International Packaging Conclave 2017 at PackPlus’17

Safe Packaging for a better tomorrow

spread across six halls

The annual International Packaging Conclave took place on 4 August 2017 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Organized by in association with Siegwerk India, the theme for the conclave was ‘Safe Packaging – for a better tomorrow.’ The keynote session on ‘Packaging safety – need for an integrated support’ was presented by a leading industry expert. The conference was a concurrent event with PackPlus’17. With more than 375 exhibitors, spread across 6 Halls, the show greatly supplemented the Conclave.

Session 1: Product safety – risk assessment of packaging material

Chaired by Ashish Pradhan of Siegwerk India, the first session (based on an interactive panel discussion) offered a platform to brand owners and regulatory authorities to share their perspective in the area of packaging safety. The aim was to look at packaging safety in India viz-a-viz the global trends.  The session outlined their expectations from the supply chain partners.

Session 2: Migration and toxicology – a threat to consumer safety

This session (based on individual presentations) emphasized the concept of migration; types of migration; factors affecting migration and the impact of migration on product safety. It also demonstrated the toxicological impact of certain specific components on product safety and the levels at which the impact becomes critical. It also focused on the analytical requirements required to substantiate migration of components into the products. This session was chaired by Dr. Joerg Peter Langhammer of Siegwerk India.

Session 3: Packaging compliance – connecting the dots

Ensuring packaging compliance is a complex challenge as it necessitates the stakeholders in the supply chain to collaborate and work together to deliver safe packages for products. The session invited views from different stakeholders in the packaging chain on their role to ensure the compliance of final printed articles. It further elaborated on the need of collaboration and knowledge sharing among the stakeholders to be able to deliver safe packages. Dr. Evert Delbanco of Siegwerk India took charge of this session.

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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