Sandeep Zaveri, president, LMAI, during his welcome speech, expressed his happiness at the increment in the size of the conference compared to its earlier editions. He added that this is an indicator of growth.
“The conference has become a key event for various technologies and business concerns,” he said. “We are trying to develop the conference into a global affair for the benefits of entire label industry. We also pursue innovations that ever-changing technologies and business environments bring along the way.”
This was one of the reasons, Zaveri explained, the theme of this year’s conference was ‘Innovation Simplified’.
Sandeep Zaveri, president, LMAI, during the conference in Agra
“The conference tries to address issues related to the Indian market, user accessibility, higher benefits, being future ready and also easy resource availability,” Zaveri added.
Kuldip Goel, Chairperson of the conference
Pankaj Bhardwaj, senior director and general manager, label and graphic materials south Asia, Avery Dennison, said the theme of the conference indicates how label converters can get maximum output from their infrastructure with simple innovations.
During his presentation, Bhardwaj offered multiple examples of innovation simplified, for example, a non-electric refrigerator invention by a villager in Gujarat. He also explored the virtues of simple innovations.
“Label industry is growing at double digit,” he said. “We are a young industry in India, which is efficient and production focused.”
Talking about Avery Dennison, Bhardwaj said the company works with an outlook of multidimensional progress — inwardly, by giving its employees an environment which is more conducive to learning and career development and outwardly, focusing on customer value addition and working towards skill development through various initiatives in the market.
Lisa Milburn, managing director, Tarsus Group, in her special address congratulated the Indian label printing industry and LMAI for their efforts to bring more that 550 delegates from the industry under one roof for three days. Milburn also reiterated how Indian label industry is the second largest growing in the world at 8-9% after China which is growing at 10%.
Talking about Labelexpo Europe 2017, which Tarsus Group hosts in Brussels, Belgium, Milburn said this edition of the show will be the biggest in its history, with 650 exhibitors in nine halls. “This year, we will have highest ever number of working machines at the show. Around 65 digital printing presses will be showcased, signalling a growth in the digital printing segment. We are expecting visitors from 140 countries and India is the most important country among them,” she said.
Delegates during the LMAI conference
Conference chairperson Kuldip Goel also stressed on the fact that the LMAI conference is growing with each edition. This growth illustrates the growth of the industry. “From Jaipur (venue of the 2016 edition) to Agra, we have received good responses and increment in the number of delegates. We hope for further increment in the next edition of the conference,” he said.
LMAI launched its anthem during the first day of the conference.
Meanwhile, Harveer Sahni of Weldon Celloplast was awarded with the Lifetime Support Award from LMAI.
Besides knowledge sharing and networking, a few deals were also announced during the conference. Among them, Mumbai’s Printmann has booked a Lombardi narrow-web flexo press and Dehradun’s Zircon Technologies has booked the solvent-less thermal processor DuPont Cyrel 2000 TD.
Meanwhile, Heidelberg India announced the sale of three machines — two sheetfed presses and one narrow-web flexo press from Gallus — although the company did not want to divulge the name of the buyers yet.