The Indian Flexible Packaging and Folding Carton Association holds IFCA Star Awards 2019

ITC wins big in Mumbai

IFCA Star Award 2019 was held in Mumbai

The Indian Flexible Packaging and Folding Carton Association (IFCA) organized the IFCA Star Award 2019 on 7 February 2020 at MIG Club in Mumbai. IFCA is a national body addressing the needs of flexible packaging and folding cartons industry for the last five decades. The IFCA Star Award 2019 was well attended by leading names in the flexible packaging and the folding carton industries.

The awards were divided into the following categories: Flexible Packaging: Innovations & Creativity including Shapes, New Applications, New Forms; Carton Packaging: Innovations & Creativity, including Shapes, New Applications, New Forms; Structural Innovations, Graphic Designs; Enviro Products; Associate Industries like Inks, Adhesives, Coatings, Films, Polymers: Innovations and New Developments; Best Branding through Packaging; and R&D Achievements in Packaging. There were close to 150 entries in different categories.

A total of 78 awards were given during the function, with ITC bagging the highest 11 awards. TCPL Packaging and Umax Packaging were other major winners with six awards each.

The other winners included Huhtamaki-PPL, Uflex Limited, Yogeshwar Plaspax, Cosmo Films, Brilliant Polymers, Cipla, Deshmukh Research Centre, E Design Studio, Essel Propack, Hi-Tech Inks, Hubergroup India, Henkel Adhesives, Holostik India, Makers Polyfilms, Multiflex Polybags, Max Speciality Films, Michelman India, Manohar Packaging, Orient Press, Parksons Packaging, Print Dynamic, Paharpur 3P, Shakti Plastic Industries, Sweet Industries, Safepack Industries, Siegwerk India, Uma Convertors and V Shapes.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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