with 22 plants in India and different parts of the world.


WelboundWorldwide launchedWelboundHC500 atthe exhibitinIndiaPack.Welbound HC500 is a top and bottom case sealer for corrugated boxes. PallippuramSajith, director – marketing and sales of Welbound, said, “Welbound is one of the leading postpress equipment manufacturers with more than20 years of experience in application of adhesive. In search of new areas to grow, we entered into the end of-line packaging machinery. Damage or pilferage of products are common. It leads to loss of crores of rupees forIndian companies across the sector.”

“Through IndiaPack, we not only showcased the machine but also communicated with end-users regarding the workflow of sealing that can end the issue of products getting damaged.”

Manipal Utility

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Worldwide launched Welbound HC 500, a top and bottom case sealer for corrugated boxes, at the exhibit in IndiaPack

Manipal Utility pack was exhibited forthe first time at the event. It sponsored the entrance gate of the exhibition. Manipal utility is a leading paperboard packaging company that meet the demands of perfumes, fine liquor, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals with cartons and labels.

VivianAnthony, chief of business development, said, “IndiaPack acted as a forum to connect with the existing clients and display high quality printed cartons and labels. Manipal Utility is equipped with production facilities at Manipal, Chennai and Ahmedabad. It produces more than a million cartons in a day at the Ahmedabad plant.”

Manipal Utility received nine awards from IIP for unique designs in packaging for products such as Jazz Night carton and Golden Moment. Jazz Night carton is printed on metalized sapphire graphic board with six color. The pack is soft touch laminated with spot UV and embossing finish. Golden Moment is an enticing carton printed with beautiful golden designs in front of the box. Gold stencils is used on front side of the box. The pack is laminated with metallized film and spot UV that adds to the luxury appearance of the pack.

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