With my focus being particularly on the South Asian exhibitors, especially Indian companies, I was keen to witness what they had in offer for the global market. Similar to Pack Expo International, there were many Indian companies making their debut at interpack this year, which indicates their growing confidence in their product offerings and their willingness to establish a firmer footprint in developed markets such as the US and Europe. Close to 100 Indian companies exhibited in Dusseldorf, with the participation mainly dominated by packaging film manufacturers and convertors who had some of the biggest and most attractive stands. There were packaging machine manufacturers showcasing their prowess and technologies as well as their advancements in the latest food and pharmaceutical applications. While there were a few exhibitors from Pakistan, there were none from Bangladesh or Sri Lanka.
Indian film manufacturers focus on specialty products
The Indian exhibitor presence at interpack was largely dominated by film manufacturers, both big and small, which pointed to the fact that India is now a significant supplier of films and not only just a buyer. Some of India’s leading players in the space, including Flex Films, Jindal Polyfilms, Cosmo Films, Chiripal Polyfilms, SRF, and Sumilon, promoted their products and saw fair to excellent interest from visitors.
With very little margin in the commodity films segment, Indian manufacturers are gradually moving towards specialty films with focus on high barrier films, which Anantshree Chaturvedi of Flex Films calls the “holy grail for film manufacturers.” Flex Films is in the midst of a transition from commodity films towards having a focused portfolio of specialty films, Chaturvedi informed.
For SRF, another key Indian manufacturer of BOPET and BOPP films, it was their second participation in interpack. This time SRF showcased some of its specialty grade films for which it received rave reviews from both convertors and distributors.
The growing influence of Indian film suppliers in developed markets like Europe was attested by a statement of Chiripal Polyfilms’ Avinash Pandey, who said that his company faced the fiercest competition from Indian companies. Chiripal, which produces BOPP and BOPET films and PET resins, also displayed its specialty products like alox films and high barrier films.