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L – R: Rajesh Nema, Jigesh Dani, Sandeep Zaveri, Amit Sheth, Harveer Sahni and Ajay Mehta at the LMAI workshop in Ahmedabad

LMAI (Label Manufacturers Association of India) successfully hosted a technical workshop for label printers and converters in Ahmedabad on 14 May at the Novotel Hotel under the leadership of its new president Sandeep Zaveri. There were almost 80 plus delegates attending the event which included label converters and suppliers. The focus of the workshop was on educating label converters on how to improve production efficiency and reduce wastage.

In the workshop, Neeraj Muni of Electro Optics spoke about diecutting technologies for labels. Neeraj Jagga of Xeikon, now a part of the Flint Group, spoke about analogue to digital transformation of label printing. Jagga agreed that forthe long runs, label printing in digital is expensive butfor short-runs digital printing is much more economical. He further added that digital could be used as a complimentary printing technology forthe large printing houses.

Amit Ahuja of Multitec spoke on how to avoid waste during job setup. He further explained new developments in label presses. Ajay Mehta of SMI spoke about labelstock and the effect of weather and temperature on label stock. Mehta further added that label stock storage system is not very effective according to weather conditions (temperature variations) in India which affects final label output. Harveer Sahni of Weldon Celloplast conducted an interactive question and answer session where label converters and suppliers discussed various issues and developments.

Ahmedabad-based leading label printers who attended the programme included delegates from Ankit Graphics, ArtOPrint, Astron Packaging, Maharshi Labels, Nitai Labels, Letra Graphics and Prakash Label amongst others. The forthcoming LMAI events include a technical workshop in Kolkata on 15 July and an awards night on 18 November 2016 at JP Palace in Noida.

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