Four Polytype lamitube machines sold at Gandhinagar

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For Wifag Polytype and its Indian subsidiary based in Noida, February was a busy month—first with the Dhaka International Plastics, Printing and Packaging Industry Fair in Bangladesh between 31 January and 3 February 2018 and then with the biennial Plastindia exhibition in Gandhinagar from 7 to 12 February. Polytype’s stand at Gandhinagar was constantly busy with a continuous stream of customers and four deals were struck at the show with several more likely to follow in coming months. The chief executive officer of Wifag Polytype and the chief executive officer of its partner Mechatronica were also at the show, which implies the importance they give to this market and to the show. It also helps in most cases for customers to know that reassurances and negotiations can be finally resolved on the spot if the need arises.

Wifag 1Alain Berset, chief executive officer of Wifag Polytype at PlastIndia 2018

The deals struck at the show for lamitube machines included one for Bangladesh and three for Indian companies. Also shown at the stand were samples of digital printing on plastic containers. In our brief chat with Alain Berset, chief executive officer of Wifag Polytype, we learned that the company is planning to simplify its structure in the near future and focus only on the packaging market. We also had the opportunity of a brief meeting with Miroslav Hinkov, general manager of Mechatronica, both of whom were generally quite busy with customers’ queries and discussions. Arvind Narang of Wifag Polytype India also told us at the show about the new Tube Council of India being formed, which will address many of the technical and compliance concerns of the tube manufacturers in the country.

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.

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