Speciality Films and Flexible Packaging Global Summit, Mumbai, India
In recent years, this has become one of the most important events for the printed packaging industry. Just under 1,400 visitors attended this interesting summit. The event combines a two-day conference with a small exhibition. In addition to the Indian packaging manufacturers, almost all nationally and internationally renowned manufacturers of printing machines and packaging machines were also present. Most of them had their own small exhibition stand.
The focus on the first day of the conference was the great challenge facing the industry: being able to recycle packaging waste. A distinction was made here between the waste which already occurs during production and the waste created once the end consumer stops using the piece of equipment. The industry worldwide, but above all also in India, faces very big challenges associated with this issue. The Indian government now also requires the industry to take appropriate action. However, at the same time, there is a certain amount of uncertainty which is currently putting the brakes on new investments to some extent. This mainly applies to the machine manufacturers who are directly affected by it. The individual presentations showed how and to what extent packaging materials need to be adapted, in order for a well-functioning recycling cycle to be established. Parallel discussions were also held about the need and options for collecting the used packaging materials, and current activities were explained.
On the second day, above all the big machine manufacturers presented their latest developments, often in relation to the recycling options associated with the packaging produced using their new equipment. Material and film manufacturers also presented their latest environmentally friendly products and innovations.
There was also no shortage of networking opportunities during the designated breaks over a cup of coffee or tea and Indian food, something which is very important to us as a supplier of consumables. Many contacts were able to be fostered and new ones established. Overall, the exchange of information was very good and important.