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Soma Engineering has developed an ink cartridge system for spot color printing on CI flexographic printing presses

Fourth edition of CannovationMedium for reforms in tinplate packagingThe Tinplate Promotion Council (TPC) held the fourth edition of Cannovation, one of the premier events in Asia on tinplate packaging at Taj Lands End on 27 February 2015. Cannovation is a medium to push reforms in the field of tinplate packaging. Abhesh Chatterjee, chief of marketing and sales, The Tinplate Company of India (TCIL) said, “It provides a common platform to brand owners, can makers, metal packaging technology providers and marketers, with a vision to create a meaningful interface on the current and future needs of the metal packaging industry.” He added, “We are sharing the technological problems in tinplate packaging and trying to promote tinplate as the most eco-friendly, cost-effective and sustainable packaging media for processed foods. In India per capita consumption of tin is very low as compared to developed economies. So far we have a positive response from visitors and 25% growth has been observed as compared to the last event.”
The Tinplate Promotion Council held the fourth edition of Cannovation, one of the premier events in Asia on tinplate packaging in Mumbai on 27 February 2015Tarun Daga, chairman, TPC and MD of TCIL kick-started the day-long event
with his welcome address. Speaking about the merits of tin packaging,
NC Saha, director, Indian Institute of Packaging (IPP) said, “It is the
most adaptable sustainable packaging with exceptional barrier, aroma
retention, high-impact resistance and is completely recyclable.” He also
said that the tinplate industry has a growth of 6 to 7% annually in
India.

Ramaiah Muthusubramanian, category packaging development
director, Unilever said, “Tinplate is more relevant in today’s scenario
for three reasons — it can be used as a reusable pack; it works well as a
festive and promotional pack; and has a sustainable pack format.”
Ashwani Kumar, chief technologist for packaging and graphics, ITC India,
said that the packaging differs depending upon the region and stressed
on seeing packaging from a customer’s point of view.

Innovations in metal packaging
Saket
Bhatia, senior vice president, Hindustan Tin Works, expressed his
gratitude to the TPC team and said that FSSAI guidelines and food safety
issues emphasize the need for packaging but there is cut-throat
competition, reduced margins and brilliant minds get absorbed into
different sectors. He also said that converters should meet the decision
makers, marketing members and communicate with them about innovation in
metal packaging. Ease of opening and downgauging the thickness will
make it more preferable as a packaging material in food and non-food
products. He talked about inks which are well-known but not seen much in
the market, that is, thermographic and glow in dark inks highlighting
the brands. He also discussed about Rajniganda tin as an innovative
package by the company and mentioned its tagline, “Jab dusro ke khawab
purre karoge to apna kal bante dekhoge — so let’s work for them
(clients) and build our own future.”

Jeremy Pearce, ITRI
technology team leader, gave an introduction about tin packaging and
said, “Canned food has better nutrition for our children. A huge amount
of fresh foods are produced in India but about 40% of fresh foods in
this country is wasted. It never reaches the consumer, because it is
perishable and never gets transported, which is shocking. This is partly
due to culture — only 3 % of the food is sold through modern retail
outlets, 97% is sold through traditional methods. However, the  solution
is very simple — robust containers containing nutritious foods can be
transported anywhere.” Jeroen Ruoff, director, and Simone Vooijs,
technical director of Tata Steel Packaging, Europe introduced a new
package, Protact, which combines the robustness of steel with the
versatility of plastic providing an even more efficient material for the
can.