India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, is slated to play host to the who's who of the packaging industry at two co-located events – India Packaging Show 2012 and PackPlus 2012 – from December 7-10, 2012. Print-Packaging.com is the organiser of the shows.
Also Food Technology Show 2012 will take place in the Processing Zone, which is co-located with PackPlus 2012.
The objective of PackPlus 2012 is to bring manufacturers and providers of machinery, material and services for the food, pharmaceutical and packaging industry from India and overseas under one roof.
According to the organisers, the event will have four zones (the Packaging Zone, the Converting Zone, the Processing Zone and the Supply Chain Zone), “Growth in the Indian packaging industry has moved into the 20 per cent band.”
Companies representing three segments – packaging machines and equipment, packaging materials and services – will showcase their latest products in this zone.
Packaging machines and equipment include counting, weighing, forming, filling, closing, bottling and sealing machines; wrapping, skin and blister packaging machines; reading, checking and inspection, coding and/or online printing machines; foiling, capsuling, feeding and labelling machines.
Packaging materials include plastic films and foils, paper, carton, cardboard, textiles and woven, composite and fleece materials. Packaging materials include flexible, semi-rigid and rigid bottles, boxes, cans, capsules, cases, ampoules, bags, sacks, jackets, jugs, cups, drums, containers, baskets, tubes, crates, hobbocks, sleeves, nets, inserts, etc. made of paper, board, film, foil, composites, skins, glass, metal and foam. Closing and sealing material include straps, wires, cords, clamps, tapes and adhesives; closures, caps, lips, catches, locks, clips, seals and stoppers; padding, protection and lining material; handling material; pallets, labels and decoration material.
Services include designers, consultants, institutes, testing laboratories, software, books and magazines and contract packaging.
The India Packaging Show 2012 will take place in this zone.
Indian converters have set up world-class facilities and the corrugated box industry is set for a makeover.
The show will have three co-located shows – the India Converting Show, the India Flexo Show and the India Corrugated Show. Each of these has its own exhibiting segments, which are listed as follows.
India Converting Show
The segments showcasing their services at the India Converting Show include package designers and converters, providers of pre-press, printing and converting equipment, coating, laminating, finishing, label printing and labelling equipment, accessories, paper, film and foil, inks and varnishes, cylinders, dies and rollers, material and supplies.
India Flexo Show
Those showcasing at the India Flexo Show include providers of inks, Anilox rollers, Flexo presses and pressroom equipment, plates and plate-making equipment, die cutting tools, software, substrates and services.
India Corrugated Show
At the India Corrugated Show, visitors can meet designers and manufacturers of corrugated boxes, manufacturers of machinery, heating systems, boilers, adhesives, stitching wires, inks, Anilox rollers, Flexo plates, etc., manufacturers and suppliers of testing equipment for paper and packages, computer software developers for box design, machine operations and administration, paper mills, paper dealers and printers.
According to the organisers, the food industry and the pharmaceutical industry have both embraced automation, which has helped them grow in the competitive market.
The list of exhibitors is reflective of this:
As far as the food industry is concerned, the segments include process automation, instrumentation and controls, robotics, motion drive automation, bus and wireless technology, building automation, pumps and valves, hydraulics and pneumatics, facility management, service and maintenance automation in machine tools, software and enterprise solutions.
Other exhibiting segments including technologies, equipment, material and services for food production and processing, brewing and distilling, baking, freezing, refrigeration and climate engineering, garbage disposal and sanitation, testing and measuring, restaurant and catering, vending, packaging and storage and conveyance and distribution.
The pharmaceutical exhibitors including pharmaceutical and parapharmaceutical product process and packaging machinery, raw material, services, quality control, environmental control and handling and storage systems.
Pharma Technology 2012 and India Automation Show 2012 are the other co-located shows comprising the Processing Zone.
Supply Chain Zone
According to Print-Packaging.com, “Improving supply chain efficiencies is the order of the day.”
The following are the exhibiting segments in the Supply Chain Zone:
Rigid packaging, rigid intermediate bulk containers, flexible intermediate containers, woven sacks, FlexiTanks, material, bulk filling machines, circular looms, filling, dosing, weighing, end-of-line packaging solutions, industrial sewing machines, extrusion/coating machines, accessories and finished packaging, barcodes, RFID, card technologies. Biometrics, security solutions and real-time location systems (RLTS), supply chain system designers and integrators, cold chain, sorting, grading, cleaning, warehousing systems, material handling, weighing, testing equipment, software, etc.
It will comprise three shows – Bulk Pack 2012, India AIDC Show 2012 and India Logistics Show 2012.
One of the organisers stated, “The packaging industry is highly fragmented and estimated to be about Rs 8,000 crore. It is believed to be growing at 22-25 per cent per annum, and in the next five years, the sector is expected to triple to approximately $60 billion.”
“The net profit of the packaging industry witnessed a spurt of about 104.5 per cent in the third quarter of the fiscal year 2008, against a growth of about 29.5 per cent at the end of the fourth quarter of 2006,” Print-Packaging.com said.
Attributing the growth of packaging to a large growing middle-class, liberalisation and the fact that India's retail sector is more organised now, the organisers said while rigid packaging accounts for over 80 per cent of total packaging in India, flexible packaging constitutes the remainder.
Print-Packaging.com said, “There are about 600-700 packaging machinery manufacturers in India. About 95 per cent of them are in the small and medium sector. The country's packaging machinery imports are estimated to be about $125 million.”
In 2007-2008, the import (customs) duty levied on packaging machinery was about 25.58 per cent. Till recently, Germany and Italy were major suppliers of packaging machinery to India, but the focus is gradually shifting to Asian countries like China, Korea and Taiwan.
“Even the exports of Indian packaging machinery are rapidly growing. India's per capita packaging consumption is less than $15 against the global average, which is nearly $100,” the organiser