Flint at TAAPMA conference

Innovations in packaging

Sushil Sharma, business development manager, LP & NW, Flint Group
Sushil Sharma, business development manager, LP & NW, Flint Group

As a part of the strategic growth initiative to be a partner of choice for the  printing needs of the packaging industry, Flint Group recently sponsored and presented a session at TAAPMA Polymer Conference at Hyderabad on 22 January 2016. The conference premised on ‘Innovations and New Developments in Packaging,’ supported by the Government of Telangana, organized by TAAPMA and Elite Plus Business Services saw participation from all major raw material producers, machinery manufacturers, major flexible converters, injection blow moulding manufacturers from the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Flint Group’s Sushil Sharma, business development manager, LP & NW, talked about the developments and technologies in inks for gravure and CI Flexo printing formats. He also highlighted the latest products primarily the non-toluene and non-ketonic inks (NTNK), PU-based inks, mono-solvent inks, high strength inks for CI flexo and developments in water-based inks for printing on varied substrates and different end applications.

Explaining the developments, Flint Group highlighted the benefits of technologically advanced products and urged the industry to proactively adopt ester or alcohol-based solvent systems and inks systems like the NTNK inks, PU-based ink systems developed by Flint on their machines for printing and achieving edge with productivity and sustainability. The presentation was followed by a question- answer session and participants asked questions on solvent-based and water-based inks systems

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.

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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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