BHS talks automation at IndiaCorr Expo 2021

BHS celebrates 10 years in India

BHS talks automation at IndiaCorr Expo 2021
Bijendra Sharma, managing director sharing his innovating ideas of packaging industry at IndiaCorr Expo Photo: PSA

BHS Corrugated is a Germany-based pioneer in the corrugation industry for the past 60 years. The company was actually founded in 1717 and for the corrugated industry, it came into existence in 1960. BHS has manufacturing plants in Germany, China, Brazil, Italy, the US, Czech Republic, and Malaysia. Recently, BHS India completed its ten years in the country with a grand ceremony in Pune. At the IndiaCorr Expo, BHS said it wanted to share the ideas for technologies and innovations that have taken place in the last two years, with the larger industry. 

While speaking with BHS India’s managing director Bijendra Sharma, we learned about its successes in the past decade with the installation of several corrugated lines. The company’s Ecoline and Steady corrugating lines have seen 17 installations as the corrugating industry has become increasingly organized and the quality levels for transport packaging have become more demanding. Single machine components and units such as slitter scorers, glue units, single-facer, double-facer, and splicers have also been supplied to plants that have these special requirements. 

Being an industry leader in quality and productivity, BHS is by necessity an expert in automation. In this area, its latest innovations include warp control system (easy flat), temperature control system, and new double-facer. Sharma revealed that installations of these automation components would be taking place in India very soon and said that in the coming times, the company would launch BHS Robotics, BHS Intralogistics, and real-time corrugated roll to printed sheet printers in the country.

Speaking about the IndiaCorr exhibition and the footfall, Sharma said, “It is nice to see many people come to the event and meet with their customers and colleagues. It is the best platform if we take it from a business point of view. We can easily update our customers on whatever innovations are going on in the industry. We are happy to see the crowd and to see that people’s energy is back after a long gap.”

“And, if you ask me about the current situation of the corrugated industry, I would say that India has been witnessing a surge in its eCommerce sector over the last 5-6 years. The growth of the Indian corrugated box market will be augmented by the eCommerce industry, which has wider demand for safe and cushioned product packaging. The Indian eCommerce market is projected to grow to US$ 200 billion (approximately Rs 14,97,852 crore) by 2026 from US$ 38.5 billion (approximately Rs 2,88,366 crore) in 2017.”

Talking about the scope of the corrugation industry, he said, “The future of the corrugation market would be looking for adopting evolving technologies, corrugated boxes for display, promotional packs, beds, and dispensers becoming popular, growing demand for efficient corrugators, and also alliances and mergers with manufacturers.”

Sharma concluded by highlighting the company’s achievements and its customer’s experience during the pandemic, “BHS India gave continuous service support to customers even during peak lockdowns. New corrugation line installations and trial runs were done successfully in India and adjoining countries during the pandemic. Even in these difficult times, the BHS India Team size has been increased with sales, service, project engineers, process trainers, software engineers, spare parts coordinator to support our customers better.”

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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