First IppStar-PackTech India conference in Mumbai from 16 to 17 December 2016

Design, innovation and technology for food processing and packaging

L to R:Naresh Khanna, managing director of IppStar and Thomas Schlitt, managing director of Messe Düsseldorf India. Photo PSA

Messe Düsseldorf India and IppStar have agreed to jointly organize a two day conference on 16 and 17 December 2016, alongside the biannual International PackTech India / FoodPex India at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. While the PackTech India / FoodPex India will take place from 15 to 17 December 2016, the first annual IppStar-PackTech India Packaging Design, Innovation and Technology Conference will take place at the conference hall at the same site on 16 and 17 December

The IppStar-PackTech India conference will start with sessions on packaging design and innovation addressed by leading international and Indian packaging designers, packaging developers and product managers from consumer product companies. Technology presentations will address the packaging development cycle and the workflow across the supply chain. The Industry 4.0 concept as it applies to automation in packaging lines will be discussed. Thomas Schlitt, managing director of Messe Düsseldorf India explains, “The growing International PackTech India and FoodPex India would greatly benefit from a good conference event where the latest ideas and technologies can be presented by industry experts to a knowledgeable audience. The conference will add depth to the exhibition event and as an annual event it will create an ongoing conversation between our exhibitors and visitors.”

The IppStar-PackTech India conference will comprise sessions on the latest technologies in sustainable packaging materials, printing and converting. A group of sessions would cover packaging filling and sealing and end-of-line technologies including track and trace and compliance with new legislations for food and pharmaceutical packaging. Food safety and accessible packaging will be discussed as will be the environmental and recycling infrastructure issues raised by the increased use of packaging.

Save Food
An overriding concern of the IppStar-PackTech India conference is to streamline and eliminate waste in the food supply chain right from the farm to post consumer waste. Improvements in food sorting, processing and logistics with a special emphasis on appropriate solutions for emerging economies will be taken up in one of the most important sections of the conference. These panel discussions and presentations will deliberate on and localize the Save Food discussion initiated at the past two interpack events in Düsseldorf.

The first annual IppStar-PackTech India Design, Innovation and Technology Conference is expected draw about 250 participants. Attendees will include food processing and packaging professionals from the leading global, regional and Indian consumer product companies in the food, FMCG and pharmaceutical sectors, packaging designers, product and purchasing managers, as well as packaging material printers and converters and packaging plant designers and managers.

Naresh Khanna, managing director of IppStar says, “With our more than 20-year history of conferences and training events that began in 1994, we are pleased to partner with Messe Düsseldorf in developing a meaningful knowledge event for the packaging industry in Mumbai this December. Known for extremely interactive, nuts and bolts events our conferences have great take home value for both speakers and the participants. The special emphasis on appropriate food processing and packaging for emerging economies is timely since our country is the second largest producer of fruit and vegetables in the world and the single largest producer of milk. We must seize the opportunity to improve the sorting, storage, processing and logistics of the food industry and also our exports.”

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