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Global Indian exhibitor at Pack Expo in ChicagoACG Worldwide to expand its presence in Bangladesh and ThailandACG Worldwide has been a supplier to the global pharmaceutical industry for over fifty years with processing, manufacturing, and packaging solutions. A strong customer focused, solutions-based approach has helped ACG develop solutions that fit the stringent requirements of the pharma and food industries. Packaging South Asia talks to ACG Wordwide which was the only Indian exhibitor at the recent Pack Expo in Chicago. Amy Munice and Sandip Sen collaborated on this interview with Quateel Ahmad of ACG Worldwide.Manasvi Hegde, sales manager – North America, ACG Worldwide

PSA: Please tell us a bit more about ACG Worldwide.
ACG: We benefit immensely by being an end-to-end solutions provider and we manufacture a wide range of materials and machines for the packaging industry and particularly for the food and pharmaceutical industry. We have high-speed, reliable and cost-effective blister packing machines, a full range of cartoning machines and end-of-line packaging machines. We also provide vision inspection systems for tablets and capsules, blisters, cartons, bottles, vials, ampoules, labels and shippers. We are one of the leading providers of integrated and full track and trace solutions.

PSA: What new products are you introducing that of interest to the South Asian marketplace – are any of these showcased at the show?
ACG: Driven by our many innovation teams, we at ACG have been delivering new improved and path-breaking technologies. We’ve developed NoMist, an anti-fog packaging film that’s ideal for food, medical device and diagnostic kit applications. It was featured in the CPhI Worldwide Innovation Gallery at this year’s show in Paris. We’ve also specially developed UniDose, a packaging film that’s suitable for unit dose applications and packing pastes and liquids such as ketchup, oils, vinegar, detergent and other substances hat require high barrier protection. In machines, we’re soon to launch a higher speed blister packing and cartoning machine, another blister packing machine with deep draw cavities that’s ideal for packing ampoules and vials, and a stretch banding machine to add to the end-of-line packaging solutions.

PSA: What potential and or challenges do you see in the South Asian market?
ACG: The South Asian market is a promising one. Our primary target industry — pharmaceuticals — is expanding in this market. Consisting of one of the fastest growing pharma economies of the world, India, the South Asian market has attracted global attention with a growth rate of 14%. One of the crucial elements of this growth could be attributed to close regional partnerships and cross-sharing of information between companies. A continued strong collaboration between the South Asian countries could help sustain this growth momentum.

The challenges could come from inadequate process control and resultant issues if quality is not monitored. We work closely with our customers using our vision inspection systems to control the production quality.

PSA: Do you have any plans for sales and service expansion in the coming year in South Asia?
ACG: Yes. We’ve been growing consistently in the region over the past several years. And, as we grow, the need to remain closer than ever to our customers is also felt. We’ve already have a significant presence in India and an office in Indonesia. We are further expanding our presence in Thailand and Bangladesh by opening our own offices there. Therefore, it is clear how important the South Asian and Southeast Asian market is for us. We are committed to our customers in the region and look forward to working more closely with them.

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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